2017 is turning out to be an amazing year for YEG country fans, especially here at Northlands Coliseum. We’ve already had Dierks Bentley here last month and with Eric Church, Chris Stapleton and Dean Brody on the way this March 10, 25 & May 26, this is set to be one of the biggest years for country music at Northlands. But is it the biggest? We took a look back at the archives all the way to beginning in 1974 to get the official stats and here’s what we found.

1) First Country Concert

Who was the first country superstar to hit the Coliseum stage? That honour goes to the legendary Man in Black himself, Johnny Cash, who gave the lucky number 13 performance at the arena back in June 21, 1975.

2) Most Country Diva Concerts

Many would say its country’s fabulous female performers who left the biggest impression on local audiences and it’s hard to argue, but which female country music legend played the Coliseum the most? To the shock of no one, it’s a tie between Reba McEntire and Shania Twain, who both performed at Northlands six times throughout the span of their careers. Closest runners up are The Dixie Chicks, who’ve played here four times over the years.

3) Most Group Concerts

Some of the most beloved country acts aren’t solo performers, but group acts that people keep wanting to see over and over again. To date two such acts can claim the crown as the Coliseum’s favourite, with Alabama and Brooks & Dunn both putting in six performances.

4) Most Canadian Country Act

Though he’s no longer with us, the Northlands Coliseum stage was never more Canadian than the two wonderful times Stompin’ Tom Connors took our stage.

5) Most Concerts

Do you think you can name the country legend that’s played the Northlands Coliseum more times than any other performer? Here’s a list of all the performers who DIDN’T take the top spot:

Charley Pride
Merle Haggard
Dolly Parton
George Jones
Willie Nelson
George Straight
Garth Brooks
Wynona Judd
Alan Jackson
Tim McGraw
Toby Keith
Keith Urban
Brad Paisley
Dierks Bentley
Rascal Flatts
Carrie Underwood
Taylor Swift (she totally counts…)
Lady Antebellum
Luke Bryan

None of these amazing acts could top the seven-time record held by the Coliseum’s most consistent country presence, the Gambler Kenny Rogers.

There’s a good chance Kenny’s record isn’t going to be beaten, but we’re going to have a lot of fun watching some of country’s top acts give it their best. If you haven’t got your tickets for these upcoming concerts yet, now’s the time to do it!

Eric Church – March 10
Chris Stapleton – March 25
Dean Brody – May 26

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