Nova Scotians got a taste of this summer’s hottest ticket, whenthe entertainment lineup for this year’s edition of the Grou TymeFestival was unveiled today, June 16. Grou Tyme — which literally means a big party — is joining TallShips Challenge 2004 for an extraordinary celebration of l’Acadiefrom July 29 to Aug. 2 on the Halifax waterfront. Artists from around the globe will come together for a party torival all others when they help celebrate the 400th anniversaryof l’Acadie during the World Acadian Congress. Grou Tyme willbring together an unforgettable lineup of artists from France,Louisiana, Quebec, Ontario and Acadie. Music lovers interested in Cajun, swing, jazz or just the besttoe tappin’ music this side of the Bayou, will find something fortheir taste at the event, which offers fun for the entire family.Entertainment will include the bohemian sounds of France’sSamarabralouf, Louisiana’s rockin’ fiddler Waylon Thibodeaux aswell as Nova Scotia’s own East Coast Music Award winners Blou –to name a just a few. The full lineup of entertainers and schedule of events isavailable at www.groutyme.com . For full details on the TallShips Challenge 2004, see the websites atwww.novascotia.com/tallships and www.cbc.ca/tallships2004 . More than 40 ships are expected to take part in Tall ShipsChallenge 2004, drawing more than 700,000 people to the Halifaxwaterfront. The weekend’s activities will also include the annual HalifaxRegional Municipality Natal Day celebrations. To accommodate theTall Ships Challenge 2004, the annual Bridge Mile race and BridgeWalk will take place on Canada Day, July 1 for this year only.The 10th annual bridge mile will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.while the 22nd annual bridge walk will take place between 3 p.m.and 5 p.m. on the Macdonald Bridge. For more information, see theHalifax Bridge Commission website at www.hdbc.ca . Tall Ships Challenge 2004 — A Salute to l’Acadie is presented bythe Waterfront Development Corporation. The event is sponsored bythe province, Halifax Regional Municipality, Grou Tyme AcadianFestival, Aliant, Atlantic Lottery Corporation, AlexanderKeith’s, Sobeys, Ford, Casino Nova Scotia, Captain Morgan, TheHerald, McCain, Pepsi, Trade Centre Limited, CanJet, Halifax PortAuthority, Bishop’s Landing, Atlantic Photo Supply, PellerEstates and Ombrelle. CBC is also a sponsor and the hostbroadcaster of the event.