Petrolia’s 150th anniversary begins on a high note


Victoria Hall was alive with music Jan. 1 as the town kicked off a year-long celebration.

Local politicians, Petrolia Mayor Brad Loosley, Petrolia Deputy Mayor Joel Field, Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey, Sarnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu and Lambton County Warden Kevin Marriott offered congratulations.

Fiddling siblings Jesse and Leah Grandmont hosted the event with Leah giving new meaning to the name Petrolia – as in the Pet-Troll-Leah she presented to everyone involved in the night’s festivities.

VPP Artistic Director David Rogers signed his troll for the Grandmonts after performing Music of the Night from the Phantom of the Opera.

The Lambton Youth Choir performed three numbers on the Victoria Hall Stage and five different artists, Mike Gallant, Mark Moran, Joan Spalding, David Cavan Fraser and Mike Murphy all entertained with songs about Petrolia. And VPP Artistic Director David Hogan and Petrolia 150 Chairperson Denise Thibeault sang Happy Birthday.

Leah and Jesse Grandmont with Pet-TROLL-Leah
Mike Gallant
Joan Spalding
Mike Murphy
Mark Moran
Dualing siblings
Bending over backwards to put on a show
Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey
Petrolia Mayor Brad Loosley and Deputy Mayor Joel Field accepting their Pet-TROLL-Leah
The author of Anne of Green Gables was born the same year as Petrolia became a town, so Jesse Grandmont helped his sister illustrate that fun fact
David Hogan and Denise Thibeault, chair of the Petrolia 150 committee, sing Happy Birthday to Petrolia.
David Rogers singing Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera
David Rogers signs his Pet-TROLL-Leah

Mark Moran sings the Centennial Song written by Leo Dupuis