The unofficial launch to Manitoulin Country Fest 2016 began with a very special dinner cruise on the beautiful north channel of Lake Huron. This event was all in support of the Manitoulin Centennial Manor. Music was provided by CCMA award winning Brett Kissel and two members of his band; Tyler Vollrath on Fiddle and Matty McKay on Lead Guitar.
Dinner was served on land at the pavilion. It featured roast beef and fresh caught Rainbow Trout. It was delicious! The weather was hot and humid. Once on board the North Channel Cruise Lines boat, it moved at a comfortable speed and gave us just enough breeze to keep us cool.
Brett Kissel mingling with the fans
Brett Kissel never fails when it comes to performing. He delighted the crowd with an acoustic set that included songs from both his Started With A Song and Airwaves CD’s. Before and after his show, he spent time with the passengers; signing autographs, taking selfies and chatting.
During Thursday night’s show on the MCF stage, a cheque was presented to the Manor for $6,100.00. The cruise raised $5,100.00 of that and Brett Kissel, himself, donated a thousand dollars to the pot.
Hello everyone! My name is Linda and I have been a fan of Canadian Music for as long as I can remember. That counts for way too many decades than I want to admit to! I have three primary passions in my life, music, photography and writing. When I can combine them all, I feel I am right where I should be. Though I can appreciate all genres of music, my particular favourite is Country. Canadian Country is moving in leaps and bounds. I love how it is progressing and I’m thankful that I can be a small part of it.