London native Genevieve Fisher won’t be tanning or flipping burgers on the long weekend marking Canada’s 150th birthday. Instead, one of Canada’s brightest young country music stars will be performing at the Trackside Music Festival in her hometown.

Fisher, whose song Take It On Home recently climbed to No. 30 on the Canadian country music charts, is one of 13 artists who will appear on the main stage in the Western Fair District during the two-day festival (July 1–2).

Some of the top names in country music will be in the lineup, including Thomas Rhett and Kip Moore. They will be headlining on the first and second days, respectively.

“I’m really looking forward to performing at this festival,” says Fisher, who has recorded four other top 50 hits and has received three Female Artist of the Year nominations from the Country
Music Association of Ontario. “I usually get nervous before my shows, but that won’t happen this time because I’ll be in my hometown with my family and friends there to support me.”

Fisher is also enthusiastic about the Home Grown Showcase, in which six up-and-coming Ontario music acts will perform on the Side-Track Stage. “This gives new artists a chance to show what they’ve got in front of a huge crowd,” she says. “It’s amazing for them to get that kind of exposure.”

Fisher has appeared at some of the biggest music festivals in Canada, but she sees this one as “a little extra special” — mostly because it’s in her hometown but also because of the venue. “Most festivals are held in grassy areas, but this one is on a horse racetrack,” she says. “So even though it’s being held in London, it’s going to have a real country feel.”