Free George Canyon concert, just in time for the CFR!


George Canyon to Take the Stage in FREE Concert on the Square

River City Round Up Announces Canadian Music Legend as Headliner

Edmonton, AB – River City Round Up is thrilled to announce that Canadian Country Music Legend, George Canyon, will be taking the stage to entertain kick-off attendees on November 3 in Sir Winston Churchill Square. Things just got a little warmer for the outdoor day-long event with one of Canada’s hottest country acts taking the stage for a free concert for fans at 5:30 p.m.

“The Kick-Off Party is a way for us to start River City Round Up with a bang and we are so excited to be able to have George Canyon headline our main stage entertainment and perform for all of his fans in a unique free community concert,” stated Richard L. Andersen, President and CEO of Northlands.

Northlands is once again proud to host the 2012 edition of River City Round Up, a 10-day celebration of Edmonton’s agriculture and western heritage with events across the city including Northlands two main events Farmfair International (November 4-11) and Canadian Finals Rodeo (November 7-11). The Kick Off spans two days in Sir Winston Churchill Square and begins on Friday, November 2 with the 22nd Annual Chili Cook Off at noon with a BBQ, Buckle on the Square and live entertainment from 4:30 p.m.– 9:30 p.m. Saturday, November 3 activities start at 10 a.m. with the City Market Downtown and then at 11 a.m. with loads of free family activities, cultural performances, live entertainment with George Canyon closing the main stage and a spectacular fireworks display immediately following his performance.

George Canyon competed in Nashville Star 2 in 2004, blowing audiences away as the only Canadian finalist and coming in runner up in the competition. This experience catapulted his country music career and immediately garnered him many accolades including the top 5 hit “My Name”, a Juno Award for Best Country Recording of the Year (for his album One Good Friend), and, four Canadian Country Music Awards Nominations (CCMAs) including Male Vocalist of the Year and the Fan Choice Award.

Other George Canyon hits include Saddle Up (Better Be Home Soon, 2011), I Believe in Angels (What I Do, 2008), Ring Of Fire (Classics, 2007), Drinkin’ Thinkin’ (Somebody Wrote Love, 2006) to name only a few. His current hit single, Rhinestone Cowboy, is the debut song from the highly anticipated upcoming album, Classics II (to be released in November). He has sold over 375,000 albums and his critically acclaimed music continues to grow with every record. In addition to country music, George is proudly a dedicated husband and a father of two, the appointed colonel commandant of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets and the national spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.


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September 2004 – Canadian Country Music Awards

  • Chevy Trucks Rising Star Award

November 2004 – Music Industry of Nova Scotia Awards

  • New Artist Recording of the Year – for the album George Canyon
  • Country Recording of the Year – for the album George Canyon

February 2005 – The East Coast Music Awards

  • Galaxie Rising Star
  • Country Recording of the Year (for the album One Good Friend)
  • Entertainer of the Year

March 2005 – Canadian Radio Music Awards (CMW)

  • Canadian Radio Music Award for Best New Group or Solo Artist (Country) for his single “Good Day To Ride” (Blue Leaf Records)

April 2005 – The Juno Awards

  • The Juno Award for Country Recording of the Year for One Good Friend (Universal) 

September 2005 – Canadian Country Music Awards

  • Single of the Year for “My Name”
  • SOCAN Song of the Year for “My Name”
  • Male Artist of the Year
  • Fan’s Choice Award

 November 2005 – Music Box Awards, Paris, France

  • New Artist Male USA/Canada

 November 2005 – 2005 Nova Scotia Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence

  • Ambassador Award

 February 2006– The East Coast Music Awards

  • Entertainer of the Year

 September 2006 – Canadian Country Music Awards

  • Male Artist of the Year
  • Single of the Year for “Somebody Wrote Love”

 November 2006 – SOCAN AWARDS

  • SOCAN Country Music Award for “My Name” (for the country single which received the most radio airplay in Canada)

 February 2007 – East Coast Music Awards

  • Entertainer of the Year
  • Country Recording of the Year
  • Video of the Year (Drinkin’ Thinkin’)

 April 2007 – The Juno Awards

  • Country Recording of the Year (Somebody Wrote Love)

 February 2008 – East Coast Music Awards

  • Entertainer of the Year

 February 2008

  • Honorary Colonel for 14 Wing Greenwood (Feb 21st)

 September 2008

  • Humanitarian Award – in recognition for his work with the Canadian Military and work with families with children who have Type 1 Diabetes

 August 2010

  • Canadian Friends for Life Award. Presented by Children With Diabetes.

 November 2010

  • SOCAN AWARD for Greatest Number of Performances on Canadian Country Radio during 2009

 February 2011

  • Appointed National Spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)

September 2011 – Canadian Country Music Awards

  • Record Producer(s) of the Year with Richard Marx for the album Better Be Home Soon (Universal)