Canal Days is going country

Posted by Michelle Cuthbert on Friday, July 5th, 2019

Madeline Merlo and Doc Walker will take the stage at H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park on Sunday, August 4, 2019, presented by Country 89.1, as part of the Canal Days Concert Series. The addition of a country bill is courtesy of recent funding provided by Celebrate Ontario.

“We’re excited to be adding a country bill to our Concert Series,” said Ashley Grigg, Director of Community and Economic Development. “Our recent attendee profile identified a desire for country and programming geared towards millennials. We hope everyone enjoys this new enhancement to our festival provided by generous funding from the Ontario Government.”  

Gates open at 6 p.m. and the concert will run from 7 – 10 p.m. to provide concert goers the opportunity to watch the ever-popular Boat Parade of Lights, presented by Canada Steamship Lines, and Fireworks Display on West Street.

To stay up to date with information about the 41st Annual Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival, visit, like on Facebook (@CanalDays), or follow on Twitter (@CanalDaysPC) and Instagram (@CanalDaysPC).


Canal Days sponsors include:

Title – Rankin Construction Inc. and Vale

Quartermasters – Pinty’s Delicious Foods, and The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation.


First Mates – Algoma Central Corporation, Scotiabank, Canada Steamship Lines, Tim Hortons, CapServCo/Grant Thornton, Molson-Coors, Lower Lakes Towing Ltd, and McAvoy, Belan & Campbell / Frank Cowan Company.

Boatswains – Brandon’s No Frills, Brock University, Canadian Niagara Power / Fortis ON, Enbridge, Sid Grabell Contracting, Sewell’s NAPA Auto Parts, and Sullivan Mahoney LLP.


Deckhands -  Hamilton Port Authority, Chamber of Marine Commerce, Port Colborne Marine Terminal, Aquicon Construction, B&C Truck and Auto Industrial, Bosch Rexroth, Canadian Tire, CIBC, Circle P Paving, David Chev, Pizza Hut, King Contractors of Niagara, Barber Hymac, Stolk Construction, Subway, Ultramar, Shisler Bros. Landscaping Material, Harvey’s Swiss Chalet, and Port Colborne Grain Terminal a division of Parish and Hiembecker Limited.


Media Partners – 610 CKTB, 105.7 EZ Rock, 97.7 HTZ-FM, 91.7 Giant FM, Country 89.1, CHCH, YourTV Niagara, Niagara this Week, and Niagara Dailies.


About Madeline Merlo

MADELINE MERLO is a CCMA Award and two-time BCCMA Award winning artist, with five Top 15 singles under her belt. A Vancouver native now based in Nashville, Merlo continues to live up to Spotify’s prediction that she will be one of the biggest rising stars to watch, who has since amassed more than 13 million streams of her hits across all streaming platforms. Merlo co-wrote her latest single “Unraveling”, a soulful ballad set for release across all platforms December 28, which follows the success of the pop-meets-country success of “Neon Love”.


Connect with Madeline Merlo online:


Facebook: @MadelineMerlo

Twitter: @madelinemerlo

Instagram: @madelinemerlo


About Doc Walker

Country legends Doc Walker release their new album, Weathervane. The first single from the new record, "Heart of the Heartland" pays homage to small town pride across the country. Produced by Gavin Brown and Dave Wasyliw, and written by Chris Thorsteinson, Dave Wasyliw, Todd Clark, Gavin Slate, the song was inspired by hometown pride, fond memories of youth and continuing to find new inspiration in one's roots, in this case, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba and Winnipeg, which has long

been home for bandmates Dave Wasyliw and Chris Thorsteinson. "Heart of the Heartland is about all of the lives that were lived, and all of the memories that were created in a now dying town. One man's connection to the broken concrete and dilapidated structures that harbour the ghosts of his entire childhood, and his unshakable hometown pride," says bandmate Dave Wasyliw. "In short, Weathervane is the record we've always wanted to make. We don't set out in a specific direction when we start writing for an album. We write, and write, and re-write. Much like a weathervane, it's almost as if we'll lick our finger, and hold it to the wind to see if we are on the right track."

"Weathervane to me is a reflection of the amazingly crazy life I've lived. I am one of those guys that never left his home town, yet had the opportunity to travel the world. I've seen Canada from coast to coast many times throughout the years staring out the windows of vans, old buses, new buses, trains and planes, and every time I'm shocked by the beauty of our country, but my heart has always been in the Prairies," says lead singer, Chris Thorsteinson.

With over 20 Top 10 singles in total, Doc Walker is one of the most recognized Canadian country acts of the past two decades. The group has received multiple Canadian Country Music Awards, including Fans' Choice, Group or Duo of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, Single of the Year, and Country Music Program or Special of the Year. In addition, Doc Walker has been nominated for several JUNO

Awards for Country Album of the Year, including a win in 2009 for the album Beautiful Life.


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