RBC Rock the Park 2024 Lineup

 

Wednesday July 10th, 2024

Thursday July 11th, 2024

Friday July 12th, 2024

*Rock the Park is a rain or shine event
*Artists are subject to change
*All ticket sales are final
*Tickets purchased are for the festival not individual artists
*Lawn chairs not permitted

Nickelback

Nickelback at Rock the Park, July 10, 2024

 

About Nickelback

2023 Canadian Music Hall of Fame recipients, and Diamond-certified selling group Nickelback were named the “most successful rock band of the decade” by Billboard in 2009. Globally celebrated for their career defining and award-winning hits “How You Remind Me,” “Photograph,” “Far Away,”, “Rockstar,” and more, the four-piece comprised of Chad Kroeger, Ryan Peake, Mike Kroeger, and Daniel Adair is one of the most commercially viable and important acts of the past two decades. Their success includes worldwide sales of more than 50-million units, solidifying their status as one of the top-selling acts of all time and the second best-selling foreign act in the U.S., in the 2000’s decade, behind only The Beatles. Their inescapable and irresistible smash “How You Remind Me” was named Billboard’s ‘Top Rock Song of the Decade’ and was the number-one most played song on U.S. radio (any format) in the 2000’s according to Nielsen Soundscan, with over 1.2 million spins.

Amongst all of these accolades, they’ve also been named Billboard’s “Top Rock Group of the Decade” and received nine Grammy Award nominations, three American Music Awards, a World Music Award, a People’s Choice Award, twelve JUNO Awards, seven MuchMusic Video Awards, and have been inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame (2007) and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame (2023). With more than 23 chart-topping singles and fans spanning the globe, Nickelback boasts more than twelve consecutive sold-out world tours, playing to well over 10 million+ diehard and adoring fans. The band recently wrapped the 52 date North American leg of the Get Rollin’ Tour on October 5th and most recently debuted the documentary Hate To Love: Nickelback at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival.

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The Glorious Sons

 

The Glorious Sons

THE GLORIOUS SONS
Brett Emmons – vocals, guitar, harmonica, keys
Jay Emmons – guitar, vocals
Adam Paquette – drums, vocals
Chris Koster – guitar, vocals
Josh Hewson – piano, guitar
Peter van Helvoort – bass, vocals

The Glorious Sons have resolutely manifested all of rock ‘n’ roll’s most positive principles from
their very start – creativity and adventure, passion and truth, energy and expression, individuality
and spirit of community. Now, after a four-year journey fraught with multiple stops and starts, the
Kingston, ON-based band returns with Glory, an album co-produced by Brett Emmons and
Frederik Thaae, that fully captures the depth and breadth of their vast artistic vision. Fired by a
remarkably vivid sonic approach and raw, heartfelt lyricism, stellar new songs burn bright with
incandescent emotional truths that are somehow both deeply personal and wholly universal.
“I think that all this time has allowed us to very slowly hone in on something that just feels a little
bit bigger,” says lead singer-songwriter Brett Emmons. “Something a bit more anthemic and
celebratory.”

Founded in 2011 by Jay Emmons and Adam Paquette, and joined shortly thereafter by vocalist
Brett Emmons, The Glorious Sons immediately caused a commotion with their immense
ambition and impassioned songcraft, unleashing three studio albums that earned them two #1
Rock airplay smashes in the US and thirteen consecutive top 10 Rock radio hits in Canada.
2014’s debut album, The Union, affirmed their breakthrough success with a prestigious JUNO
Award nomination for “Rock Album of the Year,” fueled in part by such singles as “Heavy,”
“Lightning,” and “The Contender,” the latter of which proved the band’s first ever #1 at Canadian
Rock radio.

