Thunder Bay Prepares for Cover Show XIII

One of Thunder Bay's Biggest Parties of the Year!
One of Thunder Bay's Biggest Parties of the Year!
One of Thunder Bay's Biggest Parties of the Year!
One of Thunder Bay’s Biggest Parties of the Year!

Party So Big One Night is Not Enough!

THUNDER BAY – Entertainment – One Massive Party! The Party is so big it has been spread out over four nights.

Wiggins Pro-Ductions will be hosting the Cover Show XIII, February 5-8 at Black Pirates Pub (215 Red River Rd) where nearly 70 local musicians in 20 bands come together to pay tribute to some of the biggest names in the music industry. The lineup will include cover bands playing songs by headlining acts like System of a Down, Eminem, Andrew WK, Deadmau5, Pearl Jam, Weezer, The Black Keys, The Doors, Queens of the Stone Age, Korn, Kings of Leon, ZZ Top, Rancid, Black Sabbath, Taking Back Sunday, Gob, Monster Truck, Sublime, At The Gates and Cat Stevens.

Cover Show XIII marks a milestone in the festivals long history in the Thunder Bay music community. It has grown from a one night, annual event that features a few acts, to a 4-night festival with over 20 bands. “This show is by far the biggest Cover Show we’ve ever done,” explains promoter, Jimmy Wiggins of Wiggins Pro-Ductions, “We’ve added a 4th night and an additional 5 bands to the lineup, as well as having an all-ages night so that everyone has a chance to check out the show”. The addition of the all-ages night was brought on by the boom of new local bands coming out of the woodwork this past year. “A big part of my job, both as a promoter, and fan of music, is to make sure new bands have the opportunity to get on stage and perform, “says Wiggins, “it was a no-brainer to include some of these bands in one of the biggest shows of the year”.

Over the years, the Cover Show has become something for not only fans to look forward to, but also the musicians involved with the show. “The experience is really like nothing else”, explains musician and Cover Show veteran, Dan Robere, “you can take pride in playing songs by bands you love and grew up listening to, to a packed house [of fans] who are just as excited to be there as you are”. The Cover Show has also been credited with being the starting off point for a number local bands and musicians, many of which may not have come together had it not been for the show and gives these musicians the chance to perform with new people. “My favourite part of the Cover Show is getting the unique opportunity to share the stage with other local musicians who I look up to, but have never had a chance to play with otherwise” says Robere, “the show also provides a medium to try things that are totally out of your element. As I have played primarily in punk bands in my lifetime, I would never have imagined I’d be on stage at Black Pirate’s Pub playing Pink, Alanis Morissette or Maroon 5 covers”.

Event Info:

Feb 5 – Doors at 730pm | $6 | All Ages Feb 6-8 – Doors at 10pm | $5 | 19+

For more information, including full schedule of bands, visit

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