Live on the Waterfront 2024

Come out every Wednesday this summer from 6:00pm-9:00pm at Marina Park, starting on July 17th till August 29th. 

The logo for Live on the Waterfront featuring three geometric shapes in grey, purple, and blue. With text reading "Live on the waterfront, City of Thunder bay, superior by nature".

If you are a community group, artisan, or event vendor interested in being involved in Live on the Waterfront, email culture@thunderbay.ca

Live on the Waterfront is a highly anticipated event that takes place every Wednesday evening during the summer season at Prince Arthur's Landing, Marina Park. This vibrant and lively gathering brings together locals, visitors, and music enthusiasts to enjoy a magical evening of live entertainment, community spirit, and scenic beauty. 

This event features an impressive lineup of musical acts spanning various genres, ensuring there's something to suit every musical taste. From soulful jazz and upbeat pop to folk, rock, the performances are carefully curated to provide an unforgettable experience for attendees. 

The sounds of live music fill the air as the performers take the stage, captivating the audience with their extraordinary talents. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs to make themselves comfortable during the event. Local food vendors, community groups and artisans will also be on site. 

Live on the Waterfront is not just about the music - it's also an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate the vibrant culture of our city. It serves as a platform to support local artists and provides a space for people to connect, mingle, and make lasting memories!

Whether you're a music aficionado, a nature enthusiast, or simply someone looking for a memorable summer experience, Live on the Waterfront offers a unique and enchanting atmosphere that will leave you feeling inspired, entertained, and connected to the rhythm of the waterfront and the community around you!

Funding provided by the Government of Ontario 

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Volunteer Opportunities

Join the Volunteer team for a fun filled weekend!

For more information, please contact the Volunteer Program Coordinator at volunteer@thunderbay.ca 


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2023

Check out our 2023 summer schedule! 

 Wednesday July 19

Katherine Nemec

Katherine Nemec is a local performer from Thunder Bay, ON who got her start performing in high school. Since then she has gone on to complete her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Music before fully immersing herself in the local theatre, arts, and music scene. Since she has graduated she has been seen performing with local theatre company Badanai Theatre as well as various local venues such as; Goods & Co., Red Lion Smokehouse, The Italian Cultural Centre, and various other events (ie. Craft Revival, Busk Stop, Thunder Pride, and Canada Day at the Waterfront). Katherine's unique approach to storytelling through music makes her a delight to listen to and brings a new take to Thunder Bay's music scene.   

 

Luke Warm and the Cold Ones

Luke Warm and the Cold Ones are a rock band based out of Thunder Bay. As such, their music is reflective of the Northern experience of living in a small Canadian town, where the snow and cold aren't the only things that tarnish the spirit. The variety of influences the five members bring to the band creates a sound that is both familiar yet original. Much of their music focuses on the more painful side of the human condition, but in a nuanced and fun way that gets people moving, dancing, and having a great time. 

 

Terra Lightfoot

Terra Lightfoot is a ferocious talent. Following her third studio album, the JUNO and Polaris-nominated New Mistakes, Lightfoot returns with the remarkable Consider the Speed, a smouldering, soulful full-length recorded by Grammy-winning producer Jay Newland at Memphis landmark Royal Studios. 

 Wednesday July 26

Sisters of Turtle Island Drummers

The “Sisters of Turtle Island” is a Anishnawbe Womens Drum Group created in 2021. They felt the need to create a place where women can come together to support one another through teachings, drumming, songs, and cultural sharing.

The group is guided by the 7 Grandfather Teachings: “Love, Respect, Wisdom, Honesty, Courage, Humility, and Truth”.
They believe that when teachings are shared, it helps support Truth & Reconciliation and helps to preserve their rich history and culture. The sharing of drumming and songs allow them to stay connected and offers support to one another.
The drums connect their hearts to the heartbeat of our Mother Earth.
The Sisters of Turtle Island believe in giving back to their community; therefore, a portion of any honorariums received are re-invested in various community projects and initiatives.

 

NADJIWAN

The ever-prolific, Toronto-based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer NADJIWAN (aka Marc Merilainen) returns with The Great Sea, arguably his most personal collection of original material to date, inspired by and made in his hometown, Thunder Bay, Ontario. Merilainen's roots are deeply entrenched in Northern Ontario, as he is a member of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Cape Croker, and has family living on Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, an Ojibway First Nation located on the shores of Whitefish Lake. 

