If you are wanting to get up close and personal with some exceptional Canadian country music talent, Iron Mountain Music is the place to be this Friday night.

Tom McKillip is one of the most sought after and talented producer/musicians in the Canadian Country Music scene and he will be leading his eight piece band along with guests and friends on the Capital Soundstage to kick off the Merritt Walk of Stars Gala.

The public is welcome to this event, which will give people an opportunity to see these country music greats perform in an intimate venue. McKillip has been the musical director for the B.C. Country Music Awards (BCCMA) and the Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMA) as well as the musical director the Walk of Stars Gala.

As the musical director for the Gala, McKillip helps the organizers choose the lineup for each years show.

This years Gala will feature Jim Byrnes, Patricia Conroy, Tara Oram, Chad Brownlee, and Haylee.

The event will also be hosted by Country Music Television’s Casey Clarke and will take place on Saturday May 28th at the Merritt Civic Centre.