A Boom Summer Ahead For Canadian Festival Acts

The summer concert prospects for name Canadian artists are shaping up to be decidedly rosy.

Canada 150 celebrations have something to do with the bull market, but there's also the sub-par loonie that has festival bookers favouring homegrown talent--and there's the undeniable fact that demand for a hit parade of marquee Canadian acts has whetted audience appetites for more of their own kind.

Thunder Bay’s blues and country festivals provide a good example of how these factors are offering a homegrown bonanza for Canadian musicians.

In 2016, organizers of Bluesfest in Thunder Bay went all-Canadian, with a bill headlined by Tom Cochrane, Colin James and Burton Cummings. The result was an attendance record, so the formula will be repeated this year.

Bluesfest 2017 will run July 7-9 at Marina Park. The bill includes Amanda Marshall, Sam Roberts Band, Kim Mitchell, Barenaked Ladies, Lighthouse, Powder Blues Band, Randy Bachman, and Big Sugar.

Thunder Bay’s Country Fest runs Aug. 11-12 at Murillo Fairgrounds, again with a fully CanCon lineup. Major country stars appearing will include Brett Kissel, Tim Hicks, Doc Walker, Jess Moskaluke, Washboard Union, Cold Creek County, and Bobby Wills.

Thunder Bay paper The Chronicle-Journal profiled the two festivals in a detailed feature yesterday. Read here



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