Award-winning artists to headline CanadaROCKS 2012

Events Wood Buffalo in partnership with MacDonald Island Park is proud to present a star-studded lineup for CanadaROCKS 2012, June 29-July 1 at MacDonald Island Park.

“We wanted to assemble a series of talented Canadian artists across a diversity of popular genres, and we believe we’ve achieved that,” said David Whitelock, Executive Director at Events Wood Buffalo. “From members of Canada’s Walk of Fame to CCMA winners to world-renowned hip hop artists, you’ll have it at CanadaROCKS 2012.”

On Canada Day, Blue Rodeo and Corb Lund with very special guests Doc Walker presented by Country 93.3 FM will take the stage for what will be a special performance. An unprecedented five-time Juno Award winner for Group of the Year and 2012 Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees, Blue Rodeo will be joined by Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans, who are 11-time Canadian Country Music Award winners.

On Saturday, June 30, hip hop artist, singer-songwriter and four-time Juno Award winner K’naan will perform following hip hop star Classified in a performance presented by Mix 103.7 FM. Perhaps best known for his hit “Wavin’ Flag,” the theme for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, K’naan was recently featured as one of eight artists along with The Edge and Bono of U2 and Lady Gaga at the “Decade of Difference” concert in support of the 10-year anniversary of the Clinton Foundation.

A fireworks display is scheduled to follow Saturday’s lineup as the community rings in Canada’s 144th birthday.

Six-time Juno Award nominee and indie rock favourite Joel Plaskett Emergency and support will headline a FREE concert open to the public on Friday, June 29.

“We’re honoured to work in partnership with Events Wood Buffalo as the venue for CanadaROCKS again this year,” said Tim Reid, Chief Operating Officer at MacDonald Island Park. “The potential construction schedule surrounding our proposed outdoor expansion left us with a small window with which to work for outdoor concerts, but we’re more than thrilled to play host to the community as we celebrate our country – and some great music.”  

Tickets for CanadaROCKS 2012 will go on sale on Tuesday, May 1 at 10:00 a.m. at or at MacDonald Island Park Guest Services, located on the first floor of the Suncor Community Leisure Centre. Individual General Admission and Club tickets will be available for both the Saturday and Sunday shows, while weekend ticket passes are also available.

Club tickets will be available on the complimentary opening night to individuals that have purchased a weekend Club Seating pass.

Groups interested in a VIP Box are invited to contact Tracey Lewis


Ticketing information:

PLEASE NOTE: Weekend passes ONLY go on sale May 1. Indvidual tickets will be available on June 1.

Friday, June 29: Joel Plaskett Emergency and guests

  • General admission: FREE
  • Club: Available with weekend Club pass

Saturday, June 30: K’naan and Classified

  • General admission: $44 plus fees/GST
  • Club: $69 plus fees/GST

Sunday, July 1, Canada Day: Blue Rodeo and Corb Lund with very special guests Doc Walker

  • General admission: $59 plus fees/GST
  • Club: $109 plus fees/GST

Weekend passes:

  • General admission: $85 plus fees/GST
  • Club: $165 plus fees/GST

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