Downtown expected to be packed Sunday evening for the Mike Taylor tribute - parking will be free but spaces will be hard to find

News 100 blueBy Staff

January 9th, 2019



City Hall BEST aerial

The event will take place in Civic Square – tight fit.

Walk Off The Earth’s memorial tribute concert for Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor with special guests is scheduled for Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Civic Square in downtown Burlington.

The line-up includes acoustic performances by Walk Off The Earth and members of Barenaked Ladies, Scott Helman, Monster Truck, USS, Darenots and Saint Alvia.

WOTE poster

Kelly’s Bake Shoppe will be providing free hot chocolate.

When the Gazette first got word of the event our source said “this is going to be really big” He was right.

Road Closures, Transit and Parking:
Due to the expected large crowds and local support for the band, the following roads will be closed from 3 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13 to midnight on Jan. 14 to allow for set-up and clean-up of the event:

• Brant Street, from Ontario Street to Pine Street

• James Street, from John Street to Brant Street

• Elgin Street, from Locust Street to Brant Street

• Ontario Street from Brant Street to Locust Street

Parking will be free; however, traffic is likely to be heavy and concert-goers are strongly encouraged to take Burlington Transit to the Downtown Transit Terminal on John Street or other nearby bus stop locations.

For safety reasons, concert-goers are also asked to use their mobile phone’s flashlight, battery-powered lights or glow sticks instead of candles.

The city has decided to revive their “Key to the City” program that honours individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to our community. The first recipient of this new distinction will be, posthumously, Mike Taylor, of Walk Off The Earth, for the impact he has made on Burlington’s arts and culture scene with his talent, music and community involvement. More details on this program will follow in the near future.


Mike Taylor – Walk Off the Earth

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward echoes the loss of Mike Taylor when she said: “This was a devastating and tragic loss for his family, his bandmates, fans and the whole community — our city is mourning the loss of Mike. He made Burlington his home in the downtown. We will miss Mike and thank him for his contribution to music here and around the world. Mike and his bandmates put us on the map. Acting as musical ambassadors, they not only advanced our own local culture across the country, but right here in our community too. We hold them in our hands and in our hearts.”

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