Burton Cummings, Big Wreck and Sloan to play Lift-Off

By Bob Peters
May 12, 2012

Burton Cummings at Cornwall Lift-OffCORNWALL, ON – Some of Canada's biggest musical acts are set to take the stage at this year's Kinsmen Cornwall Lift-Off Festival. The festival runs from July 12 thru 15.

There is no bigger artist in Canada than platinum selling artist and icon Burton Cummings. The legendary singer of The Guess Who and successful solo artist will be delving into his incredible catalogue of songs that include American Woman, Hand Me Down World, Laughing, These Eyes, Stand Tall, My Own Way to Rock and many more.

Also playing Lift-Off is the newly reunited band Big Wreck who are touring in support of their brand-new hit album “Albatross”. A popular band through the late-1990s that split in 2002, Big Wreck is back in a big way with vocalist Ian Thornley and guitarist Brian Doherty leading the way.

Marianas Trench will also be taking the stage in Lamoureux Park. With singles like Celebrity Status, Good To You, Cross My Heart, All to Myself and their latest Fallout receiving huge airtime, the Vancouver-based pop-rockers have been growing a fan base across the country.

Juno award winner Sloan will be making their first appearance in Cornwall. Throughout their 20-year tenure Sloan has released over 12 albums and no less than thirty singles. The band has been nominated for 10 Junos, most recently in 2012 for their recent album Doublecross.

Solo artist Suzie McNeil will be taking the stage featuring songs from her 4th studio album “Dear Love”. McNeil continues to build a solid music career after being the last woman standing on Rockstar: INXS.

Rounding out the headline acts will be Juno nominated The New Cities, who are heating up the charts with their new single ”Heatwave”.

Local Acts

The organizers of Kinsmen Cornwall Lift-Off have also worked hard to showcase some of the awesome local talent that can be found Cornwall. This year’s local opening acts will include:

  • Playing with Diana
  • Arcaine Belief
  • The Shiners
  • Switchgear
  • Tyler Kealey
  • Elly May

Lots to See and Do

In addition to the musical acts, Kinsmen Cornwall Lift-Off will also feature the ever popular Midway from Homeniuk Rides, the Children’s Fun Zone, licensed beverage garden, food and beverage vendors and of course the majestic sight of dozens of hot air balloons filling the skies above Cornwall and the United Counties. Exiting new additions in the park this year include a War of 1812 re-enactment, a Classic Car Show and a $50,000 Hot Air Give Away.

More Info

Full details on the musical acts, events in the park, schedule and ticket pricing/availability can be found on the Festival website at You can also find the Festvial on Facebook and follow on Twitter at @CornwallLiftOff

About Cornwall Lift-Off

The success of the festival has grown considerably from its modest beginnings in 1994. Each year, the festival welcomes approximately 25 hot-air balloon teams and great local and international musical entertainment to Lamoureux Park on the shores of the St. Lawrence River.

Category: Arts and Entertainment