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Sam Roberts Band to Rock The 159th Running Of The Queen’s Plate

April 30, 2018

Beloved Canadian band announced to headline day two of the Queen’s Plate Festival

TORONTO, April 30, 2018 – Six-time JUNO Award-winning and multiplatinum-selling Canadian rock icons, Sam Roberts Band, have just been announced as the Saturday headliner at the 2018 Queen’s Plate Festival. The three-day festival will run from Friday, June 29, through Sunday, July 1, at Woodbine Racetrack.  Tickets are on sale now at

Critically acclaimed country music superstar Brad Paisley will kick off the Queen’s Plate Festival on FridayJune 29, with a show-stopping performance. On SaturdayJune 30, Sam Roberts Band will bring rock lovers to their feet with an unforgettable live concert following the 159th running of the $1 million Queen’s Plate. Additional festival musical acts will be announced in the weeks to come.

“This year’s Queen’s Plate Festival is going to be one for the record books. For the third year in a row, we’re bringing the ultimate fusion of sports, live music, fashion and food, continuing our status as the go-to event of the summer,” said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. “With Brad Paisley and Sam Roberts Band as the musical talent, people are in for a thrilling ride.”

Two-day passes starting at just $45 provide great value including access to the grounds for live racing all weekend long, Friday night’s Brad Paisley concert, and an extensive offering of attractions on Saturday such as the Hats & Horseshoes Party presented by Stella Artois, Sam Roberts Band concert and the main event, the jewel of Canadian horse racing – the 159th running of the Queen’s Plate.

A new offering for fans is the option of single-day general admission tickets for the Friday or Saturday festivities at the low price of just $30.

The 2018 Queen’s Plate Festival will continue on Sunday, July 1, with free Canada Day celebrations and fun for the whole family, including performances from popular children’s musical duo Splash’N Boots.

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General Admission Festival Passes are forty-five dollars ($45) and provide access including general admission to the Brad Paisley concert, Queen’s Plate, Hats & Horseshoes Party presented by Stella Artois, and post-race concert. Single day tickets are thirty dollars ($30).

Paddock Party Festival Passes are seventy-five dollars ($75) and provide all of the above, plus a concert pre-party with live racing and entertainment, exclusive access to a private concert viewing area, and admission to the Budweiser Paddock for the Queen’s Plate.

Premium Festival Passes will be available for three-hundred and fifty dollars ($350) and provide the ultimate country music fan experience. Passes offer all the benefits of the Paddock Party Festival Pass, plus exclusive access to premium hospitality tents for both the Brad Paisley concert and the Queen’s Plate, including gourmet food and alcoholic beverages, valet parking, and grandstand seating on race day.

Grandstand Festival Passes range from forty-five to one hundred and twenty dollars ($45 – $120) and include general admission to the Brad Paisley concert, the pre-concert party and a seat for the Queen’s Plate. Queen’s Plate grandstand seating is limited.


The Queen’s Plate is Canada’s oldest thoroughbred horse race and longest continuously run race in North America. The prestigious event attracts thousands of horse racing fans, style-setters and entertainment-seekers each year. In 2017, the 1 ¼-mile race for three-year-old thoroughbreds was captured by Holy Helena.

Inaugurated with royal blessing in 1860, the running of the Queen’s Plate stakes has taken place each year since. The history of the race is closely linked with that of Toronto and is regarded around the world as an event of international importance within the horse racing community. Each year, a member of the Royal Family or representative of the Monarchy in Canada attends the event and presents the Queen’s Plate trophy to the winning owner.


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Sam Roberts Band is a multi-award-winning Montreal-based rock band. Sam Roberts released his debut record Brother Down in 2002, following a popular independent demo recording he had made in Montreal. His next project, The Inhuman Condition became the best-selling independent EP in Canadian history. In 2003 he released his first full-length album, We Were Born in a Flame. The album was a huge hit in Canada and won the Juno Award for Album of the Year, Rock Album of the Year, and Artist of the Year. He continued to release hit albums for the remainder of the decade: Chemical City in 2006, Love at the End of the World in 2008, and Collider in 2011. On March of 2016, Sam Roberts Band recorded their sixth full-length album, TerraForm at The Tragically Hip’s studio “Bathouse” near Kingston, Ontario.