2017’s Young Beauties and Fools more than delivered on The Glorious Sons’ promise, this time
taking home the JUNO Award for “Rock Album of the Year” amidst worldwide airplay and
increasing critical acclaim. The album includes the #1 singles, “Everything Is Alright” and “S.O.S.
(Sawed Off Shotgun),” the latter reaching #1 on Billboard’s “Mainstream Rock” chart in the US.
Hailed at their most mature work to date, 2019’s third studio album, A War On Everything,
instilled a contemporary gleam on The Glorious Sons’ traditionally naturalistic sound. The album
earned the band a second straight JUNO Award for “Rock Album of the Year” as well as their
second consecutive US #1 “Mainstream Rock” hit in “Panic Attack.”
Like any rock ‘n’ roll band worth its salt, The Glorious Sons have spent a great deal of their
existence on the road, from headline tours, support runs, and showstopping festival sets to three
unforgettable stadium shows supporting The Rolling Stones and more recently, a top-billed
appearance alongside Pearl Jam in London, England’s Hyde Park. The global pandemic
changed all that of course but at least allowed the band a chance to step back and assess what
they’d accomplished thus far. After a brief pause, The Glorious Sons got right back to work,
building up a catalogue of almost 40 new songs fueled in part by the intense emotionality and
anxiety conjured by the global shutdown. They shared a number of tracks but in his heart, Brett
Emmons knew they did not represent the story he believes The Glorious Sons are here to tell.
“It was all quite negative,” he says. “It was nihilistic and a little bit too political. For me. I was
spending a lot of time on my phone. It wasn’t something that I wanted to make my mark with. So
we went back to the drawing board. I kept on writing.”

In the spring of 2022, The Glorious Sons headed to Nashville to spend six weeks recording
alongside a big-name rock producer with an idea to capture the band’s unique camaraderie by
tracking the whole thing live off the floor. Alas, “one thing led to another,” says Emmons, “and it
was a failure, like watching a car crash in slow motion.”
“It was unbelievably demoralizing,” he says. “It probably took me a month after that to even just
look at an instrument.”

Bowed but not broken, The Glorious Sons once again took a moment of adversity and turned it
into a learning experience, an opportunity to recalibrate and adjust their immediate goals and
overarching vision.

“It made me want to be a better producer,” Brett Emmons says. “It made me really focus on
figuring out what I wanted to write about. It made me finally kind of accept some things I had
spent a long time not trying to think about in my writing. And one of those things was that I am a
sensitive person and also a very sentimental person. And there’s nothing wrong with that.”
In July 2022, The Glorious Sons convened at Emmons’ cottage home near Kingston, joined by
Danish producer, composer, and musician Frederik Thaae, with whom they had partnered on
both of their previous studio albums. Right away Emmons knew that the seeming endless
winding road had led The Glorious Sons to exactly the place where they needed to be.
“It just felt like being back at home,” he says. “I basically told Frederik, I don’t know what was
going through my mind for the last three years. I don’t know why I would ever fuck with this.
Getting that connection back with him was an important feeling for me. It felt like I had a sparring
partner again, the way I needed to.

“It was a real blast of humility. I think for a while we didn’t want to accept that we needed help,
but the truth is that we really did. I needed somebody to get excited with me, I needed to be able
to bounce stuff off somebody that I could trust.”

It is immediately clear that The Glorious Sons’ long labors were not remotely for naught. Glory
is positively blazing with outsized melodies and heartfelt songcraft, all made indelible via Thaae
and Emmons’ imaginative co-production and the band’s unstoppable performance. Weaving
organic songcraft with intricately crafted electronic textures manifests something equal parts
introspective and epic, a strikingly human music lit from within with uncommon emotional depth.
“I just wanted it to be huge,” Emmons says. “I wanted it to sound wide open, it wanted that that
feeling of your chest being an open field. I wanted to be unapologetically ambitious.”
“I think the best things I do are just me talking about myself,” Emmons says and I for whatever
reason, that’s what people connect with. They understand the stories because maybe they feel
the same way about themselves.”

From their very start, The Glorious Sons have achieved the near impossible by sounding both
familiar and unprecedented, offering a bold new idea of what it means to be a rock ‘n’ roll band
in the modern era. Now, with Glory, The Glorious Sons have pushed themselves to the brink to
create something meaningful, true, and undeniably their own.
“We spent a long, long time on the hamster wheel when we started out,” Brett Emmons says,
“and now, I want to just take things as they come. For the first time in my life, I feel like the way
people receive it matters less to me than ever before. It’s not that I don’t care what people think
but I just know in my heart that we did everything we could.”

