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Where East Meets West The East Coast Garden Party

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There's something about Newfoundland’s hospitality that can leave many transplanted Easterners feeling homesick, especially when it comes to their epic parties.

In Newfoundland, the best parties tend to just happen, and they usually happen in the kitchen of the host’s home. But what happens when too many friends show up? Well, you get moved outside…to the garden.

This July, both Grande Prairie and Fort McMurray will have the opportunity to party like they’re back in Newfoundland, at the East Coast Garden Party. With elements of back east, such as fresh seafood, and kids’ entertainment and beer gardens, this is sure to be one of the parties of the summer!

Based in Grande Prairie, the East Coast Garden Party is a non-profit organization that is preparing for their seventh year in Grande Prairie and their third year here in Fort McMurray. With a goal to have the East meet the West in a kitchen-style party, all of those who grew up in the East will recognize this as a good time, good friends, good music, and good food…usually happening in the kitchen!

“We want to build an ‘East meets West’ where friends can meet new friends and enjoy an experience,” explains Justin Elliott, event organizer. “They are expected to kick up their heels and enjoy two full evenings of activities and events for the whole family.”

Here in YMM, the party starts on Friday, July 11 and wraps up on Saturday the 12th. Taking the stage for your entertainment will be bands like Nazareth and The Trews on the first night, dedicated to Classic Rock with Fort Mac’s own Sentimental Gentlemen and Tasman Jude. The second night will be full of Celtic and country music with performers from the East, such as George Canyon, Cod Gone Wild, Tasman Jude, Chris Greve and Atlantic Storm. St. James’ Gate will be finishing off the night with an ole’ fashion Kitchen Party on the Main Stage.