Eastern Ontario – From a celebration of local food to art shows and gourmet barbecues, the community events in conjunction with the Ontario Festival of Small Halls are setting the scene for an authentic experience in rural halls this fall.
The festival is getting toes tapping Sept. 13 to 30 as it welcomes an inspiring combination of big names in music and local opening acts to treasured small halls across Eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Valley. Celebrating five years in 2018, the festival has grown exponentially with the union of renowned musicians, professional sound quality, cherished buildings, and community engagement leading to an unforgettable evening for locals and visitors alike. This year, the Ontario Festival of Small Halls expanded to include more than 35 cherished small town spaces with history and heart.
National and international musicians including Kathleen Edwards, Colter Wall, Stephen Fearing, Skydiggers, Lindi Ortega, William Prince, Jim Bryson, NQ Arbuckle, and many more are ready to share small stages with opening acts which are local to each community.
To further drive home that down-home experience, hall hosts are planning a slate of community events that will be associated with each show. From markets ripe with local produce to savoury barbecue dinners el fresco, the host halls this year are throwing open their doors to make the performances of the Festival of Small Halls even more memorable.
“These treasured spaces have served as gathering places for years,” said Kelly Symes, general manager of the Ontario Festival of Small Halls, noting that hosting community events provides the opportunity to further showcase the beloved halls often to sold-out audiences from near and far. She said the festival encourages local volunteer hall boards and organizations to team up and expand on the concert.
Find out more about the community events and full festival schedule at www.ontariosmallhalls.com.
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