Crash Test Dummies, Piner will be ‘Rockin’ the Square’ this summer

A previous “Rockin’ the Square” event in Springer Market Square. Photo via City of Kingston.

The City of Kingston’s Rockin’ the Square is back this summer — Springer Market Square will rock out to the sounds of Crash Test Dummies, with special guest, Kingston’s own, Piner.

According to a release from the City, Rockin’ the Square is the City’s annual signature large-scale, free outdoor music concert that presents renowned national artists along with featured local support performances for the Kingston community.

The rain-or-shine event will take place on Friday, Jul. 26, 2024, at 8 p.m., and the City is offering free public transit to help get you there. Buses will be free from 6 to 11 p.m., according to the release. Use the Transit Trip Planner to plan your evening, the City suggests.

“It’s been 30 years since Canadian folk/rock band, Crash Test Dummies, recorded their debut album, ‘The Ghosts That Haunt Me’ garnering the band the Juno Award for Group of the Year,” the City said.

“The show will include hits and fan favourites from the band’s vast catalogue including ‘Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm,’ ‘Superman’s Song,’ ‘Afternoons and Coffee Spoons’ and ‘The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead,’ to name a few. Original members Brad Roberts, Ellen Reid, Dan Roberts, and Mitch Dorge will be joined onstage by Stuart Cameron and Marc Arnould.”

Piner is a singer-songwriter based in Katarokwi (Kingston). According to the release, Piner grew up in the environs of Skeleton Park, a community rife with musicians who put their thoughts into song and sang them to anyone who cared to listen. She released her debut album, The Breaking Point, in July 2018 to critical acclaim. Michael Broadhead, Sam Nicks, Liam Cole, and Dylan Lodge will be lending their incredible musical talents as her backing band for the show, the City shared. 

An accessible seating area will be near the water fountain on King Street, according to the release. Details are available on the City of Kingston website.

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