Bands from all over the province to play Northern Saskatchewan festival
La Ronge, Saskatchewan seems like an unlikely place for a festival, much less a local music scene.
But several promoters and musicians have taken up the cause with The Stock, otherwise known as Cockstock, which is going down this weekend on July 26 and 27 at the La Ronge Elks Fair Grounds.
Located 380 KM north of Saskatoon at the end of Highway 2, La Ronge is more known for its fishing and forest landscapes than its music scene. Even so, notable bands such as Cowpie and Breach of Trust have called the northern community home.
According to festival promoter Cody Kuchirka, the scene in La Ronge is always changing, but The Stock is a means to unite the community and bring in bands from other parts of the province.
“Before we had a really good scene up here but people decide to move and each year and we would lose another band,” says Kuchirka, who also plays in festival headliners Cowpie. “Right now there aren’t that many bands up there playing shows but when there is a show a lot of people come out to support the music. When there are shows announced up there it always seems like kids will start bands to play which is awesome.
“This weekend up in La Ronge will have a lot of bands and giveaways and it’s going to be a good time,” he continues.
“People can expect a good line-up of bands of all different styles and some good ol’ La Ronge hospitality.”
Kuchirka says that this year’s festival has been extended over the weekend, and that The Stock will feature 15 bands this year. The festival has also gotten a major boost from The Ice Wolves, the local hockey team, who will be running a beer gardens as well as a concession stand throughout the weekend.
“We want to turn The Stock into a yearly event,” says Kuchirka. “We want to provide a different music fest with different styles. This year has been a lot more organized and promoted a lot more so we will see how it turns out.”
The Stock Line-up:
Friday July 26th
Maximus (La Ronge)
Me the Guts (Saskatoon)
Lets get Nasty (Saskatoon)
Billy Ray Roy (La Ronge)
Rocks at Trains (La Ronge)
Saturday July 27th
Cowpie (La Ronge)
Trapline Jams (La Ronge)
Rory Borealis and The Northern Lights (Saskatoon)
Falter Plane (Beauval)
Feedback (North Battleford)
Recession Fighter (Saskatoon)
Low, Down and Dirty (La Ronge)
Aaron Bell (La Ronge)
Shadows Embrace (La Ronge)