More halls. Check. Big music. Check. Magical moments and musical memories – you betcha.
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.