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Countryfest heats up

The snow hasn’t even fallen yet but that hasn’t stopped Manitoba’s hottest country festival from releasing their line-up.

Dauphin’s Countryfest announced country music legend Merle Haggard will be performing at Countryfest in June. Haggard joins other country superstars like Lady Antebellum and Dean Brody for the four-day music festival.

Haggard is a three-time Grammy winner and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Some of his most famous hits include “Okie From Muskogee” and “The Fightin’ Side of Me.”

Dauphin’s Countryfest has been around for 26 years. It happens every Canada Day weekend, so next year’s is from June 30 to July 3.

Walk of Fame just got a little longer

The 17th annual Canada’s Walk of Fame gala was earlier this month and seven lucky Canadians got to see their names engraved onto stars.

Singer Michael Bublé and hockey broadcasters Don Cherry and Ron MacLean are some of the 2015 inductees. They join other famous previous winners of Canada’s top prize like Bryan Adams, Margaret Atwood and James Cameron.

All inductees receive their name engraved on a plaque laid down at the intersection of King Street West and Simcoe Street in Toronto.

At the event, Bublé told reporters it meant everything to him as a Canadian to be inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.

The last roar

The Osborne Village Motor Inn closed its doors for good, but not before throwing one last Halloween bash.

The long-time running music venue ended its 35-year run with an epic Halloween Bash Oct. 31. Winnipeg rock band Dreadnaut played the last show at The Zoo, which often gave its stage to Winnipeg’s heavy metal scene.

It was announced in August the space would be sold and replaced with potential condos or an indoor waterpark. This is yet to be confirmed.