 

Begonia 

When Alexa Dirks started describing her latest album as Begonia, Powder Blue, she turns to vivid imagery: her baby blanket, the airiness of clouds on a summer day, chlorine-filled water in a hotel pool, circa-1970s Elvis Presley wearing an ill-fitting jumpsuit, her collection of faded denim jackets.

Powder Blue is more of an emotion,” explains the Winnipeg, Canada, native. “The name of this album needed to be something that encompasses all of the feelings that these songs give me when they are put together. When I listen to them as a unit, they send me back to the words, the color.”

Fittingly, Powder Blue’s music feels timeless and classic, as well as eclectic. Trip-hop beats and propulsive grooves pulse throughout the album, shadowing Dirks' stunning voice; she alternates between a dusky croon and an expressive, belting delivery. The album nods to vintage soul ("I'm Not Dying," "Crying") sunny R&B ("Bleeding Heart") and soaring balladry ("Chasing Every Sunrise"). Yet the album is firmly in the realm of contemporary music: Standout "The Only One" is modern, keyboard-polished pop that features Dirks' most powerful vocal performance on the album.

Begonia has exhibited such power since emerging into the Canadian music scene on the strength of her critically acclaimed 2017 EP Lady In Mind and her 2019 debut full-length album, Fear. The latter was nominated for a JUNO Award for Adult Alternative Album Of The Year and was longlisted for The Polaris Music Prize. Songs from the album were also heard in numerous productions on Netflix & Oprah Winfrey Network, and NPR named Begonia as one of 10 Artists You Need to Know.

 Wednesday August 2

Mark Potvin & Mike Carson

Mark Potvin is a jazz/blues guitarist, vocalist, band leader, songwriter from Thunder Bay. He has opened for some great acts such as Colin James, Blue Rodeo, Paul Shaffer, Denny Dougherty and Lighthouse. Mike Carson has been playing music for most of his life. From his beginnings as the guitarist/vocalist for local Thunder Bay band Spoonful, to playing bass for Tom Jones, Jeff Healy, Tyler Yarema and Peter O'Toole. 

 

Cartwrights

Drawing as much inspiration from John Prine and Townes Van Zandt as they do the Replacements and Reigning Sound, Cartwrights have been playing their version of Rock and Roll since 2017. They released their debut self-titled record in 2020 and are set to release their sophomore album in the fall of 2023.

 

G.R. Gritt 

Born and raised on Robinson-Huron Treaty territory in Northern Ontario, G.R. Gritt's music reflects their Anishinaabe and Metis roots as well as their Two-Spirit and Queer experience, intertwining personal narratives with social and political commentary. 

Drawing inspiration from a wide range of musical influences, including pop, electronic, blues, folk, and traditional Indigenous sounds, G.R. Gritt weaves together a sonic tapestry that is both raw and refined and pulls effortlessly from the past to create soulful futurisms. With their new sound that elegantly weaves the melodies using vocals, guitar, and electronic elements, they create both intimate and anthemic music that would fit in a folk club, a dance club and anywhere in between. 

 Wednesday August 9

Sisters of Turtle Island Drummers

The “Sisters of Turtle Island” is a Anishnawbe Womens Drum Group created in 2021. They felt the need to create a place where women can come together to support one another through teachings, drumming, songs, and cultural sharing.
The group is guided by the 7 Grandfather Teachings: “Love, Respect, Wisdom, Honesty, Courage, Humility, and Truth”.
They believe that when teachings are shared, it helps support Truth & Reconciliation and helps to preserve their rich history and culture. The sharing of drumming and songs allow them to stay connected and offers support to one another.
The drums connect their hearts to the heartbeat of our Mother Earth.
The Sisters of Turtle Island believe in giving back to their community; therefore, a portion of any honorariums received are re-invested in various community projects and initiatives.

 

Tin Pan Alley

Tin Pan Alley has been playing to much acclaim from audiences in Northwestern Ontario for the last nine years. They have been selling out clubs with their mint Fleetwood Mac, Bowie, and Beatles Tribute Shows, gaining rave reviews and recognition on CBC.

Tin Pan Alley has made their name by delighting audiences with their dynamic talent, warmth, and humour.  The members of Tin Pan Alley consist of Jeremy Rouselle (Roo-Sell) on guitar and vocals, Amanda Mihalus (Mi-Hall-Us) on vocals, keys, and percussion, Kelly Kashuba (Cash-oo-Ba) on bass and vocals, and George Murphy on drums. A recent change in membership has allowed Tin Pan Alley to reach out of the 70s into the music the current members grew up listening to. Tonight, they hope to create feelings of nostalgia as we take a trip back to the 90s and early 2000s!

