New Glasgow Jubilee announces lineup

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NEW GLASGOW – The riverfront will be rocking in August when the New Glasgow Jubilee returns with a lineup featuring performances by Joel Plaskett Emergency, Classified, Kim Mitchell and Matt Andersen.

The three-day music festival announced its lineup Tuesday, which includes the return of fan favourite Joel Plaskett Emergency headlining on Aug. 3. Classified, one of Canada’s top hip hop artists, will make its Jubilee debut Aug. 4, while everyone will be dancing under patio lanterns when Juno award winner Kim Mitchell hits the stage Aug. 5.

“I’m excited to see each night’s lineup – I’m really excited by what we’ve been able to pull together,” said Carlton Munroe, executive director of the Jubilee.

Plaskett is always a fan favourite, he said.

“The last time he played the Jubilee was three or four years ago, and he’s never a disappointment,” Munroe said. “Classified is up for six ECMAs and was nominated for a Juno, they’re one of the top hip hop acts in Canada and they’re from just down the road. It’s the first time they’ve played the Jubilee and we’re excited – and the people on Enfield will be as well.”

It’s been a number of years since Kim Mitchell played the area, he said.

“It’s honour to have someone like him – he’s produced some of the greatest party anthems,” he said.

Munroe says he’s happy he can finally answer the questions about the lineup that everyone seems to have right now.

“Every time I walk down the street, people are asking me about the lineup,” he said. “It’s much earlier than last year, we had it out in mid-May, but this will likely quell a lot of rumours this spring.”

The early lineup announcement will also help position the Jubilee among the other festivals in the province, he said, and allow for the sale of more advanced tickets.

But, he added, there are still some surprises to come – a few “new elements” are going to be added to the program, which will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We’re continuing to grow. In my opinion, the impact the Jubilee has on the community is unparalleled with any other when you look at the number of people who are coming into the area,” Munroe said.

That will be underlined this year, he added, when the Jubilee partners with Events Nova Scotia to do an economic impact assessment to determine the financial impact the festival has on the community.

“We know as organizers, and from the people who come to us that there are a lot of successful spinoffs,” he said, adding that data has already started to be compiled and more will be done during the Jubilee itself.

“Some information will be taken with a brief, in-person survey as people are walking through the gates. We’ll have 10 to 12 volunteers on hand, it’s maybe a minute of questions and then they’ll be on their merry way to enjoy the show.”

The festival main stage line up for the award winning, three-day, music festival (in the order they appear each night) is as follows: 
Friday, August 3: Battle of the Bands Winner, Sounds of Motown, Tim Chaisson & Morning Fold, Joel Plaskett and Alert the Medic.
Saturday, August 4: Carry the Lost, Slowcoaster, artist to be announced, Classified and Dirty Deeds.
Sunday, August 5: EB Anderson & The Resolutes, Dave Gunning, Matt Andersen, Kim Mitchell and The Stanfields.

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Canada

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  • mike
    April 23, 2012 - 13:35

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE bring in Sons of Maxwell !!!!!! They will sell out

  • Michael
    April 10, 2012 - 12:25

    I see there's still an opening on the schedule. I suggest bringing back Shannon Walsh. What a great time we had when she was on the bill.

  • Jack
    April 07, 2012 - 08:58

    Wow. I was expecting them to top the great lineup of last year, but they blew it. The talent booker either had no money to work with or just didn't try hard enough. All Nova Scotia based acts with the exception of Kim Mitchell. I'm all for promotion of local talent but they don't sell tickets. Last year was probably the best ever lineup, this year is the worst.

  • Boycott
    April 05, 2012 - 12:52

    I am very disappointed to see the lineup of this year’s Jubilee. It appears that the local volunteer musicians that played in the Winter event to help get the Jubilee out of their deficit were just USED because some were not invited back to play at the main event. The executive director and anyone else involved in this decision should hang their heads in shame because this is a total disrespect to these musicians as well as the Pictou County residences that support them. I for one will not be volunteering my time any more with this poorly run festival and will not be supporting the old “has been” bands over local Pictou County talent.

  • Annette
    April 04, 2012 - 10:43

    OH YAY, and why might I ask that you think problems would increase with Hip Hop? The jubilee is supposed to have something for everyone.

  • Really?
    April 04, 2012 - 10:43

    Sounds like a repeat every year of the same people... a younger change of hands with a finger on the pulse would do much better than this! I'm sure there'll be a better festival on the same weekend to attend..boring, mundane and soon to die! RIP Jubilee...you were fun once upon a time!

  • Chris
    April 04, 2012 - 09:12

    Excellent line-up! Then dont go "dissapointed", who were you expecting? The Rolling Stones?? Great job organizers!

  • oh yay.
    April 04, 2012 - 09:06

    yeah, be another year I don't go. Nothing wrong with Joel Plaskett, but Kim Mitchel and Classified, come on. P.S. start with the hip hop and watch the problems increase!

  • Dissapointed
    April 04, 2012 - 05:52

    Thiis line-up does nothing for me. Very Blah. Very disapointing.

  • Bill
    April 03, 2012 - 18:28

    Interesting that only three of the music artists and groups that volunteered for jubilee in January are playing this summer Dave gunning, The stanfields and alert the medic. Fleur Mainville appears to have been left out of the mix.