The winning town will have the opportunity to host a music concert featuring multiple country stars, including headlining Grammy-winner Darius Rucker. Other acts include Jon Pardi, Jess Moskaluke and the James Barker Band.
“I’m very proud of the town,” Paradise Mayor Dan Bobbett said. “I heard talk of residents voting last year, so I’m not surprised by this.”
Thousands of Canadians voted for their hometown to be chosen to host this year’s event.
“Each year we see more and more Canadians sharing some big love for their small towns,” said Chris Waldock, marketing director with Coors. “Nominations jumped this year, with over 2,500 heartfelt submissions from across the country who entered the contest, submitted photos and really showed pride in where they’re from.”
The six nominated towns to compete for the winning slot are Penticton, B.C; High River, Alta.; Moose Jaw, Sask,; Orillia, Ont.; St. George’s de Beauce, Que.; and Paradise, N.L.
Bobbett says if the town does win, Paradise Park is where the event will take place.
“We have the facility to make this happen,” said Bobbett. “And if weather is an issue, we have the ability to bring it indoors.”
Last summer’s major event, Atlantic Fest, featuring pop star Selena Gomez, was planned to take place at Paradise Park. Unfortunately, the event did not take place because of Gomez’s health issues.
If the town of Paradise is the overall winner, this will be the first concert at this venue.
The second round of voting is now open. Canadians 19+ can head to www.coorsbanquet.ca/oht to vote for their town.
The grand prize winner will be announced on July 12.
“I encourage everyone to go online and vote for Paradise,” said Bobbett. “After all, there’s no better place for a concert than Paradise.”