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Thursday, June 08, 2017

Free Concerts Coming to Communities Across Ontario

ONtour Concert Series Celebrates Ontario’s 150th Anniversary

As part of a year-long line-up of events marking Ontario's 150th anniversary celebrations, Ontario's free ONtour concert series will provide the soundtrack for the Summer of 2017, stopping in more than 20 communities across Ontario and showcasing some of the province's brightest homegrown musical talent.

From Peterborough to Blind River, from Ajax to Kenora, from Hamilton to Sudbury, audiences will have the opportunity to attend a free concert featuring at least three acts. More than 50 Ontario artists will be part of the ONtour roster, including the Jim Cuddy Band, Serena Ryder, Kim Mitchell, The Tea Party, Magic!, Tom Cochrane, James Barker Band, Our Lady Peace, Big Wreck, Kardinal Offishall, The Philospher Kings, Barenaked Ladies, Mélanie Brulée, USS, Alx Veliz, Anjulie, Jonathan Roy, Coleman Hell, Scott Helman, Rivertown Saints, Michelle Treacy, Francesco Yates, DJ Shub, Karl Wolf, Next Generation Leahy, Tyler Shaw, Midnight Shine, Mia Martina and others.

ONtour kicks off June 25, with a performance celebrating Alderville First Nation's 180th anniversary and wraps up in Petawawa on September 17. All of the ONtour concerts are free and open to music-lovers of all ages and there are no tickets required. Check the ONtour schedule often for updates online at

Investing in programs and events for Ontario's 150th anniversary is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts:

  • The former British North American colonies of Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are the original provinces of Canada, established on July 1, 1867.
  • Ontario is recognizing the historical significance of 2017 with Ontario150, a year-long commemoration that will reflect on Ontario's past, showcase the present and inspire future generations.
  • An estimated 80,000 people are expected to enjoy ONtour.

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"Music is magic – able to cross generational, cultural, and linguistic boundaries. ONtour is an opportunity for people from all walks of life to share in this communal experience, to build community pride, and to create cherished memories for years to come."

— Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

"Music is a fundamental, much-loved part of any celebration, and it brings people out to meet and have fun together. Our community loves every opportunity to come together and ONtour is going to be a great part of our 150th summer."

— Harinder Malhi, MPP (Brampton-Springdale), Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Media Contacts:

Denelle Balfour
Communications Branch
(416) 326-1724

Jeff Costen
Minister’s Office
(416) 314-4266

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
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