Summer Concert Series

Summer Concerts @ Rotary Park - August 20 & 21 and August 25 to 28

The Town of Orangeville is pleased to offer the 2nd Annual Summer Concert Series. The six-day concert series is a drive-in style concert event being planned at Orangeville's Rotary Park, located in close proximity to downtown Orangeville.  The concert series will run Friday, August 20 and Saturday, August 21, and Wednesday, August 25 to Saturday, August 28 and is being planned in conjunction with the Town of Orangeville, Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival, Theatre Orangeville, B Social Enterprises and the Orangeville Public Library.   

The concerts will consist of local and Ontario-based musicians from different genres and for 2021 will have a Blues & Jazz focus on the weekend of August 20 & 21 being planned by the Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival Team (a Festivals & Events Ontario top 100 Ontario Event). 

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Friday, August 20 (Jazz Night)

Laila Biali  Laila Biali - Headliner 9 p.m.

Laila Biali has toured with Chris Botti, Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega and Sting. She has headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents including Carnegie Hall. Her accolades include a 2019 JUNO win for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, first prize in the 2018 Canadian Songwriting Competition (Jazz), and SOCAN Composer of the Year and Keyboardist of the Year at Canada’s National Jazz Awards. In September of 2017, Laila was brought on as the host for CBC Music’s national radio show, Saturday Night Jazz. While she continues to earn high honours in the Jazz world, Laila’s unique genre-bending sound is what sets her apart, as she "masterfully mixes jazz and pop, bringing virtuosity and unpredictability to songs that are concise and catchy.” (Washington Post) lailabiala.com

Ryan Grist Ryan Grist - Opening 8 p.m.

Ryan Grist is a seasoned musician and Jazz educator from Orangeville. He has performed with his own ensembles and some greats of the Canadian Jazz scene including Alex Dean, Pat Labarbara, Lorne Lofsky, PJ Perry, Brandy Disterheft and many others. He is currently completing his master's degree in Musicoligy and preparing to pursue a PhD in September. Ryan has assembled an incredible quartet for this concert including Adrian Farrugia - Piano (Matt Dusk, Jane Bunnet), Justin Gray - Bass (Emerging Artist Award - Toronto Arts Council), and Charlie Cooley – Drums (Lenard Cohen, Mantecca)  ryangrist.com

 Saturday, August 21 (Blues Night)

Jordan John Jordan John - Headliner

International lead vocal & multi-instrumental sensation Jordan John is a more powerful, polished, and accomplished musician than many players twice his age.  Adept on drums, keyboards, guitar and bass, he is a uniquely diverse & refined sonic embodiment of sheer talent & pure artistry.

Be it performing in front of 20,000 + as a lead singing, guitar wielding front man opening for The Queen of Soul, Miss Aretha Franklin (at her personal request), jamming at age 16 on drums with the artist formerly known as Prince, singing the American National anthem at the 2011 Toronto Honda Indy, performing as a featured lead vocalist and guitarist for 16x Grammy Award Winning Producer & Hitmaker David Foster at the 30th Anniversary of the Blue Note Tokyo or appearing as interim bassist for famed Canadian rock trio, Wide Mouth Mason, Jordan’s talent and energy excites and delights spectators as well as his industry peers and musical luminaries all over the globe. jordanjohn.com

Larry Kurtz Larry Kurtz & The Lawbreakers - Opening

Larry Kurtz grew up singing in the church. He started playing harmonica at the age of 15 after hearing Little Walter on the radio. He is a solo artist with his band the Lawbreakers and co-front man in the award-winning band Trouble & Strife. They were voted Favourite Blues Band in the Canadian Independent Music Awards and nominated New Artist of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards. Larry is the Founder & Artistic Director of The Orangeville Blues Festival. In 2016 he was named Blues Booster of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards in Toronto.

