Fireworks All Day as Canada Day is Celebrated at Riverside Park

A wide variety of cultural and musical acts celebrated Canada Day at Riverside Park. Talented buskers played roots rock covers near the railway overpass and people streamed in an out of the park all day.Craig and Phil and dog Bill buskers

Craig, Phil and their dog Bill

Live music was on display in the Beer Gardens and on the main stage at Riverside. I caught the last act of the day in the Beer Gardens. Mama Soul, featuring the vocals of Marie Jackon, with members from Kamloops and Ashcroft, played a lively set of rocking blues, which got beer gardens patrons on the dance floor.

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Mamma Soul — JR Adams guitar, Tim Francis drums, Marie Jackson vocals, Matt Wiebe bass, Jamie Marshall Harmonica

One highlight was a steaming version of Rock’n’ Roll Gypsy. Then, the focus switched to the main stage at Riverside Park for the first edition of Music in the Park for 2019. Music in the Park, sponsored by the BC Lottery Corporation and the City of Kamloops, runs musical shows, nightly, from July 1-September 30, weather permitting. Lee’s Music has done a great job providing the sound for many years at this event.

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                                                       Mike Miltmore from Lee’s Music

2019 started off with a bang. Rob Lamonica and Rio from Mazatlan, are a very talented and professional revue. They provided great covers of some of the greatest hits of the 60s through the 80s, including rock, R&B, funk and blues

Rob Lamonica and Rio
Rob Lamonica and Rio during Rob’s solo

They were joined by Henry Small, who played violin and sang, for a few numbers. Some highlights were the Van Morrison hit, Moondance, and the classic Bill Withers song Lean on Me.


Henry Small, violin and vocals

After they departed, a mainly 80s, local, cover band, The Kingpins played popular songs from the likes of Billy Idol, The Talking Heads and others. They got a good reception from the red and white clad Canada Day crowd. The Kingpins

The Kingpins

The last band of the evening was Kamloops’ own Infectuals. Drummer Richard Graham and his cohorts decided to start the fireworks show a few hours early and put on an impressive display. Rich Graham 1

Richard Graham, drums & vocals of the Infectuals

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As evening was approaching the lights and fog/smoke on stage gave the Riverside stage a big coliseum rock show feel. This uber-talented foursome rocked out to many hits from the Red Hot Chili Peppers catalogue and added tunes from The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix, for good measure. The Infectuals were a perfect lead-in to the big Canada Day fireworks show. Thus ended another fun day of entertainment at Riverside Park on Canada Day.

Infectuals: Kris Ruston guitar, Mike Turner bass, Russell Graham vocals
The Kingpins: Ayren Messmer vocals, Larry Peatt drums, Rob Bison guitar, Rod Schnackberg bass

Rob Lamonica and Rio: Rob, keyboards, Daline Jones, vocals

and other members of Rio

Mama Soul: JR Adams guitar, Tim Francis Drums, Matt Wiebe bass
Marie Jackson vocals and percussion, Jamie Marshall harmonica