Mother Nature rains on Lift-Off's parade, show goes on

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By Adam Brazeau 
CORNWALL, Ontario - The fourth and final day of Lift-Off is in its last hours and organizers aren't letting the rain take any fire out of the show.

Doc Walker.

Tonight, Lift-Off goes country.

Check out the music lineup: at $15 a ticket you're getting more than you paid for.

HOUSE BAND - 4:30 p.m.

SWITCHGEAR

Hailing from Ontario, SwitchGear broke into the modern country rock scene in 2010. As receipients of the 2013 Seeker "Musical Artist of the Year" award and winners of the July 2012 Country 103FM "Emerging Artist Showdown", SwitchGear has had the pleasure of opening for the legendary Burton Cummings and CCMA superstars Emerson Drive, Dean Brody, Good Brothers and Greg Hanna.

The Lift-Off Board of Directors would like to give this band a special thank you for performing at Kinsmen Cornwall lift-off fundraisers throughout the year.

SPECIAL GUEST - 6:00 p.m.

GENTLEMEN HUSBANDS

In a lakeside town, this band grew to be friends long before they picked up instruments together. They learned work ethic before song structure, commitment before ability, and quickly realized the great Americana anthems they were raised on were written about life and love in small towns no different than their own.

A short time ago - this band was unknown, they simply let the music do the talking and found themselves signed to UNIVERSAL MUSIC CANADA and have now become one of Canada's top emerging Country Rock Bands.

SPECIAL GUEST - 7:30 p.m.

SMALL TOWN PISTOLS

These performers were formerly known as the band "The Wilkinsons" and are a Canadian country music duo that achieved success late in 1998 with a hit single that placed Number One on the Canadian country music charts and Top 5 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Songs charts - It was followed by another single that placed No. 1 in Canada.

The band has received nine Canadian Country Music Awards, one Juno Award and two Grammy nominations. In 2014, the band was nominated for Country Album of the year at the Junos.

HEADLINER - 9:30 p.m.

DOC WALKER

This is a country music group from Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada. They have been nominated and won Canadian Country Music Awards and Juno awards on 44 separate occasions with some of their wins including Group of the Year, Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Video of the Year and Fan choice of the Year - some more than once.

With multiple platinum and gold selling albums, not to mention 20 top ten hits in the past 20 years, they are no strangers to the big stage.

Even with several mantelpieces worth of hardware to their credit, and a growing international profile that has resulted in three Australian tours, the band refuses to rest on past laurels and strive for tomorrow. With Doc Walker, Kinsmen Cornwall Lift-Off 2014 is truly going out with a bang to end its 20th anniversary celebrations.

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  • Barry Haugen
    July 15, 2014 - 12:33

    enjoyt this article