Timmins' Super-Sizes 2018 Stars & Fireworks Fest

The City of Timmins has announced the lineup for what promises to be one of the biggest summer festivals of 2018.

Stars & Thunder Festival, presented by Goldcorp's Porcupine Gold Mines, follows the Canada 150 festival that attracted as many as 100,000 people to its super-sized multi-day events.  The 2017  festivities pumped tens of millions into a local economy in a city previously known as a mining town and most famous for a residency by a then-unknown Eilleen Regina Edwards, who became Shania Twain.

Leading the performance line-up of headliners in 2018 is Bryan Adams.

Following last year's success, the City of Timmins has decided to embark on the second annual Stars & Thunder Festival, with an eight-day schedule of live music and an international fireworks displays by teams representing Brazil, Finland, China and host Team Canada-David Whysall’s International Fireworks spectacle.

As was the case last year, the City is working with western-Canada impresario Ron Sakamoto who is named promoter of the 2018 events.

The festival will kick off on Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (Sunday, June 24), with a lineup of performances by Quebec stars' Eric Lapointe, Roch Voisine, LGS, and Celeste Levis.

The lineup, not fully announced, is packed with top-draw Canadian performers in the northeastern Ontario city that sits on the banks of the Mattagami River.

Sunday,July 1

Canada Day has Bryan Adams appearing for the first time in the northern city. Joining him on the bill are Our Lady Peace, Matthew Good, and Sons Of Maxwell.

Saturday, June 30

California surf mees northern towns: the Beach Boys are marqueed on a bill with Arkells, Allan Doyle and 54.40.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Paul Brandt, High Valley, Nice Horse

Thursday, June 28

Gord Bamford, Lindsay Ell, Aaron Goodvin, and Chris Buck Band, plus a fireworks display by Team China.

Wednesday, June 27

Another top-line concert bill with Burton Cummings and his band, and Sloan.

Tuesday, June 26

Marianas Trench, Virginia to Vegas, Julian Taylor Band, and a firework display by Team Finland.

Monday, June 25

Talk about a great deal, the night's billing features Blue Rodeo, Colin James, and Cree four-piece Midnight Shine.

Sunday, June 24

Eric Lapointe, Roch Voisine, LGS, Celeste Levis and a firework display by Team Brazil.

More talent is TBA, but also confirmed are the Beach Boys, Blue Rodeo, Burton Cummings, Sloan, and Colin James.

After initial hesitation in 2016, sponsorship valued in the millions of dollars has backed the 2018 events.

Among them are Caisse Populaire, LaRonde, and College Boreal, Le Loup and Workforce North, Rogers Radio, Moose FM, CTV and First Student, Timmins Daily Press, Caron Equipment, plus Miller Paving and Northern Fencing.

The official ticket sale will launch on Friday, Nov. 17 at noon.

Ticket information and pricing can be found at www.starsandthunder.com. Early bird ticket prices are an affordable $275 for an 8-day general admission pass or $450 for an 8-day VIP pass. These packages are valid until April 30, at which point they will increase.

Those buying a ticket on the first two days of ticket sales (Nov. 16 or 17) will be entered in a draw to win one of 10 meet-and-greet packages.

Media Contact: Heather Duhn, Corporate Communications Coordinator

705-360-2600, ext. 2212 heather.duhnGtinnins.ca

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