2023 Artists

Wed. July 5th, 2023 @ 8:00PM

Dwayne Gretzky

Peterborough Musicfest is proud to welcome back Dwayne Gretzky for its 36th summer season in Del Crary Park, presenting the undisputed Canadian champs of music nostalgia on Wednesday, July 5.    

Formed in 2011 in Toronto with some members hailing from nearby Downeyville, the nine-member ensemble is an explosive and energetic tour de force that serves up generous helpings of unique renditions of classic pop and rock songs that many have forgotten they love but still do.  

  Having first headlined Peterborough Musicfest in 2018, Dwayne Gretzky has since become a festival favourite, this show marking its fourth appearance on the Fred Anderson Stage. 

Widely hailed as ‘Canada’s reigning champs of nostalgia,’ Dwayne Gretkzy transcends cover band status. The music collective’s performance of any one of the more than 700 classic songs in its catalogue not only showcases the abundant musical talents of each member but is also a thrill to experience. When all is said and done, Dwayne Gretzky is as much fun to watch as it is to listen to.

With a still growing and still fervent fan base, the buzz around Dwayne Gretzky was greatly bolstered by two marathon live-streamed shows on New Year’s Eve in 2020 and 2021 that allowed live music-starved viewers to enjoy a ‘night out’ in the pandemic-safe comfort of their homes. But as successful as those virtual shows were, the band’s curated nostalgia trips are best experienced live as the set list captures the unique joy of turning a radio dial and being surprised by the familiar.

Wed. July 26th, 2023 @ 8:00PM

Little River Band

Peterborough Musicfest is thrilled to announce the first date of its 36th summer season in Del Crary Park, welcoming Little River Band to the Fred Anderson Stage on Wednesday, July 26.

Formed in 1975 in Melbourne, Australia, Little River Band has recorded 16 studio albums, with worldwide sales well in excess of 30 million. Ten singles, including 1979’s Grammy-nominated Lonesome Loser, cracked the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, with Reminiscing attaining the lofty #3 spot in 1978.

On the strength of an extensive catalogue, Little River Band has well withstood the test of time, drawing upon the success of a number of other signature hits such as Help Is On Its Way, The Other Guy, Lady, Cool Change and Take It Easy On Me to remain not be only a fan-favourite concert draw but also garner 1.7 million monthly listeners on Spotify.

In 1982, Little River Band set a record for having had Top 10 hits for six consecutive years – the first band to achieve that remarkable benchmark. In 2004, Little River Band was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame and, in September 2015, the band was awarded Casino Entertainer of the Year at the G2E Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Now based in the United States, Little River Band has undergone numerous personnel changes but still maintains an extensive touring schedule, with the Peterborough Musicfest appearance its lone currently scheduled Canadian stop in 2023.