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MonkeyJunk has won a collective 21 Maple Blues Awards, two Canadian Independent Music Awards, a Blues Music Award (USA) in 2010 for best new artist debut (Tiger In Your Tank), and have been nominated three times for a JUNO Award, winning the award twice for Blues Album of the Year in 2012 for To Behold and in 2018 for Time To Roll.

After wading through hundreds of possibilities, the Fonthill Bandshell Summer Concert Series selection committee has once again come up with a truly dynamic program of musical entertainment for its 14th season. The 2019 lineup features 12 great performances between June 20 and Sept. 5, from Juno-award-winning entertainers and musicians hailing from Niagara, nearby Hamilton, the GTA, and as far away as Ottawa.

Patriotic performances mix with Canadian legends and stellar tribute acts this summer for the 12th season of the Fonthill Bandshell Summer Concert Series. The 2017 lineup features 12 great performances between June 22 and Sept. 7, from award-winning entertainers and musicians hailing from Niagara and other nearby Canadian locales. Many of these top entertainers are back with new acts this season, while others are new to the Peace Park venue in downtown Fonthill.

Fleetwood Mac Mania is a stunning visual and musical tribute to Fleetwood Mac. Each veteran player in this 5 piece tribute band brings their spirit to re-create, with incredible accuracy, the look and feel of Fleetwood Mac. With the solo hits of Stevie Nicks as part of the show, the harmonies, instrumentation and on-stage chemistry has surprised and captivated audiences from coast-to-coast.

Irene Torres & The SugarDevils came onto the Toronto music scene in 2011 and made a name for themselves interpreting the music of New Orleans. They wowed audiences with their versatility in playing blues, funk, r&b, jazz, Latin & soul. In 2012 they recorded their first self-titled CD in the cities of Toronto and New Orleans and received rave reviews and international radio airplay. With their first CD, Irene Torres & The SugarDevils were the recipients of a 2012 Sigy Born Award nomination and were the winners of the 2012 Toronto Blues Society Talent Search. In 2013 they won the "Road to Memphis" competition and as a result, had the honor of representing Canada at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN. In 2014 they were nominated for a Maple Blues Award as “Best New Group”.

This Thursday Night at the Fonthill Bandshell! HOWLING HORNS are the consummate 8-piece BLUES - CLASSIC ROCK BAND that will electrify any audience at any party, festival or corporate environment!

 

Alex was born and raised in Cuba, studied guitar with his music teacher father and played bass in a pop singer’s band, before moving to Canada and launching a career performing his own original works. He’s toured his trio to venues around the world, released four albums and earned 18 awards and nominations for his music, including two Junos and 3 Latin Grammys.

Take a trip down memory lane with the songs of pop and country music legend Glen Campbell along with friends from “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour” television show including Anne Murray, Johnny Cash, Bobbie Gentry, Roger Miller, and Kenny Rogers. Mega-hits by country rocker Tanya Tucker and The Beach Boys (of which Glen was a member) round out the bill. 

"Legends of the 1950's" is a world-class musical tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and "The King of Rock and Roll", Elvis Presley. Backed by the amazing Memphis Cats band, song highlights include "That'll Be the Day" "Chantilly Lace" "Great Balls of Fire" and "Hound Dog" amongst the audience favourites. "Legends of the 1950's" features four international tribute superstars including the incredible Jeff Giles as Buddy Holly, the electrifying piano man Joe Passion as Jerry Lee Lewis, the fun loving Bill Culp as the Big Bopper, and sexy Collingwood Elvis champion Gino Monopoli as Elvis Presley, as well as Kim Ladd as your trustworthy bass player and Jim Casson as that guy from Fenwick who plays drums.

 

 

Thursday, July 14 at the Fonthill Bandshell Concerts - Jully Black - Kick off to Summerfest - presented by Marano Family Dentistry.

From opening for Kanye West in Singapore to being hand picked to perform for the Queen; from performing on the same bill as Celine Dion at the 2012 Jamaica Jazz Fest to being the main act for Canada Day celebrations in London, England, Jully Black has perfected her explosive live performance that showcases her unique and powerful voice as well as her ability to engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Thursday, July 7 at the Fonthill Bandshell Concerts Les Tireux d’Roches presented by Country Corner Market and Tim Hudak MPP

The Sands Trio, alias "The Rat Pack" were the coolest of cats. The memory of these fabulous artists lives on with this Las Vegas style show - their spontaneity, energy and chemistry is contagious.  Watch the greatest Las Vegas entertainers come back to life and be transported back to Vegas circa 1956 with all the pratfalls and hilarity that ensued between the Rat Pack members with The Sands Trio.

 

R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A., the most authentic, unforgettable, live musical performance and theatrical visual reproduction of the North American Experience through the words and music of Bob Seger, John ‘Cougar’ Mellencamp, Tom Petty and Melissa Etheridge.

The 2016 concert season promises to be another summer of great music at the Fonthill Bandshell. The ten person volunteer group have put together a sensational line up of musicians including the incredible Jully Black, Canada’s queen of rhythm and blues, and Alex Cuba, one of the coolest talents on the Canadian music scene.  Thirteen shows starting Thursday June 16th.

Gayle Baltjes-Bazinet, volunteer with the Fonthill Bandshell Concerts, proudly pins a 2016 bandshell button on Judy Reid, kind donor to the concert series. The volunteers invite everyone to stop in to
Star Tile, highway 20, Fonthill where your $100 or more donation to the Fonthill Bandshell concerts provides you with your 2016 bandshell boosterbutton to proudly wear to all this season's high quality shows .

Watch next week for the announcement of this summer's 13 Thursday night concerts at the Bandshell in Peace park, Fonthill. 

The 11th Annual Fonthill Bandshell Summer Concert Schedule features an all Canadian talent line-up with an added bonus of thirteen concerts - up from the total of twelve concerts in past years.

Take a look at this video preview of this year's concert series.

Fonthill Bandshell Survey 2015 summary:   Age: 90% of attendees are 50 and older; Attendance: 60% have been attending for 5 or more years & 83% attended five or more concerts....

It is no wonder that Gino Monopoli is one of the most internationally acclaimed Elvis Tribute Artists on the circuit today. He WOW'd the crowd at the Fonthill Bandshell last Thursday night and local Photographer, Anthony Gallaccio once again did a stellar job capturing all the action!

Everyone in Peace Park enjoyed a stroll down memory lane on Thursday August 6th as No Sugar Tonight performed the music of iconic Canadian Artists, The Guess Who, BTO and Burton Cummings.

Thank you to Local Photographer, Anthony Gallaccio who once again was on hand to capture the moments.

Mark Thomas as Neil Diamond and Dave La Fame as Tom Jones WOW'd the crowd at the Thursday Night Summer Concert at the Fonthill Bandshell Thursday July 30th.

Photos compliments of Anthony Gallaccio

As part of the celebrations of 10 years of live concerts at the Fonthill Bandshell, we thought we would like to share with you the history of how the Bandshell and the summer concert series came into being. To start, we must take you back to 2006, Fonthill’s 150th anniversary.  There were many people who volunteered to help the Town celebrate this memorable event, and several residents had been discussing the idea of building a permanent commemoration of the 150th anniversary.

 

Local favourites and Canadian legends will mix with the best of the past nine seasons for the 10th anniversary of the Fonthill Bandshell Summer Concert Series.  The 2015 lineup features 12 great performances between June 18 and Sept. 3, from award-winning entertainers and musicians hailing from Niagara and many other Canadian locales.