Expectations exceeded in ‘drive-in’ Bamford concert

Leader staff

Organized by the Slave Lake Tourism Society, the Gord Bamford ‘Hang In There’ drive-in concert on Aug. 22 went better than expected, says town councillor Shawn Gramlich. Expecting to lose about $5,000 on it, they actually ended up a bit in the black. Not only that, the tourism society has qualified for a $32,000 grant (because of the concert), which Gramlich says will go towards further promotions in a year-long campaign to bring people to the area. It will conclude, he says, with an even bigger concert next summer, to mark the 10-year anniversary of the 2011 Slave Lake wildfires.

As for the show itself, Gramlich says people seemed to have a good time.

“It was a really nice evening,” he says.

Bamford made it even nicer by donating $10,000 to the Ice Breaker event (which was canceled this year due to COVID).

“I had no clue it was going to happen,” Gramlich says. “I was quite caught off guard.”

Gramlich has organized the Ice Breaker every year for the past five or six years, raising many thousands of dollars which have been in turn donated to local charitable causes.

Front row vehicle, Gord Bamford and band on Aug. 22 in Slave Lake.
Not everyone drove into the Gord Bamford concert in Slave Lake. Some people road in on horses.

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