Jason Setnyk and Bernadette Clement give away a student bus pass to a lucky audience member at Rock the Vote 2012. Three Cornwall Transit student bus passes were sponsored as prizes to promote Transit services to the City's youth at this community oriented event.
Cornwall - June 18, 2012 - It was a hot sunny day, but despite that, over a hundred and fifty people still made their way to the Church on Sydney throughout the course of Rock the Vote last Saturday. A diverse audience consisting of families, teenagers, young professionals, and senior citizens enjoyed seventeen acoustic sets including Graham Greer, Sara Murphy, Sean Harley, Switchgear, Rodney Rivette, and young up and coming band Administrator.
Guest speakers included MPP Jim McDonell, one of Canada's youngest mayors (from North Dundas) Eric Duncan, and Cornwall City Councillors Elaine MacDonald, Andre Rivette, Bernadette Clement, and Maurice Dupelle. Youth speakers included Chair of the Cornwall Youth Advisory Committee Rose McGill, NDP Youth Representative Carilyn Herbert, and Liberal Youth Representative Ally St-Jean. There was also an art show and an author's corner.
Event organizer Jason Setnyk was pleased with the results. “We had some of the best musical talent, visual artists, and literary artists from the community participate. I think the great weather kept some people away, however those in attendance enjoyed top notch entertainment, and a very positive message about voting and volunteering”.
Guest speakers included Executive Director of the Agape Centre Alyssa Blais, and founder of Child Haven International Fred Cappuccino.
Rock the Vote would like to thank its media sponsors: Mix 96.1 FM, The Fox 101.5 FM, OurHometown.ca, The Local Seeker, and CornwallUnderground.com.
Rock the Vote would also like to thank its friends of the festival: The Standard Freeholder, the Cornwall Daily, The Seaway News, Cogeco Television, Cornwall Transit, SD&G Culture, The Cornwall Regional Art Gallery, and Focus Art. Special thanks also goes out to Brock Frost and the Church on Sydney for hosting the show, and to Marc Carriere, Jamie Jarvo, and Rodney Rivette for their help with sound and the P.A. system.