Cornwall Ontario – Local music fans learned Sean McCann of Great Big Sea and Brad Roberts of the Crash Test Dummies will be headlining the first annual Cornwall Musicfest which takes place on Saturday August 20th at the Nav Centre.
The official announcement party took place Friday night at the Jet Set Pub. The music lineup for Musicfest was announced by Dan Allaire and Bill Halman of Boom 101.9 FM.
Those in attendance were delighted to hear about this amazing line-up, and that there will be 12 bands and three different stages.
Sean McCann was a founding member of Great Big Sea, a band that has sold millions of albums, has countless hit songs, and has toured around the world. He retired from Great Big Sea after their 20th Anniversary Tour. Since then he has been playing solo, and he released a 2014 album entitled “Help Your Self” produced by Joel Plaskett.
While Brad Roberts is best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the Juno Award winning band the Crash Test Dummies. His iconic baritone vocals are rememberable on such hit songs as “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm”, “Superman’s Song”, and “The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead”. The album “God Shuffled His Feet” sold over 10 million copies and hit #2 on the Billboard charts in the United States.
Award winning blues musician Paul Deslauriers, who recently had a CD release party and who appeared on the cover of last years Cornwall Living Magazine, will also be headlining the festival.
Other musicians and bands playing include an Eagles Tribute Band named One of These Nights, Cardboard Crowns, The Bard of Cornwall Jesse Ferguson, Nick Seguin, Mena Hardy, Bruce Ciccarelli, Tommy Heatley, Ryan & Amanda, and Chris Benton.
Musical entertainment was provided Friday night by Mandee Woods who played a set at the announcement party.
Organizers Davey Bedard and Jason Mitchell of Limelight Entertainment have partnered up with the Nav Centre and Corus Entertainment to make this event possible.
“Cornwall Musicfest is based on a vision of quality musical performances, an awesome atmosphere, and fun and enjoyment appropriate for a big audience”, says co-founder Davey Bedard.
Tickets for Cornwall Musicfest are $30 in advance or $40 at the gate the day of the show. The event is licensed and 19+, and alcoholic beverages will be permitted throughout the festival site.