SUMMERSIDE – Concerts, sports and special events are on tap for the City of Summerside in 2014.
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Summerside CAO Bob Ashley sees the city as a successful venue for hosting events of all kinds and 2014 will see the city’s reputation continue to grow.
On January 30, Blue Rodeo takes to the stage at the Consolidated Credit Union. Chicago comes to town on Feb 21and Gordon Lightfoot performs on May. 1.
Credit Union Place will see the return of the Players' Championship to Eastlink Arena in April. The 24 best men's and women's teams in the world will be here for the Grand Slam of Curling event.
Community Services director J P Desrosiers said 2014 is filled with events for the area.
“The concerts and the curling are going to keep us busy throughout the winter,” Desrosiers said. “It’s a 12-day international curling event is going to be a substantial event for us. Then we’re right into Atlanticade, which leads us to our Canada Day festivities and the newly revamped lobster carnival will be a nice edition to the summer season.”
Desrosiers said Summerside will be hosting the 2014 celebration closing ceremonies.
“We’re meeting with nearly next month,” he said. “It will certainly be a celebration of the year of events that we had culminating with live entertainment, decent concerts and things of that nature.”
Summerside’s Chief Administrative Officer, Bob Ashley, said as the “new guy in town” he is impressed with the caliber of entertainment and festivals that are hosted in the city.
He said along these events there are other notable activities coming to Summerside.
“We’re inviting municipal leaders from across the country to the sustainability conference for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities,” he said. “We will be hosting two study tours coming to Summerside on our electric utility and our waste water and waste treatment facility.”
Ashley said the city putting out a strong reputation with hosting events.
“The thing that impresses me is that these big events are coming to the city without huge investments,” he said. “They’re mainly doing all right, financially on these things, notwithstanding some of the unpleasantries of the past. Summerside’s been pretty resourceful in hosting these major events and doing a lot of them annually – punching above its weight for sure.”
Ashley said he’s also a major supporter of amateur sports taking place in the city.
“Aside from the glitter type of events there are also the ones that involve families and kids and amateur athletes.,” he said. “Everything from minor basketball to ringette, volleyball, soccer, lacrosse, tennis, the number of events is pretty astounding.”