George Canyon returns to Fort McMurray for 2019 Keyano College Gala

Posted On Tuesday June 25, 2019
George Canyon
George Canyon

The annual Keyano College Gala has featured many renowned musical stars over the years, from LeAnn Rimes to The Barenaked Ladies to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. The 2019 Gala will be no exception as a glittering country music line-up is set to perform for the crowd. 

Beloved Canadian country music star George Canyon will headline the Keyano College Gala on November 2, and he’ll be supported by multi-CCMA award-winning group, Emerson Drive.

Michelle Toner, Keyano’s Manager of Advancement Services said, “This year, we’re hoping to make a big impact with the community by offering a fun, country spin on the traditional Gala It’s all for a great cause; the money we raise directly impacts our students’ lives and can provide opportunities that otherwise would not exist.”

Headliner George Canyon has a long-running association with Fort McMurray and the Wood Buffalo region. He most recently performed at the Fort MacKay Treaty Days in 2018 and has appeared multiple times at the Keyano Theatre.

In a short video, the Drinkin’ thinkin’- singer said he was looking forward to coming back to Fort McMurray to see everyone, including some family who live in town.

Tickets for this year’s Keyano College Gala went on sale on Monday, June 24 and will be available online at as well as in person at the Keyano Theatre Box Office.

There will be limited number of tickets, so don’t miss out. Important sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Funds raised at the 2019 Gala will be directed towards student support at the College.



More about George Canyon

George Canyon first won the hearts of country music fans through a 2004 appearance on USA Network’s Nashville Star and rose to becoming one of Canada’s hottest Country Music stars. He has won countless accolades and awards, including Juno Awards, CCMA Awards, and ECMA Awards to name a few through country hits like Just Like You, My Name, I Believe in Angels, Drinkin’ Thinkin’, Daughters of the Sun, I Got This, I Want You To Live, Slow Dance and many more. 

Outside of his music and charitable work, many people might also recognize George as Charlie Wells in the hit television show Heartland, the head forest ranger in Trailer Park Boys, a fighter pilot in Man of Steel, and more recently, the teen idol in the stage adaptation of Grease. George even played Bull Shelton in the Hallmark Channel’s highest-rated original movie “One Starry Christmas.”

Among his many identities, George is also a proud Canadian and huge hockey fan, and roots for his team, the Calgary Flames, for which he is currently in his fifth season singing the national anthem during the home games.

More about Emerson Drive

For well over a decade, Emerson Drive has been a staple in the country music community, known for being a band to crank out the hits, deliver electrifying stage shows and wow audiences all across North America.

The band's first two singles, "I Should Be Sleeping" and "Fall Into Me," peaked in the Top 5 on the Billboard charts and quickly became fan favorites but it was the career-changing song "Moments" that gave the band their first #1 single in the USA. Emerson Drive has been honored with awards and/or nominations from the Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association, Canadian Country Music Association, CMT, Dove Awards, Grammy Awards, Inspirational Country Music Association, Juno Awards, Music Row Magazine and Campus Activities Magazine. The band has toured with Toby Keith, Shania Twain and Big & Rich among other artists.