The Kitikmeot Trade Show won’t take place until February, but Tom Cochrane has already been confirmed as the major entertainer for the event.
“With a lot of these performers, you have to (book well in advance),” said assistant senior administrative officer Jim MacEachern, who added that 54-40, last year’s headline act, was arranged a year in advance.
Cochrane is known for hit songs like Life is a Highway, No Regrets and Boy Inside the Man, as well as songs with former band Red Rider such as White Hot, Big League and Lunatic Fringe. He will put on two performances, one for trade show delegates and one for residents, MacEachern said.
“We’re pretty fortunate because normally we wouldn’t be able to afford Tom Cochrane, Blue Rodeo or 54-40, but we utilized the success of the trade show to bring them in for the community, the region,” he said.
The next Kitikmeot Trade Show marks the event’s 20th year.
“It’s a pretty big milestone,” said MacEachern.