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Performers positively first-class


Behold, the Infitialis alio, known by its common name, Negative Nellie. The creature lives in many different habitat and is able to survive in all seasons. They are not restricted to one similar appearance, but usually have the same, whiney, high-pitched sounds emitting from their mouths. Negative Nellies have frequented the central Newfoundland area for several years, but in recent times they have increased in numbers, especially around this time of year, since this is when the lineup for the annual Salmon Festival is announced.

Behold, the Infitialis alio, known by its common name, Negative Nellie.

The creature lives in many different habitat and is able to survive in all seasons. They are not restricted to one similar appearance, but usually have the same, whiney, high-pitched sounds emitting from their mouths.

Negative Nellies have frequented the central Newfoundland area for several years, but in recent times they have increased in numbers, especially around this time of year, since this is when the lineup for the annual Salmon Festival is announced.

The Negative Nellie is not a predatory animal and their bark is much worse than their bite, but they have no idea that their loud calls serve to frighten other more attractive and complimentary animals from the area.

Yes, the performers for the 25th edition of the Salmon Festival have been made public and many people are already complaining.

It happens every year and this year is no exception.

Most of the people who complain about the Salmon Festival have no idea how concert tours work.

Already there have been comments in online forums, in the bars and at coffee shops that the town of Grand Falls-Windsor should have signed the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, or U2 to play this year. After all, they say, it is the Silver Anniversary of the event.

Oh, what a great day it would be to see Bono on stage at Centennial Field. The site would not be big enough to hold the people wanting to go. Then again, neither would the town.

While us Newfoundlanders are a hearty bunch, most of us would want to sleep in a bed the night of that concert. Given the number of accommodations in the town, and considering that most of us would not open our doors to strange concertgoers, that is just one reason why Mick Jagger will not be here any time soon.

Perhaps the biggest reason, though, is the way promoters and tour organizers book their dates.

There is no act on the planet that would spend the money necessary to come to a small island in the North Atlantic, with sound equipment, merchandise and personnel, if it is not absolutely a moneymaker for them.

In order to make it fiscally viable to have an act the caliber of Neil Young in town, for example, he has to be on tour in Eastern Canada at the time. The artist also has to want to play here. And organizers would have to charge a price that most people would balk at in order to make the money to pay him.

Negativity, unfortunately, spreads faster than a grass fire on a hot, windy day.

When one person rants about how awful the performers for this year's festival are, then others will join the bandwagon.

The acts at the Splash concert this year are world class, even if one of them is not exactly an angel.

In order to make this year's Salmon Festival a success, we, as a community, should take ownership of it. Let's tell our friends and family from out of town what a great weekend this will be and encourage them to come and celebrate Grand Falls-Windsor with us.

David Newell

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