It’s hard to believe it has been 50 years since music festival history was made in a small town named Bethel in up-state New York. Over a half million people came to Max Yazgur’s 600 acre dairy farm August 15 – 18, 1969. Some came for the music, some came for the party, some came for bigger reasons to protest the war, stand for equality and other reasons.
Today, the list of things to celebrate about the festival is long. There were big music artists and little music artists who became big artists. Some of the greatest names in rock, blue and folk defeated the traffic, the weather, the crowds, technical issues and more to keep the music going until one of the most iconic performances in guitar rock history, Jimi Hendrix playing his close out set that included the Star Bangled Banner. It became an event that marked the 60’s generation’s final hurrah before the 1970’s and boy, the times, they were a-changin’.
Today, the multi act weekend festivals are a-plenty in the industry. They’ve come a long way since 1969 and it’s time to pay tribute to the Woodstock Music Festival on this it’s 50th anniversary. At time of writing this, any on-site official Woodstock event has yet to be officially confirmed. However, during August there will be events to commemorate the event happening all over, including areas north of Toronto.
Up North places celebrating the 50th anniversary of Woodstock:
Midland Cultural Centre
About this event:
Peace of Woodstock is a 90 minute show and event paying tribute to Woodstock, the famous three day festival of Peace, Music, Love, and Fun, in upstate New York that defined an entire generation!
This show will take you on a musical journey from the acoustic opening act of Richie Havens through the closing moments of the festival with the explosive, electric sounds of Jimi Hendrix. Also featured are songs from Crosby, Stills, and Nash, The Who, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, Joe Cocker, Arlo Guthrie, Country Joe McDonald, Santana, the Jefferson Airplane, and others.
Most of the members of Peace of Woodstock grew up playing together in various bands around the Tampa bay Area, followed by many years extensively touring most of the 50 states and parts of Europe with many top groups and recognizable names in the rock world.
We know you’ll enjoy viewing this video of highlights, recorded live, from a Peace of Woodstock performance. Vocally and instrumentally recreating the fun, party atmosphere of the Woodstock experience, Peace of Woodstock will excite and bring back the greatest memories of this life changing event. Party on!
Blue Mountain Village
About this event:
Meaford’s finest musicians relive the moments that made Woodstock the most iconic music festival of our time. Spend the night revisiting music performed by artists like Richie Havens, Joe Cocker, CCR, The Who, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and many more! More details coming soon.
Gravenhurst Opera House
Woodstock: 50th Anniversary Celebration. August 24th, 2019. It is time to celebrate the amazing music and performances from WOODSTOCK 1969!
Lance Anderson has assembled an incredible cast of Canadian Blues and Roots all-stars for this show. Juno and Maples Blues Award winning Harrison Kennedy (Motown), Tony Springer (Wild T. and the Spirit), Matt Weidinger (Matchedash Parish) and Cheryl Lescom (Soulsville), will join an ensemble of some of Canada’s finest musicians. They will play the highlight moments of music from the 3-day long weekend festival, including iconic performances by Jimmy Hendrix, The WHO, Santana, Sly and the Family Stone, Joe Cocker, The BAND, Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Richie Havens and more!
Dig out your tie dyes, and prepare to celebrate the music that inspired the world with the simple idea of Peace and Love for all!
Reasons to Celebrate Woodstock in Canada
What Canadian Acts Played at Woodstock?
Neil Young (as part of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)
* While she did not perform or attend the festival, Joni Mitchell wrote the song ‘Woodstock’ about the festival.