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Big Rodeo Picnic Outdoor festival promises high-energy good times
July 2, 1999
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The word ‘picnic’ is about to take on a whole new meaning today at Canada Olympic Park.

Forget about packing a lunch – you won’t be allowed to bring one onto the Olympic Park grounds today anyway. And if the word picnic conjures up images of a quiet, lazy, hazy day in the sun, well, you’d best check out a park other than the one created for Olympia glory.

Stardust Picnic at the COP today is no ordinary luncheon on the grass. Beginning at 2 p.m., the outdoor music fest headlined by Toronto’s Blue Rodeo and Newfoundland’s Great Big Sea will fill the big grassy amphitheatre with high-energy wraparound sound.

It’s supremely fitting that the opening act is Billy Cowsill who – as a member of the family pop group The Cowsills – enjoyed a hit with the song Hair, taken from the hippie musical of the same name, that became a Top 10 single in 1969, the year known for its “summer of love.”

The era in which Cowsill emerged is the inspiration behand Stardust Picnic for Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor.

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