By Keith Sharp
Normally the residents of Timmins would be up arms at the amount of road closures this North East Ontario community of some 42,000 citizens faces during the week of June 24 to July 1. Yet the prospect of staging the biggest music/fireworks display in this region’s history has even then most outspoken individual biting their lip and grudgingly admitting that the Stars and Thunder festival will be a crowning highlight to the city’s 150th Canada Day birthday celebration.
Roads will be closed, key arteries will only support one-way traffic yet the good news is a free bus service during the week will be initiated and prospects of full hotels and restaurants will no doubt boost this city’s economy.
With daily concerts featuring the likes of Michel Pagliaro, David Wilcox, Tom Cochrane, Hedley, Simple Plan, April Wine, The Box, Alan Frew, Lights, Cold Creek County, Washboard Authority and a spectacular Canada Day finale featuring Keith Urban, Johnny Reid and Meghan Patrick, Stars and Thunder will no doubt be the most ambitious musical event this region has ever experienced.
Add to this a spectacular daily firework display and you have a festival that is expected to attract fans from all over Northern Ontario. All-week general admission tickets at $240, all-week VIP tickets go for $400 and single day tickets vary from $35 to $80 with a limited number of Canada Day tickets still available for $150.
Music Express Consultants, a branch of Music Express Magazine, was instrumental in booking most of the festival’s performing and magazine personnel Keith Sharp (Publisher/Editor) and Ted Van Boort will be on hand each day to file reports, reviews and features on one of Canada’s most ambitious birthday celebrations.
For a full talent lineup and ticket information, please link to www.starsandthunder.com