TIMMINS: Keith Urban and a long list of Canada's top draw music artists are coming to this northern Ontario city for an eight-day, $3.5M Canada 150 celebration.
The mining town with a population of 43,000 has planned, approved and now announced the June 24 through July 1 spectacular -- that includes an international fireworks festival with Canada, France, Britain, China, Finland, Japan, Ukraine and the USA competing for the top display -- and a music festival to be produced by Ron Sakamoto of Gold & Gold Productions.
New Zealander Keith Urban will co-headline the Canada Day concert with Johnny Reid.
The eight-day festival is entitled the Stars and thunder Timmins International Fireworks Competition and Music Festival. It kicks off on Saturday, June 24, which is St. Jean Baptiste Day and a traditional day of celebration of music and culture for the Francophone community.
In tribute to that, performers include Michel Pagliaro, Franco-Ontarian swing band LGS, and locally-born pop star Cindy Doire.
The Sunday show includes David Wilcox, Sass Jordan, Scarlett Jane and Timmins performer Céleste Lévis.
The Monday night performance will rev the night up with Tom Cochrane with Red Rider.
Tuesday night marquee names include Lights and Simple Plan, followed by Hedley and Alyssa Reid on Wednesday night.
It's retro on Thursday with April Wine, Alan Frew and The Box, and Friday night swings with The Washboard Union and Cold Creek Country.
Additional performers are to be added to the line-up, according to Sakamoto, who ventures, “this is a unique festival, one I’m confident will sell out."
Tickets are set to go on sale on Dec. 1.