Ready to rock

Cana­dian acts Big Su­gar and One Bad Son to head­line new fes­ti­val in Truro

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TRURO

A new mu­sic fes­ti­val is bring­ing the rock to down­town Truro in Septem­ber.

Rock The Hub is a new two-day mu­sic fes­ti­val bring­ing a lineup of well-known Cana­dian rock acts to the Civic Square from Sept. 2223.

Hosted by the Salty Dog Brew­ing Com­pany, the fes­ti­val was in the idea stage for a few years and only be­came a re­al­ity after owner Derek Forsyth no­ticed a de­mand for live mu­sic in the area.

“Rock The Hub has been an idea of mine for the last three or four years,” he said.

“Ever since the Dutch Ma­son Fes­ti­val left Truro, I have thought it would be cool to start up some­thing again. Truro re­ally has an ap­petite for live mu­sic, and since hold­ing a few good block par­ties and host­ing The Trews, peo­ple have been ask­ing for more.”

The Dutch Ma­son Blues Fes­ti­val was an an­nual three-day mu­sic fes­ti­val held in Truro ev­ery year, but in 2015, the fes­ti­val moved else­where after the Truro Race­way an­nounced it would no longer be hold­ing the event at their fa­cil­ity.

Rock The Hub will be a test of sorts to see if a mu­sic fes­ti­val, es­pe­cially a rock fes­ti­val, is sus­tain­able in Truro.

“I thought to my­self, why not hold a two-day fes­ti­val to see if it is doable, and see if we can ex­pand upon it later on? So this is kind of a test run to see if we can suc­cess­fully hold a rock fes­ti­val in Truro. If we can, we will be dis­cussing some big­ger things to roll out in 2018,” said Forsyth.

The fes­ti­val will be head­lined by On­tario band Big Su­gar on Fri­day, and Saskatchewan rock­ers One Bad Son on Satur­day.

A hand­ful of lo­cal bands are also on the bill to open for the

two head­lin­ers, in­clud­ing Antigo­nish band An­dre Pet­ti­pas and The Gi­ants, Yarmouth’s Rain Over St. Am­brose, and Moncton’s The Mo­tor­league.

“I like to sup­port a lot of what I call Mar­itime acts,” said Forsyth.

“We will have six acts from around Nova Sco­tia, who are just a bunch of great mu­si­cians. We’ve got some awe­some lo­cal bands that don’t get enough sup­port. They work their butts off for al­most noth­ing, which is why I want to sup­port them.”

Set up at the Civic Square down­town, the 19+ fes­ti­val will fea­ture beer tents, a cock­tail sta­tion, and a few other sur­prises yet to be an­nounced.

“It is about be­ing out­side in what we call the coolest spot in town, the Civic Square,” said Forsyth.

“It is the best spot in town, and is re­vi­tal­iz­ing down­town Truro. So the fes­ti­val will al­low us to cel­e­brate the square and Truro while hav­ing a cold beer and en­joy­ing some cool mu­sic.”

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