Hedley rocking the stage at this year’s Grizfest

Jacob Hoggard, singer/daredevil of rockers has been playing piano since he was six and guitar since he was twelve. He learned music history in high school, and was fronting a fledgling band named Hedley that was fast making a name for itself. He came across three guys that were so impressed with his vocals and charisma that they gave him a call that changed his life. Drummer Chris Crippin, bassist Tommy Mac and guitarist Dave Rosin from the band Everything After needed a new singer and invited Hoggard to jam.

Things clicked immediately and the re-invented ?Hedley? reworked songs that Hoggard had already written, wrote new songs and sharpened their sound. The band recorded a demo, got signed to a record deal in Canada, and quickly found two established producers who wanted to work with them.

In December 2005, Hedley released their self-titled debut into instant success and acclaim. Within months the album went Platinum and produced three chart-topping hits ? the rock anthem ?On My Own?, and the power ballad ?Trip?, both went to #1, and the high voltage screamer ?321? became the most spun video on Much Music ? with the group earning two Juno nominations in the process.

You can see Hedley rocking live on the Grizfest stage Saturday, August 4. For more information call 250-242-4246 or visit our website at www.grizfest.com

Visit Hedley?s website at www.hedleyrock.com

Battle of the Bands

On Friday night, there will be the Battle of the Bands on the Grizfest stage. Bands from all over the Peace Region will be competing for first place. This event is sponsored by Laprairie Crane. The winning band will kick-off the festival on Saturday at noon. Musical acts will be featured throughout the day and into the evening both Saturday and Sunday.

Included in the weekend are a Pancake Breakfast, a parade, golf tournament, face painting, children?s games and a horseshoe tournament. For more information on events and tickets please call the Community Centre at 242-4246 or visit online at www.grizfest.com