Sound­track to Sum­mer

We sit down for a chat with one of Blue Rodeo’s front­men, and the ON tour head­liner this Sun­day in Petawawa Jim Cuddy

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Petawawa will have the hon­our of clos­ing off the ‘sound­track of sum­mer 2017 ‘ with a free con­cert on Sept. 17.

Since June, mu­sic lovers in 22 com­mu­ni­ties across the prov­ince have been treated to the On­tario Gov­ern­ment’s free ON tour se­ries, in cel­e­bra­tion of On­tario’s 150th and to pro­vide the sound­track to sum­mer 2017. The live, free con­cert se­ries has fea­tured 50 of On­tario’s – and Canada’s – bright­est mu­si­cal tal­ents.

On Sept. 17, be­gin­ning at 5:15 p.m., the ON tour con­cert will be mak­ing the fi­nal stop on the tour when the per­form­ers hit the Ev­er­green Stage at Petawawa’s Cen­ten­nial Park.

Serv­ing as the fi­nale to the sound­track of Sum­mer 2017, the free show will show­case the mu­si­cal tal­ents of The Jim Cuddy Band, Stef Pa­que­tte, Jes­sica Mitchell, and Meghan Pa­trick.

The night will close off with with The Jim Cuddy Band – led by Cuddy, a well-known Cana­dian solo artist and lead singer of Blue Rodeo.

Ac­cord­ing to Cuddy, their set will fea­ture a num­ber of Blue Rodeo songs that will in­clude a unique touch from their band’s vi­o­lin­ist.

“This band does Blue Rodeo songs a lit­tle dif­fer­ently be­cause we have a vi­o­lin­ist so that mixes it up a lit­tle bit,” said Cuddy. “She’s a re­ally amaz­ing player and my lit­tle se­cret weapon. Peo­ple are al­ways sur­prised that they haven’t heard of her, or if they’ve heard of her they haven’t seen her play. There will be a re­ally amaz­ing vi­olin solo in ‘5 Days in May’.”

For Cuddy, this will be his third time play­ing a show in Petawawa – with his last visit be­ing nearly 10 years ago.

Cuddy ex­pressed that Petawawa re­mains a spe­cial place for him, as it helped him to re­con­nect with a long-lost friend.

“A long time ago when I was younger, I went out west and lived in the moun­tains for a year where I met my good friend Leo LaBine. I lost touch with him af­ter a few years but I knew that he had fam­ily in Petawawa. So the first time that we played in Petawawa, prob­a­bly 15 or 20 years ago, I said from the stage ‘I have a friend that I’ve lost touch with, does any­body know

Leo LaBine?’ And some­body did know Leo LaBine and ac­tu­ally got me in touch with Leo – who had moved to Sacra­mento in the States. Ever since then, I’ve been in touch with Leo and we’re good friends.”

Cuddy added that he’s look­ing for­ward to re­vis­it­ing Petawawa and be­ing a part of the ON tour

con­cert that is sure to be a great night that will unite the com­mu­nity through the power of mu­sic.

“We play at places where there is a lot of re­source-based jobs, places where there’s a lot of fi­nan­cial-based jobs and places like Petawawa where there’s a lot of mil­i­tary. But at a con­cert, ev­ery­body is kind of a civil­ian for that

night. It’s nice for ev­ery­body to take off what­ever hat they wear dur­ing the day and just lis­ten to mu­sic, have a nice time and hope­fully it’ll be a good night,” said Cuddy.

Fur­ther to the free con­cert, the In­vic­tus Games Toronto 2017 Na­tional Flag Tour will be mak­ing a stop that evening at the show.

Trav­el­ling as far east as Gander, New­found­land and west to Co­mox, Bri­tish Columbia, the 37- day In­vic­tus Games Toronto 2017 Na­tional Flag Tour will con­nect Cana­di­ans from all parts of the coun­try, and al­low in­di­vid­u­als across the na­tion to show their sup­port to the troops par­tic­i­pat­ing at this year’s games.

“The Na­tional Flag Tour aims to en­gage the hearts and minds of all Cana­di­ans by invit­ing them to par­tic­i­pate as Flag­bear­ers and to at­tend stops along the tour,” said Michael Burns, CEO of In­vic­tus Games Toronto 2017, in a press re­lease. “This is a on­cein-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity for 150 Cana­di­ans to stand along­side our mil­i­tary com­mu­nity and wit­ness how the trans­for­ma­tive power of sport helps our wounded war­riors.”

On Sept. 17, at the ON tour con­cert, rep­re­sen­ta­tives will be on­site with a flag that well-wish­ers can sign with per­sonal mes­sages for pre­sen­ta­tion later to Games com­peti­tors.


The Jim Cuddy Band will be the fi­nal act at the free ON­tour con­cert tak­ing place Sept. 17 at the Ev­er­green Stage in Petawawa's Cen­ten­nial Park. The night will also fea­ture per­for­mances by Meghan Pa­trick, Jes­sica Mitchell and Stef Pa­que­tte.


Cana­dian coun­try singer Meghan Pa­trick is an­other per­former Sun­day night as the ON­tour se­ries wraps up in Petawawa.

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