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Strutters to perform for Queen of England

Strutters to perform for Queen of England

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From a Strutters press release: The Strutters of Edmonton, Alberta, will perform for the Queen of England and the Duke of Edinburgh on May 23 as part of the 100-year anniversary of the formation of the Canadian province of Alberta. The celebration will happen at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. Also performing for the celebration are Ian Tyson, Tommy Banks, Corb Lund, White Chocolate, Maren Ord, The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and many more. The event itself will be hosted by Paul Gross, Lorne Cardinal, Colin MacLean and Renelle Fagnan-Roy. Strutters director Dennie Hirsch said, "It was just another phone call that I took one morning. The man on the other end of the phone was wondering if we might be available for a performance on May 23. Looking at the calendar, I could see that this was probably the worst possible day and weekend for a performance. Up here in Canada it's our May long weekend, in celebration of Queen Victoria Day. "I assured him that a performance just was not possible. But after hearing we were going to be performing in the presence of the Queen of England, I knew this was one event we just could not turn down. I know this experience will be topping some of my own experiences so far with this activity," Hirsch said. The Strutters have been a part of many Edmonton celebrations. "The Strutters are a familiar face in Edmonton, having played for the farewell to Wayne Gretzky, many yearly festivals and parades, the 1996 Canadian Leader Summit, the 1999 Grey Cup, the 2001 World Track and Field Games. In one of the biggest cities in Canada it feels good to be called upon when there is a major event is happening," Hirsch said.

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