More halls. Check. Big music. Check. Magical moments and musical memories – you betcha.
Performances in Brockville, Chaffey’s Lock, Lyndhurst, Burritt’s Rapids, Athens, Merrickville, Delta, Spencerville, Portland, Seeley’s Bay & More!!!
Eastern Ontario – The Ontario Festival of Small Halls plants inspired, decorated and mind-blowing artists into rural halls across Eastern Ontario, bursting with community vibes. Music lovers witness these intimate shows and create life-long memories of small town hospitality uniting with captivating performers from all across Canada.
The 2019 festival lineup announced today brings stunningly creative forces together from September 12 to 29, 2019 for its sixth year, offering extraordinary chemistry and charm for the musical wanderluster and a festival that takes Small Halls enthusiasts back to their roots.
It’s an ode to a unique and eclectic festival, with musical mavericks, trusty veterans and awe-inspiring newcomers.
When groundbreaker LeE HARVeY OsMOND and fiddling, feet-flying powerhouse, Leahy, share the same festival, as well as Justin Rutledge, Union Duke, Madison Violet and roots music giant, Harry Manx meeting past festival favourites like the Devin Cuddy Band, Harrow Fair, Tomato Tomato and the uncompromising energy of Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys – you know it’s a festival like no other.
General Manager, Kelly Symes, said this year’s lineup shakes up the notion of what a rural, Canadian Festival can accomplish. “This year’s lineup is set to ignite and inspire with captivating Canadian artists on more small stages than ever,” she said. Symes notes there’s an underlying beauty at Small Halls shows in seeing your favourite artist in a setting which allows you to relish the music and connect with local community.
These three weeks of musical bliss include some familiar faces from years past, but also look to the future by incorporating accomplished established artists and boundary-pushing emerging artists into the schedule.
Organizers are thrilled to announce the lineup of musicians who will be welcomed at small halls across the region, at the following venues:
Thursday, September 12
Chaffey’s Lock Community Hall – Justin Rutledge
Friday. September 13
Marble Arts Centre, Tweed – Justin Rutledge
Chaffey’s Lock Community Hall – The East Pointers
Manotick United Church – Jeremy Fisher
ABC Hall, Bolingbroke – LeE HARVeY OsMOND
Saturday, September 14
Furnace Falls Farm, Lyndhurst – Harrow Fair
Tamworth Legion (Royal Canadian Legion Branch 458) – Madison Violet
McDonald’s Corners Agricultural Hall – The East Pointers
Sunday, September 15
Morton Community Hall – Tomato Tomato
Balderson United Church – Jeremy Fisher
Burritt’s Rapids Community Hall – Madison Violet
Friday, September 20
Joshua Bates Centre, Athens – Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys
Merrickville United Church – Harry Manx
Union Hall, Mississippi Mills – Catherine MacLellan
Denbigh Griffith Lions Hall – Cassie & Maggie
Saturday, September 21
Delta Old Town Hall – The Redhill Valleys
Spencerville United Church – Cassie & Maggie
DACA Centre, Dacre – Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys
St. Andrew’s United Church, Pakenham – Harry Manx
Sunday, September 22
Portland Community Hall – Mairi Rankin and Eric Wright
Wilton Community Hall – Cassie & Maggie
Maberly Community Hall – Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys
Thursday, September 26
Almonte Old Town Hall – The Weather Station
Friday, September 27
Seeley’s Bay Community Hall – Union Duke
Grace Hall, Sydenham – Sultans of String
Dunvegan Recreation Hall – Matthew Byrne
Matawatchan Community Hall – The Devin Cuddy Band
Rankin Culture and Recreation Centre – Valley Sounds with Turmel-Leahy-Schryer, plus Vaneglory Farm, Peter Dawson, Carol Kennedy, Ralph Verch, Terri-Lynn Smith and other surprise guests.
Saturday, September 28
St. John’s United Church, Brockville – Sultans of String
Beachburg Orange Hall – The Devin Cuddy Band
Combermere Community Hall – Union Duke
Metcalfe Centre, Maxville – Leahy
Sunday, September 29
Elgin United Church – Matthew Byrne
Tatlock Community Hall – Craig Cardiff
Tickets for individual events will go on sale this Wednesday, June 26 at 10 a.m. at: http://www.ontariosmallhalls.com or by phone starting on July 3 at 613.402.1425.
The Ontario Festival of Small Halls takes showcasing cherished rural venues to heart and puts the venues themselves front and center to shine with intriguing details, heart-warming history and community at their core.
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