Airplane and rodeo jocks - a common association amidst airshow communities! Often won’t find one without some interesting link to the other. Well, far be it for the Abbotsford International Airshow Society to dispel the belief that adrenaline, airspeed and good, old-fashion, down-home country go hand in hand.
Abbotsford, dubbed ‘City in the Country,’ draws several attractions affiliated with the stereotypical cowboy image –rodeos and country music to name a few.
AIAS is no stranger to the appeal of Stetsons, lassos and leather chaps. And, we certainly appreciate that those dudes who wear them, also love airplanes. That is why we’ve invited one of Canada’s finest “cowboys” to attend our show. He also sings quiet well too.
George Canyon, Multiple Juno and Canadian Country Music Association Award Winning Artist, has graciously accepted our invitation to open the airshow Sunday, 12 August with the singing of our national anthem.
Canyon is the model country performer who personifies the aviation spirit full heartedly. In December 2011, Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defense, appointed him as the first-ever Colonel Commandant of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. Uncanny it is that Canyon was, himself, an Air Cadet keenly interested in aviation from a young age. You do say!
The greater Abbotsford region will certainly appreciate that, while in the local area, George Canyon will "squeeze" in some time to perform at Rockin’ River Musicfest .
To learn more about George Canyon and his passion for music and aviation, or to find out more about his tour dates outside of singing at the our 50 th Anniversary airshow, visit his website at www.georgecanyon.com .