Country Music Superstar Brad Paisley To Headline 2018 Queen’s Plate Festival
Monday, December 11, 2017

TORONTO, December 11, 2017 – Three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning and multiplatinum-selling country music superstar, Brad Paisley, will headline the 2018 Queen’s Plate Festival at Woodbine Racetrack. The three-day Festival will run from Friday, June 29 through Sunday, July 1.


Queen’s Plate Festival Passes will go on sale Friday, December 15 at – just in time to stuff stockings with the hottest ticket of the summer. Passes start at just $45, and will provide 3-day access to the grounds, which includes Friday night’s Brad Paisley concert, as well as an extensive offering of attractions on Saturday such as the beloved Hats & Horseshoes Party presented by Stella Artois and the main event, the jewel of Canadian horse racing – the running of the 159th Queen’s Plate.


Critically acclaimed country music star Brad Paisley will kick off the Queen’s Plate Festival on Friday, June 29. His electrifying talent has yielded three GRAMMY® Awards, two American Music® Awards, 14 Country Music Association® Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), 14 ACM Awards and 24 No. 1 world-renowned hits. LOVE AND WAR, Paisley's newest album, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, marking his 9th consecutive studio album entry at the chart's top position.


“The Queen’s Plate is one of the classic events on the Canadian sports calendar,” said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. “With Brad Paisley, one of the great personalities and performers in music, kicking off our three-day Queen’s Plate festival, and our mix of food, fashion and horse racing, the weekend will be memorable for both long-time racing customers and potential new fans.”


Paisley fans can take their experience up a notch by purchasing a Paddock Party Festival Pass, providing exclusive access to the concert beer garden and pre-concert party with live-racing and entertainment held in Woodbine’s rustic and chic Old Standardbred Paddock.


The coveted $1 million running of the Queen’s Plate, previously held on Sunday, will take place on Saturday, June 30, drawing thousands of stylishly dressed spectators out to Woodbine Racetrack. This year’s event will once again have live music, spectacular fashion, gourmet food trucks and thrilling horse racing. A post-race concert will close out the day with artists to be announced in the new year.


The 2018 Queen’s Plate Festival will continue on Sunday, July 1 with free Canada Day celebrations and fun for the whole family. 


Fans can visit @WoodbineTB for the latest updates on everything #QP18.



General Admission Festival Passes are forty-five dollars ($45) and provide access including general admission to the Brad Paisley concert, Queen’s Plate, Hats & Horseshoes Party presented by Stella Artois, and post-race concert. Passes will go on sale to the general public Friday, December 15 at 10AM.


Paddock Party Festival Passes are seventy-five dollars ($75) and provide all of the above, plus a concert pre-party with live-racing and entertainment, exclusive access to the beer garden for concert viewing, and admission to the Paddock Party for the Queen’s Plate.


Premium Festival Passes will be available for three-hundred and fifty dollars ($350) and provide the ultimate country music fan experience. Passes offer all the benefits of the Paddock Party Festival Pass, plus exclusive access to premium hospitality tents for both the Brad Paisley concert and the Queen’s Plate, including gourmet food and alcoholic beverages, valet parking, and grandstand seating on race day.


Grandstand Festival Passes range from forty-five to one hundred and twenty dollars ($45 - $120) and include general admission to the Brad Paisley concert, the pre-concert party, and a reserved grandstand seat for Queen’s Plate. Queen’s Plate grandstand seating is limited.


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The Queen's Plate is Canada's oldest thoroughbred horse race and longest continuously run race in North America. The prestigious event attracts thousands of horse racing fans, style-setters and entertainment-seekers each year. In 2017, the 1 ¼-mile race for three-year-old thoroughbreds was captured by Holy Helena.

Inaugurated with royal blessing in 1860, the running of the Queen’s Plate stakes has taken place each year since. The history of the race is closely linked with that of Toronto, and is regarded around the world as an event of international importance within the horse racing community. Each year, a member of the Royal Family or representative of the Monarchy in Canada attends the event and presents the Queen’s Plate trophy to the winning owner.








Brad Paisley is a consummate singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three GRAMMYs, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), among many others. He has been a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001. Paisley has written 21 of his 24 #1 hits including his most recent smash, “Today.” The song resonated with fans around the globe with the music video garnering over 43 million views, so far. “Heaven South” is his current single from his 11th studio album, LOVE AND WAR, which was released April 21. It is his 9th consecutive studio album to debut #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. On April 28 LOVE AND WAR was released as country music’s first ever visual album for a limited time exclusively on Apple Music and now is available on VEVO.  Paisley contributed two instrumental tracks to the Disney·Pixar movie Cars 3, which hit theaters on June 16. He also has a song, “Stubborn Angels,” in the movie Same Kind of Different as Me, in theaters now. Paisley has partnered with Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, and Sony Music Nashville, by launching 2017 Band Against Cancer. The campaign will spread the word of community-based treatment, options and support. Sarah Cannon has adopted Paisley’s #1 hit “Today” as the campaign’s 2017 theme song. Paisley has partnered with Boot Barn® and developed an exclusive line of jeans, hats, T-shirts, jewelry, belts and woven shirts called Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley. Connect with Brad at, on Twitter @BradPaisley, on Instagram @Brad Paisley, and YouTube at




For more information on the Queen’s Plate or to request interviews with spokespeople including musicians and Woodbine Entertainment Group staff please contact:


Keith McCalmont

416 675 3993 +1 x2229


Signe Barlow

416 966 3421 x206