Live at Kingston Penitentiary!!! Tom Cochrane, Headstones, Trews & more!

Well this is BIG news!!!

Rockin’ the Big House is coming to Kingston in support of the United Way this September. What is Rockin’ the Big House?

It’s a concert at Kingston Pen, with some of the greatest Canadian talent including Headstones, The Trews, The Pursuit of Happiness and Tom Cochrane!

I know, right?!?!

Here is the official news release:

Get Ready to ROCK in The BIG HOUSE as the United Way Brings the first-ever public concert to Kingston Penitentiary­­

This Historic Concert will bring some of the finest Canadian talent together featuring Headstones, The Trews, The Pursuit of Happiness and Kasador with VERY SPECIAL GUEST Tom Cochrane

KINGSTON, ON. / May 8, 2019 – presents ROCKIN’ THE BIG HOUSE, in support of United Way of KFL&A, the first-ever public concert to be held on the grounds of the oldest penitentiary in Canada, Kingston Penitentiary (1835-2013).

On September 14, 2019, 2,500 lucky music lovers, history buffs and curiosity seekers will walk through the gates of Kingston Penitentiary to experience an outdoor music festival like no other, in support of United Way of KFL&A. This is a rain-or-shine, 19+ event. Gates open at 4:30pm and show times begin at 6pm.

This coming together of musicians who are both, from Kingston, or attached to Kingston in some way, playing for our United Way is heartwarming.  All of the performers jumped at the chance to play for us and to be a part of a concert in this storied venue,” says Joanne Langlois, co-chair of the event.  “It is important that our community recognizes that all of these bands are donating their time and their talent to The United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington. Due to their generosity 100% of the net proceeds is going back to the community.”

Hugh Dillon, lead singer of the Headstones, is originally from Kingston, but his career in both music and film/television has taken him to Toronto and LA. “We’ve been hoping to get back to Kingston for a while… we couldn’t be happier to be part of this historic event in support of the United Way.”  The Headstones have not played in Kingston since December 2013. The Trews are this city’s adopted sons having developed a huge fan base here, and also having recorded with The Hip’s Gord Sinclair at the Bathouse Studio. The Pursuit of Happiness are fresh off of their 30th Anniversary Tour of their album Love Junk and their Guitarist Kris Abbott has lived in Kingston since high school.  Kasador is a Kingston-based alt-rock band who are beginning to make waves in the industry with their third release Brood and Bloom produced by Graham Walsh, Rob Baker and Gord Sinclair. The Tragically Hip members, Paul Langlois, Gord Sinclair and Rob Baker will be special guests during this very special evening of Canadian music.

“Adding Tom Cochrane to the lineup was such a coup,” adds Joanne. “Tom gives so much of himself nationally and internationally already – in fact he was on his way to Vietnam when Paul reached out. To have Tom on this bill, in this venue, is more than the icing on the cake.”

The event is made possible through partnerships with the City of Kingston, St. Lawrence Parks Commission, Correctional Service Canada as well as lead sponsors Otter Creek Farms and Spearhead Brewing Co., platinum sponsors Bergeron Clifford Injury Lawyers and J.E. Agnew Food Services Inc., gold sponsor Sousa Ready Mix Inc.

“Thanks to the amazing partnerships that have been formed over the years, we are able to organize this one-of-a-kind event in Kingston,” said Scott Harris, Regional Deputy Commissioner of Correctional Service of Canada and 2019 United Way Campaign Chair. “We are looking forward to seeing all the bands in this historic venue and really jumpstarting our 2019 campaign with this event.

Guests at the show will enjoy live music, specialty food trucks and restaurants, featuring Otter Creek Farms Food Truck, and beverages from local wineries and breweries. Spearhead Brewing Co., a local craft brewery, is generously donating all beer and proceeds from beer sales to the United Way. The event committee is working closely with the City of Kingston and all partners to make this as environmentally sustainable as possible.

Tickets are $75 inclusive of service charge and a limited number of Gold tickets ($200) will go on sale on May 11th at or Tickets are also available on May 11th at the Leon’s Centre box office 10am onward. Ticket and hotel packages can be purchased May 8th  to May 11th through

For more information about the event visit

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!!! (This last part is not from the official news release, just my thoughts as this is going to be epic!!!)

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