Rockin' the Big House
Get Ready to ROCK in The BIG HOUSE as the United Way Brings the First-ever Public Concert to Kingston Penitentiary This Historic Concert will bring some of the finest Canadian talent together featuring:
Special appearance by members of the Tragically Hip: Paul Langlois - MC for the event, Gord Sinclair, Rob Baker
visitkingston.ca presents ROCKIN' THE BIG HOUSE, in support of United Way of KFL&A, the first-ever public concert to be held on the grounds of the oldest penitentiary in Canada, Kingston Penitentiary.
On September 14, 2019, 2,500 music lovers will walk through the gates of Kingston Penitentiary to experience an outdoor music festival like no other.
This is a rain-or-shine, 19+ event. Gates open at 4:30pm. Show times begin 6pm.
For the safety of everyone entering the venue, all patrons are subject to full and complete search prior to entry. All bags will be searched before entry.
Rockin’ the Big House is committed to significantly reducing the source of all on site waste products. At the event, you will receive an 18oz, limited edition, Rockin’ the Big House mug to use at any of our beverage vendors. You can bring an empty reusable water bottle to use at our water filling stations.
- Standing room - no chairs to be brought into the venue.
- Food, wine, beer will be available for sale. A water truck will be onsite with drinking water.
- Limited parking; Kingston Transit buses will be running through the evening. For more information on KingstonTransit routes and schedules click here.
- The event will strive for a low carbon footprint - no single use water bottles.
- Single entry - no exit and re-entry will be permitted.
- Tickets $75 inclusive of service charge - SOLD OUT!
For a full list of items that are permitted/not permitted at the event click here
Specialty Food Trucks and Restaurants
- Otter Creek Farms Food Truck
- Curry Original
- Pita Pit
- Smokin' Carnivore
- Chef Al
- Mio Gelato
Special thanks to Otter Creek Farms and Curry Original for donating all the proceeds.
Beer, Wine and Beverages
- Spearhead Brewing Co.
- Kingston Brewing Company
- Rosehall Run Winery
- MacKinnon Brothers
- Skeleton Park Brewery
- Three Dog Winery
- Top Shelf
- Chateau des Charmes
Special thanks to Spearhead Brewing Company, Kingston Brewing Company and Rosehall Run Winery for donating all the proceeds.
The event is made possible through partnerships with the City of Kingston, St. Lawrence Parks Commission, Correctional Service Canada as well as lead sponsors Otter Creek Farms and Spearhead Brewing Co., platinum sponsors Bergeron Clifford Injury Lawyers and J.E. Agnew Food Services Inc., gold sponsor Sousa Ready Mix Inc.
Rockin’ the big house lineup:
Founded in Kingston over 25 years ago, this will be somewhat of a homecoming for the iconic Canadian rock band led by enigmatic singer and actor Hugh Dillon (Flashpoint, Twin Peaks, Wind River). Headstones have had a long and established career in the Canadian music scene with hits such as "Smile & Wave" and "Tweeter and the Monkey Man". Headstones just came off a successful cross-country tour in 2018 and have recently been recording their next record in Bath, Ontario
Very Special Guest : Tom Cochrane
An iconic career which started in the pubs and rough neck bars off the highways of Ontario, then Canada and the the world, has spanned over 4 decades and is characterized by creative, musical and personal integrity. A few years into his tenure with Red Rider, they graduated to larger venues, halls, arenas and Festival stages. With and without Red Rider, Tom has released 17 albums and remains only one of 3 male artists to have a diamond certified album in Canada (over 1,000,000 Copies sold
Throughout his career, Tom has thrown his support behind a wide range of worthy causes. He has traveled the world, including Africa 9 times and Asia twice on behalf of World Vision, has performed at Live 8 and, in Tears Are Not Enough video and entertained the troops in Afghanistan. He endorses and supports Waterkeeper’s Alliance, Amnesty International, War Child, Medicin Sans Frontiers, World Animal Protection and The United Way.
Canadian rock music darlings formed in Antigonish, Nova Scotia in 1997 have five albums to their name including their latest 2018 release, Civillianaires. With songs such as "Not Ready to Go", "Hope and Ruin" and "Highway of Heroes" they quickly made inroads in to the hearts of Canadian music fans.
The Pursuit of Happiness
Toronto's Pursuit of Happiness serves as a vehicle for the wry romantic ponderings of singer/guitarist/songwriter Moe Berg and plays a brand of power-pop influenced by Todd Rundgren who produced their first two albums.
TPOH has just come off the road from a sold out tour celebrating 30 years since their debut record LOVE JUNK, featuring their hit single "I'm An Adult Now
Kingston-based alt-rock outfit Kasador spent their first 3 years cutting their teeth on the road, garnering attention from their engaging and high-energy live performances. Duelling vocals and dynamic guitars provide a strong base for the band, rooted in rock and funk. Kasador wrote and self-produced their debut 2016 EP ‘KASADOR’, which they toured extensively through Canada and the USA. Since, the band released a follow up 2-track single titled ‘Come Get Yer Money’ in 2017. Both tracks are featured on their upcoming full length, titled ‘Brood & Bloom’ produced by The Tragically Hip’s Gord Sinclair and Rob Baker - an album written through tough times.
Date: Sept 14, 2019
Location: The Kingston Penitentiary
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