Alberta to close Canada Games Festival

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The final night of the Canada Games Festival at The Forks stage wraps up with a salute to Alberta, with MC Chandra Crawford, the Canmore, Alta.-born gold medallist in cross-country skiing at the 2008 Olympics in Turin, Italy.

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The final night of the Canada Games Festival at The Forks stage wraps up with a salute to Alberta, with MC Chandra Crawford, the Canmore, Alta.-born gold medallist in cross-country skiing at the 2008 Olympics in Turin, Italy.

But first, we head west — to West St. Paul, hometown of local country singer David Pestrak, who kicks off the night at 5 p.m. The musical prodigy got his start playing lead guitar with a wedding band at age 14. He’s since released his debut album, You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.

The Royal Foundry is married couple Bethany and Jared Salte, who bring a Prairie-folk sensibility to their energetic electro-pop sound, which has found great success on national alt-rock charts and in TV ads. The Edmonton duo’s sophomore album, Lost in Your Head, is due out next week. They play at 5:55 p.m.

Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press files Brett Kissel will be among the Alberta-bred acts performing on the final night of the Canada Games Festival.

Toronto-based pop-rockers Fast Romantics got their start in Calgary. Their third album, American Love, sees them tipping their power-pop hat to Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and other classic practitioners of the genre on tracks like Why We Fight. They play at 7:05 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, who takes the stage at 8:05 p.m., also hails from Calgary. In 2014, the bearded troubadour made headlines when he held a love-story contest in which the winner would take home the unworn wedding bands he and his ex-fiancée never used.

When Flat Lake, Alta., country singer Brett Kissel was performing the U.S. national anthem at an Edmonton Oilers playoff game earlier this year, sound issues forced him to lead the crowd in a rousing a cappella rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner. Fingers crossed his mic doesn’t give out tonight — 9:20 p.m. — but if it does the audience will likely be able to sing along with his hits, including Started With a Song, Airwaves and, of course, Hockey, Please Come Back.

The Canada Games Festival’s final night of performances will end with a fireworks show at 10:35 p.m.

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