There was a Ribfest in Gage Park just a week or two ago, and I paid no mind because beyond the ribs... they had simply cover bands for entertainment. Definitely a different mindset than most of the other summer festivals. If you want to hear Led Zeppelin or Prince done uncannily like the original by just three guys in one set, then check out Freedom Train on Saturday at Canada’s Largest Ribfest. In Burlington’s Spencer Smith Park, over the Labour Day weekend. Canada’s Largest Ribfest has a ton of talent with the band’s focusing on their own music taking my focus.
Divided on two different stages, a variety of Hamilton acts are showcased while you sample the culinary delights of ribs. On the East Stage on Friday you can see Rocket and the Renegades (Noon–2pm), Killin Time Band (7:30 to 9pm). Saturday has Big Rude Jake (11:30am to 1pm) and Freedom Train (8:30pm to 11pm). On Sunday has The Smoke Wagon Blues Band (5:30pm to 7pm) highlights the day while Monday has Hamilton bred blues legend Jack de Keyzer (5:30pm to 7pm). Meanwhile on the West Stage on Saturday Trickbag plays (5:30pm to 7:00pm) and on Sunday the Checkerboard Floors (7:30om to 9pm).
To underscore an initiative to support up and coming talent, the third Emerging Artists Showcase will also be a feature thanks to the Burlington Arts & Culture Fund and Long & McQuade.
Canada’s Largest Ribfest has set up The Emerging Artist Showcase that aims to give emerging artists the best opportunity to launch their career at a professional level. Three of Burlington’s “most up–and–coming artists” will be invited to showcase their talent as the opening acts for this years Canada’s Largest Ribfest on the West Stage on Saturday, August 31st, Sunday, September 1st, and Monday, September 2nd from 1:30pm – 2:30pm.
Northbound plays Saturday and is a young pop–rock band from Burlington with members ranging from 16 years old to 20 years old. Aleks Jurcev on keys, Alexa Dipiersio on vocals, Jerry Zhang on lead guitar, Marie–Carmen Loyo on rhythm guitar and vocals, Miguel Angel Loyo on bass and vocals, and Zhen Sun on drums are reportedly recording some of their own original material but while fairing well in some battle of the bands recently, you can see some videos they’ve posted covering songs from Boston’s “Piece of Mind” to Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock”.
On Sunday Paige Rutledge is a budding country singer and songwriter that began writing at 16 years old and over the last five years has already has two EPs of music under her belt. Rutledge has been very involved in Anti–Bullying campaigns with the Halton District School Board by recording a music video for her song, “Stand Up”, and placed second in the Halton Police’s Give Respect, Get Respect campaign.
On Monday Hayley Verrall performs. She’s a twenty–one year old country singer and songwriter who graduated from the Music Industry Arts and Performance program at Centennial College in 2018 but her first EP, “You Ain’t Seen Trouble Yet” was released back in 2014. After a recent visit to Nashville, Verrall released a new single “Like You Mean It” in July.
Canada's Largest Ribfest happens this Friday August 30 to Monday September 2 at Spencer Smith Park in Burlington. Click on canadaslargestribfest.com