Autumn Hill Headlines Saturday Line-Up
St. Thomas, Ontario, May 27, 2015 … Canada’s rising country duo Autumn Hill will headline a Rock ‘n Country lineup on the main stage of the Iron Horse Festival in historic downtown St. Thomas on Saturday, August 22.
Autumn Hill’s Mike Robins and Tareya Green are moving up the country charts with their new single ‘Blame.’ The pair will be releasing their second album this summer, and recently performed at the Canadian Music Association of Ontario Awards, where they were nominated for Group or Duo of the Year. Autumn Hill won the award for Group or Duo of the Year in 2014.
Other main-stage performers for Saturday’s Rock ‘n Country night:
Sarah Smith: Singer/songwriter/rocker Sarah Smith hails from London, Ontario and is touring her latest album “The Journey” to popular review.
Them Dang Rattlers: A country/rock group from London, Ontario, the six members of Them Dang Wranglers are kicking up dust on this year’s summer circuit.
Last Highway: Local group Last Highway brings a classic rock sound to kick things off for Saturday’s Rock ‘n Country night.
Other performers previously announced for the Iron Horse Festival include: Helix, The Mudmen on Thursday, August 20; tribute bands ZED (Led Zeppelin) and Jukebox Heroes (Foreigner) on Friday, August 21.
Helix Headlines Line-Up for Iron Horse Festival
Opening for Helix on the main stage will be Celtic rockers Mudmen, crowd favorites returning from last year’s Festival.
Friday, August 21 is Tribute Night featuring Foreigner tribute band Jukebox Heroes and Led Zeppelin tribute band ZED-Leppelin on the main stage.
The line-up for Saturday, August 22 will be announced in the coming weeks.
Advance purchases can be made online starting today at www.ironhorsefestival.com/music:
- Thursday Main Stage Concerts: $15.00 (+ HST) in advance, $25.00 (incl. HST) at the gate.
- Friday Main Stage Concerts: $5.00 (+ HST) in advance, $10.00 (incl. HST) at the gate.
The Helix story spans an incredible 40 years and the saga continues to unfold. Formed in St. Thomas in 1974, the band was propelled to the top of the charts with their 1984 single “Rock You.” Over the next three decades, Helix released numerous singles, albums and videos, and continues to perform across Canada today.
Helix band members: Brian Vollmer, lead vocals; Greg "Fritz" Hinz, drums; Daryl Gray, bass, keyboards; Kaleb "Duckman" Duck, guitar; Chris Julke, guitar.
Iron-Stomached Midway-Ride Reviewer Wanted
The most fearless, articulate and dynamic midway surfer will be given a GoPro camera to preview rides coming to the Festival’s new bigger, better midway this summer. Reviews will then be shared with the world via social media and the Festival’s website.
The contest winner keeps the GoPro, rides for free at a preview location, and receives 100 free ride coupons ($175 value) at the Iron Horse Festival which runs August 20 – 23, 2015 in St. Thomas, Ontario.
- Submit a video no longer than two-minutes telling/showing us why you should be the midway-ride reviewer;
- Convince us that you have the stomach and the stamina to ride any and all rides;
- Be 18 years of age or older;
- Agree to uphold all the midway operator’s rules and regulations. To submit: Message us at www.facebook.com/ironhorsefest with video attached Entry deadline: Sunday, May 31, 2015 Winner announced: Friday, June 5, 2015 For full contest rules, visit: www.ironhorsefestival.com/iron-stomach
Iron Horse Festival has signed Robertson Amusements of Orangeville, Ontario as its new midway operator. Billed as Canada’s Travelling Theme Park, the company features rides like the stomach-churning Nemesis 360, Ali Baba, Extreme Re-Mix, Starship 3000, Avalanche, a seven-storey Century Ferris Wheel, and favorites like bumper cars and merry-go-round.
Iron Horse Festival Lands Long-Term Home at Historic St. Thomas Rail Yards
The Elgin County Railway Museum (ECRM), which owns the 15-acre site at 225 Wellington Street adjacent to downtown St. Thomas, will allow the Iron Horse Festival to use the property for the four-day August festival in exchange for infrastructure improvements to pedestrian walkways, landscaping, site grading, and electrical and water services.
“We are very pleased to welcome the Iron Horse Festival to the Museum grounds,” said Jeremy Locke, president, ECRM. “Our property is a natural fit for a festival that celebrates our railway heritage. With the improvements that will be made to the site each year, the Festival will assist us in transforming our grounds into a prime festival location.”
The City of St. Thomas has historically been called the Railway City or the Railway Capital of Canada due to the numerous railroads that once ran through the area and their impact on population growth, the economy, and cultural development. In its railway heyday, 56 passenger and 85 freight trains ran through the city every day. Celebrities from Harry Houdini to Lucille Ball stopped at the Canada Southern Railway Station, located at the northern edge of the rail yards, as they travelled from Chicago to New York.
“Having a long-term site is a big step toward boosting the profile of the Festival and promoting the region’s rail history,” said Paul Corriveau. “It gives us the confidence to invest in the infrastructure needed to grow the Festival while keeping it in the heart of the city. It’s fun for residents, draws visitors and benefits local merchants and attractions.”
Celebrating its 21st anniversary, this year’s Iron Horse Festival is scheduled for August 20-23, 2015. The Festival site will also utilize city-owned land adjoining the rail yards. The Festival will feature new attractions in 2015 as well as live concerts, a midway, historical re-enactments, train rides, tours of the Elgin County Railway Museum, an artisan village, and Kids Junction. Details will be announced in the coming weeks.