Enjoy live performances all summer long!
Introducing Downtown Tracks, a summer concert series that will take place in front of the L&PS Station at 605 Talbot Street. Railway City Tourism, in partnership with the Small Business Enterprise Centre and Downtown Development Board, is aiming to provide up-and-coming local performers with a venue to display their talent, while filling downtown with excellent sounds.
Artists will perform every Saturday throughout July and August from 3:00pm-5:00pm, at no cost to the public. All types of music will be featured, with refreshments supplied for you to enjoy while taking in the fantastic performances.
At the end of the summer, we will be holding a contest where YOU get to pick which act you liked best, and the winner will receive an amazing prize pack!
DENI GAUTHIER | ALEXIS
The series begins on Saturday, July 2nd, with a performance from Deni Gauthier, a singer of unique Roots music, who New Canadian Music described as a “major talent worthy of greater exposure.”
Hailing from Watford, 11-year-old Alexis will also perform. Alexis has competed in singing competitions across Southern Ontario, and even has two CDs.
UKES OF HAZZARD | MALICHI | JOHN MILLES
July 9th is Nostalgia Nights, a downtown car show and community event full of fun activities. That Saturday, we will get to experience Downtown Tracks performances from 3:00-7:00, starting with Ukes of Hazzard, a group of talented local musicians who entertain crowds with their magnificent ukulele-playing.
Malichi will also be performing July 9th, a Toronto musician who flawlessly blends the sounds of R&B, Reggae, Hip Hop, and Gospel in his music. Malichi now resides right here in St. Thomas, and has even written a song about our city!
Our finale on the 9th will be John Milles, who often performs his spectacular acoustic music at a variety of St. Thomas venues.
OLIVIA MAE GRAHAM | JOE ROCKHEAD
On July 16th, the lovely Olivia Mae Graham will perform. Olivia is described as a “small town girl who has a big heart and love for all kinds of music,” with a particular proficiency in the Pop and Country genres.
Following her will be Joe Rockhead, with his unique rock music, featuring vintage synthesizers he uses to "bring the building down."
WILL PERKINS | JONNY VAN WYK
July 23rd will bring musical protégé Will Perkins, who has a raw desire for advancing his skills each day. Jonny van Wyk will play his 90s-era inspired Rock and Alternative tunes as well.
WILL PERKINS | STEVEN HILLIER
Will Perkins will be performing again the following week on July 30th, followed by the talented Steven Hillier. Steven’s band, Cuda Highway, plays Classic Rock music, with previous gigs at venues such as the Western Fair.
FROM WAVES TO SHORE | HAMISH PATTERSON
The first acts of August are ones you won’t want to miss. From Waves to Shore will be here on August 6th, a three-piece Folk/Punk band with original sounds.
Indie-Rock band Hamish Patterson, made up of former Parkside and Central Elgin students, will also entertain with a sensational performance.
SMOKIN' BASS BAND
August 13th will see the music of The Smokin’ Bass Band, which consists of six local musicians who specialize in Rock n Roll and Classic Rock.
JONNY VAN WYK | BEN HEFFERNAN
The following week on August 20th, Jonny van Wyk will return, followed by a performance from Ben Heffernan, a London-based singer-songwriter of acoustic Folk/Rock music. Heffernan is only 15 years old, but he has already won the Battle of the High School Bands at the 2016 Jack Richardson London Music Awards.
PIGS ON THE WING | JORDAN FEHR
Our final Downtown Tracks acts on August 27th will be Pigs on the Wing, with a medley of classic favourites, and Jordan Fehr. Jordan is a skillful college student from Aylmer, whose music is inspired by artists like John Mayer.
This summer, take a break from shopping downtown and stop by the L&PS Station for some great entertainment from rising local talents. Feel free to bring your lawn chairs and stay awhile – it’s going to rock!
See our Downtown Tracks Page for more information.
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