Tonight’s the night, Rock The Park officially kicks off it’s 10th anniversary milestone three-day bash in London’s Harris Park starting off on an adrenalin-fueled note with none other than Canadian favorites The Trews and Tragically Hip.
The announcement earlier this year that Sarnia’s preeminent annual music festival Rogers Bayfest will be on hiatus indefinitely left a lot of heads spinning, but local music lovers don’t have to go without their summer fix of outstanding live music.
Rock The Park is close enough to be a practical alternative for those of us who just can’t imagine the dog days of summer without a weekend of rockin’ music with legendary talent, great food and overflowing beverages shared with family and friends.
This year will see Rock The Park celebrate its 10th Anniversary with nothing less than an inaugural night that will be double-headlined by The Trews and The Tragically Hip. As hard is that will be to top, the next two evenings deliver the goods and continue the trend of great music with a myriad of all-time classics from legendary bands that include Journey, Whitesnake, Styx, Toto, and Grand Funk Railroad.
Just as Bayfest has been a huge local supporter of charity and education, Rock The Park was created to support Bethany’s Hope Foundation’s research into Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD). The organizers said when the effects of this terrible disease hit close to home, claiming the life of seven year old Bethany McIntyre, friendship and hope came together with a vision to “Rock for a Cure.”
“With over $1.5 million raised to date, Rock the Park is entering its tenth year with a renewed vision to grow the appeal for younger audiences while staying true to its original Classic Rock roots and the fans that have supported the event since day one. The festival is about holding on to hope, having fun and bringing back some great memories of 70’s, 80’s and 90’s rock!”
The park gates open up at 4:30 p.m. this evening with primer bands Greg Ball and The Rural Alberta Advantage before The Trews hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. and The Hip at 9 p.m.
Friday evening, the gates open at 4 p.m. and the night’s headliners include Journey and Whitesnake; and Saturday, the gates open at 3 p.m. with Styx, Toto, and Grand Funk Railroad.
Opening up the final night, Saturday, Jul. 27, of this year’s Rock The Park will be Under The Covers winner Dirty Little Secret who recently beat out local favorite cover band 3rd Wave for the opportunity to open the night.
For more information about the lineup or tickets, visit the event’s website at www.rockthepark.ca or contact the Centennial Hall box office at (519) 672-1967, toll-free (888) 999-8980.