 

The Tea Party

Bahamas

The Tea Party

The Tea Party, the multi-Platinum selling, multi-Juno Award nominated trio consisting of singer/guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Jeff Martin, bassist and multi-instrumentalist Stuart Chatwood and drummer/percussionist Jeff Burrows has returned with Sunshower, a collection of five new songs that once again showcase their mastery of light and shade, and why they continue to occupy a unique place within the ever-changing musical landscape. Sunshower serves as a companion piece to the 2019 EP Black River, presenting a message of hope in the face of some of the most challenging years we as a society have endured so far in the 21st century.

Since releasing its major-label debut album Splendor Solis in 1993, The Tea Party has come to be regarded as one of the world’s most innovative rock bands, with a sound that incorporates everything from traditional instrumentation from around the world, to cutting-edge digital technology. Now, after more than 30 years as a band, The Tea Party is ready to open a new chapter in its saga, a story that remains rooted in the goal to create new, ambitious, and thought provoking music.

 

Crown Lands

The Trews

 

Bio coming soon!

Tyler Childers

Tyler Childers - Thursday, July 11, 2024

Tyler Childers

With a few words, Tyler Childers can build worlds. A plain-spoken poet for the dreams and struggles of a working class, his music takes listeners to real places – backroad church pews, sticky-hot swimming holes and freshly-plowed farm fields, to name a few. Childers’ melodies feel lived-in, like joining a circle of familiar faces in a well-worn basement or on a shaded porch, the gathering place for folks of all kinds to share truths or swap tall tales after a long day.

Since he emerged from the hills of Appalachia, Childers has stormed the world with his uncompromising voice and a candid collection of songs. He skyrocketed from playing inside sweat-soaked clubs to becoming one of today’s most sought-after artists. With his longtime band, The Food Stamps, Childers headlines historic festival stages and delivers high-flying sold-out shows inside arenas, amphitheaters and concert halls across the globe.

And many who time-and-again drop a needle on his music embrace Childers like an author to a new chapter in America’s long, revered songbook of country and folk music – a testament to how far a well-told story can travel.

No matter if he’s delivering a fiddle tune with a hard-spoken truth or leading his band in an open-armed country-soul sermon, new Childers music arrives with layers of time-tested storytelling. And on his anticipated new album, Rustin’ In The Rain, the circle of tales in Childers’ catalog grows a little bigger with a fresh collection of big-hearted, wry-humored love songs and dirt-covered country romps.

The 2x Grammy Award-nominated singer, songwriter and musician returned to the studio with The Food Stamps – James Barker (pedal steel), Craig Burletic (bass), CJ Cain (guitar), Rodney Elkins (drums), Chase Lewis (keyboards) and Jesse Wells (guitar, fiddle) – to record Rustin’. In a testament to the well-oiled grooves of the group, it’s the second consecutive release to be cut and co-produced by Childers alongside the Food Stamps, once again recording at Barker’s home studio, Dragline, in Huntington, West Virginia.

With Rustin’ In The Rain, the 32-year-old Kentucky native pulled together songs with a playful concept: What would he pitch to Elvis Presley? Graceland-era Presley, to be exact. Listeners hear the result on songs like lead single “In Your Love” – a timeless, piano-tinged I’ll-wait-for-your-love ballad released alongside a heart-wrenching music video of two men falling for each other in 1950s rural Appalachia – and “Phone Calls & Emails,” a story of modern missed connections set to the backdrop of a crooning, classic country tune.

On “Luke 2:8-10,” Childers enlists background vocals from a one-of-a-kind trio: Margo Price, Erin Rae and S.G. Goodman, three standout singer-songwriters. The expanded band delivers a rustling three-minute song about a panicked shepherd witnessing the descent of an angel from the heavens. Collaborations on Rustin’ continue on “Percheron Mules,” a rollicking tune that includes vocals from Ronnie McCoury, Jason Carter and Alan Bartram –members of ace bluegrass band the Travelin’ McCourys (McCoury also adds mandolin pickin’ to the song).

