Contenders to return in November

Duo of Valdy and Gary Fjellgaard will be joined by Blu and Kelly Hopkins on their Thompson-Okanagan tour

The Contenders, a duo made up of Valdy and Gary Fjellgaard, will return next month for their 18th annual tour of the Thompson-Okanagan.

The two Juno Award winners came together to release the first Contenders album in 1999 and followed up with a second volume in 2007.

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The two are long-celebrated Canadian folk musicians and each has also earned a spot in the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.

Playing a western, roots and folk style of music, Fjellgaard said the music “champions the vanishing values and frontier spirit” of the genre.

Their tour is a string of five dates, including a Friday, Nov. 1, performance in Kamloops at Sagebrush Theatre, 1300 Ninth Ave., beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Other dates include Oct. 30 in Lake Country, Oct. 31 in Tappen, Nov. 2 in Summerland and Nov. 3 in Oliver.

Joining the two will be Blu and Kelly Hopkins, classic folk, roots and country players from Salmon Arm.

Tickets for the duo’s Kamloops performance are available at the Kamloops Live box office, 1025 Lorne St., 250-374-5483 and online at

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