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Tanya Tucker, The Trews and Loverboy to take the stage for Festival of Friends

A country legend, Canadian rockers and 80s icons will take the stage during the 44th annual Festival of Friends during the Civic Holiday weekend.

Free event offers music, food and midway rides

Brandi Carlile, left, and Tanya Tucker perform "Delta Dawn" at the 2019 CMT Music Awards. Tucker will headline the 44th annual Festival of Friends at Gage Park. (Mark Humphrey/Associated Press)

A country legend, Canadian rockers and 80s icons will take the stage during the 44th annual Festival of Friends.

The free weekend-long event at Gage Park will take place on the Civic Holiday long weekend (Aug. 2-4) rain or shine.

Hamilton-based rock band The Trews will kick things off as the headliner for Friday, following opening acts Fast Romantics and Bleeker.

Saturday is all about celebrating country music, including a performance by Tanya Tucker, a country legend who is set to release her first new album in almost two decades. The Grammy nominee has been making music for more than 50 years and will be preceded by Ben and Noel Haggard, sons of the late Merle Haggard.

"To have a legend like Tanya Tucker play your event is one thing," stated general manager Robert Rakoczy, in a media release. "But to offer her for free to all of Hamilton is something very special. With all the excitement around her return to country music, we're just honoured to be part of it all."

Sunday will have a very 80s flavour, with new wave band The Spoons, from Burlington, opening for Calgary rockers Loverboy.

The Juno-winners are known for hits from Turn Me Loose to Working for the Weekend.

More than 30 musical acts will take part in the festival, along with food vendors, crafts and midway rides.

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