Country music comes to Kawartha Downs this weekend


The second annual Kawartha Country Music Festival, billed by organizers as “the largest and most anticipated event of the season,” is returning to Kawartha Downs on Canada Day weekend.

The weekend-long music festival, presented by KX96fm and Pure Country 105, will take place on Saturday and Sunday, featuring a lineup of Canadian country performers.

Gates open at 5 p.m., with performances beginning at 6:30 p.m. each day.

Saturday’s Canada Day lineup features headliner Dean Brody, along with homegrown rising star Jade Eagleson, and a surprise artist as the opening act.

The Canada Day show is expected to wrap up around 10:30 p.m. ahead of a “massive” fireworks show (the only display happening during the weekend-long festival) in celebration of the holiday.

On Sunday, concertgoers will be entertained by opening act Sacha, followed by The Reklaws, and James Barker Band.

Eagleson, a platinum-selling country music artist who hails from Bailieboro, is making his return to Kawartha Downs after appearing at last year’s Kawartha Country Music Festival.

“(Eagleson) has done many interviews over the last few months sharing his excitement of coming home to do a show and explaining that there are few shows like Kawartha Country Music Festival where his whole family and friends are all there at the same time. Kawartha Downs is thrilled to be welcoming back multiple artists from the first festival during Canada Day Weekend of 2022,” states a news release from the Fraserville-based entertainment hub.

The Reklaws, a Juno-winning duo, are also set to make their second appearance at the festival.

Brody, an iconic Canadian artist who has maintained a top spot in the country music landscape, earning 34 top-ten singles, two JUNO awards and more than 435-plus million global streams, is making his debut to the festival as this year’s headliner.

“We feel very lucky to have such a fantastic lineup,” said Summer Nickerson-Hagen, marketing director at Kawartha Downs.

Along with this year’s festival being a day longer than the 2022 Kawartha Country Music Festival and including more Canadian artists to the lineup, organizers have added a “VIP Experience Package/Add-On” as a ticket option.

It includes a 4 p.m. pre-show dinner with a special artist appearance — Jade Eagleson on Saturday and The Reklaws on Sunday.

“We wanted to do something special. It is our goal to have our country music festival become bigger and better every year,” said Nickerson-Hagen.

Tickets are on sale now via and


Brendan Burke is a staff reporter at the Examiner, based in Peterborough. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative.


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