An hour’s drive south of Dawson Creek lies Tumbler Ridge. What’s so special about the town? On August 1st and 2nd this year, Tumbler Ridge will be home to the ultimate Northern BC music festival experience: Grizfest. This year’s festival holds two days of great bands, plus a bonus first day. The lineup is fantastic and full of memorable rockers, so be sure to head to the stage and take in this great festival.
Day One – July 31st
The first day of the festival holds something a little different from the usual: a battle of the bands contest! Bands will compete for cash prizes, but that’s not all they’ll get—the winner of the contest will also get to open the Grizfest stage on August 2nd, making this a contest like no other. There’ll also be a contest for vocalists.
Day Two – August 1st
The lineup for day two is diverse and sure to please everyone. From the folksy Andrew Parkhouse & the Magpies to the rocking Aerosmith Rocks tribute band to the world-renowned Bif Naked to headliners The Glorious Suns, the stage will be full of all kinds of music going from 1:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
Day Three – August 2nd
Day three is where the festival really gets going. Educational act Safari Jeff takes the stage at 12:30 to show off his collection of reptiles—yes, we’re talking real snakes—even allowing for a hands-on experience. Then, the winner of the Battle of the Bands will play, followed by fantastic acts such as Prism, Puddle of Mudd, and the immensely popular Theory of a Deadman.
Grizfest will be sure to rock your world, so don’t miss. From the music to the setting, the festival is sure to be a smash hit, and it’s just one of the events near all our hotels. We have six locations all over Western Canada, so wherever you’re staying, be sure to choose our value and comfort. Book your room today. We look forward to your visit!
Dawson Creek is home many big concerts, such as the upcoming Kelly Clarkson and Journey, but we’re not going to talk about those here today. Instead, we’d like to showcase more local, talent, inspiring musicians who are truly passionate about their craft and entertaining us with their sounds. So from a bluegrass band to a pair of indie folkers to one of the greatest rockers of all time (impersonated, but just as good!), here are three of the best upcoming local shows.
Backwoods Revival – May 9th
In today’s world of pop music and electronic tunes, it’s nice to hear the authentic thing once in a while. That’s why this is the show to see—Backwoods Revival will be full of great original music, with real guitars, as well as plenty of country dancing! So put on your best stompin’ boots and your ten-gallon hat and come on over! This events is 19+. Learn more here.
Twin Peaks – May 26th
A seemingly unlikely duo of musicians at first glance, Lindsay Pratt and Naomi Shore make up Twin Peaks. But when they walk onto stage, despite the small size of their instruments, these two have a big sound. Hailing from Fort St. John, they’ve brought their small-town feel with them wherever they go, no matter how big the event (and they’ve opened for the likes of Peter Katz and Hey Ocean). Don’t miss them when they play Dawson Creek! This is a 19+ event. Learn more at their website.
Elvis Elite – May 30th
Those who still believe Elvis is out there living on the beach in hiding probably just caught a glimpse of Steve Elliott. This professional Elvis impersonator, known as Elvis Elite, owns the stage just as the great rocker once did. Singing all the hits, Steven—or should I say, Elvis—will be in Dawson Creek near the end of May, so don’t miss him! Check the king himself out here.
There are always plenty of great local acts in town and you’ll find them playing anywhere, but when you’re in town, don’t just stay anywhere. For the best accommodations in Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, and many more places, be sure to stay with Pomeroy. See all of our locations here. We look forward to your visit!
C’mon and Curl! Pomeroy Inn & Suites Prairie Showdown March 12 - 15
If you’re a curling fan (or perhaps even throw a stone yourself), you will most certainly know the names Jeff Stoughton, Nikolas Edin, Jeff Stoughton, Chelsea Carey and Rachel Homan. And if you know these names, you will most certainly be excited about seeing their famous faces during the 2015 Pomeroy Inn & Suites Prairie Showdown happening March 12 to 15 at the Grande Prairie Curling Centre!
Tickets for the entire event are $25, or $10 per day/$5 per game at the door or check out Grande Prairie Curling Club for more ticket info.
Get those tickets now and book it to Grande Prairie for this Pomeroy-sponsored event! Stay with us while you’re in town and enjoy all of our amenities and features that will make your visit feel like home.
Stop In At The Vinyl Cafe With Stuart McLean: March 6
The motto for Dave’s humble Vinyl Cafe, “We may not be big, but we’re small,” speaks to heart of many Canadians. What is not so small, however, is the two million people who wait the entire week to tune into the CBC’s Vinyl Cafe radio show hosted by Stuart McLean - and he’s taking his show on the road with a stop in Dawson Creek on March 6.
