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A festival of favourites coming your way

Craig Neufeld

The Manitoba Sunflower Festival brings entertainment for people of all ages each year and this year will be no different. Out of all the entertainers to perform, children’s entertainers LuLu and the TomCat, and Saturday night feature artist Shania Twin will be highlighting the weekend. (SUPPLIED PHOTO)

The Manitoba Sunflower Festival brings entertainment for people of all ages each year and this year will be no different. Out of all the entertainers to perform, children’s entertainers LuLu and the TomCat, and Saturday night feature artist Shania Twin will be highlighting the weekend. (SUPPLIED PHOTO)

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The Manitoba Sunflower Festival brings entertainment for people of all ages each year and this year will be no different. Out of all the entertainers to perform, children’s entertainers LuLu and the TomCat, and Saturday night feature artist Shania Twin will be highlighting the weekend.

Saturday afternoon will be the time to take your family to the stage in the park and enjoy these recent Juno nominated children’s entertainers. LuLu and the TomCat are a multi-instrumental, bilingual entertainment group who encourage active audience participation. With their colourful puppets and creative themes, this multi-award-winning duo will be sure to please children of all ages.

LuLu and the TomCat have been nominated for a Juno for Best Children’s Album for their album Le Chat Botté!

They perform an energetic and highly interactive stage show, composed of sing-alongs, storytelling, puppetry and audience participation. They create a wonderful atmosphere of fun and laughter, with a colourful catalogue of tunes for any occasion and have a fresh and fun approach to family “edu-tainment.”

These two-time winners of the Western Canadian Music Awards have produced nine award-winning albums (six nominations for WCMA in addition to three Parents’ Choice Awards) and entertain audiences locally and internationally in schools, libraries, festivals and community centres across Canada and in Cuba.

Their multi-instrumental, bilingual performances encourage active audience participation. With their colourful puppets and creative themes, this duo performs many different shows and tailors each to suit your particular audience.

And after Shania Twain recently made a stop at the MTS Centre, people surely want more Shania and that is exactly what the Sunflower Festival is going to deliver.

Donna Huber is Shania Twin, The Ultimate Shania Twain tribute act. Shania Twain has sold over 75 million albums worldwide and has numerous hits including Man, I feel like a Woman, That Don’t Impress Me Much, You’re Still the One, Come on Over, Any Man of Mine, and many, many more.

Shania Twin will perform these songs not only sounding like, but also looking like the real thing!

Huber’s childhood was not a typical one. Her father was in retail and was transferred frequently. Because Huber traveled often as a child, this type of life became normal for her and she continues to travel to this day because of the entertainment business she has chosen.

After leaving home, Huber settled in the small village of Thessalon, Ontario. She resided there for three years and was extremely successful with her small bakery business which she operated from her farm house situated on 160 acres of land.

She then moved to Sudbury to live and work with her sister. It was here that she was surprised and pleased to receive compliments from strangers commenting on how she looks like Shania Twain. Even Shania Twain had commented that after seeing a poster of Huber, “I thought that was me! Donna is the best Shania Twain Tribute out there.”

Huber met with an agent in the music business and after listening to her sing, and not to mention her uncanny resemblance to one of country music’s most beautiful and successful women, it was obvious that Huber was about to embark on something that would change her life forever.

They worked to put a band together, practiced for a few months, and the rest is history. Huber has been on the road since March of 1996 as the most successful tribute act in Canada and throughout the United States and Europe.

Shania Twain herself has mentioned Huber in her autobiography. A couple of notable performances for her include playing for the Canadian troops in Bosnia, Croatia, and Dubai, as well as performing at the Calgary Stampede for three consecutive years.


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