2014 Tim Hortons Brier preview

What you can see at the nation’s biggest curling tournament while it’s in town

Mike Davies, Editor-in-Chief Ω

135503aThe Brier has long been celebrated as the nation’s biggest men’s curling bonspiel. It sees the best of the best converge to battle it out for the most prestigious title in a game that many view as Canada’s unofficial sport.

(If you don’t know about Canada’s fascination with curling, then you haven’t seen the film Men With Brooms, and you really should.)

One team from each province will play this game on the specially prepared surfaces at the Interior Saving Centre (ISC), and The Omega will be there to bring you the action with a periodically updated photo gallery throughout the event, as well as results as they come in (follow us on Twitter @TRU_Omega).

There are also plenty of opportunities to meet the nation’s best curlers and interact with some of Canada’s most eclectic sports fans. From Q&As with panels of athletes to autograph sessions, every curling fan should head down at some point and take in the historic tournament.

But what if you’re not into curling?

Well, then there’s the Brier Patch – a legendary party zone that accompanies the main event.

Located a short walk from the ISC, this year’s Brier Patch features entertainment from local musicians and others, celebrating the music of the past and present.

From the classic rock stylings of Dan Hare and the March Hare Band paying tribute to John Fogerty and Bob Seger to the up-and-coming Shred Kelly out of the Kootenays and Kamloops’ own Sabrina Weeks and Swing Cat Bounce – there’s plenty of variety for all musical tastes.

Check out the full schedule of entertainment at the Brier Patch and other events at www.curling.ca and follow the links to the 2014 Brier.