You can’t have The Vinyl Cafe without Dave and Morley and the entertaining cast of characters who make up this audio wonderland, but the show also highlights new Canadian musical talent. This element comes to life on the tour as well, with live and recorded music by established and up-and-coming musicians of the True North.
Experience this truly Canadian phenomenon at the Unchaga Hall, just around the corner from the Pomeroy. Tickets are $37-$52 plus fees. More info here. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
It has been a busy summer here at the Pomeroy Inn & Suites brand office; from rodeos and festivals to road shows and hotel openings, so if you haven’t seen the team out and about, you obviously haven’t been at the best summer events.
The good times started with a bang during Stompede week here in Grande Prairie. It all got going on Thursday (May 30) with our 2nd Annual Pomeroy Inn & Suites charity BBQ in support of Encana’s Race Against Hunger initiative. As with last year, the BBQ was a huge success raising $1300 and donating thousands of lbs. of food all over Alberta and BC. After the BBQ it was on to the Friday night VIP tent at the Chucks. The night was filled with great food, great friends, and a great showing from our Pomeroy Inn & Suites rider, Mark Sutherland.
Three weeks later was the second annual Pomeroy Guitars & Wagons weekend. Quickly becoming the go to concert event of the summer in Grande Prairie, this year saw Doc Walker and Corb Lund take the stage and entertain everyone in attendance.
For those of you fitness buffs out there, this summer also saw the return of the Pomeroy Inn & Suites Race Series. This year’s series saw five races (up from last year’s three) with over 500 triathletes taking part, staying fit, and having fun.
July 5 was the biggest day of the summer for Pomeroy Inn & Suites. Not only did Mark Sutherland run our tarp at the 101st Calgary Stampede, but we welcomed another hotel into our family; Pomeroy Inn & Suites at Olds College officially opened its doors. Located on the grounds of the beautiful Olds College campus, our Full Service Pomeroy Inn & Suites in Olds, Alberta has the spirit of a friendly rural lodge with the modern amenities of a big city hotel.
As you can see the summer of 2013 has been a busy one here at Pomeroy Inn & Suites, but busy isn’t bad…busy is exciting!
December 4, 2012 3:49:18 PM
What does the hockey lockout mean to fans around Canada and the world?
It means that owners and players are not playing because they cannot decide on a fair way to split up the almost three and a half billion dollars’ worth of revenue that comes into the league each year. And where does this money come from? You guessed it; the hard earned dollars come from the not so deep pockets of your average hockey fan. They are fighting over how to split up the money that WE pay to watch THEM play. Without getting into too much lawyer talk, let’s just say this is terrible news for hockey loving men all over the world.
This means your life, as you know it, is over. It means that your Thursday nights will no longer be spent laying out on the couch watching the Oilers battle the Wild, instead you will be cuddled up in a blanket trying to figure out why seemingly all shows on TV have become overrun with Vampires. Then you will go out for a romantic Saturday night movie only to find, yes you guessed it, more vampires. It is like you dozed off one night and the Vampire apocalypse struck. Just a quick head’s up; the epic conclusion of the Twilight Saga is in theatres, so get your popcorn ready.
Do not put away the tools from your summer projects just yet, because your to-do list has now been extended into the fall. You have the time to tackle all those remaining DIY projects. New floors will be laid, shelves will be made, pictures will be hung, and pipes will be fixed.
Visiting the in-laws no longer consists of a polite hello followed by a quick exit to the living room to catch the final two periods. You now get to sit quietly and listen to stories about Aunt Bertha and Uncle Gerald, as you sip cold Earl Grey Tea, munch on digestive biscuits and pretend to be enjoying this wonderful night out, because as all men know, there is nothing more exciting than a Wednesday night filled with Earl Grey Tea.
What about all the time in between games, when your workplace is usually filled with the banter of the NHL. How many hours are killed every winter discussing last night’s game, the latest trade, or the fact that Bob Cole still does not seem to know the names of any players not in Toronto blue?
The final problem with the lockout and perhaps the worst consequence is that all men will now become pseudo babysitters for more frequent girl’s nights out. Now that there is no reason to go out with the boys and have a beer, there are all the more free nights for your better half and her friends to go out and paint the town red. Well, look at it this way, at least you have basketball. It’s time for you to start brushing up on your knowledge of the Charlotte Bobcats, the three point play, personal fouls, and James Harden’s beard.
Through this sea of negativity that the NHL lockout creates, there is but a ray of the positive. You can now go out into the great outdoors and enjoy all the countryside that our beautiful land has to offer. From the Peace River Valley to the foothills of the Rockies to a trip to the Vegreville Pysanka; our region is full of many things to enjoy, or keep your mind off the fact that they STILL aren’t playing hockey. All we can hope is that the powers that be fix this travesty and give us hockey fans something to cheer for besides the continuation of Twilight.
