Canadian Forces Personnel and Family Support Services

Canadian Forces Personnel and Family Support Services
Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

May 14, 2008 15:34 ET

DND: Afghanistan Show Tour Delivers Entertainment From Home

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 14, 2008) - A group of ten Canadian entertainers from across the country will combine their talents and travel to Afghanistan to entertain our troops in May for the Task Force Afghanistan Show Tour. The diverse cast will put on five performances for troops over a two week period starting May 18.

These show tours are organized for each Afghanistan six-month rotation by the Canadian Forces Personnel and Family Support Services (CFPFSS), the morale and welfare arm of the Canadian Forces (CF). The CFPFSS has a long tradition of providing show tours to CF members serving overseas and in isolated locations. Over the course of any six-month major mission, a CF Show Tour is usually held at the mid-point.

"A CF Show Tour contributes immensely to the morale of deployed members," says Manager Deployment Policies and Resources Mark Larose, "especially when topnotch Canadian talent takes centre stage to perform for our servicemen and servicewomen half way around the world in a very harsh environment".

The show will be directed and co-hosted by musical comedian Kenny Shaw. Also co-hosting is comedian Pete Zedlacher who previously visited Afghanistan with a CF Show Tour in 2002. The remainder of the show will be filled with a variety of rock, pop, country and Celtic artists. Singers Matt Minglewood, Duane Steele, Diane Chase, Ginette Genereux and Toronto-based rock band Suckerfactory will no doubt have the troops singing along. Adding some east coast flair to the show are Celtic fiddlers Troy MacGillivray and Kimberly Fraser.

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