Grass Roots Music Festival


Tickets available online

Jul. 25, 2020, 4:00 p.m. – Jul. 26, 2020, 12:30 a.m.
Picketts Lane,
Picketts Ln, Gananoque, ON K7G 2V6, Canada


Howe island Rockin the Rock wishes to make a request for Band submissions interested in playing our July 25th 2020 show. 
Announcements regarding selection will be made March 1st following confirmation with Band

All submissions should be sent to

A selection board will pick 5 bands that can demonstrate in their submission

1. A very definite Kingston and area connection
2. Have performed locally in festivals, night clubs or bars with a list of previous venues.
3. Have established a following of loyal fans that want to see you play on the rock.
4. Offer a set list of a combination of 10 to 14 covers and original songs
5. Have links to demos, original recordings, videos of performances at local venues that can be reviewed by selection board.
6. Provide a bio of your band, it’s contributing members with a brief description of influences, music style, genre, and target audience.
7. Provide expected remuneration for up to 1 hour performance.

What we offer;

The best grass roots venue/party with an engaged audience of music lovers hoping to witness the next big thing to come out of Kingston.
We are not big, but we pack a big punch with a 32 foot stage full lighting, sound reinforcement and experienced sound technicians providing a high quality experience for a limited exclusive audience.
There is opportunity for merchandise sales, video capture, photography and promotional links on our website that has a significant following.
All this in one day with the focus on just your music in a natural Island setting under the stars.




I grew up in the greatest of Canadian Rock and Roll towns on the Hard Road, where local venues such as the Terrapin Tavern, Frosty Muggins, the Shamrock, Loyalist Hotel, the Penguin and the most noted purveyor of fine local talent the Manor regularly promoted and showcased the dedicated efforts of young musicians taking their wares from basements and garages to their appreciative fans. It was almost 35 years ago that you could see the likes of the Hip performing at local parties on a friday night, Moist at the toucan, the Headstones, the Raging Groovies at the Dukes, and Avril Lavigne at a local corn roast at Finkles Shore in Bath. 

Well 2018, and an Idea somewhat borrowed and somewhat dreamed, I wanted to relive youth, buy back time, and bring back memories and create some new ones. This is 2019 and our second show that will do just that. Local Bands, local setting, and multi-generational. We ve seen the rise of so many talented groups so please come and be part of history as we usher in a new generation of music loving Kingstonians and support the dreams and talents of the next generation of performers!

2020 will see some surprising developments that are rather innovative!

our concert will be GREEN CLEAN!

Tri-Canadian Energy will be supplying all power for our onstage sound from the sun. 

We are so grateful for their their involvemnt this year which will make us one of the first totally off grid sun energy powered music festivals in the world, and definitely in Kingston.





46 Picketts Lane

Howe Island


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