In 2018 and 2019, the City of Sarnia in partnership with Sarnia-Lambton Rebound hosted a Battle of the Bands event, featuring Sarnia’s newest up and coming youth bands and musicians, ages 21 and under. These youth bands competed for a chance to perform at the annual Canada Day Celebrations at the Suncor Agora, and at Bluewater Borderfest. Bands played from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Suncor Agora in Centennial Park on the last Friday in June. Bands were judged by four, adult community members who have a musical background. Scoring was based on cohesiveness, quality of performance, and originality.
This event has been put on a temporary hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, staff plan to revive this exceptional event in 2023 – stay tuned!