But until then, wherever your travels take you remember us here at Pomeroy Inn & Suites; we’ll look forward to seeing you.
*Photos Courtesy: Fan Pop, Cinema Blend, News OK
October 18, 2012 3:55:04 PM
Ryan Pomeroy was nominated and selected as a Prairies finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, in the category of Business-to-consumer Products and Services.
Of the 81 nominees spanning our region, the judges narrowed the field to 34 deserving entrepreneurs in 10 categories. In Ryan’s category he was one of 3 finalists selected.
Per the Press Release issued by Ernst & Young in July, “The Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates the contribution and spirit of entrepreneurs everywhere. The Canadian program is in its 19th year of honouring the country’s most impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business. Award finalists are chosen based on their vision, leadership, financial success and social responsibility.”
The recognition Ryan received is a tribute to the hard work that our employees do every day to make our company so successful.
On behalf of the entire organization we congratulate Ryan on his nomination. The winners were announced at an awards banquet on October 11th in Calgary, and although Ryan did not win in his category, it was a great experience for both Ryan and the company as a whole. We look forward to re-applying next year!
October 10, 2012 12:01:49 PM
I’m sure some of you are in the same boat as me this week, and enjoying some delicious turkey / thanksgiving leftovers! We unfortunately were a little behind the eight ball when we went to purchase our free range turkey from a local butcher, here in Grande Prairie and ended up with a 17 pounder to split between three of us! Needless to say we have been getting a bit creative with our recipes and altering them to include turkey, the last few days! These include, Turkey Soup and Turkey Chili (Perfect for a SNOWY day like today!!) and also the classic turkey dinner sandwich - All of your leftovers between two pieces of bread, dipped in gravy… heaven!
We have also resulted to "gifting" pre-packed containers of turkey, dressing and potatoes to all of our friends! What are some of your favourite ways to use up your Turkey leftovers after the holiday?
And now for something that doesn’t have anything to do with Turkey! I tried out a great recipe this weekend that is fantastic for Fall, that I thought I would share. My mother shared it with me, and here is her recipe! It can also be found, on her blog.
Maple Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
½ pkg. vanilla instant pudding
¼ Cup milk
1 Cup canned pumpkin puree
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. nutmeg
¼ Cup butter – melted
1 large egg – lightly beaten
1 pkg. active dry yeast (2 and 1/4 tsp.)
1 Tbsp. sugar
¼ Cup warm water
4 Cups all-purpose flour
1/3 Cup butter – softened
1 Cup brown sugar - packed
1 ½ Tbsp. cinnamon
Maple Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 ½ Cup icing sugar
6 Tbsp. cream cheese – softened
¼ Cup butter – softened
¼ tsp. maple flavouring (I used 2 Tbsp. pure Maple Syrup as well)
½ tsp. vanilla
1 Tbsp. milk
Whisk together the pudding and the milk. Stir in the pumpkin and whisk to combine. Add the salt and nutmeg. Whisk in the melted butter and egg. Set aside while you prepare the yeast mixture.
Combine the warm water and sugar and sprinkle on the yeast. Stir lightly just to combine. Let stand for 5 minutes till mixture is foamy. Slowly add the pumpkin mixture and mix on low till combined. Mix in the flour – 1 Cup at a time. If using a stand mixer – use the dough hook and mix on low for 7 minutes or knead by hand on lightly floured surface for 9 minutes until smooth. Place dough in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 1 hour.
Meanwhile prepare the filling and soften the butter.
Turn risen dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll out to a 11 X 18 inch rectangle. Spread with softened butter, sprinkle on the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture and press into the butter. Roll short ends (on left and right sides) over slightly to keep filling in. Now roll as tight as possible on the long edge – rolling away from yourself. With a serrated knife cut into 14-16 pieces for regular sized rolls or 7 for jumbo cinnamon rolls. Place cut side up in lightly greased cake pans. Cover again with plastic wrap and let rise for 20 minutes. Prepare the icing while dough is rising – beat the cream cheese with the butter till smooth, add in the flavouring and beat till smooth. Add in the icing sugar a ½ Cup at a time and beat till smooth and soft. Add 1 Tbsp. milk if needed to make a softer icing.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Frost the rolls while they are still warm. Enjoy!
Here are some photos I took while Baking these yummy little rolls!
With this being the last weekend of summer, we at the Pomeroy Inn & Suites brand office were thinking this would be the perfect time to plan one last weekend getaway to get the most out of the season before the cold of winter arrives. Nothing accompanies a road trip like a good playlist, so without further ado here is the perfect playlist to get you ready for fall.
