Waterloo Region Record
KITCHENER — Canadian bluesy rock band Big Sugar will perform free of charge at Big Music Fest this summer.
A news release announced that the Toronto-based group will perform on Friday, July 10, the single free night of performances in the three-day festival.
Big Music Fest will also feature Rod Stewart, Blondie, Jane’s Addiction and several other popular bands as it returns to McLennan Park in Kitchener from July 10-12.
The festival kicks off with other events including a food festival, short film screenings and live entertainment at a city hall stage.
It will run in downtown Kitchener in the four days leading up to Friday’s Breaking Bands talent contest at McLennan Park.
Breaking Bands is an Ontario-wide talent competition and thousands of bands apply to compete.
It’s is open to emerging Ontario bands with three or more members aged 16 or over and aims to launch the winner’s musical career.
The Modern Heart, a Toronto-based rock band, won the competition last summer and will return to Big Music Fest for a performance on Sunday, July 12.
Friday night will be free to the public and showcase Big Sugar after Breaking Bands competitors perform.
Last year’s Big Music Fest, featuring Aerosmith and Bryan Adams, drew about 60,000 spectators.
The outdoor music festival has drawn thousands of fans since 2008 and took place in Belleville before moving to Kitchener in 2014.
More details about Breaking Bands will be announced on Big Music Fest’s website, bigmusicfest.com. Tickets for the three-day festival are still on sale at the site.
A single two-day admission pass costs $150. Admissions for a single day are $88.50.