Kemptville Live filling out the 2019 stage


Here, in the middle of another Winter in North Grenville, a beam of bright sunshine appears on the horizon. To remind us that Summer is coming, and July brings another Kemptville Live Music Festival, the word is out that three more bands are set to play for our enjoyment on the grounds of the Kemptville Campus.

George Thorogood

Saturday, July 21, will see the arrival of that incredibly powerful experience called George Thorogood and the Destroyers to headline the day’s music. The band will be adding to their mightily impressive list of more than 8,000 live performances when they bring their Good To Be Bad Tour: 45 Years Of Rock to Kemptville. The last time I saw George and the band, I thought the roof would come off: high energy songs like Bad to the Bone, One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer, and Move It On Over, had the place rockin’.

The sight of George’s many identical guitars lined up on stage, ready to be used one after the other, provided a great expectation of loud and brilliant sounds and songs, and he and the band did not disappoint. The band itself is a perfect illustration of the truth that Rock n’ Roll will never die.

Sunday has traditionally been a more acoustic day at Kemptville Live, but not this year. Two classic Canadian bands will be taking the stage: Chilliwack and April Wine will be on hand to close out the Festival on July 22. Both bands have been bringing their music to Canadians since the end of the 1960’s, and they’re still going strong.

April Wine

In 2009, April Wine was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame and were honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award for being part of Canadian Music History for 40 years, and in 2010 the band was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

Band members come and go, but these three groups will bring a level of energy and passion to the Kemptville Live stage next July that follows the high standards we’ve come to expect from the festival organisers.


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