Legendary Canadian rocker headlines Mississauga’s Southside Shuffle


Published July 22, 2022 at 11:56 am

Legendary Canadian rocker headlines Mississauga's Southside Shuffle
Canadian rocker Kim Mitchell will headline the Southside Shuffle in September. (Photo: 97.7 Max FM radio)

Legendary Canadian rocker Kim Mitchell, whose 1984 hit Go for Soda topped the charts in this country and abroad, will headline the 24th annual Southside Shuffle Port Credit Blues and Jazz Festival taking place Sept. 9-11 in Mississauga.

The 70-year-old Sarnia native, a founding member, lead singer and guitarist for the band Max Webster in the 1970s before going on to a successful solo career after leaving the band in 1982, will take to the Brightwater Mainstage at Memorial Park in Port Credit on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10 to 11:30 p.m.

Inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2020, Mitchell is also known for hits Patio Lanterns (1986), Rock N’ Roll Duty (1989) and Rockland Wonderland (1989).

More recently, you might remember his voice from the airwaves. Mitchell was an afternoon host on Toronto classic rock radio station Q107 from 2004 until 2015.

Over the years, the Canadian rocker has shared the stage with the likes of Def Leppard, Sammy Hagar, Aerosmith and Van Halen.

In advance of Mitchell’s Sept. 10 headline show, Riley Michaels (4:30 to 5:30 p.m.), Wellbad (6 to 7:30 p.m.) and Wide Mouth Mason (8 to 9:30 p.m.) will perform on the main stage on the Saturday of the festival.

Erja Lyytinen, described as “Europe’s queen of slide guitar,” helps kick the Southside Shuffle off on Friday, Sept. 9 with a main stage headline show starting at 10:15 p.m.

And of course the festival wouldn’t be complete without a show from the legendary Downchild Blues Band, headed by Chuck Jackson. They hit the stage Sunday, Sept. 11 at 6:15 p.m.

Tickets cost $15 for Friday or Sunday admission, and $20 for Saturday. A weekend pass costs $40.

For more information, list of performers and tickets, visit the festival website.

The Southside Shuffle, a widely popular event over the years, went virtual in 2020 due to COVID-19, but returned to the live venue at Memorial Park last September.

Kim Mitchell, circa 1985. (Photo: Facebook)

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