Last March, the Canadian Armed Forces Show Tour rolled into deployed operations in the Middle East to provide an entertainment break for those serving at three ongoing missions in the region. Headlined by award-winning country music group Emerson Drive, the show brought a much-needed break to the troops. The Show Tour is organized and produced by PSP, a division of Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services.
Grammy nominated group Emerson Drive onstage in Bahrain
Brad Mates, the lead singer of the group, said it was important for the band to get involved in order to get a better understanding of life during CAF operations and to help bring a unique change to the troops.
“I have a greater respect for the mindset it takes to stay focused, and determined during their deployment,” says Mates. “We all felt very honored to bring a piece of Canadian music to the troops”.
For the members, especially in the smaller missions, the Show Tour was a resounding success boosting the morale of all who were in attendance.
“Over the years, the CAF Show Tour has afforded many deployed members the opportunity to have a taste of home and take an operational pause to enjoy Canadian musical and comedic performances. The recent visit of country music group Emerson Drive and comedian Terry McGurrin, proved once again that CFMWS continues to provide outstanding support to deployed members of the CAF.” says Commodore Haydn Edmundson, Commander CTF-150, Bahrain. “The Show Tour offered Op ARTEMIS, Op FOUNDATION as well as many other nations’ personnel the opportunity to kick back and enjoy a few hours of superb music and hilarious comedic relief.”
CAF Show Tour performers Emerson Drive and Terry McGurrin meet
with Commodore Edmundson, Commander CTF-150