September – Earth, Wind, & Fire – 1978
This disco hit, that reached number 8 on the charts, is about a whirlwind fall romance. The song opens with a date of September 21st; many wonder the significance of the date. Is it someone’s birthday? The first day of fall? In reality this date has no real significance and was chosen simply because “It just felt right.”
Maggie May – Rod Stewart – 1971
This song acted as Rod Stewart’s coming out party. He burst onto the scene with this risqué song, which remains one of his most well-known and was first number one hit.
Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground – The White Stripes – 2002
With a title like this Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground this White Stripes hit has to be on any fall playlist. While, not about the season itself, The White Stripes give us a sad journey through a troubled relationship with this one.
Autumn Leaves – Nat King Cole – 1956
We have to trip back in time to this fall classic sung by Nat King Cole. Recorded in English in 1956 for the film Autumn Leaves this song was originally written and recorded in French in 1945 with the title Les feuilles mortes (literally "The Dead Leaves").
Harvest Time – Luke Bryan – 2011
From 1956 and Nat King Cole we jump in our time machine and move forward to 2011 where we find Luke Bryan and his song Harvest Time. Nothing says fall like the combines and tractors, and no song projects this view more than this (except for maybe one song, which you will find a few spots down on our list).
October – U2 – 1981
This title track from U2’s 1981 album was entirely improvised. The original song was lost when Bono had his briefcase stolen by a group of fans, and was not recovered until 3 years later.
The Boys of Fall – Kenny Chesney – 2010
Nothing screams fall like the return of Football! And nothing screams Friday nights under the lights watching your high school go facemask to facemask with their bitter rivals. This song became Kenny’s 18th number one country single.
Moondance – Van Morrison – 1970
Though this song was the title track for his 1970 album, Van Morrison did not release Moondance as a single until 1977. This song also was ranked as the 226th best song of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine in 2004.
International Harvester – Craig Morgan – 2007
This may be the only song that is more about combines and fall time then Luke Bryan’s. This song was released in 2007 and reached number 10 on the country charts.
Nightmare on My Street – DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – 1988
We will finish up our playlist with this Halloween themed beauty of a song.
We hope some, if not all, these songs make it on to your playlist for your last road trip of 2012. Wherever your road trip takes you we hope it takes you to a Pomeroy Inn & Suites.
Did we miss a song? What is your must-listen fall tune? Let us know and we’ll add it to our list.
Have a great weekend!
As we gear up for a weekend out at Evergreen Park for the Pomeroy Inn & Suites Guitars & Wagons Weekend, I want to take a minute and reflect back on our fantastic Triathlon that ran (swam, and biked) last weekend in Grande Prairie.
The event went off without a hitch! Here is a teaser photo from the swim….
More photos will be posted soon on Facebook and also shared in high quality with all of the participants! In the meantime, here are links to our photographer, Heather’s blog, where she shares some of her favourite photos from the day!
These photos come from the two lovely photographers we had in attendance. They both wrote blogs about the event, and I wanted to share an excerpt from the second photographer, Shari’s blog (www.talesfromasmallkitchen.com). A wonderful story fit for Father’s day!
This morning, H & I woke up ridiculously early. H was photographing the Pomeroy triathlon and she hired me to be her assistant. I was basically in charge of taking a few shots of the pool from the stands, random shots of people in the transition area and then pictures of each athlete as they crossed the finish line at the end of their run.
We were waiting on one runner. He was very far behind the rest of the group. Eventually, they started the medal ceremony and H had to go shoot it. I was left at the finish line by myself.
It took a while but I realized, eventually, that there was a family behind me. I asked the young girls if they were waiting for their dad. They were. The man's wife explained that the man I was waiting for is a runner but had never participated in a triathlon before. And, he signed up for the Olympic distance, not the sprint. This means, in addition to his swim, he had to bike 40 km and run 10 km.
I was beat just thinking about this.
Then, his wife informed me that he only made the decision to sign up for the triathlon two weeks ago. Not much time to train for such a huge undertaking!
After hearing the story, I told the girls that if they wanted to head down the path, they could wait for their dad and then cross the finish line with him when he passed by them. At first, they thought I was crazy but then their mom told them that, if they wanted to, she'd go down with them and wait.
Here's what happened next...
The mom, her stroller & baby, and two small girls started to head down the path. They got a short way down and the mom, stroller and one girl turned back, heading towards me, while the other ran like heck down the path, away from the finish line.
Her dad was coming towards her.
She ran all the way to him, grabbed his hand and ran the 1/4 km to the finish line with him.
I said to his wife, "That's awesome.'
She said, 'No, that's the best father's day gift ever.'
While no one else was around to cheer this man on, I don't think he cared. They were so proud of him and I'm sure it was his greatest father's day to date.