Toronto all "set" for Canada's hottest music festival!



    
    -   Set times for more than 30 A-list acts announced
    -   Catch the last ever Nine Inch Nails performance in Canada at
        9.30 p.m. on Sunday night
    -   Move to The Molson Amphitheatre brings the Festival back downtown
    

    TORONTO, Aug. 24 /CNW/ - VIRGIN FESTIVAL is finishing off its 2009 tour
across Canada with a bang by bringing the Festival back to the city where it
all began. The fourth annual Virgin Festival Ontario is gearing up to take
over Toronto's THE MOLSON AMPHITHEATRE this weekend and today the Festival set
times have been released for all 36 sizzling acts!
    Highlights for day one include alternative rock legends PIXIES hitting
the Virgin Mobile stage at 7:40 p.m. followed by co-headliners BEN HARPER &
RELENTLESS7 at 9:45 p.m. Over on the Virgin Radio 999 stage, day one
highlights include current UK chart-topper fave PITBULL at 5:30 p.m. and
DANIEL MERRIWEATHER at 7 p.m.
    Day two highlights include English electronic dance icons PET SHOP BOYS
on the Virgin Mobile stage at 7:50 p.m. followed at 9:30 p.m. by the
eagerly-awaited and last ever performance in Canada by industrial rock gods
NINE INCH NAILS. Reggae fusion singer SEAN KINGSTON performs on the Virgin
Radio 999 stage on day two at 7 p.m.
    "This is our fourth Festival in Toronto and our tenth overall. We're
kicking it up a notch for Toronto this year and music lovers will see one of
our most diverse line-ups ever," said Andrew Bridge, Director of Virgin
Festival Canada. "Virgin Festivals around the world are known for bringing
together an eclectic and one-of-a-kind mix of talent from world famous
headliners to local up-and-coming artist. We're delivering rock, pop, hip hop,
electro, blue, indie, reggae and way more."
    This year's Virgin Festival Ontario was originally scheduled to take
place at Burl's Creek Park in Oro, Ontario but due to slow ticket sales the
Festival made the switch to The Molson Amphitheatre. "We're delighted to be
coming downtown! Since the move to The Molson Amphitheatre ticket sales have
shot up and we've had a lot of excitement and interest in the Festival being
back in Toronto. We're looking forward to an awesome turn-out for Canada's
tenth Virgin Festival," added Bridge.
    On top of the sublime music, the festival will be jam-packed with
one-of-a-kind experiences, including burlesque pole dancing lessons, graf
artists spraying original works of art, Xbox 360 gaming zone, swag for trash
and even a cool zone thanks to Bacardi Breezer!

    Don't call it a concert

    Virgin Festival is known for delivering a ton of mind-blowing
experiences. Ontario won't be any different, with Virgin Festival cooking up
an incredible batch of on-site goodies:

    
    -   Get your zen on - Tired music lovers can relax with a Thai massage in
        the Vendor Village.
    -   Bring a pen...or a body part - Lucky fans can rub shoulders with
        their fave artists at the Virgin Mobile Autograph Tent and take home
        a little signed souvenir to show off.
    -   Swag for trash! - Virgin Mobile wants you to get trashy! Bring in as
        many water bottles as you can from around the festival site and trade
        them in for some awesome stuff like a bottle of glacéau
        vitaminwater(TM), a festival merchandise coupon or even a Virgin
        Mobile phone!
    -   Get artsy - Music isn't the only art going down at Virgin Festival.
        If your ears need a rest, then you can always feast your eyes on some
        awesome art that will be on display around the Festival.
    -   "Whatcha gonna do with all that junk?" - Music lovers with energy to
        spare can channel their inner exhibitionist and work out with
        burlesque pole dancing lessons.
    -   Shhhhhhhhh - Music festivals are supposed to be loud, but if people
        need a little peace and quiet to make a quick call, then Virgin
        Mobile Silencer Booths will be set up around the Festival for a short
        escape.

    Check out www.virginfestival.ca/ontario for further details.

    The full line-up!
    

