Rodeo continues after storm hits

A massive wind storm that hit northeastern BC and parts of Alberta caused a power outage in Dawson Creek, affecting concert ticket holders Tuesday night.

The outage occurred while Blue Rodeo was on stage at the EnCana Events Centre, but the band took it in stride and continued the show by playing an acoustic set for over 100 minutes, according to a post on the arena’s Facebook page.

“The amazing and iconic Blue Rodeo brought their ‘In Our Nature’ tour to Dawson Creek and the Encana Events Centre and like the seasoned veterans of music they are, they continued with their set even after a major power failure occurred in Dawson Creek.”

The Facebook post goes on to say that staff used the public address system, which is powered by backup generators, and wireless mics in order for the band to continue. In turn, Blue Rodeo invited ticket holders to crowd around the stage while they continued their set, leading to a much more intimate concert.

Fans took to social media to express their delight, with many saying the acoustic set made the show more enjoyable and likened it to a small club show.

The power outage is still affecting many residents of Dawson Creek, with BC Hydro reporting over 6,000 residents are still without power in that area, and over 14,000 customers without power in the BC Peace region.

The strong winds have since moved east to Alberta, and Environment Canada currently has wind warnings in effect for much of the central and eastern parts of that province. Some highways have also been closed due to falling trees and power lines.

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