Rock Fest organizers work to involve troops overseas - Metro US

Rock Fest organizers work to involve troops overseas

Families and neighbours of soldiers in the Canadian military will have a chance to send and receive messages from loved ones during this Sunday’s Canadian Forces Halifax Rock Fest.

“We are receiving taped messages from the troops in Afghanistan, on board some of our ships, that are going to be broadcast during the concert as well as vice versa,” event director Frank Cleysen said. “People are going to be able to convey their wishes and greetings to the troops.”

Cleysen added well wishers should arrive early to ensure they have a chance to record a message. Gates for the show at Citadel Hill’s Garrison Grounds open at 2 p.m.

“The intent was to bring this out to the community, specifically in Halifax, where the Forces and the navy are such a big part of the community,” Cleysen said. “We all know people that are in the Forces and (we would) just like to show them our support.”

Through his job, Cleysen said he feels a personal connection with soldiers overseas and families here at home. Loved ones overseas will be able to see the show as well because the festival will be taped and sent their way along with messages from Haligonians.

Sunday’s music lineup kicks off with Pink Thunder followed by Sloan, Finger 11, Our Lady Peace and Chickenfoot.

Cape Breton band Pink Thunder was confirmed for the show after winning a contest to find the next great Canadian rock band. The trio is made up of three young women aged 16, 17 and 18.

Cleysen said as many as 15,000 people could rock out on the hill Sunday, adding that ticket sales are going well but weather will determine last minute purchases.

“I think it’s really exciting to have the Our Lady Peace guys here as well and I’m looking forward to seeing legends like Sammy Hagar and (Joe) Satriani in Halifax,” Cleysen said. Both musicians are members of Chickenfoot.

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