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Peterborough Musicfest Presents: JJ Wilde & Suzie McNeil

August 3, 2022 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT

Peterborough Musicfest

Tel: 705-755-1111

Del Crary Park

2 George Street
Peterborough, ON K9J 3H1 Canada
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705-742-7777
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When asked to choose between music and a relationship, there’s only ever been one answer for JJ Wilde. Music has permeated every part of her life since childhood, and it’s something she’s held closely; an unwavering connection she’s fought to foster. 

The result is a meteoric rise over the past 18 months, putting her squarely on the radar of rock fans around the world, breaking records and helping to break the glass ceiling for women in rock. Her debut single “The Rush” saw global radio airplay, hitting #1 on OUI-FM in France, and spending an unprecedented 10 weeks at #1 on Canada’s three rock radio charts surpassing artists like Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters. That momentum helped propel her to a SOCAN Rock Award, 2021 Indie Award and the 2021 JUNO Award for Rock Album of the Year for her debut album, Ruthless. It was the first time in 25 years that a woman took home that award, the last being Alanis Morrisette in 1996 for Jagged Little Pill. 

In May 2021, JJ dropped her EP project WILDE, which featured #1 rock radio hits “Best Boy” and “Mercy”, alongside her new single “Off The Rails” which hit #2 on the Alternative chart in Canada. Featured prominently on Spotify’s billboards at Times Square in New York and Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto alongside significant global editorial support across the board, her profile continues to grow. 

BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders described JJ as “a voice that commands the stage …. an undeniable rock star in the making.” She will put that to the test this Fall supporting The Record Company on their US tour before returning for her first tour of Canada supporting The Glorious Sons throughout the early months of 2022. 

www.jjwilde.com

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Canadian pop-rock singer and songwriter Suzie McNeil remains undeniable proof that a powerful voice will always have a stage.

Since her appearance as a contestant and fourth-place finisher on Rock Star: INXS in 2005, the Mississauga native has enjoyed a successful and diversified career both as a solo artist and in collaboration with a number of others, including INXS, Clay Aiken, Foreigner and Steven Tyler.

In the studio, she has recorded three albums – her 2007 debut album Broken & Beautiful, featuring charting singles Hung Up and Believe, earning her a Juno Award nomination in 2008 for Best New Artist of the Year. Subsequent albums Rock-n-Roller (2008) and Dear Love (2012) followed, the former spawning her top chart hit Supergirl, and the latter bringing McNeil more commercial success in the form of singles Drama Queen and Merry Go Round.

In addition to her Juno Award nomination, McNeil won a 2008 Independent Music Award as Favourite Pop Artist, and in the same year, was shortlisted for two Canadian Radio Music Awards.

Diversity has been the name of the game for McNeil, her varied musical pursuits including her multi-instrumental talents as a member of her own Nashville-based country-rock band, forays into the Broadway level musical theatre realm, and commercial jingle recording work.

Not one to stand still, McNeil has ventured into a number of new musical waters over her career, ranging from singing backing vocals for Pink on her North American tour to entertaining troops in Afghanistan to performing at the 2010 Winter Olympics closing ceremonies.

Fresh from performing in Las Vegas with Aerosmith during its residency at the Park MGM, McNeil now fronts The Chain Reaction, a nine-piece soul and R&B band that features new arrangements of many of her chart singles as well as new takes on classic hits.

www.suziemcneil.com