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Blue Rodeo tops bill at sixth Elora festival

Canadian country rockers Blue Rodeo and folk-pop songstress Serena Ryder are among the main attractions at the sixth annual Riverfest Elora, set for Friday Aug. 22 and Saturday Aug. 23 in Elora’s Bissell Park.

Indie rockers the Arkells, American soulman Charles Bradley and Vancouver folk troubadour Dan Mangan are also among the headliners of Elora’s annual celebration of music, food, community and art, a news release said.

The Arkells, a band hailing from Hamilton that won the Group of the Year award at the 2012 Juno Awards, will perform on Friday. So will Bradley, backed by his 10-piece band the Extraordinaires.

The Friday line-up also includes the six-piece bluegrass band The Strumbellas, Australian singer-guitarist Kim Churchill and the Canadian reggae band Messenjah, along with a star-studded festival jam session, the release said.

Blue Rodeo, which has sold over four million records over the past three decades, will perform Saturday night. Also performing Saturday night are Mangan and Ryder. Ryder picked up awards for Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year at the 2014 Juno Awards.

The Guelph-based global fusion band Eccodek will also play Saturday.

Rounding out Saturday’s line-up is alt-country trio Elliott BROOD, Montreal synth-pop band Young Galaxy, the country-folk group Quartette, indie rockers Odd Years, folk singer-songwriter Jadea Kelly and the rock band Snack.

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