Can-Am Powerboat Races annual run this weekend, The Trews and 54-40 to headline evening entertainment on the river

Can-Am Powerboat Races happen annually in August on the St. Clair River.
Can-Am Powerboat Races happen annually in August on the St. Clair River.
Can-Am Powerboat Races happen annually in August on the St. Clair River.

The 3rd annual Can-Am Offshore Powerboat Races are slated for this weekend, Aug. 9-11, promising the best in world-class powerboat racing, music and shows, great food, endlessly flowing frosty beverages, and, most importantly, fun for the entire family.

Each year, now with what’s grown into nothing less than a new tradition for communities on both sides of our international border, for the last three years, the Can-Am Powerboat Races have brought together the people of Sarnia-Lambton and Port Huron as international competitors and, more importantly, friends for sport and entertainment.

It’s also an opportunity for both communities to promote tourism and stimulate the local economies.

This weekend, starting Friday, Aug. 9, the cross-border festivities officially get underway at 6 p.m. with an official “Let’s Get Launched” party downtown on the water front that will include a Race Boat Display on Front St. as well as street vendors, and buskers.

Friday evening’s entertainment is expected to be headlined by popular Canadian rockers The Trews – who have performed in our fair city enough times for the band to call our community a second home – with special guests and local favorites Poor Young Things and Painkiller Jane.

The concert venue gates – at the parking lot at the corner of George and Front St. – open at 7 p.m.

The weekend revelry kicks into high-gear Saturday morning with more outstanding live music and street vendors out in the early hours. Powerboat time trials are slated for 10 a.m. with the Powerwake Competition ’13 expected to be underway at noon.

The Powerwake Competition ’13 will feature two different age divisions – ages 9-11 and 12-15 – with trophies and cash prizes given to the winners.

The public is also invited to come out between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. for an official meet & greet with the powerboat drivers at Sarnia Marina.

A boat parade is also expected along the waterfront at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday’s musical entertainment lineup includes afternoon performances by That Dirty Racket at 2:30 p.m. and The Census at 4 p.m., while the evening’s bill – gates open at 7 p.m. – will be headlined by 54-40 with special guests Big Pappa & The Machine and Retrospect.

Sunday is when things heat up and the competition gets serious with a focus on the international powerboat races – three heats between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. It should be noted, say organizers, that ultimately race heats and timing depend on number of last minute boat entries, ship traffic and weather conditions.

For more information about this weekend’s races or the two consecutive evening lineups of live musical entertainment, visit the event’s official website at

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