Canadian Rock Icons Play Okanagan – Vernon Morning Star


The Stampeders, says their drummer, resident Vernon Kim Berly, are still playing more than 50 years after their debut for fun and profit.

And Berly makes it clear: it’s in this order – pleasure, profit.

“We’re still here and enjoying the buzz we get from being on stage,” Berly said as he and bandmates Rich Dodson (lead guitar) and bassist Ronnie King prepare to kick off an 11-hour tour. dates in British Columbia on June 18. in Trail. The tour will stop in Vernon, at the Performing Arts Center on Monday, June 20 and at Kelowna’s Community Theater on Tuesday, June 21.

“We have a very interactive show. There’s nothing better than hearing a theater full of laughing people. We don’t just play our songs and go. That’s wonderful.”

The preeminent Canadian rock ‘n’ roll band of the 1970s, The Stampeders, bring all their classic hits: Wild Eyes, Carry Me, Oh My Lady, Devil You, Monday Morning Choo Choo, Minstrel Gypsy, Hit the Road Jack and, of course, the quintessential Canadian song – and Hall of Famer – Sweet City Woman.

No group of the 70s represented Canada’s musical identity to the world quite like The Stampeders. A quick glance at the Canadian music scene from 1971 to 1976 confirms that the group formed in Calgary before moving to Toronto were truly the country’s international musical ambassadors, touring more Canada and abroad than any other. Canadian group at that time.

Formed in 1966, the legendary Canadian trio has just rested for a month after a 25-concert tour of Ontario. It was their first live shows since COVID began.

“It was really spiritual,” said Berly, a Dawson Creek native. “People were so happy to be out. We were so happy to play live.

During the pandemic, Berly took to social media weekly, creating videos of him playing not drums but guitar and singing obscure snippets from Stampeders albums.

“It was great for me. It gave me a reason to keep playing and singing,” Berly said, conceding though that he will be on the skins for the tour. He sings along to Stampeders classics like Minstrel Gypsy, Oh My Lady and Wild Eyes.

When asked if he had a favorite Stampeders song, Berly said he loved them all.

“The songs are all our children,” he said. “Everyone is special.”

The Stampeders broke up in 1977, reunited in 1992 and have been together ever since. Berly said he, Dodson and King were lifelong friends.

“We’re playing better than we were in our (1970s) run,” he said, adding with a laugh: “The front two don’t run around the stage as much.

“We always play and sing very well.”

Reserved Stampeders tickets cost $66.50 (taxes and setup fees included, service fees may apply) and are available from the ticket vendor in Vernon (250-549-7469) and all Kelowna Select Your Ticket outlets (250-762-5050). Show time is at 7:30 p.m.

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