We are ready to rock and roll. 2017 Rotary Rib ‘n’ Roll has a great entertainment lineup and oh yeah Disney Princesses on Ward Family Day.
Getting ready for Rotary Rib ‘n’ Roll 2017 at Gage Park on May 26, 27, 28 – from left Rotary President Steve Robinson; Sponsor RBC Royal Bank Zanita DiSalle, Regional VP; Wendel Brown Rib n Roll co-chair; Sponsor Investors Group Amanda Graham-Rowe, Division Director; Ribber Jonathan Pereira, owner Sul Irmaos Smoke House and sponsor Cam Ward, Ward Funeral Homes.
Rib n Roll is Brampton’s first summer event
Get ready for the 13th annual Rotary Rib ‘n’ Roll, Brampton’s popular ribfest and first major event of the summer.
It runs May 26, 27 and 28 at Gage Park -Friday evening 5 to 11 pm; Saturday from 12 noon to 11 pm and Sunday Noon until 7 pm.
“Over the years we have had great support from our community, sponsors and our volunteers and we are looking forward to a tremendous event again this year,” says John Sanderson, co-chair of the event for the Rotary Club of Brampton
Money raised at the event goes to support four worthy causes in Brampton –Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness, Tour for Kids, ErinoakKids and Rotary Youth projects.
WARD FUNERAL HOMES is a major sponsor and their involvement allows for significant enhancements on Sunday for families. Ward Family Day has become a staple of the festival.
“We have different crowds throughout the weekend and we wanted to ensure that families with children could be a part of the event. We wanted to create an interactive environment that’s fun for everyone and with the Ward commitment to family, it was a perfect partnership,” co-chair Wendell Brown said.
WARD FAMILY DAY on Sunday includes entertainment for families with kids on separate stages, with buskers, bouncy castles and face painters, balloon tiers, clowns, an animal and reptile show and even Zumba. At 3pm there is a return of the 30 minute live action Disney Princess Show. “These shows are hugely popular with kids,” Brown said
The music is non- stop Friday through Saturday. The Carpet Frogs are back as the Saturday night headliner. The rest of the lineup includes Sticks and Tones, Fleetwood Nicks , and New Hollywood on Friday; Hidden Agenda, Freedom Train , Elyse Saunders Band, Uptown Express, Runaway Angels, and The Carpet Frogs on Saturday. On Sunday there is family entertainment through the day with The Dave Love Band, The Dave Murphy Band and Marc Joseph Band closing out at 5:30. Check www.ribnroll.com for details and times.
“Admission is by voluntary contribution at the gate. Even a toonie would be great because it all goes to support Rotary work in our community.”
Rotary Rib ‘n’ Roll ribber lineup includes Jake’s Boathouse, Louisiana Seafood Oyster Bar and Grill, RD’s Southern BBQ, Sul Irmaos Smoke House and Turtle Jack’s Muskoka Grill.
“Rotary believes in supporting local business, and we get terrific support from local business as well. The City of Brampton has been a partner with us from the beginning – with support from their Community Grant Program. Key sponsors include, Ward Funeral Homes, RBC Royal Bank, RBC Dominion Securities, Investors Group, Amber Brewery, The Marketing PAD, The Brampton Guardian, The Rose Theatre, MSC Productions, Carl’s Catering, Lawrences, Miller Waste and GMF Transport Ltd.,” says Sanderson
This is the 13th year for Rib ‘n’ Roll, an event that started as Blade-a-thon 17 years ago by founder Rob van Kessel. Ribs were added in 2004. Attendance last year at the event was more than 20,000 over three days.
About The Rotary Club of Brampton
The Rotary Club of Brampton is an organization of business and professional leaders, who are united worldwide to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
About William Osler Health Systems
Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness provides the residents of Brampton and surrounding communities with a wonderful new health facility and easy access to a wide variety of traditional and alternative health care services. Peel’s Urgent Care Centre opened in February 2017 with more clinics moving in through April.
About Tour for Kids
Tour for Kids is an adult cycling event, organized by the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the positive outcome for children living with cancer by allowing Brampton children to attend Camp Trillium.
ErinoakKids is an organization that helps children and youth with physical, developmental and communication disabilities achieve optimal levels of independence, learning, health and well-being. They are fundraising to build a 121,000 square feet Brampton site, serving 40 per cent of the children and youth they see and employing about 240 staff members. The building will sit on an 8-acre parcel of land at McVean Drive and Castlemore Road, surrounded by natural beauty, and backing onto a forested area and natural stream that will offer opportunities for outdoor treatment sessions and activities.
About Rotary Youth Programs
Rotary Youth Projects support youth in Brampton at the high school and college level with leadership training, community building and scholarships.