On Friday July 29, 2016 I headed to New Glasgow, Nova Scotia to cover the first night of the NS Signature Event, The New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee. For those of you that have never been to this 3 day event you are missing out on what I consider one of the most consistent events year after year. The Jubilee is spread out across 3 nights of live music right on the riverfront in downtown New Glasgow.
The Jubilee is an all ages event which allows the entire community the opportunity to take part in the festivities. I must mention that this venue has an awesome drainage system. In the afternoon the rain was coming down in buckets, however not long after the rain stopped the water was almost non existent.
Friday’s entertainment started with Jessie Brown and her band from Halifax, NS. The Jessie Brown band did a great job warming up the crowd that arrived there early, despite the lingering thunder showers.
Cape Breton music icon, Matt Minglewood and his band followed with a set that covered 40+ yrs of material. I can remember hitch hiking from Dartmouth, NS to PEI over 30 years ago to see Matt perform in Charlottetown. He put on a show as strong as he did back then, even taking time to call out to all The Pictou County liquor pigs in attendance.
Heavy rockers The Motorleague from Moncton, NB took things to the next level with their set of mind numbing original material. I had seen this band once before, but their set at The Jubilee made a lasting impression. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if they become a regularly occurring name in Canadian arena and festival shows. They have recently opened for artists Alexisonfire and Dropkick Murphy’s and also performed at Heavy Montreal, one of Canada’s major rock shows. If you enjoy high energy, in your face rock music, I suggest that you make an effort to check these guys out.
Headlining Friday night was The Glorious Sons from Kingston, ON. Glorious Sons are currently one of my favorite Canadian artists. They have ties to the East Coast rockers The Trews who helped produce their first CD, and the bands singer spent time living in Halifax before returning to Kingston to front The Glorious Sons. These guys put everything they have into their live shows, leaving it all on stage. With great songs like “Mama”, “Heavy”, “Sometimes On a Sunday” and “The Contender”, this band is going to be around for a long time. I can’t think of a better way to end the first night of the 2016 New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee. That wraps up Fridays show but I went back for more on Sunday so stay tuned.