North America's Largest Mature Lifestyle Show
Returning to the RP Funding Center on January 30 & 31, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Snowbird Extravaganza is our flagship event, held in Florida since 1995 and in Lakeland since 2001.
Snowbirds flock from all over Florida to attend this event; our Snowbird Extravaganza venue, the RP Funding Center (formerly the Lakeland Center), is well known to Florida consumers and boasts more than 80,000 square feet of renovated show space.
3 Fantastic Stages of Free Entertainment
Join us as we welcome an unparalleled cast of performers in Youkey Theatre. This show, which is designed to suit every taste, is presented twice daily for all to enjoy.
Due to limited seating, if you want to see any of these acts please plan on attending the entire show at either 9:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
Amazing! Athletic and adorable SuperDogs show off their skills in a fast-paced celebration of fun. You’ll fall in love with these amazing dogs. Four shows daily!
Since the beginning of his musical career, John has recorded more than 25 albums, three of which have gone platinum while another has reached double platinum status and yet another achieved a triple platinum ranking.
John’s concerts are sell-outs and sales of his albums are brisk. In addition, John is a perennial favourite to sing the National Anthem at Toronto Maple Leafs home games, and he has met five U.S. presidents. He has been nominated for a number of Juno awards and has received the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Bob Hope Award for his support for veterans’ causes.
In 2010, John was awarded a Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation for his work on behalf of veterans. He is also an honorary member of the War Amps of Canada.
His latest offering is entitled Raised on Songs and Stories (2016), a celebration of his Scottish roots. This year John recorded his first Jazz CD with some of Canada’s finest musicians, including Guido Basso, Dave Young and Robi Botos, jazz musician of 2017. The recording is the culmination of 5 years of discussions with Guido on doing some of the classic soft listening jazz pieces. Some favourites you will recognize are “Moonlight in Vermont,” “The Shadow of Your Smile” and “The Autumn Leaves.”
John Wing was born during the Diefenbaker administration and grew up in the booming metropolis of Sarnia, Ontario. John Wing’s comedy career began in Toronto in 1980, and by the mid-80s he was headlining clubs across North America.
In 1987, John went to L.A. for the first of what is now over 300 television appearances. In 1990, he got what all performers dream of – his first shot on the Tonight Show. He has performed on The Tonight Show six times (once with Johnny Carson) and was a semi-finalist on America’s Got Talent in 2013. John is a regular performer at many comedy festivals, including the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and the Winnipeg, Edmonton, Vancouver, Halifax, and Fort St. John festivals.
John has published a number of poetry books and memoirs, including one called Ventriloquism For Dummies which is a memoir of his first ten years as a comedian. He has also released a number of comedy CDs. John is a regular performer in Las Vegas, as well as cruise ships all over the world, and is a regular on CBC’s ‘The Debaters.’
Jimmy Flynn is your next door neighbour, your funny uncle and a lively entertainer all rolled into one. In his trademark red-checkered shirt, yellow sou’wester and rubber boots, he hits the stage like a storm. In fact, you might want your own hat and boots, because in a matter of seconds, you’ll be caught in a flash flood of jokes and music. The only time you won’t be laughing is when you’re singing along with him and the rest of the audience.
“I never get tired of people telling me how much fun they had at one of my shows,” says Jimmy. “That’s what keeps me going. If I can brighten somebody’s day, or help them forget what was bothering them when they came in, then I’m happy.” Jimmy’s down-home music always strikes the right chord with his audiences, and his stand-up comedy is fast-paced and hilarious.
His live shows are only one aspect of his highly successful career. Jimmy became a popular radio and television personality during the early 1990’s. To date, he has produced and broadcast over 300 radio shows, a 13-week television series, three feature length videos which have gone double and triple platinum, seven gold CDs, a Christmas recording for children and a four time best selling joke book. Now, he is so closely identified with having a good time that he is known as Canada’s Ambassador of Good Cheer!
Valdy, born Valdemar Horsdal in Ottawa, Canada has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for almost 40 years. He’s a singer, guitarist and songwriter who catches the small but telling moments that make up life.
Remembered for “Play Me a Rock and Roll Song”, Valdy has sold almost half a million copies of his 13 albums, has two Juno Awards, a total of seven Juno nominations and four Gold albums to his credit.
Valdy’s recent CDs include Contenders, a collaboration with friend and fellow singer/songwriter, Gary Fjellgaard, and a solo release, Viva Valdy: Live at Last, a two-CD package, one live, one studio, with a total of 25 tunes, and a lyric booklet. His past television appearances include Canada AM and Open Mike with Mike Bullard, and he also played a lead role in an episode of The Beachcombers television series.
Next Generation Leahy
Building on more than three generations of Leahy musicianship, the Leahy family is keeping those traditions alive through music, song, and dance. Led by father Doug, live performances by the Leahy children are filled with the high-energy, infectious Celtic-based music people associate with the Leahy heritage.
Still all in elementary school, the children are accomplished multi-instrumentalists. Fiddle, cello, French accordion, singing, piano, and French-Canadian step-dancing all find a voice on stage.
This rare talent in children so young is an inspiration to other children and families alike, showing just what young people are capable of.
Crystal Gage is a country music entertainer from Windsor, Ontario with more than 25 years in the business she now performs more than 250 high energy, audience-engaging shows per year.
Crystal has opened for artists such as Big & Rich, Emerson Drive and Gretchen Wilson and has won several singing contests, including CMT’s Karaoke Star, from which she used the grand prize to finish and release an album, “Dust to Diamonds.”
Crystal currently spends her winters touring Florida with her husband, Ryan St. Denis, an accomplished fiddler and entertainer in his own right. The couple fills the rest of their time performing at fairs, festivals and banquets while still finding time to raise their twin daughters, Daisy and Emily.
Mo Vint’s Harmonicats
The harmonica virtuosos are here! Mo Vint, Bud Boblink, and Bill Morris continue to play the favourite arrangements of the legendary original trio, while adding new stylings to bring them up to date with today’s sounds. And they have included a few comedy routines that can only be done with a harmonica!
Their style of music brings back memories for the older generation, but the younger audiences have also found a new sound and group to admire and enjoy!
9:30 a.m. Welcome
9:35 a.m. Canadian Snowbird Association Keynote Address
9:45 a.m. Valdy
10:15 a.m. Next Generation Leahy
10:45 a.m. Intermission
11:00 a.m. John Wing
11:30 a.m. John McDermott
1:00 p.m. Welcome
1:05 p.m. Canadian Snowbird Association Keynote Address
1:15 p.m. Valdy
1:45 p.m. Next Generation Leahy
2:15 p.m. Intermission
2:30 p.m. John Wing
3:00 p.m. John McDermott
10:15 a.m. St. Andrew’s Pipes & Drums (Tuesday only)
10:30 a.m. Crystal Gage
11:00 a.m. Jimmy Flynn
11:30 a.m. The Harmonicats
12:00 p.m. Walter Ostanek
1:00 p.m. Crystal Gage
1:30 p.m. Jimmy Flynn
2:00 p.m. The Harmonicats
2:30 p.m. Walter Ostanek
11:00 a.m. Canadian Snowbird Association (Tuesday only)
12:00 p.m. Canada Border Services Agency
1:00 p.m. Canadian Snowbird Association
2:00 p.m. Canada Border Services Agency