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Festival of Small Halls welcomes new rural venues for 2017

Festival of Small Halls welcomes new rural venues for 2017
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The festival that melds big names in music with rural communities in Eastern Ontario is enlivening new spaces this fall.

Last year, the Ontario Festival of Small Halls got bigger and better, expanding its scope and bringing internationally-renowned musicians to two dozen rural gathering spaces. For 2017, the Festival is growing once again, encompassing more than 30 community halls from even further afield. The celebration of exceptional live music is taking place from September 14 to October 1, 2017 in intimate settings to showcase local hubs, attract visitors to new regions and build community.

The new host halls this year stretch from Dacre to Merrickville to Alexandria. While some venues are familiar hosts from last year, such as Chaffey’s Lock, others are new to the festival line up, like Dunvegan and Balderson.

Kelly Symes, General Manager of the Ontario Festival of Small Halls, said the festival allows music fans to experience a memorable evening of song and dance in cherished places that have a long history of gathering people together.

“We’re delighted to continue showcasing these intimate gathering places, and welcome big name musical acts to small town Ontario,” she said, noting that 30 new halls applied from across Eastern Ontario.

Symes said the new venues were selected based on their history, charm and the eagerness of their volunteer teams. “These spaces play a vital role in bringing people together,” she said. “Some of the new venues include heritage spaces, a former schoolhouse and even a radio concert hall.”

This is the fourth year for the Ontario Festival of Small Halls, which has grown from only three halls on the schedule to over 30. Symes said the festival is expanding quickly thanks to loyal supporters, as well as the eagerness and kindness of host communities.

Organizers of the Ontario Festival of Small Halls will be announcing dates and the big-name acts later this spring who will be taking center stage across Eastern Ontario and the Upper Ottawa Valley, at the following chosen venues:

La Fraternité, Alexandria

Almonte Old Town Hall

Joshua Bates Centre, Athens

Balderson United Church

Stonefields, Beckwith

Althorpe Bolingbroke

Community Hall Burritts Rapids

Community Hall Chaffey’s Lock

Community Hall DACA Community Centre

Dacre Delta Old Town Hall

Dunvegan Recreation Hall

The Red Brick School, Elgin

Lyndhurst Legion (Royal Canadian Legion Branch 504)

Maberly Hall St. James Roman Catholic Church  Maxville

McDonald’s Corners Agricultural Hall

Merrickville United Church

Union Hall, Mississippi Mills

Morton Community Hall

Portland Community Hall

Valley Heritage Radio Renfrew

Batstone’s Northern Ramble

Seeley’s Bay Community Hall

Spencerville Mill

Tatlock Community Hall

St. Andrew’s United Church, Pakenham

St. Andrew’s United Church, Toledo

Westmeath Recreation Centre

Winchester Old Town Hall

For more information, including a bio on each hall, please visit www.thefestivalofsmallhalls.com or follow on social media.

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