The Lawbreakers include Chuck Keeping - Drums [Big Wreck], Tom Griffiths - Bass [Corey Hart], James Legere - Guitar [Little Caesar] and Stan Chang on Piano. larrykurtz.ca

 Wednesday, August 25 (Family Fun night)

Craig the Comedic Juggler Craig the Comedic Juggler

For more than 25 years comic juggler Craig Douglas has been thrilling audiences across Canada and around the world; from Vancouver to Instanbul. You are invited along for a wild ride as Craig sprints from one thrilling feat to the next. Bowling balls fly, machetes whirl, unicycles teeter—and wait until you see what he does with a couple of ping-pong balls! Craig’s boundless enthusiasm is contagious and he quickly has audiences of all ages roaring with laughter. comicjuggler.com

Team T & J TEAM T & J

TEAM T&J are a fresh dose of active and uplifting family entertainment for all ages.  They create an environment where kids celebrate their uniqueness and explore their imaginations through the excitement and freedom of live music interaction.  TEAM T&J are the feature performer in Kids’ World at the CNE and perform over 285 shows/year across the country. They are also featured on the Kids’ Stuff Stingray Music Channel.  https://www.teamtandj.com/about

 Thursday, August 26

Leisa Way Leisa Way starring in Opry Gold also starring the Wayward Wind Band

Entertaining folks since 1925, The Opry has been called, “The Show That Made Country Music Famous”. To share the Opry’s history is to share the story of Country Music.  Leisa Way and her phenomenally talented Wayward Wind Band have brought Canada many great shows, and this latest concert raises the roof with the hottest country songs from the last few decades. Sing-a-long to Johnny Cash, Shania Twain, Vince Gill, Loretta Lynn ,Patsy Cline, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Charlie Daniels, Zac Brown Band, Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Glen Campbell, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Toby Keith, Gretchen Wilson, Tammy Wynette, Roger Miller, the Dixie Chicks, and more. waytogoproductions.ca

Friday August 27

The Campfire Poets Campfire Poets

If variety is the spice of life, the Campfire Poets are loaded with flavor.  Hailing from Dufferin County, “The Poets” have played every occasion possible and are always a huge success.  The band starts with its founding members, Geoff Canlett and Ryan Hancock, also known as “RnG”.  Playing together for over a decade, this duo has developed a chemistry that is seldom matched.  The RnG duo can fill a room with as much sound as most bands and incorporate their audience like no other.  From their start in small pubs, “The Poets” have become a favourite of summer festivals including the Orangeville and Woodbridge Ribfest, Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival, Caledon’s Canada Day celebration to name a few.  Performing great hits of Steve Miller, Great Big Sea, Sublime, Zac Brown Band, Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, Queen, Shaggy, Jason Mraz, SRV, CCR and many more, “The Poets” are sure to please everyone. thecampfirepoets.com

Saturday, August 28 (Country)

Rob Watts Rob Watts Band - Headliner

Rob Watts formed his band in May of 2015. Having played well over 1000 shows, including support slots for artists such as Thomas Rhett, Brett Young, Emerson Drive, James Barker Band, Aaron Pritchett, Jason McCoy & The Road Hammers, The Washboard Union, Meghan Patrick, The Hunter Brothers, River Town Saints, Bobby Wills, Cold Creek County, George Canyon, Dan Davidson.  The band has shared the same stage as legends such as Alan Jackson, Florida Georgia Line, and Dallas Smith.

In 2018, Rob and his band made a career dream come true by playing the Main Stage at Boots and Hearts, kicking off the final day of the festival.

In 2019, he had the pleasure of playing an original set at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville as well as making appearances on the stages of Tootsies, Honky Tonk Central, Rippys and Hard Rock Café on Broadway.

