Chilliwack and Legends of Motown round out Peterborough Musicfest’s summer season

Festival has also announced Griffen Palmer will open for Tenille Townes and Dee Holt will open for Rêve

Vancouver-based rock band Chilliwack (Jerry Adolphe, Ed Henderson, Bill Henderson, and Gord Maxwell) in 2018. The band will perform a free-admission concert at Peterborough Musicfest in Del Crary Park on July 10, 2024. (Photo: Erich Saide)
Vancouver-based rock band Chilliwack (Jerry Adolphe, Ed Henderson, Bill Henderson, and Gord Maxwell) in 2018. The band will perform a free-admission concert at Peterborough Musicfest in Del Crary Park on July 10, 2024. (Photo: Erich Saide)

Peterborough Musicfest has announced the final two musical acts performing free-admission concerts at Del Crary Park this summer, along with two additional performers who are opening for headliners.

Canadian rock band Chilliwack, best known for their string of hits in the 1970s and 1980s, will perform on Wednesday, July 10th. Tribute band The Legends of Motown will perform on Saturday, July 27th.

The festival has also announced Canadian country music singer-songwriter Griffen Palmer will be the special musical guest for Musicfest’s season-opening concert on Saturday, June 29th, headlined by Canadian country music artist Tenille Townes, and Montreal alt-pop artist Dee Holt will open for Toronto dance-pop singer-songwriter Rêve on Wednesday, July 24th.

In addition, the City of Peterborough has announced it will be presenting a fireworks display following Musicfest’s special Canada Day concert featuring The Tragically Hip tribute band Road Apples.

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VIDEO: “Fly at Night” – Chilliwack (2019)

Founded by guitarist and vocalist Bill Henderson, Vancouver’s Chilliwack is considered one of Canada’s greatest rock bands. Between 1970 and 1984, Chilliwack released 12 albums, with their six best-selling songs “My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)”, “I Believe”, “Whatcha Gonna Do”, “Fly at Night”, “Crazy Talk”, and “Lonesome Mary”.

Over their career, Chilliwack has earned 15 gold and platinum certifications and Chilliwack was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2019. Although the band split up in 1988, Henderson re-formed it in 1997 and, in 2003, Chilliwack released the live album There and Back.

Chilliwack last performed at Musicfest in 2011.

VIDEO: Legends of Motown promo video

Legends of Motown is a 16-piece tribute band that performs the music of Motown legends including The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, The Jackson 5, and Martha and the Vandellas.

Along with stunning vocal performances, their high energy show also features choreography and authentic costumes.

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VIDEO: “Second Guessing” – Griffen Palmer

Raised in Pickering, 28-year-old Griffen Palmer is a rising country music singer and songwriter who grew up in a musical household with a musician father. He began performing as a teenager and, after moving to Ohio for university, honed his chops by performing at local bars.

After moving to Nashville, where he is signed with Big Loud Records, he performed his original song “Second Guessing” on NBC’s songwriting competition series Songland in 2020, winning that episode. In 2023, Palmer released his debut album Unlearn and was nominated for Breakthrough Artist or Group of the Year at the 2023 Canadian Country Music Awards. His songs have been recorded by musicians including Keith Urban, MacKenzie Porter, Jade Eagleson, Tyler Shaw, and more.

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VIDEO: “Fell in Love at School” – Dee Holt

Although she was always interested in music and singing, young Montreal native Dee Holt only decided to pursue her musical career after a intimate performance for her and her boyfriend’s parents moved them to tears. After forming a creative bond with local producer Benjamin Nadeau, she released her first two singles, which landed on Spotify’s Lorem playlist.

In 2022, after signing with Nettwerk Music Group, she released her debut EP When I Close My Eyes, drawing comparisons with Billie Eilish. Her latest EP is the six-single I’ll Be There. Studying art and animation at university, she designs all her own artwork and directs her own music videos.

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Here’s the complete lineup for Peterborough Musicfest’s 37th season:

  • Tenille Townes (with Griffen Palmer) – Saturday, June 29
  • Road Apples (Tragically Hip tribute) – Monday, July 1 (followed by fireworks display)
  • Aysanabee (with Cale Crowe) – Wednesday, July 3
  • Tim Baker/Great Lake Swimmers – Saturday, July 6
  • Chilliwack – Wednesday, July 10
  • I Mother Earth – Saturday, July 13
  • Metric – Wednesday, July 17
  • The Beau Dixon Band – Saturday, July 20
  • Legends of Motown (tribute) – Saturday, July 27
  • Rêve (with dee holt) – Wednesday, July 24
  • Down With Webster – Wednesday, July 31
  • Elton Rohn – Saturday, August 3
  • Dwayne Gretzky – Wednesday, August 7
  • Lindsay Ell – Saturday, August 10
  • Choir! Choir! Choir! – Wednesday, August 14
  • David Wilcox – Saturday, August 17

For more information about Peterborough Musicfest, including details about upcoming concerts, visit


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