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 last week will see the Festival of Small Halls ignite local stages across eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Valley from September 14 to October 1, with a mix of big-name familiar faces and boundary-pushing 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.
Tickets for individual events went on sale last Friday, June 9 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.
Local venues and acts announced for this region are:
Friday. September 15: Winchester Old Town Hall – Fred Penner.
Thursday, September 21: Spencerville Mill – The Outside Track with Moore & McGregor.
Saturday, September 23: Merrickville United Church – Leif Vollebekk with Off the Grid.
Sunday, October 1: Burritt’s Rapids Community Hall – Birds of Chicago.