Rob has an unquenchable thirst for performing live and always delivers a high energy, crowd involved show. He and his band make it their mission to put their heart and soul into each and every performance to make it a show you won't soon forget. robwattsmusic

The Beresfords The Beresfords - Opening

Hailing from Aurora, ON, brother-sister duo Brendan and Shannon Beresford have been surrounded by music their entire lives. Since the beginning of their professional music career, The Beresfords have drawn respective comparisons to many of their idols, including: Stevie Nicks, Dixie Chicks and Brad Paisley. Their debut self-titled EP skyrocketed to #4 on the Canadian Country iTunes charts in June of 2017 and has helped to put them on the map as up and coming artists in the Canadian Country music scene. beresfordmusic.wixsite.com

Orangeville Rotary Park will be transformed into a drive-in style concert venue with capacity for 80 vehicles per concert. The 24-foot stage will provide excellent sound and lights to offer a quality concert experience, as well as video displays and in-car FM stereo sound. B Social Enterprises will be on site to provide concession services. 

Online ticket sales open Tuesday, June 8 at 8 a.m.

Tickets are $25 per vehicle and will include a $10 shopping and dining voucher for downtown Orangeville.

F.A.Q.s

 Location

Where is the show?

Rotary Park parking lot at 75 Second Avenue.

Will there be a snack bar?

Yes, B Social Dufferin will be offering complimentary snacks and drinks (non-alcoholic). Cash donations are welcome.

How do I enter the venue?

Event-goers are to enter through Sherbourne Street from Broadway and you will be directed along Second Avenue and into the Rotary Park parking lot.  

 Ticketing

How do I purchase a ticket?

Tickets are for sale online at www.orangeville.ca/summer-concert-tickets/

In order to purchase a ticket, you must create a RecConnect account. The licence plate number for the vehicle you are driving to the event is required at registration. 

Is it all ages?

Yes, this is a family-friendly, all ages event.

I bought a ticket, but I missed the show. Can I get a refund?

Unfortunately, refunds are not available for missed shows. 

How many people are allowed in a car?

There must be a seat and seat belt available for every person in the vehicle. 

Can I reserve a spot next to my friends?

No, we cannot guarantee this. Spots are first come, first served and are based on vehicle size, proximity to the screen, and safety.

Is there a box office?

Yes. Tickets are available at the gate for select shows (based on availability). 

Are there restrictions on the size of vehicle permitted?

Cars, SUVs, vans and trucks are permitted. Vehicles will be assigned parking based on size and proximity to the stage. Recreational vehicles, buses and limousines are not permitted.

 Safety Protocols

Can I leave my car during the performance?

Yes. If you are leaving your vehicle, stand in a social distanced line-up, wear a face covering, and use the hand sanitizer provided before and after visiting the concession or washroom.

Do I have to wear a face covering in my vehicle?

No.

 The Show

What time do the gates open?

6:30 p.m. Gates will be closed for entry 30 minutes prior to show time.

Gates will open for the Family Fun Night, August 25 at 5:30 p.m.

What time is the show?

Shows are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., with the exception of Wednesday, August 25 when the start time is 7 p.m. 

How long is the show?

The shows are about 90-120 minutes in duration. 

Is there an opening act?

There is an opening act on August 20, 21, 25 and 28.  

How do I broadcast the audio?

Through your FM radio. You will be informed how to tune in to the radio station prior to the show beginning.

 What can I bring?

Can I bring my own alcohol?

No, alcohol is not permitted on site. 

Can I bring my own food?

Yes. Reminder that a concession stand is also available.

May I bring an umbrella?

Yes, for use going to the washroom or concession. 

May I bring patio or lawn chairs?

Yes. Lawn chairs are permitted as long as two metres distance is maintained between the adjacent parking spots. 

Can I bring my pets?

No. 

 Vehicles

What if my car battery dies during the show?

Chambers Towing (519-941-5224) has graciously offered complimentary boosting services for event-goers. Please wait until the majority of vehicles have vacated the venue before calling Chambers.

Can I leave my car engine and lights on during the show?

Engine can be on, lights have to be off.

 Merchandise

Can I buy merchandise at the show?

Merchandise may be available for select shows.

 Other

Is there an ATM on site?

No. All concession items are available by cash donation. 

Am I allowed to leave and come back during the show?

No. All exits are final.