Last night, the City of Thunder Bay kicked off its summer concert series, Live on the Waterfront, with local acts Elle Kay, Cold Lake Sun, and headliner Joel Plaskett. Plaskett reminisced on previous shows in Thunder Bay, including his first show at Crocks and another at Fort William Gardens when he opened for the Tragically Hip. He read a poem he wrote as a tribute to Gord Downie, touching but not sappy in true Plaskett style.

Plaskett played a mix of old songs and newer tunes from his most recent and JUNO nominated album Park Avenue Sobriety Test. The concert drew a huge crowd who donned sweaters and jeans to protect against the bank of fog that rolled in from Lake Superior, no doubt making Plaskett and his bandmates feel more at home.

The Live on the Waterfront music series includes eight free outdoor shows planned that will take place on the main stage at Marina Park every Wednesday evening from 6 pm to 9 pm. Each evening will have a different theme including folk, rock, blues, country, Celtic, and dance. A total of 24 diverse acts are taking part, with the season wrapping up on August 24 with featured headliners Paper Lions.

“Live on the Waterfront is one of Thunder Bay’s most prominent summer events,” said Ash Young, events supervisor, “This year, it’s something that residents and visitors will not want to miss.” “Featured visiting acts along with home-grown local talent will be playing this year, including Honest Heart Collective, Engine House, Nick Sherman and more.”

In addition to live music, Live on the Waterfront feature children’s activities, free draws and a variety of on-site concessions. There will also be an artisan market, with local artisans creating, displaying and selling art in the park during the concert series. Admission is free and the event is open to all ages. Attendees are encouraged to park in the downtown core, and bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the show.

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July 6 
Joel Plaskett Cold Lake Sun
Joel Plaskett
July 13 Kitchen Party!
Kitchen Party bands Kam Valley Fiddlers
Taphouse Trio
Phil Duke & Clay Breiland
July 20
July 20 groups Dream Dance Company
Zorya Ukrainian Dance Association
Gypsy Rhinestones
City Band
July 27
Roy Coran Big Band image The Rhythm Merchants
The Bottom of the Barrel Jazz Band
Roy Coran Big Band
August 3
Greenbank image Engine House
The Roosters
August 10  
James Boraski image Southern Comfort
The Blues Bangers
James Boraski & Momentary Evolution
August 17
Scott Van Teeffelen Band image JC Wilkinson
Scott Van Teeffelen Band
August 24
Honest Heart Collective logo Nick Sherman
Honest Heart Collective