Al Dupuis ‘coming home’ for Canada Day

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Award-winning New Brunswick singer-songwriter Al Dupuis is "coming home" to help the Woodstock area celebrate Canada Day.

Dupuis brings a long list of awards and accomplishments with his musical talents to his performance on July 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Citizen Square Park on Chapel Street in Woodstock.

Woodstock Mayor Art Slipp noted the recent release of the town's busy Canada Day celebration schedule during his opening remarks at the June 14 council meeting, calling Dupuis' concert one of the day's highlights.

"Al, a former resident of Woodstock, is coming home," he said. "The invitation is out to one and all to come out and say, 'welcome home,' big Al.'"

Slipp urges music fans to bring their lawn chairs and enjoy the sounds of one of New Brunswick's most acclaimed performers.

Inducted into the New Brunswick Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009, Dupuis will offer favourite selections from his repertoire of more than 4,000 songs, including more than 1,000 original songs.

The recording artist, including two releases recorded in Nashville, is a familiar face to music fans. He not only from his recordings and touring but also from his 44 TV appearances, including the hit Tommy Hunter Show.

Dupuis was a regular on La Bastragne, which ran on Radio Canada between 1985 and 1988.

In 1988, Dupuis was the New Brunswick winner of the CBC Contemporary Songwriting Contest.

The afternoon Concert in the Park is part of a day-long July 1 schedule which begins at 9 a.m. with Kids of Steel Triathlon at and around the AYR Motor Centre.

Other Canada-Day events include children's activities from noon to 4 p.m. at Connell Park, a 1 p.m. cake cutting at the Connell Park gazebo and downtown fireworks at 10:30 p.m.

Jim Dumville, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, River Valley Sun

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