And for one of two cover songs on Rustin’, Childers dug into country music’s balladeering catalog to unearth “Help Me Make It Through The Night.” He lends his mountainous vocal to the intimate, restless 1970 song, written by Kris Kristofferson and made famous by Sammi Smith’s Grammy Award-winning rendition (Presley also covered the song during a 1971 session at RCA Studio B in Nashville). To close the album, Childers covers “Space & Time,” a song penned by Goodman – a fellow Kentuckian – that chronicles the need to share moments with those you hold most dear. Goodman and Rae rejoin Childers for backing vocals on the album-closing number.

Still, no new song may whip Childers’ show-going audience into a frenzy like “Rustin’ In The Rain,” the barnstormin’ opening track anchored by dueling country licks and Childers’ band-leading howl – a nod to the tight-knit creatively he and the Food Stamps earned during late nights on stage and long trips on the road.

With Rustin’ In The Rain, Childers pens the next chapter in an unrivaled and unreplicable story of real-life success that continues to reach new circles. And the best part? This tale’s just getting started.

Charles Wesley Godwin

Charles Wesley Godwin - Thursday July 11, 2024, Rock the Park

Charles Wesley GodwinFamilyTies

For a while there, Charles Wesley Godwin was in something of a funk. A typically prolific writer, and one who over his first two critically-acclaimed albums had proven himself to be a reflective and soulful songwriter and singer — a storyteller in the vein of his heroes like Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Bruce Springsteen— Godwin found himself in a state of stasis last year. To hear him tell it, he was frozen in place — unable to find the words to what he hoped would become his new songs and under a level of pressure he’d never previously experienced.

And yet, what would ultimately inspire the man was right in front of him all along: family.

“I had to get back to the basics,” says the introspective, self-aware artist of what finally set him and his new songs free. “I decided I was going to write about my life and my family. It’s where my heart was guiding me: to be super personal and dig right into the weeds of my life.” The resulting LP, Family Ties —Godwin’s forthcoming third album, set for release on September 22 via Big Loud Records — is a truly stunning achievement, and the culmination of years of hard work to arrive at this point.

Demo’ed on a Tascam 4-track (thanks to his love for Springsteen’s seminal Nebraska) and then recorded with his bandmate and longtime producer, Al Torrence, at one of his dream studios, Echo Mountain in Asheville, North Carolina, Family Ties is a portrait of home, of relationships, of lessons learned and lived. Perhaps most excitingly, the 19-track release showcases a tunesmith at the peak of his powers — melding melody with memories, workmanship with wisdom.

“All it was was just a matter of time and continued grinding,” Godwin says without hesitation of what he believes has now allowed him to meet this moment — ready to unveil his most intensely personal and accomplished material yet, all while continually playing to some of the biggest crowds of his career.

The songs that comprise Family Ties are themselves portals into Godwin’s life — tuneful tales of the native West Virginian’s friends, family and foundation. Yes, Family Ties is an intensely intimate affair — images set to tune, so many of them specifically created for his own family members. There’s the unflinching “Miner Imperfections,” penned for his father; the mournful and contemplative “The Flood” for his mother; the beatific “Gabriel” for his son (“I guess what I am saying/is I am here to stick with you/if I could I’d never utter a single word that isn’t true”); the mournful yet hopeful “Dance in Rain” for his daughter; and the love letter that is the slow-rolling “Willing and Able” for his wife.

“It feels like I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be,” Godwin declares of the fortunate place he and his musical journey have taken him. There’s confidence behind this statement, to be sure, but Godwin can readily admit it was hardly a given he’d ever make it here. Having not taken up the guitar until roughly age 20, and only performing for others when his friends encouraged him one night to do so while studying abroad in Estonia, building his career has been a steady — albeit highly fruitful — climb. He started gigging intensely in the mid-2010s and independently released his stunning debut album, Seneca, in 2019. Like so many musicians however, the pandemic would put a wrinkle in his plans: Godwin explains how he was unable to properly tour
behind Seneca and, in turn, couldn’t build up the momentum and fanbase he’d hoped for.

Thankfully, hard work and dedication rarely go unnoticed: when musicians were able to return to the stage, Godwin and his longtime band, the Allegheny High, hit the road behind his second album, 2021’s How The Mighty Fall, and pounded the pavement in a major way. They rarely took breaks from the road, performing every night “as if we were at Madison Square Garden” even when the crowds weren’t always massive. It helped that he had the support of his bandmates: Godwin’s affection for Allegheny High is palpable. “They’re my ride-or-dies,” he says of the Allegheny High. “They believed in me enough to go out on the road with me even when I couldn’t afford to pay a band. Other people aren’t willing to do that.”

