The Trews | Western Fair Grandstand

It’s time to open the time capsule – ‘Your Favourites Are Back!’

The annual Western Fair is quickly approaching, reintroducing 144 years of well-loved fair attractions throughout the years while welcoming new favourites. Generations of fairgoers will enjoy the best of agriculture, sports, food, art, music and more. The planning for the September 6-15 event is well underway and The Western Fair District is pleased to kick off the countdown to the fair with the announcement of the 2019 concert lineup, including a variety of Canadian Rock music.

Embark on a trip down memory lane this fall by coupling your top fair eats (like back bacon on a bun) with the fan-favorite anthems of Marianas Trench featuring Virginia to Vegas, The Trews featuring Julian Taylor Band and Co-headliners Trooper and Platinum Blonde – find more information below. Concert prices range from $30-$35 including fees, taxes, and admission to the fair so you can enjoy all the sights and sounds of the fair leisurely before and after the concert.

By popular demand, fair concerts will return to the Grandstand on the Western Fairgrounds. The historic covered, outdoor, venue,  primarily used for live racing, constructed additional stadium style seating this year to enhance guests outdoor entertainment experience at the fair. WFD Director of Marketing Greg Blanchard knows the grandstand well, having spent many years as Director of Racing at The Raceway. “In recent years, we have shifted some of the entertainment attractions back to the grandstand, including the Demo Derby,” Blanchard said. “The grandstand is a nostalgic place for many fairgoers so it’s fitting that we are adding three concerts to the Grandstand lineup this year.”

Advanced tickets can be purchased online beginning July 12 at and are available in person at select Western Fair District locations (below).

Make sure you stay tuned-in each Tuesday throughout the summer as WFD announces which yesteryear events will be returning, new fair attractions to look for, the roster of I Love Local performers and more!

Tuesday September 10, 2019 | The Trews with opener Julian Taylor Band

About The Trews: The Nova Scotia-bred, Hamilton, ON-based combo of singer/guitarist Colin MacDonald, guitarist John-Angus MacDonald, bassist Jack Syperek, and drummer Chris Gormley — songwriters all — has won universal acclaim for both their dazzling live performances and wildly accessible songs. The Trews have been one of Canada’s most successful rock bands of the past decade, earning 17 Top 10 Rock radio singles (including two #1’s) and two Gold-certified albums (House Of Ill Fame; Den Of Thieves). The quartet has also received multiple East Coast Music Awards, a CIMA Road Gold Award, an Independent Music Award (US) in 2009 for Best Rock / Metal Song, and numerous JUNO Award nominations.

The band’s current, sixth studio album, the towering and multifaceted Civilianaires, was cut in Toronto with fast-rising producer Derek Hoffman and features marquee assists from Arkells main man Max Kerman, super-producer Bob Rock, and celebrated singer/songwriter Serena Ryder and received a 2019 Juno Nomination for Best Rock Album.

To date, The Trews have played over 1,000 shows worldwide, on their own as well as supporting the Rolling Stones, KISS, Robert Plant, Guns ‘n Roses, Kid Rock and Bruce Springsteen.

About The Julian Taylor Band: Not a revivalist, but a musical revisionist, Julian Taylor masterfully re-combines and updates the vintage sounds that inspired him, creating bold, innovative songs in the process. Taylor, of both West Indian and Native Canadian descent, is a charismatic frontman, prolific songwriter, and endearing individual – the kind who immediately connects and makes you feel at ease. That character of warmth and generosity permeates everything Taylor does. A calm, somewhat self-effacing person offstage, Taylor morphs into an intense, incendiary and almost shamanistic presence onstage. Toronto poet Robert Priest describes him as “the kind of artist forever in the zone, the voice limitless, the songs full of feeling and memorable hooks.”