    Legendary rockers BEN HARPER & RELENTLESS7 will co-headline day one with
alternative rock legends PIXIES. Joining them will be Scottish rockers FRANZ
FERDINAND; singer-songwriter PAOLO NUTINI; Brooklyn indie rockers GRIZZLY
BEAR; American rock duo MATES OF STATE; Canadian faves SLOAN; Juno
Award-winner LIGHTS; Canadian rockers THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE; California
new wave rockers IGLU AND HARTLY; and Toronto-based foursome THE
SUPERSTITIONS. On top of that, UK-pop royal DANIEL MERRIWEATHER and chart
topping PITBULL will headline the Virgin Radio 999 stage with guests such as
Canadian singer-songwriter ANJULIE; electro club artists CANDY COATED KILLAHZ;
progressive indie artists DOWN WITH WEBSTER; and Toronto electro-rock duo
THUNDERHEIST!
    Industrial rock gods NINE INCH NAILS will headline day two and will be
joined by English electronic dance icons PET SHOP BOYS; Juno Award-winning
band OUR LADY PEACE; American party hip hop band N.E.R.D.; American indie band
COLD WAR KIDS; Grammy Award-nominated rock band MUTEMATH; Danish rockers MEW;
Montréal indie rock band PLANTS AND ANIMALS; Quebec songstress COEUR DE
PIRATE; alt-rockers THE VON BONDIES; Norwegian electro-rock group DATAROCK;
Montréal indie rockers SILVER STARLING; and alt rockers D'URBERVILLES! Day two
on the Virgin Radio 999 stage will be headlined by reggae fusion singer SEAN
KINGSTON. Also pumping up the volume on the Virgin Radio 999 stage will be
Canadian R&B singer-songwriter MELANIE FIONA; electro hip hop group HYPER
CRUSH; punk rocker TROUBLE ANDREW; Electro Pop Punk locals FRITZ HELDER & THE
PHANTOMS; and synth-pop specialists THE NEW CITIES.
    Keep an eye on www.virginfestival.ca/ontario for the latest information
for Virgin Festival Ontario. Fans can also keep up to date with Virgin
Festival on Twitter at www.twitter.com/virginmobilecan and on the Virgin
Festival Canada Facebook(R) fan page.

    Still need a ticket...

    If you have already purchased a Virgin Festival Ontario ticket for Burl's
Creek you are good to go the festival - just keep hold of your ticket(s) and
bring them to The Molson Amphitheatre on August 29 and 30 to gain entry.
    General ticket sales are available at the gates on the day or in person
at all Ticketmaster outlets, select Future Shop locations, online at
www.ticketmaster.ca and by calling (416) 870-8000. Ticket information is also
available at www.virginfestival.ca/ontario.
    One day general admission pit, general admission 200 level and reserved
admission 300 level tickets are $59.50 plus $3.75 facility fee and a $1
donation to Virgin Unite (includes all sales taxes). Two-day general admission
pit, general admission 200 level and reserved 300 level tickets are $99.00
plus $7.50 facility fee and a $2 donation to Virgin Unite (includes all sales
taxes).
    One day reserved 400 level tickets are $49.50 plus $3.75 facility fee and
a $1 donation to Virgin Unite (includes all sales taxes). Two-day reserved 400
level tickets are $89.00 plus $7.50 facility fee and a $2 donation to Virgin
Unite (includes all sales taxes).
    One day lawn tickets are $39.50 plus $3.75 facility fee and a $1 donation
to Virgin Unite (includes all sales taxes).
    Festival tickets will also provide free access to the Canadian National
Exhibition and Ontario Place ($15 value!).
    Sorry, VIP tickets are sold-out!

    Can't make it to Toronto?

    If you choose not to go to the festival and had purchased a ticket for
Burl's Creek head to www.virginfestival.ca/ontario for information on getting
a full refund. Camping tickets will be automatically refunded.

    About Virgin Festival Canada

    Virgin Festival held its first Canadian festival in Toronto in 2006.
Since then it has become one of the biggest music festivals in Canada
attracting around 200,000 fans. In 2009, Virgin Festival will host five
festivals - one each in Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario and
Quebec! Virgin Festival also works to raise funds for Virgin Unite - the
charitable arm of the Virgin Group that focuses on creating grass roots change
and sustainable businesses to make a real difference for people around the
world who need it most. For more information check out www.virginfestival.ca

    About Virgin Mobile

    The Virgin Mobile group of companies has attracted more than 12 million
customers worldwide. As the No. 1 mobile youth network, Virgin Mobile Canada's
mission is to be Canada's most loved mobile company. Its simpler, better deals
offer customers control, flexibility and choice to design mobile packages that
truly works for them. J.D. Power and Associates ranked Virgin Mobile highest
in customer satisfaction with prepaid wireless service for four years in a
row(1) and 91% of customers would recommend Virgin Mobile to a friend.
    Virgin Mobile phones are available at more than 4,000 locations with
top-up cards available at more than 10,000 locations nationally. Virgin Mobile
products can also be purchased online at www.virginmobile.ca or by calling
1-888-999-2321.

    
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    (1) J.D. Power and Associates 2005-2008 Canadian Wireless Customer
        Satisfaction Studies(SM). Study based on 14,932 total responses from
        consumers with prepaid wireless service. Proprietary study results
        are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed in
        October 2008. www.jdpower.com
    




For further information:

For further information: Kayla Rochkin, Hill & Knowlton Canada, (416)
413-4767, kayla.rochkin@hillandknowlton.ca; Erica Faltous, Hill & Knowlton
Canada, (416) 413-4695, (416) 400-0171, erica.faltous@hillandknowlton.ca; For
information about artist interviews, please contact: Amanda Munro, Segal
Communications, (416) 775-2309, amanda.munro@segalcommuniactions.com

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