The Riverfront Jubilee Announces their 24th annual festival

News The Riverfront Jubilee Announces their 24th annual festival

The Jubilee announces for their 24th annual festival

with special guest

with special guest


presented by Classic Rock Z97.9 and Today’s Best Variety Mix 94.1

AUGUST 2, 3 & 4, 2019

Weekend Passes: $69.99 gate crasher (first 100 passes sold), $75.00 early bird (until May 16), $85.00 advance passes (May 17-June 30) and $95.00 (July 1 onwards) regular price and at the gate
VIP: $129.99 gate crasher (first 100 passes sold), $140.00 early bird (until May 16), $175.00 advance passes (May 17-June 30) and $195.00 (July 1 onwards) regular price and at the gate
(taxes and fees included, all tickets are 19+)


New Glasgow, NS – The Riverfront Jubilee is pleased to announce the headliners for 2019’s twenty-fourth annual festival on August 2, 3 and 4. KIM MITCHELL with Canadian rock songstress, Sass Jordan, will be kicking off Friday night, followed by Nova Scotia’s Wintersleep and Ria Mae taking over stage Saturday and for the culmination of the 2019 festival Trooper and Big Wreck will co- headline Sunday, presented by Classic Rock Z97.9 and Today’s Best Variety Mix 94.1. The first 100 fans to purchase weekend passes will receive the gate crasher rate of only $69.99* for weekend passes and $129.99* for VIP weekend passes and are on sale now.

Performing the Riverfront Jubilee for the first time since 2012, Canadian rock icon, KIM MITCHELL will kick off the festival on Friday, August 2. “I’m just doing my Rock N Roll duty, creating a buzz, buzz, buzz, some say I’m in it for the money, but I’m in it for love, love, love”, Mitchell has sung those lines from his personal mission statement, “Rock N Roll Duty” for decades and he’s still doing exactly that, creative energy and enthusiasm fully intact. Live audiences, which continue to grow and are comprised of newer fans in their late teens and early twenties through to fans that have been following him since the late seventies, are thrilled to find that participating in a Kim Mitchell concert is like being at the live recording of a greatest hits box set which includes his solo hits “Patio Lanterns” and “Go For Soda”, “All We Are” and Max Webster gems like “Diamonds Diamonds” and “High Class in Borrowed Shoes”.

Mitchell has achieved gold and multi-platinum sales status over a long and storied career, starting early on as leader of the musically influential and eclectic Max Webster, a band who in the late 70’s defined “alternative” and “independent” long before the words became clichés. Mitchell left Max to pursue a long and very successful solo career that continues to this day. He has won three JUNO Awards and a SOCAN 100,000 Radio Plays Award for his certified hit, “Patio Lanterns”. He is a gifted and peer-respected guitar player as well as an acclaimed songwriter, having penned (in partnership with Pye Dubois) and recorded numerous classic hits. Songs that have become part of the Canadian musical genome.

JUNO award-winning artist, Sass Jordan, will rock the stage, for the first time at the Jubilee, prior to Mitchell. Jordan has made a living singing, performing, writing and recording music internationally for the past thirty years. Winner of Billboard's Best Female Rock Vocalist award, the bilingual Montrealer has toured and/or worked with many music heavyweights, including Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Van Halen, Carlos Santana and Joe Cocker. She is an internationally recognized singer/songwriter who has sold over one million albums worldwide.

Saturday’s headliners, Wintersleep are no stranger to The Riverfront Jubilee having performed on the main stage most recently in 2017. Wintersleep formed in 2001 in Halifax and have released six studio albums. Their most recent album, The Great Detachment, was released in 2016 via Dine Alone Records. The Great Detachment, Wintersleep’s sixth LP and first with Dine Alone Records, is very much an introspective work, both conceptually and thematically. Of course, it delivers a welcome dose of the atmospheric, entrancing alt-rock for which the band has become known. The energy and urgency inherent in these songs makes them well-suited to the stage, adding more ammo to a captivating live show that’s already earned these JUNO winners tours of several continents; stages shared with Pearl Jam, Broken Social Scene, and The Hold Steady; a performance on Late Night with David Letterman, and even an opening slot for Sir Paul McCartney. In 2017, the album was nominated for a JUNO Award for Adult Alternative Album of the Year and was named #9 on CBC Top 25 Canadian Albums of 2016.

Halifax native, Ria Mae will open for Wintersleep on Saturday, August 3. Mae returned in March 2019 with her latest eight-track EP, Stars, that said, “showcases Mae's proficiency as an emotive songwriter”. Her 2017 JUNO Award-nominated EP, My Love, takes listeners on a hypnotic journey from heartbreak to healing. The EP served as the follow up to Mae’s critically acclaimed self-titled album that launched the platinum-selling “Clothes Off,” the gold certified “Ooh Love,” and garnered over 42 million combined worldwide streams.

To close the festival, The Riverfront Jubilee is excited to welcome Trooper and Big Wreck on Sunday, August 4. It goes like this: millions of records, a couple dozen hits, a JUNO Award for Band of the Year and ongoing sold-out shows across Canada. Universal Music acknowledges Trooper as "one of Canada's top five selling bands of all time". "We're Here for a Good Time (Not a Long Time)", "Raise a Little Hell", "The Boys in the Bright White Sportscar", "Two For the Show", "Pretty Lady" "Good Ol' General Hand Grenade", "Round, Round We Go", "Santa Maria", "Janine" - just a few of the Trooper hits that, according to writer Ryan Sparks, "have woven their way into the fabric of this country like no other bands have been able to do. Tune into any radio station from Vancouver to St John's and you're bound to encounter one of their dozen hit radio anthems that are still featured in heavy rotation to this day." Their ten studio albums have earned multiple gold and platinum awards and their 6 X Platinum greatest hits, Hot Shots, continues to be one of Universal Music Canada's best selling catalog CDs and one of the country's most enduring party soundtracks.

Multi-platinum selling Canadian rockers Big Wreck are set to return with Grace Street, an album that continues to build on the creative momentum of their two previous JUNO-nominated releases, “Ghosts” and “Albatross”. Co-produced by Garth Richardson (Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers), the sonic diversity on Grace Street is indeed stunning. Heavy grooving tracks such as lead-off single “One Good Piece Of Me” and “Digging In” rub shoulders with the atmospheric “A Speedy Recovery” and the epic seven-minute instrumental “Skybunk Marché”. At the core of Grace Street are live off the floor performances by founding front man Ian Thornley on guitar and keyboards, accompanied by drummer Chuck Keeping and bassist Dave McMillan. (The full Big Wreck line-up with additional guitarists Paulo Neta and Brian Doherty remains intact when the band hits the stage). For Thornley, it was imperative to maintain the human element in every aspect of the sessions, resulting in a trip he feels no previous Big Wreck album has taken a listener on before. Big Wreck’s 1997 debut album, In Loving Memory Of…, produced three modern rock radio staples, “The Oaf,” “That Song” and “Blown Wide Open.” After a 10-year hiatus following their second album The Pleasure And The Greed, Big Wreck returned in 2012 with Albatross, which debuted in the Top 5 on the Canadian Album Chart and proved conclusively that the band remains as vital as ever.

Complete festival line-up announcement, late night stage information, Carlton’s Community Bash details, new site perks and much more will be released throughout May and June. Gate-crasher weekend passes for the twenty-fourth annual festival are on sale now for $69.99* and $129.99* and can be purchased at For more information on the Riverfront Jubilee visit: / / /

*Taxes and fees included; all tickets are 19+.


Media Contact:
Jill George
Director of Marketing
Riverfront Jubilee