IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STARS AND THUNDER

June 5, 2017 – The City of Timmins will soon be hosting the epic Stars and Thunder Timmins International Fireworks Competition and Music Festival in celebration of Ontario and Canada’s 150th birthday.

The Festival website (www.starsandthunder.com), features a wide variety of information, including a broad section of Frequently Asked Questions, however, in anticipation of the event, the City would like to ensure all attendants and residents are aware of the following:

Accessibility:
– The City strives to create a festival that people of all abilities can attend, which will include the following features:
• Pick-up/drop-off located at the festival gates
• Handy Transit services offered (see Shuttle Routes and Transit section for details)
• The municipal lot on the corner of Brunette Road and Second Avenue will be the designated accessible parking lot (see Festival Maps under the Info tab on the website)
• Designated accessible entrance: each person will be allowed one caretaker or family member to use entryway
• Support person(s) are required to pay full admission
• Accessible pathways(s) leading to all accessible features such as viewing platform, grandstands, washrooms and vendors
• Viewing patform (40ft x 20ft) for mobility devices available on a first-come basis (one space for a support person)
• Accessible washrooms and privacy tent
• Accessible volunteers who will provide support and light push service
– The website’s FAQ section offers specific accessibility questions and answers
– The full Accessibility Plan will be available on the Festival website this week

Parking:
– Parking downtown will be extremely limited
– FREE parking will be provided for out-of-town guests on Vipond Road and at the Spruce Street South snowdump
– See Festival Maps under the Info tab on the Festival website

Shuttle Routes and Transit:
– FREE Transit and Handy Transit will be provided from June 24 to June 30 from noon until midnight. Route guides will be posted to the Stars and Thunder website soon. Please note, as per usual, Handy Transit trips must be booked prior to the event
– First Student –Timmins will be providing a shuttle service from all partner sites (hotels and camping advertised on Stars and Thunder website)
– Handy Transit will be running on July 1, and FREE shuttles will be offered to various Park-and-Ride and Stop locations.
– An accessible shuttle will be provided from the CMHA lot on the corner of Brunette Road and Second Avenue on July 1 only. Those with limited mobility are encouraged to utilize the accessible drop-off at the gate entrance throughout the festival
– Full shuttle details will be posted to the Festival website soon

Brunette Road:
– To minimize the risk to public safety, which includes all pedestrian and vehicular traffic, Brunette Road will be converted to a one-way thoroughfare from 8am on June 22 until 6pm on July 4 – restricted to southbound vehicular traffic only from Algonquin Boulevard to Second Avenue
– This will reduce conjestion and facilitate pedestrian crossing and feature controlled drop-off and pick-up zones
– All business entrances will remain accessible and signs will be posted indicating no left turns when vehicles are exiting properties on the west side of Brunette Road. Water Tower Road will also remain accessible to those with expressed permission

Noise by-law/Pets:
– The festival will include eight days of live music at Gillies Lake and Hollinger Park, followed by a fireworks display being launched from the south-west section of the Hollinger Mine berm.
– Festival start times vary depending on the day, with gates opening at 2pm on weekdays, and noon on weekends
– Fireworks shows will be expected to start between 10-10:30pm following the headliner each night
– While pets (other than service animals) are not permitted within the festival grounds, it is not encouraged to bring them to the fireworks display. We understand that some pets may be sensitive to the sounds of fireworks. There are many ideas online as to how to keep them calm

Bracelets and Bracelet Exchange:
– Advance bracelet distribution for eight-day general and VIP passes will take place on Friday, June 23 from 1pm to 9pm at the Sportsplex Arena. Bracelets will not be issued for single-day passes
– We recognize that some people may need to remove their festival bracelet for work or other purposes
– An area will be set up in the merchandise tent where people can pick up a card, on which we will record their name and a photo ID number. Re-entry will require the card, associated photo ID and the removed bracelet. Cards can also be picked up at the Sporsplex Arena on Friday, June 23 from 1pm to 9pm
– Single-day attendees will be permitted re-entry

Ticket Upgrade:
– Those who have purchased General Admission tickets and wish to upgrade to VIP, or those who purchased a Single Day Pass on July 1 and wish to upgrade to an eight-day pass can do so through the Stars and Thunder website (click on ‘Buy Your Tickets Here’)

Festival Rules:
We can’t wait to welcome you to a fun festival filled with amazing entertainment, but we ask you to please be respectful of your surroundings, other festival goers, and festival staff to ensure that everyone has the time of their life. Please follow these guidelines while attending Stars and Thunder:
• Please recycle and dispose of all litter. No one likes a dirty festival site!
• Please respect the Hollinger Park and the festival site by leaving it as you find it upon entering. Do not remove signs, banners, or posters from the festival site.
• Smoking (including vapes) is not permitted in parks, and exceptions will not be made for this festival.
• Please be polite to festival staff and festival-goers. Do not push your way through crowds, cut into lines, etc.
• Have fun, but please monitor your consumption of alcohol and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and juice throughout the day. Make sure to take breaks from the sun if needed.
• Any reckless behaviour, or standing on chairs will result in removal from the festival.
• If you appear to be under the influence of intoxicating substances, entry will not be granted, and you risk being removed from festival grounds.
• All festival goers are subject to police search upon entrance. This is to ensure the safety of everyone in attendance.
• The following items are NOT PERMITTED on festival grounds: Illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia, Aerosol cans, Outside food or beverage, Glass and metal bottles and cans, Coolers, Cameras and video cameras, Megaphones, Musical instruments, Fireworks, Flags and banners, Beach balls, Soccer Balls, Frisbees (etc.), Umbrellas, Skateboards, Animals (except service animals, however, due to the loud nature of the event, we do not recommend bringing service animals), Large backpacks, Tents, Laser pointers, Selfie sticks or similar monopods, Items intended for sale or promotion, Firearms, Knives, or Weapons of any kind, any object that can be used to cause bodily harm, Drones, Remote controlled toys, Wagons, all other chairs other than those pictured here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For line up and schedule, please visit www.starsandthunder.com
 

Media Contact: Heather Duhn, Corporate Communications Coordinator

705-360-2600, ext. 2212     heather.duhn@timmins.ca