Serena Ryder and Banff National Park Make Perfect Harmony Together

Banff’s Fourth-Annual ‘Performance in the Park’ Welcomes Canadian Artists June 22, 2013

Serena Ryder and Banff National Park Make Perfect Harmony Together

Banff National Park, Alberta (February 27, 2013) – Serena Ryder, the soulful Canadian songstress and Juno Award-winning artist known for her powerful vocal range and hits like Stompaand Calling To Say, will headline Banff’s fourth annual Performance in the Park June 22, 2013.

Performance in the Park’s outdoor concert will take place in the town of Banff’s scenic Cascade Gardens where supporting actsCoeur de PirateandSaid The Whalewill also perform to what is traditionally a sold-out crowd. 

Performance in the Park, produced in partnership with Parks Canada, The Banff Centre and Banff Lake Louise Tourism, was introduced in 2010 to celebrate the destination’s mountain heritage and the importance of protected places in Canada. As with previous years’ concerts, all of which were completely sold-out, this year’s event will see a portion of ticket sales going to the Banff Stewardship Fund which seeks to increase awareness of the significance and relevance of Banff National Park. 

“Performance in the Park has become one of the highly-anticipated and beloved events held in Banff National Park,” said Stu Back of Banff Lake Louise Tourism. “We welcome fans of both the park and these talented Canadian artists to enjoy a beautiful day of songs and summer in the Rockies as we celebrate our mountain culture.” 

Serena Ryder, 31, who hails from the small town of Millbrook, Ontario, first came to the attention of Canadian music lovers with her breakout albumUnlikely Emergency in 2004. Her most recent album,Harmony, was released in 2012 and is being lauded as the boldest of her career to date, earning her recent Juno nominations for Best Single of the Year forStompaand Best Adult Alternative Album of the Year. Ryder has already earned three Juno Awards for Best New Artist (2008), Best Adult Alternative Album (2009), and Best Video (2010) as well as two Canadian gold albums. 

Ryder will be accompanied by French-Canadian artist Béatrice Martin, better known by fans asCoeur de Pirate, and Vancouver-based rock-indie band,Said The Whale, also recently nominated for a Juno Award for Best Alternative Album of the Year. 

Tickets for the family-friendly Performance in the Park, including a limited amount of 500 tickets for children under 12 at a special price of $12.50, go on sale March 5, 2013 and are available through The Banff Centre Box Office and Ticketmaster. 

Previous bands to have played at Performance in the Park include The Sam Roberts Band in 2012, Great Big Sea in 2011 and Spirit of the West in 2010. 

Gates open 2:00 p.m. Show starts 3:00 p.m.

Cascade Gardens • Parks Canada Administration Building • Banff • Adult $35 | Child $12.50

Banff CentreBox Office: 1-800-413-8368 or 403-762-6301

Presented as part of the 2013 Banff Summer Arts Festival

Tickets go on sale March 5, 2013

For more information about this exciting event, please visit: www.banfflakelouise.com/performanceinthepark

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About the Partners

The Banff Centre - Founded in 1933, The Banff Centre is a globally-respected arts, leadership, and educational institute, located in the heart of Canada’s Banff National Park. The Banff Centre is the largest arts incubator on the planet. New art and ideas are born at the Centre every day. Through its multidisciplinary programming, The Banff Centre provides artists, leaders, and researchers with the support they need to create, and the develop solutions and new ideas. www.banffcentre.ca 

Parks Canada - Parks Canada manages a Canada-wide family of 44 national parks, 4 national marine conservation areas and 167 national historic sites on behalf of Canadians. Parks Canada offers Canadians a myriad of opportunities to discover, enjoy and learn about Canada’s natural wonders and about the places, persons and events that left their mark on our country’s landscape, architecture, culture, economy, population and lifestyle. www.pc.gc.ca/banff   

Banff Lake Louise Tourism- Banff Lake Louise Tourism is a destination marketing organization for the Town of Banff, Community of Lake Louise and Banff National Park.  Supporting over 800 businesses, our mission is to engage visitors in unrivalled, remarkable experiences with our membership. www.banfflakelouise.com