Chris Savard Kicks off Kinsmen Cornwall Lift-Off 2010 – May 14, 2010

Cornwall ON – Cornwall is becoming the big ticket destination for entertainment and music this summer in Eastern Ontario!   Kinsmen Cornwall Lift-Off 2010 is stacking up to be the biggest ever.   From Chris Savard’s first idea to what it’s become today is a long way and this year’s offering includes over 25 balloons and 5 days of entertainment including head liners Randy Bachman, Our Lady Peace, and Chantal Kreviazuk.

Chris Savard kicks off the festivities!


Other acts include Cornwall’s own Graham Greer, Crash Parallel, Lighthouse and Jarvis Church (Lead Singer of the Philosopher Kings).

“Every year, we strive to surpass the previous year” said Festival Chair Chris Savard. “The Festival Board has outdone themselves again this year, and certainly achieved that goal. We are also working to book a bigger and better stage to showcase our headliners,opening acts and local bands.”

Bob Peters from Cornwall Economic Development


Lift-Off also announced that the Strongman competition presented by Stone and Steel Strength Club last summer is back and will be bigger and better as they host the Ontario Strongman Championships. Two days of competition will see the strongest men vying to qualify for the Canadian Strongman Championships later this summer.

This year, Kinsmen Cornwall Lift-Off will once again be selling bracelets as the official Lift-Off entry pass. The prices for 2010 are $30 for a full weekend pass or $20 per evening. Children aged 12 and under who are accompanied by an adult attend free of charge. The 2010 Lift-Off weekend passes are now on sale with an Early Bird Discount of “Buy 4 For $100” a $20 savings. The Early Bird Discount is available until June 15th, 2010. For every full weekend pass that is sold between May 14th and June 15th, you can fill out a ballot for a chance to win a Laptop Computer courtesy of Computer Sense! Festival passes are now available at the Cornwall Square Customer Service Centre, Computer Sense, Scotiabank and Cornwall & Seaway Valley Tourism. Don’t delay – buy your pass today!

“The $30 full weekend admission charge, coupled with the high quality entertainment makes Lift-Off one of the best deals in the province,” said Rob Seguin, Festival Entertainment Director. “At a cost of only $30 for the entire festival, festival goers and families will be able to enjoy world-class entertainment right here in Cornwall, at extremely affordable prices. You couldn’t see just one of these headliners for $30, let alone all three.”

Cornwall Lift-Off was founded in 1994 and has since hosted back-to-back Canadian National Hot Air Balloon Championships in 1996 and 1997. The success of the festival has grown considerably from its modest beginnings in 1994. This year, an exciting assortment of live entertainment and fireworks will compliment the arrival of 25 hot air balloon teams. This year’s festival will be held July 8-11th in Cornwall’s scenic Lamoureux Park, and it is anticipated that the 2010 festival will attract significantly more than the 50,000 spectators who attended the 2009 event.

We’ll be keeping you updated right through the festival as more tid bits come across our table and stay tuned to as we’ll be talking Lift Off all through June and July as we’re also proud sponsors of Cornwall Ontario’s Keystone event of the year!

See you all at Kinsmen Cornwall Lift Off 2010!

Click the image below to see the full schedule.


  1. Is that the same Lighthouse that played the Capitol Theater in the early 1970’s. Obviously Bob McBride won’t be there because he’s dead, but are we talking Skip Procop et al.?

  2. The year before last I was out there taking pictures of those lovely hot air balloons. I didn’t just take the photo’s .. I put them in a album with the information of the pilots. I have even brought the album to the lift offs in hopes to get the pilots to sign them. This never happened.. How could I get this done??
    Thanks , Cindy Branchaud

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