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Sloan to take centre stage at Cowapolooza 2024

Sloan to take centre stage at Cowapolooza 2024

By Lee Griffi

Canadian rock band Sloan will be headlining Cowapolooza, returning to Southside Park on Aug. 16 and 17. 

The Juno award-winning band is best known for hits including The Good in Everyone, Money City Maniacs, and The Rest of My Life. Joining them for the Saturday evening concert is Kingston-based rock trio Kasador and Bueller, playing hits from the 90’s and 2000’s. 

“You can feel the energy throughout the city during Cowapolooza. The event gets bigger and better each year and we’re proud to continue offering this free festival for everyone to enjoy,” said Kristen Brodhagen, Manager of Special Events for the City of Woodstock. 

She added a lot of thought and consideration goes into selecting the headline act. “Music can be so subjective so I really have to think of what is going to please the masses. We have typically booked incredible headline groups and as you mentioned the Trews and Sam Roberts Band brought in tens of thousands of people to our city.” 

The event has also introduced a new theme on Friday evening called Cowapolooza Country. Brodhagen said Cowapolooza Classics was held outside of the main stage in the park but she thought this time around, why not offer something to bring more people inside? “County music as a genre is exploding so we decided to retheme it and booked a fairly well-known headliner.”

At 6 p.m. on Friday, the country music line-up begins featuring River Town Saints, whose country music hits include A Little Bit Goes a Long Way, Cherry Bomb, She Got That, and more. Elyse Saunders and Mike Robins Music are also on the bill. Robins is a former member of country band Autumn Hill and has branched out into a solo career, best known for One Beer at A Time.  

Visitors can grab a bite to eat from the on-site food trucks and also have the option to enjoy the main stage music from the beverage garden. Saturday’s Cowapolooza Kids runs from 2 to 6 p.m. featuring busker shows, face painters, balloon artists, inflatables, outdoor games and more. 

“There really is something for everyone. Join us for the entire weekend. The kids program is all free and there will be lots of food vendors and lots of local marketplace vendors,” added Brodhagen. 

The festival wraps up Saturday evening when Sloan and guests hit the stage from 6 to 10 p.m.  

The full event schedule is available at cowapolooza.ca. Admission to the event is free. 

The city thanks Diamond sponsors Experience Ontario (funded by the Government of Ontario), Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc., Zehrs Woodstock, and Holiday Inn Express and Suites.

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