This year’s edition of Woodstock’s popular Cowapolooza is shaping up to be a triumphant return for the festival after a two-year pandemic-imposed pause.
The Trews, one of Canada’s best-known rock bands, will be headlining the late-summer festival, taking to the stage in Southside Park on Saturday, Sept. 3. Known for top-10 hits like Not Ready to Go, Hold Me In Your Arms and Highway of Heroes, The Trews are a perfect pick to close out the festival’s two days of music, entertainment and fun, city officials said.
“We’re so excited to have The Trews be part of Cowapolooza this year,” Kristen Brodhagen, the city’s special events manager, said in a release. “We’re delighted we could secure such a high-caliber band to welcome back this event after a long two-year hiatus.”
The Trews, who are playing several festivals across Canada this summer, are touring in support of the most recent of their seven albums, last year’s Wanderer.
While a definite highlight, The Trews are only apart of a weekend of celebration that begins Friday, Sept. 2, with what organizers are calling “Vintage Night.” Classic cars will be shown throughout Southside Park as part of the Cowapolooza Show and Shine Car show from 5 pm to 8 pm As part of this vintage theme, the evening’s entertainment includes openers Pauly and The Greaseballs and headliner Bruno Nesci, a well-known and award-winning Elvis tribute artist.
Saturday’s festival focus is Cowapolooza Kids, which will offer activities and entertainment for “both the young and young at heart” from 2 pm to 6 pm The final details of this Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada-sponsored fun are still being finalized, city officials said.
London-based hard rock band After the Lounge are then set to take the stage at 6:30 pm before The Trews wrap up the festival.
Throughout the weekend of the free festival, there were dozens of food and marketplace vendors, officials said.