The 2012 Rockin’ River Musicfest (aka Riverfest) brings three days of world class country, rock and roots music to Mission Raceway Park in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia from August 9-11. To make the most of your trip to and through the area, you’ll want to book Fraser Valley lodging as memorable as the performances at the festival.
Riverfest gets started on Thursday, a day early, this year in order to accommodate the huge line-up of performers. Highlights of this year’s country music artists include:
THURSDAY, AUGUST 9
A native of northern British Columbia, Aaron Pritchett has earned his place as one of Canada’s top country artists. He is a CCMA Independent Male Artist of the Year winner and in 2007, won the CCMA Songwriter of the Year for his anthemic “Hold My Beer”. His 5th album will be released this fall.
Karen Lee Batten
Independent country music artist Karen Lee Batten is a three-time BCCMA Female Vocalist of the Year winner and was a Top Ten Finalist on Canadian Idol in 2003. Her independently released album, “Every Moment”, yielded radio hits “Like I Would For You”, “One Day”, “A Bitter End” and “Hearts on the Run” (also a successful music video).
FRIDAY, AUGUST 10
Country music icon, acclaimed actor, respected entrepreneur, and named a Renaissance Man by Time Magazine, Dwight Yoakam brings enormous talent and charisma to his musical performances. Born in Kentucky and raised in Ohio, Mr. Yoakam has earned great success without sacrificing his musical integrity.
A native of Canada, Randy Bachman first came to fame with the Guess Who, whose library of hits include “Shakin All Over”, “These Eyes”, and “American Woman”. Bachman’s songs have sold over 40 million copies, hit #1 in over 20 countries, and represent a major force in the nearly 40 years of popular music.
Kenny Hess has been playing before audiences since the age of four. At 14 he formed his own band and it quickly became a popular opening act for the top country acts of the day. After years of touring and songwriting for Harland Howard, Curb Songs signed him to a recording contract.
CCMA 2010 Female Artist of the Year and Songwriter, Victoria Banks was also nominated for CCMA Female Artist, Rising Star, Songwriter, Album, Single and Producer of the Year following the release of her debut CD, When You Can Fly.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 11
Since the early 80’s, Blue Rodeo have been a major player in the Canadian popular music scene while retaining their “countrified rock” roots. Millions of copies of their 12 albums, 2 live albums and an award-winning DVD have been sold and they are 2012 inductees into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
George Canyon is a Nova Scotia native living in Alberta. He made a splash in 2004 representing Canada on USA Network’s “Nashville Star”. Since then he has earned two Junos and many CCMA awards as a result of the outstanding talent and work he put into his five albums.
One More Girl
Britt and Carly McKillip make up the country duo One More Girl, winner of the 2010 Canadian Radio Music Award for Best New Country Artist, 2010 BCCMA awards for Single of the Year, Group or Duo, Album of the Year & Entertainer of the Year, and 2010 CCMA Rising Star award.
BC native Ridley Bent is a 2009 CCMA nominee and 7-time BCCMA winner, whose singing and songwriting on four albums has established a unique voice in Canadian country music with songs featuring quirky and memorable characters.
Thrill to the site of riders & ropers at the Chilliwack Fair’s rodeo. There are exhibitions, entertainment & amusements that are fun for the whole family.
Visit the Rockin’ River Musicfest website for more information about the line-up and to purchase tickets.
Chilliwack Fair Is Happening the Same Weekend as Riverfest
Enhance your experience in the Fraser Valley with a visit to the 140th Annual Chilliwack Fair, the second oldest fair in British Columbia, happening the same weekend (August 10-12, 2012) in nearby Chilliwack. Highlights of this fair and exhibition include:
- A world class rodeo
- Interactive amusements, such as an obstacle course, water walk and corn maze
- Children’s activities at the Creative Station
- Exhibits for Home & Garden, Poultry, Livestock, Dogs and More
- Pioneer demonstrations
Choose Fraser Valley Lodging as Memorable as a Country Song
Start your Riverfest days off right with a scrumptious breakfast, included with your stay at a member B&B inn in the Fraser Valley.
Our member Fraser Valley bed & breakfast inns ensure a premier lodging experience to accompany your experience of the Rockin’ River Musicfest, Chilliwack Fair and all the attractions and activities the Fraser Valley region of British Columbia has to offer.
Enjoy a wide variety of breakfast types, cozy B&B guest rooms that offer stylish and comfortable accommodations, and the unique service and area expertise of the innkeepers at locations all across British Columbia’s Fraser Valley region.
What’s Your Rockin’ River Musicfest Expectation or Experience?
Riverfest has been celebrated in the Fraser Valley for years and has grown to become a premier Canadian country music festival.
Please share your plans for this 2012 event and memories of past Rockin River Musicfests.