 

Harm & Ease 

Founding members Danny Lopez and Rylan Whalen originally met in their first year of high school. In the predictable suburbs of Burlington, Ontario is where they swiftly began a musical relationship. Harm & Ease was officially formed in 2010 as an acoustic project allowing them to explore a more melodic vibe not present in the metal scene. Eventually, fate would find Lopez, along with his family, being uprooted with little warning finding themselves in Buenos Aires, Argentina. However, this wasn’t enough to separate the songwriting duo. Dedication, sacrifice, and a hell of a lot of plane rides kept the artistic pair inseparable and propelled them into their next stage.

Harm & Ease is a Rock & Roll band originally founded in Burlington, Ontario made up of Rylan Whalen (Vocals), Danny Lopez (Guitar), John Goodblood (Bass/Guitar), and Alex Hamnett (Drums). This lineup was formed in Buenos Aires Argentina after several reiterations revolving around Whalen and Lopez (founders). The addition of Goodblood and Hamnett proved proficient in rounding out an already brilliant basis. Recording and debuting their 1st two albums in the bustling, artist hub of Buenos Aires. They found themselves reaching an international following as they took over the South American rock scene.

Having roots and family reaching to the north, the boys took the plunge relocating their home base to Toronto, Canada. Connections were soon formed with world-renowned talents such as Multi-Platinum and Juno Award-winning artist Walk off the Earth allowing the recording process to begin and their first Canadian recorded album ‘Midnight Crisis’. Produced by Dominic John David (known for his work with Jack White, Beck, and Willie Nelson), Harm & Ease channels the rock & roll giants of the 60s and 70s and passes it through their modern filter, creating a sound that comes across as fresh yet familiar and steeped in the roots of classical music and songwriting. In 2017, the band released their first album “Wonderful Changes”, recorded in a mansion to be demolished in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Showcasing a melodic conceptual brand of songwriting with lush arrangements, and a choral quality to their backup vocals. Their second album “Black Magic Gold” cranked up the volume and featured a much more blues rock-driven sound, with swampier darker songs and funeral march horns. They have recently recorded a single with Grammy award-winning producer Joe Cicarelli (Elton John, The Foo Fighters, Morrisey, The Raconteurs) titled “Nothing More Than Love”. 

The band is currently set to release their new single “Cut Me Loose” dropping Friday, July 16th. This upbeat modern rock anthem showcases the band’s unique sound & dueling lead singers. The track puts the subjects of love & betrayal into play through a dramatic yet action-driven storyline.

 Wednesday August 16

Jessica Hayes

Jessica Hayes is a singer songwriter hailing from Thunder Bay, Ontario. From the age of seven, she been performing and working vigorously on her craft. This eventually led to her to enrolling in Lakehead University’s music program. In February 2022 Jessica competed and won in the Crescendo International Music Competition, held at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Her firstplace performance of Si, mi chiamano Mimi, an aria from Giacomo Puccin's opera La Bohème
parlayed into an opportunity to perform and tour Italy in the summer of 2022.
Fast forward to 2023 and Jessica is now a Lakehead University music program graduate, who is now entering law school this fall, but she continues to let loose and amaze crowds by regularly performing at concert halls with her backing band The Selfies. Jessica has an incredible singing range and stage presence. Her repertoire of pop standards for live performances includes songs from the likes of Amy Winehouse and Taylor Swift to Paramore and Billy Eilish. Jessica is currently working extremely hard on the release of her debut single which is slated for a release in late spring.


Chris Talarico

Chris is an eclectic mix of sounds and genres with a distinctly Canadian sound. Focusing on an engaging, high energy performance, Chris has performed all over Thunder Bay Northwestern Ontario. A few highlights would be releasing an EP in 2018, opening for Jade Eagleson in 2019 and Tenille Arts in 2020. COVID-19 has created a slow year for the performing arts but Chris adapted and took the time to create and write music. Chris brings with him a full band comprised of guitar, piano, bass and drums, giving his performance the flexibility to play across many genres. 


