Artists of all stripes took the 402, 401, 403 and even the Bluewater Bridge to descend upon Sarnia’s Centennial Park this weekend for the second edition of Bluewater Borderfest.
Billed as the festival’s “country night”, opening the festival Thursday evening was the Cory James Mitchell Band. Alongside Detroit’s Kat Beal and Port Huron’s Drew Jacobs, the hometown country heroes rocked fans who were eager to see superstar Drake White take the stage.
Following the evening of country, Friday night was “classic rock night.” Following performances by local staples, Aces High and Jabrito, fans were absolutely delighted to see a powerful performance by Niagara Falls’ Honeymoon Suite. Following the ‘80’s rockers where the Guess Who, who charmed the audience with their hits of past and present.
Saturday night was “rock night” at Bluewater Borderfest. By far the most popular and best attended night of the festival, concertgoers were blown away by opening performances by Sarnia’s Rodney James and the Riot, Dear Rouge (making their first concert appearance in Sarnia) and Matt Mays.
The grand finale for the festival came late Saturday, as Arkells took the stage. Fresh from high-profile performances on Parliament Hill on Canada and at their own hometown rally in Hamilton, the pop-rockers had the midnight crowd singing and dancing with everything they had. In a wonderful turn of fun, frontman Max Kerman brought Dear Rouge’s Danielle McTaggart and Matt Mays back to the stage to swap vocals on the Whitney Houston classic “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”
Bluewater Borderfest left music fans of Sarnia buzzing and ready for more!
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Born and raised with thoughts and aspirations of becoming a famous bassist in Sarnia, ON; Emily Plunkett now lives in Gatineau, QC, and considers National Capital Region home sweet home. A product of the Beatles, MuchMusic and the Southwestern Ontario summer festival circuit (circa 2000), her interest and love in concert photography came almost completely by accident when her journalism program at Algonquin College required courses in photojournalism (and she quickly realized that photos taken at concerts using a DSLR are enormously better than ones she was taking on a point-and-shoot she bought for a trip to England). She is extremely proud of the fact she has seen Sloan in some form or another 25 times.