Wake the Giant welcome

Greg Chomut and A.J. Haapa of Luke Warm and the Cold Ones perform during Friday’s announcement of the lineup for the Wake the Giant Festival.

Music fans mark your calendar for Sept. 14 for the Wake the Giant Music Festival.

Metric, July Talk, Crown Lands along with Thunder Bay’s Coleman Hell will help Wake the Giant.

“You have some big names, like Coleman Hell — a local favourite,” said Sean Spenrath, Wake the Giant Festival co-organizer. “He is a huge source of pride for Thunder Bay.”

July Talk may not be a group a lot of people have heard, “but when they do hear that music they are going to know that they are one of the biggest up and coming Toronto based-bands,” said Spenrath.

He is also excited about having indie-rockers Metric on the bill for the concert.

The Wake the Giant Festival will also feature a host of Indigenous talent.

“We get to give them a stage that they normally wouldn’t have by sandwiching them in with these massive artists,” said Spenrath. “Thunder Bay is going to step up and provide a national exposure.”

He said this is one of many ways the city is trying to flip the script of the chapter that has been written for Thunder Bay over the past 10 years.

The Wake the Giant safe place campaign was initiated by students and teachers at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School in March.

More than 250 businesses and organizations have signed up for the campaign displaying the distinctive Wake the Giant sticker in their windows.

Leading up to the festival, Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School will have the opportunity take part in workshops with musicians who will be performing at the festival. There will also be sports and activity workshops hosted by the university and the college.

Spenrath sees the workshops as a way to showcase the city to students at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School.

Tickets for the festival went on sale Friday through the WakeTheGiant.ca website. Prices range from $60 to $100.

Organizers hope to sell 4,000 tickets for inaugural event with plans to roll the proceeds into making it an annual event.

Along with Metric, Coleman Hell, Crown Lands, July Talk, Mick Ferrio, Wolf Saga, Ansely Simpson and Battle Nation Drum Group.

Luke Warm and the Colds Ones will also be on the bill and are a duo of teacher at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School.

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