Lift-Off Festival Enjoying Sunny Skies in Cornwall

By Bob Peters
July 12, 2012

Cornwall Lift-OffThe Kinsmen Cornwall Lift-Off festival grounds are the place to be this week for fun and entertainment for the entire family. Let's take a quick look at what's happening, starting Thursday July 12 at Noon, and running until Sunday July 15:

Music on the St. Lawrence

The Lift-Off stage will be busy all week long with some of the top names in Canadian music, including the legendary Burton Cummings, rockers Sloan, Big Wreck and Marianas Trench. They will be joined on stage by a number of up-and-coming acts including several local bands such as The Shiners, Coldrift, SwitchGear and Elly May. Tickets for the music act can be purchased onsite at the Tallman Truck Centre entertainment circle.

Thursday Line Up starting at 4:50 pm

  • Candy Provost - National Anthem
  • Arcane Belief - Local Band!
  • Playing with Diana - Local band!
  • Sloan - Juno award-winning band who have a soft spot for sweet sugar tunes.
  • Big Wreck - Reunited and on tour in support of their 3rd studio album, Albatross.

Friday Line Up starting at 5:00 pm

  • SwitchGear - Local band bringing a little bit of country with tunes from their debut CD!
  • The Shiners - Local roots rockers touring in support of their second CD!
  • Suzie McNeil - The last woman standing on Rockstar: INXS, touring to support her 4th CD
  • Burton Cummings - The legendary lead singer and co-writer for The Guess Who.

Saturday Line Up starting at 5:00 pm

  • Elly May - Local band showcasing tunes of their new EP!
  • Tyler Kealey - Ottawa's piano man.
  • The New Cities - Juno nominated band sizzling the charts with their new single Heatwave.
  • Marianas Trench - Canada’s hottest new pop act on tour of their 3rd studio album.

Click here for more info on local music at Lift-Off.

Ontario's Only Hot Air Balloon Festival

Lift-OffTake a ride in on of 26 balloons that will rise over the city, or come on down to the Computer Sense Launch field and watch as the balloon crews prepare for take-off. This year, several specialty shape balloons will be visiting, including T-REX - a friendly green dinosaur that stretchs over 120 feet tall!


Homeniuk Rides is back again with its family oriented midway, including top quality amusement rides such as the Scrambler and Ring of Fire. Kiddie Rides are their specialty. Or try your luck in a variety of traditional midway games or grab some candy floss and freshly squeezed lemonade at their concession stands. Admission is free, ride tickets can be purchased on site.


Watch some amazing feats of canine agility and athletic performance at the famous DockDogs competitions - located to the east of the Complex. Each day at 4:00pm the organizers will open the Dock up for the public to bring a new dog down and let them try out the events. Admission is free.

Click here for more info on Dock Dogs at Lift-Off.

CAS Family Zone

Located near the splash pad, the CAS Family Zone once again will be filled with activities for the youngster including inflatable amusements. Admission is free.

Other Activities

Check out these other activities:

War of 1812 Event (FRIDAY 10:30AM – 2:30PM) Join us for an engaging program of events providing hours of funwhile learning about a pivotal time in our history.

Fireworks (FRIDAY NIGHT)

$50K Roll to Win (SATURDAY 8:00AM) Be one of 400 participants to try their luck to win $50,000.00 in Cash and Prizes

Classic Car Show (SATURDAY 11:00AM – 4:00PM) Classic Car Show on the Computer Sense Launch Field. All types of classic & custom vehicles.

Free Kinsmen Pancake Breakfast (SATURDAY 11:00AM – 4:00PM)

Sift Off at Lift-Off (SATURDAY 2:00PM-3:00PM) Join us in the Tallman Truck Centre Entertainment Circle: 25qualified contestants (must be 18+up) will be

Seniors Bingo (SUNDAY 12 NOON TO 2:00PM) Limited Seating, prizes to be won, refreshments served.

Free Cornwall Transit Rides

Fesitval goers can take the bus for free to and from the festival with a ticket or bracelet as proof. On Friday Night the buses will run late and be lined up on Water St. after the fireworks!

Click here for more info on riding the bus for free during Lift-Off.

More Details!

More details are available on all of the above activities at Kinsmen Cornwall Lift-Off 2012 on the official festival website at

Click here for ideas on ways of making your stay in Cornwall more enjoyable during the Festival.

Category: Arts and Entertainment