Jade Eagleson to be honoured with Hometown Hero Award at Kawartha Downs’ homecoming show

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Rising country music star and Bailieboro native Jade Eagleson is set to receive a special honour when he hits the Kawartha Downs’ stage in Fraserville for a homecoming show at the first Kawartha Country Music Festival on Sunday.

The 27-year-old phenom will be honoured with the “Hometown Hero Award” from Cavan Monaghan Township Mayor Scott McFadden.

“It is our pleasure to welcome Jade home,” stated McFadden in a news release from Kawartha Downs. “We are all so pleased to have you home and take part in this local event.”

Eagleson will be recognized for his skyrocketing success as a kid from Bailieboro-turned-country-music-megastar during the award presentation.

He’s set to perform at the Kawartha Country Music Festival — celebrating Kawartha Downs’ 50 anniversary and Canada’s birthday — alongside Nate Haller and headliner, The Reklaws.

Eagleson, who grew up on his grandparents’ farm, got his big break in 2017, when he performed in front of more than 20,000 concertgoers at the Boots and Hearts Music Festival — going on to win the Emerging Artist Showcase.

Eagleson’s unique voice soon caught the ears of music execs, and he was quickly signed to Universal Music Canada.

After releasing his debut single “Got Your Name On It” in 2018 — a track that’s now certified platinum — Eagleson was named the Canadian Country Music Awards’ Rising Star a year later.

The accolades and achievements didn’t stop there.

With hits like “Lucky,” “All Night to Figure It Out,” and his Dean Brody-assisted track “More Drinkin’ Than Fishin’,” Eagleson has amassed more than 185 million global streams and earned three number one hits on Canadian country radio.

Last year, his self-titled offering received a Juno nomination for Album of the Year. He’s also been crowned YouTube’s Trending ‘Artist On The Rise’ — the first for a Canadian-signed artist in any genre.

Amid soaring ticket sales and a growing buzz about Eagleson’s performance on Sunday, Kawartha Downs says the Kawartha Country Music Festival has been dubbed the “Jade Eagleson Concert,” by proud locals.

Gates open at 5 p.m., with the concert kicking off at 6 p.m.

The concert will be followed by a fireworks display.

Tickets for the show are available online at kawarthacountrymusicfestival.com, kawarthadowns.com or through ticketmaster.ca.

Brendan Burke is a staff reporter at the Examiner. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach him at bburke@metroland.com.

Brendan Burke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Peterborough Examiner

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