by Yasmine Shemesh
Forget the rollercoasters and mini-donuts, the Summer Night Concerts are the best part of the annual Fair at the PNE. Always playing host to fan-favourites, the concerts provide a feel-good trip down memory lane and this year is no exception with an exciting lineup that includes everything from popular nineties artists to Canadian music royalty.
Burton Cummings and Band
Wednesday, August 21
From his tenure as the leader singer of the Guess Who, during which he co-wrote some of their biggest hits like “These Eyes,” to his celebrated solo career, Burton Cummings’ contributions to the fabric of Canadian music have made him one of the most important musicians in the country’s history.
Friday, August 23
Co-founder of Motown Records. Legendary songwriter and producer, behind songs like “My Girl.” His own endless canon of hits, including “Ooo Baby Baby,” Cruisin” and “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me.” Need any more reasons to go see Smokey Robinson?
Saturday, August 24
Heaven continues to shine its light down on Collective Soul. The post-grunge band is currently celebrating 25 years of hits like “Shine,” “December,” and “The World I Know,” as well as a stellar new record, Blood.
I Love The 90s Tour
Thursday, August 29
Featuring some of the biggest and best names from hip-hop’s Golden Age — Vanilla Ice, Montell Jordan, Biz Markie, and Rob Base — this iteration of the rotating nostalgia tour promises to have you smiling, dancing and trying to count all the times these iconic songs have been sampled.
Monday, September 2
CrazySexyCool, TLC’s 1994 album, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. With a combination of smart lyrics, smooth melodies, and sassy attitude, it created a legacy that solidified Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, and the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes as one of R&B’s most influential groups.