Zach Zoya 

Growing up in the small, largely French-speaking city of Rouyn-Noranda northwest of Montréal, Zach Zoya developed a diverse musical palate from his family. Introduced to African music by his South African father who fled to Canada during apartheid, and North American soul and pop music by his French-Canadian mother, Zoya was immersed in rhythms and melodies that spoke to him even when the English lyrics didn’t. Though French was both Zoya’s first language and the one more established in the Montréal music scene, he’s rapped in English from the start of his career. Raised without a computer or television in a place with minimal hip-hop culture, Zoya first honed his flows by covering records by Kendrick Lamar and Drake, and credits learning the skill of rapping with improving his delivery as an all-around vocalist. 

After establishing himself in the Montréal music scene by gaining the support of 7ième Ciel, a powerhouse label in French rap, collaborating with Platinum producer High Klassified (Future, The Weeknd), Zoya earned a finalist position for the FEQ Rising Star Award at Festival d’été du Québec and brought his energetic live performances to the stages of renowned festivals including Osheaga and the legendary Montréal International Jazz Festival. After partnering with Universal Music Canada, Zoya began releasing songs that showcased his signature blend of melodic hip-hop and emotive R&B which landed him the covers of Spotify’s Northern Bars and Apple Music's Northern Touch playlists. 

Recently named a YouTube Trending Artist On The Rise and with his sophomore EP on the way, 23-year-old Zach Zoya is poised to be the next Canadian star to build a worldwide following. 

 Wednesday August 23

Mood Indigo

Award winning Mood Indigo has been Thunder Bay's premier jazz band for almost three decades, playing all of the best venues and events the city has to offer.

With founding member Dr. Mark Thibert at the helm on saxophone, along with Glenn Jennings on the keys, and vocalist Anna Torontow, Mood Indigo have established themselves as the resident band at The Delta Hotel with the only weekly Jazz night in Thunder Bay at their Jazz & Old Fashioned Fridays. They love sharing their music and are constantly writing or working on new repertoire to give their loyal supporters a fresh feast for their ears each week.


Sara Kae

Sara Kae of Lake Helen First Nation is a young Ojibwe/Cree artist born and raised in Thunder Bay, ON. Her music is best described as singer/songwriter, adult contemporary, pop with an infusion of authentic Indigenous sounds. Sara has shared her amazing talent as a singer/songwriter with her community for years. 

Starting at the young age of 12, she was visiting communities and schools to help encourage healthy lifestyles, and to follow their dreams. Her parents were her role models. They took in youth who struggles with substance abuse, pverty, and inadequate living situations. This shaped Sara, and her goals to be a major role model in her own community and beyond. 

In 2019, she graduated from Metalworks Institute as a vocal major in the Music Performance and Technology program. She was awarded the "Outstanding Graduate of the Year Award" from Career Colleges of Ontario. Soon after graduating, Sara began working at 106.5 ELMNT FM, a Toronto-based radio station owned by APTN. She quickly became an on-air personality during their Maximum Music Weekends. Later, she also completed a diploma for Music Business. She decided to pivot paths and began working with CBC Thunder Bay. 

Sara's passion for her music and roots has led her to compose "Rise" and "Constellations". The two singles truly compliment her talent as an artist. Sara Kae is working to release more music in the near future. 

 

Lockyer Boys 

The Lockyer Boys (Will and Charlie Lockyer) are brothers, singers, producers, and “a duo destined for stardom” - To the Point Music USA.

In 2022, they’ve impressed multiple sold-out venues including opening positions for the Barenaked Ladies, Fefe Dobson, and more.

At 19 and 20, they've gathered years of experience in the studio working with Grammy-nominated producer Jeff Dawson (Global hit 'Bad Day') as well as other acclaimed producers/writers: Mikal Blue (OneRepublic, Colbie Caillat) Brian Howes (Nickelback, Daughtry), Shawn Hook, Scott Helman, and more.

With Dawson they released their earliest singles, including a collab with Platinum artist Mathieu Koss in 'Make It Up As We Go (feat. Lockyer Boys)'.

Wednesday August 30 - Summer Send-Off

Connor Loughlin

Music forged on the north shore of Lake Superior harkens back to the days of old in Scotland and Ireland. Loughlin has been largely influenced by traditional Irish music with the melancholy lyrics and cheerful tunes those songs evoke. The events, rebellions, and misfortunes of the Gaelic speaking peoples are woven into their song writing. Loughlin is a group of musicians born of the land of lakes and forests playing traditional music from the British Isles and originals.

 

Jason Maxwell

Jason Maxwell is a singer-songwriter & recording artist known for his high-energy performances & approachable personality. Jason’s unique approach to posting
creative content online coupled with his genuine eagerness to engage & interact with his listeners has helped him garner global viewership with +70 million views
across social media platforms.

