The 8th Annual Kemptville Live Music Festival is taking place on July 18-21 on the grounds of the Kemptville Campus, and this year there’s a new partner joining the festival. Explore North Grenville is an initiative in the municipality which encourages tourism to the area, and a partnership with the highly successful Kemptville Live is a natural fit.
The focus of the Festival this year continues to be on classic Canadian acts, exemplified by the return to the stage this year of Burton Cummings on Friday, July 19, and Glass Tiger on Sunday, July 21. Between those two classic acts will be multi-platinum, iconic Canadian artist Dean Brody on July 20. And opening the proceedings will be the Sam Roberts Band on July 18.
Sam Roberts is #59 on Billboard’s Top 150 Overall Selling Canadian Artists. Sam Roberts Band have been nominated for an incredible 14 Junos, winning six along the way and 14 MuchMusic Video Awards, taking home five. Roberts’ songs have long-lasting success across radio and sales. He holds 12 #1 SOCAN Awards. He holds six spots on the Billboard Top 150 Canadian Airplay Songs (Rock) and the Sam Roberts Band continue to deliver their legacy of hit singles to take over the airwaves. Their fiery spirit have made their live shows so legendary, earning them spots performing everywhere from Letterman and Conan, to specialty shows like The Tragically Hip in Bobcaygeon, and major festivals from Bonnaroo to ACL, Lollapalooza, Bumbershoot, The Vancouver Olympics and SARStock, and alongside heroes like The Rolling Stones and AC/DC.
Multi-platinum, iconic Canadian artist Dean Brody is celebrating the biggest years of his career. No country artist has owned the Canadian “Live” stage more than Dean in recent years with three national arena tours (2 breaking national ticket sale records), an acoustic national tour and as the only Canadian country artist to hold a 7-year residency at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage. A passionate storyteller and unmatched lyricist, Dean has risen and continues to remain at the top of the Canadian country landscape with an impressive 34 Top-10 singles (including 8 #1’s), 18 CCMA Awards, 2 JUNOs, more than 425+ million global streams and numerous gold and platinum certified singles (including 1 triple platinum and 3 double platinum). Only Shania Twain has more Canadian streams than Dean when looking at Canadian country artists “lifetime” results.
Glass Tiger, iconic Canadian band, joined us in 2022 as we re-launched the Festival after trying times. If you did not get the chance to see them, you will not want to miss it. If you did, you know you want to see them again! As Grammy nominated and 5x Juno award winners, Glass Tiger has sold 5 million albums worldwide, and shared stages and recording performances with some of the world’s leading acts including; Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Bryan Adams, Journey, Julian Lennon, The Moody Blues and Cheap Trick (to name a few).
Glass Tiger continues to tour and play for enthusiastic audiences from coast-to-coast. In September of 2023, Glass Tiger was inducted into Canada’s prestigious Walk of Fame at a star-studded ceremony taking place at Toronto’s Iconic Massey Hall.
What more can be said about Burton Cummings than has been said so many times over the past decades? Few artists have achieved the level of public success and critical acclaim that Burton Cummings enjoys in a career spanning more than fifty years. Burton’s voice has been rated among the finest in rock music. He has amassed more hit records than almost any performer in Canadian history.
As lead singer and songwriter with The Guess Who, Burton recorded and wrote/co-wrote hits such as “These Eyes,” “Laughing,” “No Time,” “American Woman,” “Share the Land,” “Hand Me Down World,” “Albert Flasher”, “Star Baby”, “Clap for The Wolfman,” and “No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature”. As a solo artist, he leaves his mark with the poignant “Stand Tall,” “I’m Scared,” “You Saved My Soul,” and his signature “My Own Way to Rock”. With The Guess Who, he earned recognition for the first U.S. platinum album by a Canadian artist and, as a solo artist, the first quadruple platinum Canadian-produced album.
Burton is honored to have received, in total, 80 platinum and gold record awards. Recently, the best-selling book The 100 Top Canadian Singles ranked “American Woman” the greatest Canadian single of all time.
Described as Canadian rock ‘n’ roll royalty, a national treasure, and a living legend, for Burton Cummings there has always been one constant: he remains true to himself and his own way to rock…and continuing to perform the songs the way they were originally conceived by the guy who sang and wrote/co-wrote them.
The organisers of Kemptville Live remind those intending to enjoy the festival this year that tickets will sell out pretty quickly, given the limited space on site. So book early. Tickets are available at www.kemptvillelivemusicfestival.com/tickets, and a full weekend pass costs $269.94, which includes HST.
Kemptville Live Music Festival presents all acts on one main stage outside on the grounds of the historic Kemptville Campus.