BlackTop Hop raises funds for the Shurniak Art Gallery in Assiniboia


Special event including gallery tours, dinner and a concert by renowned country musician Justin Labrash

Lovers of interesting art, great food and awesome country music will have the chance to enjoy all three in one night of festivities during BlackTop Hop in Assiniboia this weekend.

The Shurniak Art Gallery will be hosting the event on Saturday, July 2, and it will be hard to miss if you’re in the community that night – the Third Avenue area outside the gallery will be blocked off by a stage setup and everything in place for a fun fundraising night.

“It’s a street-dance style fundraiser, it will be inside and outside the Shurniak Art Gallery and the gallery will be open for tours and exhibits as well as a dinner and a Justin Labrash concert,” said event organizer Jyann Williams.

“Everyone has been waiting for everything to reopen and support our community, and I’m thrilled, and this is just a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness and get some money for the Gallery.”

It all starts at 5 p.m., with the Gallery open for a tour of all the art exhibits and all they have to offer. Artists from Gisele’s DanceTyme studio will be on stage in the early evening to show off their talents and people can attend the big summer raffle, featuring a host of items from local businesses to be won.

An upscale barbecue dinner prepared by the Shurniak Gallery’s own Fresh Start Cafe will take place at 6 p.m. and after the delicious meal, the main entertainment will begin.

Famous Saskatchewan country musician, Justin Labrash, will take the stage at 8 p.m. and perform a sold-out concert, after which a DJ will spin music until the wee hours of the morning.

Tickets are $50 each and provide access to the entire evening of activities.

“It’s definitely going to be an all night party, lots of music, lots of great food and lots of fun,” Williams said.

Ticket sales are going well, Williams expects between 200 and 300 people to attend the event. And all for a good cause as the Shurniaks seek to replenish their coffers.

“Since Bill’s passing in 2020, it’s been expected that we’ll have to apply for grants and look for fundraising opportunities to keep everything viable,” Williams said. “It’s not a ‘if we don’t make money now we’re going to close’ situation, we’re just preparing for the future.”

To learn more about BlackTop Hop and to purchase tickets, be sure to visit the Shurniak Art Gallery website at


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