Jubilee announces headliners

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NEW GLASGOW — The Riverfront Jubilee has announced the headliners for 2019’s annual festival taking place Aug. 2-4.

Canadian rockers Kim Mitchell and Sass Jordan will be kicking off the Friday night followed by Nova Scotian artists Wintersleep and Ria Mae on Saturday and Trooper and Big Wreck closing out the show.

Performing the Riverfront Jubilee for the first time since 2012, Kim Mitchell will kick off the festival on August 2. “I’m just doing my Rock N Roll duty, creating a buzz, buzz, buzz…” Mitchell has sung those lines from his personal mission statement, “Rock N Roll Duty” for decades and he’s still doing exactly that. Audiences 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 career, starting early on as leader of the musically influential Max Webster, a band who in the late 70’s defined “alternative” and “independent” long before the words became clichés. Mitchell has won three JUNO Awards and a SOCAN 100,000 Radio Plays Award for his certified hit, Patio Lanterns.

JUNO award-winner Sass Jordan will rock the stage, for the first time at the Jubilee, prior to Mitchell. She has made a living singing, performing, writing and recording music internationally for the past 30 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 has sold over one million albums worldwide.

Saturday’s headliners, Wintersleep are no stranger to the 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, The Great Detachment, was released in 2016 via Dine Alone Records. It was Wintersleep’s sixth LP and first with Dine Alone Records. The energy and urgency inherent in its 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 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. She returned in March 2019 with her latest eight-track EP, Stars, that Billboard.com 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 will welcome Trooper and Big Wreck. Universal Music acknowledges the JUNO Award winning 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 are 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.” Their 10 studio albums have earned multiple gold and platinum awards and their six 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. 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). 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 more will be released throughout May and June. Gate-crasher weekend passes are on sale now for $69.99 and $129.99 and can be purchased at www.thejubilee.ca.