Why Won’t Cornwall Ontario Support Live Music? Toronto Rocks Out at The Port Theatre

Why Won’t Cornwall Ontario Support Live Music?   Toronto Rocks Out at The Port Theatre

Toronto RED aug 9 2013CFN – So I went to three musical events in Cornwall this past week at three different venues.   All were under attended.  At least one of the gigs was heavily promoted so the question is “Does Cornwall Ontario support live music?”

While I get that different types of music attract different crowds the three events I caught this week all should have drawn larger crowds especially as two of them were free!

So many complain about a lack of entertainment; but then don’t support live acts when they’re present.   Even Lift Off was a dud this year.

And under inspiring crowds lead to promoters taking less risks and investing less in shows which becomes a circle of doom.

Friday night however a lot of people missed a great show at the Port Theatre which is starting to see a future as a live event venue as film crumbles.

The days of 500 seat movie houses may be over, but the sound in the Port holds a bright future and hopefully the day will be when this amazing venue sees at least 100 days per year of activity.  With the Aultsville Theatre (which the city funds for nearly $100K per year!) having less gigs the Port is the best venue right now for live entertainment available.

Toronto in Cornwall Aug 9 2013It’s amazing to see Holly Woods still hit those high notes and I was so close to the stage that more poor camera mike was a tad overloaded!

toronto 2 Aug 9 2013 in CornwallThose in attendance left smiling and happy as the enthusiastic crowd shouted at the band after each familiar hit echoed through the 70 year old theatre!

Lost boyz

Local 80’s Tribute Band Lost Boyz opened for Toronto the night before they hit Ribfest in Brockville.  The “boyz” did a great job delivering hit after hit to warm up the crowd!

Next up at the Port is a Country tribute to George Jones on August 30th.

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The reason why nobody turns out is we don t get decent live music here unless its washed up old bands just say n


The only thing worse than 80’s bands are 80’s cover bands. Perhaps that is why the turnout was less than stellar.


August is a favourite time for people to take vacations. Judging by some of the posts on FB there were many people enjoying some adventure out of town. I personally (as well as many others) enjoyed some warm hospitality and live music on the new Mocktails patio at the Civic Complex. Another factor to consider is the many events happening every week-end in the summer and the area population that spread themselves across these events.


I agree with Jacqueline here as I also had a full weekend planned with other family events already scheduled and am sorry to miss these concerts but I cannot be everywhere and my family comes first.


People say there is nothing to do in Cornwall, and then events like these are under attended…
Even free events are under attended, or not attended at all.

Cornwall is a World of Possibilities,
one of which is community crushing public antipathy.

It is a huge challenge turning that around…

Local Guy
Maybe they are trying to cater to the older people to much and by that I mean all the classic rock people , big band, oldies. I grew up listening to it with my parents but now in my mid 30’s I could care less about them and would not pay to see a bunch a senior aged rock gods play. It’s a sad thing to see a lot of them still performing. Maybe some new music aimed at the middle aged and younger crowds. Younger people will travel from all over to see the bands they want and are… Read more »
Dennis Jaciw

It is the musty theater and the infantile promoters. Amateurs….and it shows.

Michael Clifton

Cutting-edge, groundbreaking music is seldom brokered by established talent agencies. Most unproven artists (groups) spend a considerable amount of their creative energies finding alternative venues and concepts to present their music. This DIY ethic is the beginning of success for many, eventually established acts.
A note to Cornwall musicians – don’t wait for the establishment to recognize your merits. Take control of your own career arc by initiating your audience through social networking and imaginative performance settings.
“It’s a long way to the top if you want to …”

I have to agree with everything said. When I saw the headline I thought “Wow! Toronto was in Cornwall? Love that band back in the day” but then I thought “would I have paid to go see them? No..I don’t think so. I’ll just scroll through my phone to listen to ‘Your Daddy Don’t Know’ and remenisce and I’ll be over it.” So what would I go to the Port to see? Possibly a bunch of acts, like a festival. Maybe some comedy. Maybe a classic movie double-bill or festival. But not a band that would have been better suited… Read more »
Sean Harley
Read this thread and thought I’d throw in my 2 cents. Cornwall, has always been extremely jaded when it comes to local artists. I heard mention of new music but I think that is not always true as bands like Down With Webster are pretty “new” and they also were under attended. The problem with Cornwall, in my opinion is that we have a ton of great bands and people take for granted just how good the talent is here. I always tell new bands that if you can “make it” in Cornwall, you’ll do fine everywhere else. When it… Read more »
Steve Ciesielski

Well I am one of those promoters that is taking a chance on the people of Cornwall. I am bringing in in The Legends of Rock and Country Show on Saturday November 9th to Aultsville Theatre.
This is the first time I have brought a show to Cornwall and would like to bring in many more. Hope to see you there

Steve Ciesielski
Celsk Benefit Promotions

music fan
this is not good its a growing problem if music venues contoniue to shut down and can events music stores will suffer the whole chain will suffer muscians buy instrmunts if they stop buying instruments the stores goo out of bussines if the stores go out of business that speels disaster no more live entertainment the music stores count on mucians to buy equipment to keep them afloat when you destroy and disamble the very foundations of a business it goes up in smoke there for buy shuting venues your not just hurting muscians your killing the very people who… Read more »
Mario Longtin

Hi, I believe the reason no one shows up at the events because they are actually not at all being marketed, or marketed properly. I can’t even find anything about the Fires and Live music that happens every weekend at Nav Can’s sports bar. Let alone anything related to the Port I just herd for the first time ever a couple weeks ago that they were doing it.


The PORT could advertise right here on Cornwall’s most accessed media site… but city hall would pull permits and shut them down in no time. City hall’s vendetta and retaliation against critics is Cornwall’s undoing.

A corrupt city government and administration content to cut off its nose to spite its face… will never see an honest venture succeed.


I’m looking for a promoter in Cornwall…or one near …who wants to see some metal in Cornwall!


As long as you have that dirty clique in Cornhole the town will continue to die and it is already dead as a rock. It is way too depressing to go down there and never again. You don’t get rid of that dirty clique who is destroying good people and the town then you deserve everything you get.