 

Honest Heart Collective 

Collectors gather stones to display on shelves. Musicians accumulate experiences and stories they save for the perfect song. The Honest Heart Collective is a sill emblazoned with captivating shapes and sounds: the space between a promise and pain. Rooted in Thunder Bay, Canada, they build earnest and urgent songs with the tools they’ve gathered over time. Their music roars like the electricity of a rock show in the 60’s colliding head on with melody driven, dirt stained indie and revivalist emo. They exist at the intersection of old and new, exploring the spirited cracks between.

Thursday August 31 - Summer Send-Off

Orville Councillor

Orville Councillor is from Naicatchewenin First Nation, Ont., Canada. Orville was first introduced to the music scene at the age of 5 singing lead for the choir. He was influenced by his family where he learned the guitar and was taught Ojibway songs, in which he has 5 recordings produced. Orville's past major performances includes MN. Festival of Fine Arts, National/Indian Education Conference, MN., MN governors convention, World Indigenous Higher Education Consortium, and Harmony of Nations. Orville also won or placed in several singing competitions. Orville has performed as a solo artist and in a full band with O.C. & The Wild Horses. Orville incorporates his style by mixing traditional music such as the flute & native singing resulting in creating a unique & pleasant sound. Orville also plays mainstream music as well using his original music that he wrote.


Stardrop

Stardrop (formerly known as singer / songwriter Danielle Pollari) is a pop r&b sensation. Thunder Bay’s local sweet heart has reinvented herself and is stepping into a bigger, bolder version of herself. Stardrop has been featured on numerous Spotify and Amazon playlists. She recently recorded her first album with producers Tennyson King and Dan Hosh; a collection of self love anthems that rewrite the narrative about what it means to be unapologetically ourselves. With the debut album “JUICY'' out this summer, Stardrop THE BAND is taking the stage together to dazzle and empower audiences with catchy melodies, cheeky lyrics and nasty bass lines. This gorgeous band includes; Taylor Perrault, Justin Stiles, Jordan Grey and Savannah Perrault.


Shawnee Kish 

Shawnee Kish discovered music as medicine at a very early age. Born dreaming about being on stage and starting her journey toward a career in music at the age of 12, music quickly became a source of self-empowerment for the Two Spirit soulful singer, allowing her to stand tall in her personal strength and power. So far this year, Shawnee has celebrated her first JUNO aware nomination (Contemporary Indigenous Artist of the Year), earned a place on the Edmonton Music Prize's 2021 long list and signed to a label (Amelia Recordings).

Named the winner of CBC's 202 Searchlight talent competition, this fierce, powerhouse artist has been celebrated as one of North America's Top Gender Bending Artist (MTV), and name by Billboard as an Artist You Need To Know and continuously uses her music to empower.

Listening to her chart-topping releases can easily recognize that, as an artist, Shawnee has been influenced by strong, confident voices of female performers such as Melissa Etheridge, Etta James, Nina Simone and Amy Winehouse. Her deeply personal and always poignant lyrics are rooted in healing, and allowing bother herself and her listeners to find purpose and reason in the stories she tells.

An outspoken advocate for her Indigenous and LGBTQ2+ communities, Shawnee is a proud Two Spirit Mohawk who has shared the stage with some of the world's biggest names - Lady Gaga, Madonna and Alicia Keys to name a few. 2021 saw the Edmonton- based artist release an EP that addressed personal struggles. "The main theme was lighting up what used to be and getting on with what is now. The song represent becoming yourself, finding out where you were was not where you wanted to be and fully embracing that in order to let go. Light the Place up, even if it's unintentional."

Shawnee is clearly an artist with vision, who will spend 2022 lighting up stages across North America. She will also continue her work with the We Matter Campaign and Kids Help Phone in hopes of empowering youth, providing strength and hope through music.

 

Sponsors

Presenting & Main Stage Sponsor: Ontario Power Generation

Volunteer Program Sponsor: Tbaytel

Signature Sponsors:99.9 The BayCountry 105ROCK 9491.5 CKPRCFNOtbnewswatchRoundtable 

Patron Sponsors: Impala CanadaDelta HotelOntario Lottery & Gaming Corporation

Contributing Sponsors:  Breakwater Events,  The Waterfront District BIASpadoni Used Car & Truck - Sales & Leasing

Funding provided by the Government of Ontario

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