Prince Albert’s very own Donny Parenteau will be centre stage during the halftime show at the July 1 football game between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers at the new Mosaic Stadium.
“My original thought was ‘Ok, well if I’m doing the halftime show and I’m a part of it, who’s the headliner?’ And it came back around and (the man booking me) said, ‘You are. The entire show is you,’” Parenteau said.
Parenteau wouldn’t get into particulars of what the show will entail as organizers don’t want to give anything away. But he did say it feels absolutely amazing to be asked to perform at the game.
After everything was confirmed, Parenteau called his friend and fellow musician Neal McCoy. McCoy told him that just when you think your career is slowing down, something will come out of nowhere and slap you.
“For me, sitting back at the level I’m in, all of the things I’ve done in my lifetime I’m very fortunate to get to do this for a living and to pay all my bills with what I do … to finally have this come forward, it’s like ok what’s next,” Parenteau said.
This isn’t the first time Parenteau will perform at a Riders game. He played one game in 2006, but not the halftime show.
“For me to stand up there and perform in front of thousands of people … I’m a Metis boy from Prince Albert, to get to do this and stand up on stage you can bet I’m carrying a lot of pride when I step on that stage and trust me, buckle up cause I’m giving it to them as hard as I can,” he said.