Stars From Coast to Coast To Shine Bright on Brandon’s Summer Lights Music Festival

August 26, 2016


Brandon, MB – The fading days of summer are sure to get a jolt of energy next month as the 2016 Summer Lights Music Festival invades Brandon’s Keystone Centre grounds on Saturday, September 10th.

Born from the efforts of City of Brandon Community Development Department staff who have been heading up the annual Summer Lights Concert Series in Princess Park since 2013, the 2016 Summer Lights Music Festival promises music lovers of all ages a full day of live entertainment at a larger outdoor venue “under the trees” at the Keystone Centre.

Event headliners at this year’s all-day, family-friendly festival hail from across Canada and include Juno Award-winning West Coast indie group Said The Whale, veteran East Coast rocker Joel Plaskett, and Ontario-based roots artist Terra Lightfoot. Other notable acts include Crooked Brothers, Attica Riots, Sol James, Begonia, and Slow Leaves, as well as numerous local musicians.

“The calibre of performers we’ve been able to secure for this festival will definitely turn some heads,” says Summer Lights Music Concert Series and Festival Director Dylan MacDonald. “With such a diverse and dynamic lineup, we are anticipating music lovers from near and far will join us in celebrating the end of summer in true Manitoba fashion by turning up the volume and enjoying the lights of summer while they are still shining bright!”

MacDonald notes that securing the Keystone Centre grounds as a venue for the all-day festival has been very important, as not only does it provide festival goers with free on-site camping facilities, but also affords the event the opportunity to be licensed for alcohol sales. On-site food and refreshment vendors will also be available, along with a FREE pancake breakfast for all campers, volunteers and artists on the morning of Sunday, September 11th. A free grant-writing workshop for local musicians will also be held prior to the festival’s start on the morning of Saturday, September 10th. Those interested in signing up for the workshop are asked to register in advance by emailing

Festival goers can save a bit of money by purchasing their tickets in advance either online or at the following businesses: Fraser Sneath Coffee or Ted Good Music (Brandon), Poor Michael's Emporium - Books/ART/Café (Onanole), Turtle Mountain Physio (Boissevain), Into the Music // Little Sister Coffee (Winnipeg). Tickets are also available at the gate on the day of the festival.

The festival’s full lineup, including the event’s full 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. schedule, is available by visiting