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Thunder Bay's Summer in the Parks concerts to cost city more

Thunder Bay's Summer in the Parks concert series kicks off Wednesday night, but the city will have to shell out more money for the annual concert series.
In addition to great music, Summer in the Parks evenings feature children's activities, free draws, a variety of on-site concessions and an artisans' market. The concerts are held on Wednesday nights throughout the summer from 6 to 9 p.m., at Marina Park on Lake Superior. (City of Thunder Bay)

Thunder Bay's Summer in the Parks concert series kicks off Wednesday night, but the city will have to shell out more money for the annual concert series.

A partnership between the city and the local musicians union dissolved, meaning the city will have to pay an additional $1,800 to put on the weekly concerts.

The city's special events co-ordinator, Dave Mossman, said it's a cost that was previously covered by the union.

"The union is typically involved in Summer in the Parks in providing subsidized funding for the performers that are performing at the event."

Mossman says the city will sit down with the musicians union over the coming months to create a new agreement for hiring performers for the concert series.

SUMMER IN THE PARKS 2015 LINE-UP

Wednesday July 8
Bottom of the Barrel
Woodblind
James Boraski & MomentaryEvolution

Wednesday, July 15
Roy Coran Band
Private Eyes
Loose Cannon

Wednesday, July 22
Matt Sellick & Tony Agostino
Dr. Buck and the Bluesbangers
Robert Lem & the Westfort Wedding Crashers

Wednesday, July 29
Thunder Bay Community Band
The Difference
Southern Comfort

Wednesday, August 5
Sean Ashby
Harper & Midwest Kind
Greenbank Trio

Wednesday, August 12
Michael Monroe
The Cajun Country Rock Band
The Chain

Wednesday, August 19
Jean Paul De Roover
Rebel Spirit
Rodney Brown & the Derailers

Wednesday, August 26
John Booth & the Southside Band
Backbone
James Boraski & MomentaryEvolution

Summer in the Parks also offers children's activities, free draws and a variety of on-site concessions, along with a local artisan market. As well, 'Caricatures for Charity' will be back, with proceeds going to Shelter House.​

Smoking will be prohibited in the festival area, under the city's new Smoke-Free Events policy.

Organizers are encouraging everyone to take advantage of the Summer in the Parks Shuttle Bus, running from the Court Street Parkade, through the downtown core. Concert-goers can flag down the Summer in the Parks Bus anywhere along the route and be dropped off at the festival area.

There is no general parking around the festival area but there is limited accessible parking available inside the park, with a valid permit.

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