“To me, the live show has been the great equalizer,” Godwin continues. “After COVID, we went out there and just played our asses off everywhere all the time, every week. The tour never stopped. And we just built it ear by ear. We were just making this thing grow organically by putting on such a good show with so much heart. Eventually, I got momentum back on my side and just kept on going.”

This trend — building up his fanbase in a grassroots manner and letting the music and live show speak for itself —continues to this day: whether he’s headlining his own rowdy, raucous gigs, or opening for close friend and musical comrade, Zach Bryan, Godwin says his live performances have never been more rewarding. Or lively, for that matter. Perhaps it’s because, as he proudly says, the brand of music he traffics in — namely story songs with a head full of heart and history — seems to be having a true moment. “My shows will range from like 18-year-olds to 80-year-olds,” Godwin notes with a smile of his diverse, highly-enthusiastic and ever-growing fanbase. “That’s a pretty unique thing.”

As for how his life has changed in recent times? Godwin says if anything it’s just become ever even more fulfilling. “There’s a lot more people at my shows and they’re a lot more excited than ever before,” he says with a sense of satisfaction. “I don’t feel like a fish out of water anymore. I had fun when it was just 100 people back in 2021. Now that it’s 10 or 20 times that, it’s just even better.”

The Strumbellas

 

The Strumbellas - at RBC Rock the Park - July 11, 2024

The Strumbellas

Ever since forming in 2008 and releasing their debut album, 2012’s My Father and the Hunter, two-time JUNO award-winning alternative group The Strumbellas have steadily released follow-ups containing every ounce of stomping, hand-clapping, alt-country gusto, from 2013’s We Still Move on Dance Floors to 2016’s Hope to 2019’s Rattlesnake. They’ll soon round the corner with a brand-new fifth studio album, Part Time Believer, a collection that signals The Strumbellas’ grand return and rebirth.

Now with Jimmy Chauveau on board as lead vocalist, The Strumbellas spent the last four years writing, recording, and whittling 50 songs down to 12. Honed by producers Ben Allen (Gnarls Barkley, Kaiser Chiefs), Keith Varon (Machine Gun Kelly), Stevie Aiello (30 Seconds To Mars), and Dave Schiffman (RHCP, The Killers), Part Time Believer continues The Strumbellas’ long-standing tradition of blending anthemic, brightly coloured compositions with yearning, contemplative lyrics.

“I think people often feel like things are escaping them, or they’re trying to grab on to something — happiness, gratitude, professional or personal goals — and for some reason, they just can’t get there,” says David Ritter, who handles piano, organ, percussion, and vocals. “Even if they get the thing they want, it doesn’t feel the way they thought it would. A lot of these songs are about trying to, like, figure out why we’re all feeling this way, and how we can find more peace in our lives.

Sam Barber

 

Sam Barber - RBC Rock the Park - July 11, 2024 - London Ontario Music Festival

SAM BARBER

Sam Barber was raised on a farm in a small town in Southeast Missouri surrounded by a supportive family and an abundance of friends. Most of his childhood was devoted to athletics where he learned many lessons such as the importance of a team, practice, discipline, respect and hard work. Music has not always been his passion and as a child, he never participated in music class or music performances. Sam’s music journey has been completely unplanned and his success continues to astound him. When he was 16, Sam picked up his great grandfather’s Gibson, out of tune with 5 strings and fell in love with the art of playing. He soon learned that he also had the God-given talent to sing along. Sam’s vision is to continue to grow and become stronger as a vocalist and songwriter. He wants to deliver songs that people feel in their soul. Above all, he wants to stay true to his faith, the man he truly is, and the type of music he wants to make without boundaries or conforming.

Since releasing Drowning in March Sam’s social reach has soared past half a million followers and garnered over 1.5 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Sam has hit the Global viral charts and reached #1 in UK, Aus, Ire and more.

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Lil Jon

Lil Jon

 

Sean Kingston

Sean Kingston

 

To be announced

To be announced