The Ontario Festival of Small Halls is revealing the internationally-renowned musicians who will be raising the rafters with incredible sound in cherished rural community spaces this fall.
The lineup announced today will see the Festival of Small Halls ignite local stages across eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Valley from Sept. 14 to Oct. 1, 2017 with a mix of big-name familiar faces and boundarypushing roots, folk, pop, soul and bluegrass-inspired musical acts. Now in its fourth year, the Ontario Festival of Small Halls is again expanding its scope – this year to include more than 30 unique gathering spaces with history and heart.
General Manager, Kelly Symes, said this year’s lineup will include some well-known names in Canadian music, while also showcasing emerging artists who will be new to rural Ontario. “This time around, we selected artists based on their captivating live performance, their stage presence and the ability to connect with their audiences,” she said.
Some of the artists include Ashley MacIsaac, a household name in Cape Breton fiddling, as well as Halifax’s Jenn Grant, Charlottetown’s Rose Cousins and Montreal’s Leif Vollebekk. Kingston’s own The Abrams brothers will return back again after an explosive performance last year. Another festival favourite, Old Man Luedecke, who performed in the festival’s inaugural year, will return after recently taking home the 2017 East Coast Music Award for Album of the Year.
The Festival of Small Halls continues to offer a unique concert experience: seeing your favourite artist in a setting which allows you to relish the music and connect with local community.
Organizers are thrilled to announce the ambitious line up of musicians who will be welcomed at small halls across the region, at the following venues:
Thursday, September 14:
Stonefields, Beckwith – The Abrams Chaffey’s Lock Community Hall – Great Lake Swimmers with Seamus Cowan
Friday. September 15
Almonte Old Town Hall – Great Lake Swimmers with Claire Hunter Chaffey’s Lock Community Hall – Jenn Grant with Taylor Angus & Logan Brown
Winchester Old Town Hall – Fred Penner
Saturday, September 16
Joshua Bates Centre, Athens – Rose Cousins with Julia Finnegan Dunvegan Recreation Centre – Jenn Grant
Sunday, September 17
Morton Community Hall – Fred Penner with Barbershop Therapy Balderson United Church – Jenn Grant with Christine Graves Tamworth Legion – Great Lake Swimmers
Thursday, September 21
Spencerville Mill – The Outside Track with Moore & McGregor St. Andrew’s United Church, Toledo – Dave Gunning with Chris Murphy
Friday, September 22
Delta Old Town Hall – The Outside Track with Change of Step Union Hall, Mississippi Mills – Dave Gunning Althorpe Bolingbroke Community Hall – Sultans of String with Lost for Words
Saturday, September 23
Merrickville United Church – Leif Vollebekk with Off the Grid Lyndhurst Legion (Royal Canadian Legion Branch 504) – Old Man Luedecke St. Andrew’s United Church, Pakenham – Rosie & the Riveters with Vicki Brittle
Sunday, September 24
Tatlock Community Hall – Old Man Luedecke with Bill Connelly The Red Brick School, Elgin – Rosie & the Riveters
Maberly Community Hall – The Outside Track with Change of Step and the Blue Skies Community Fiddle Orchestra
Thursday, September 28
St. James Catholic Church, Maxville – Ashley MacIsaac with Change of Step
Portland Community Hall – Birds of Chicago Batstone’s Northern Ramble – Ian Sherwood
Friday, September 29
McDonald’s Corners Agricultural Hall – The Abrams with Ali McCormick
Seeley’s Bay Community Hall – Ashley MacIsaac
Saturday, September 30
Westmeath Recreation Centre – The Abrams
DACA Centre, Dacre – Ashley MacIsaac with Change of Step
Sunday, October 1
Burritt’s Rapids Community Hall – Birds of Chicago St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kilmaurs – Ian Sherwood with Jillian Kerr
Tickets for individual events will go on sale this Friday, June 9 at 10 a.m. at www.ontariosmallhalls.com or by phone at 613.402.1425. Most shows sold out last year so be sure to purchase tickets early to avoid disappointment!
Additional openers will be announced in the weeks to come. For more information, please visit the website or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.