Peterborough Musicfest is back!
After a challenging year that saw all live in-person performances cancelled, the festival returns with its first-ever live-streamed concert featuring The Reklaws and special guest James Barker.
“Our good friends Jenna and Stu from The Reklaws will be in Peterborough to film this special live-streamed concert at the Showplace Performance Centre,” says Musicfest general manager Tracey Randall. “James Barker will be featured from his home studio in Nashville. This is a first for us and we’re super excited about it.”
“We have some fun stuff on tap for this concert,” adds Musicfest board chair Paul Rellinger. “We want the performance to be really special, so The Reklaws are coming to town early to film a few things around Peterborough which you’ll see in the show.”
Though fans have to claim a ticket via the Side Door concert platform, as with every Peterborough Musicfest show, Live at Home access is free. Founded by two-time JUNO award-winning and two-time Polaris Music Prize listed musician and songwriter Dan Mangan, Side Door offers a two-way virtual concert experience utilizing a high-fidelity Zoom stream.
“We chose Side Door because it will allow the audience and the artists to interact with one another which will give it a different vibe than a regular live-streamed show,” says Randall. “Also, for ticketed fans only, the performance will be followed by an intimate conversation with Jenna and Stu.”
Jenna and Stuart Walker are a country duo – The Reklaws – based in Ontario, Canada. First signed to Universal Music in 2017, their second single “Long Live the Night” went on to win the 2019 CCMA for top-selling Canadian single of the year and it was selected as the theme song for the Canadian Football League’s (“CFL”) Thursday Night Football for the 2018 & 2019 seasons.
They’ve toured with Dean Brody and Dallas Smith; earned a JUNO nomination for “Country Album of The Year” and their latest album, “Sophomore Slump” is out now.
James Barker is the namesake of the James Barker Band who first burst onto the scene when they won the Ontario-based Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase in 2015 and were signed to Universal Music Canada. With over 185-million total global streams, the multi-award-winning James Barker Band has taken the country music scene by storm and continues to break records one release at a time. (Note: Barker will perform this show solo).
A limited number of free-admission tickets are available now right here. The show begins at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 27.
Peterborough Musicfest, Showplace Performance Centre, and all of the associated staff, contractors, and artists involved in this project will strictly adhere to the safety protocols set forth by Peterborough Public Health. No live audience beyond necessary staff will be in the theatre during the production of this live-streamed show.
Founded in 1987 by WWII and Korean War veteran Fred Anderson, the Del Crary Park stage that bears his name has hosted the likes of City & Colour (solo), Crash Test Dummies, Carly Rae Jepsen, Big Wreck, Tegan and Sara, Our Lady Peace, Tom Cochrane, Kiefer Sutherland, Walk Off The Earth, Tyler Shaw, Randy Bachman, Terri Clark and many more.
The quality of the Peterborough Musicfest line-up generates a sizeable audience – some 135,000 in 2019 – which in turn provides an economic boost that helps fuel Peterborough’s downtown and area tourist attractions. An economic impact study commissioned in 2016 pegged that number at $4.2 million, which is the equivalent of 93 full-time jobs at the median wage for Peterborough.