August 30, 2022, OTTAWA − Ontario Festival of Small Halls organizers today announced their biggest and best lineup to date, offering an extraordinary roster of Canadian artists at numerous venues in small communities across Eastern Ontario, throughout the month of October.
“This is the most high-profile ‘small halls’ lineup we’ve ever had,” says the festival’s executive director, Mark Monahan. “We feel confident that this will provide a one-of-a-kind experience for the many music fans in these communities. We’re proud to offer a rare opportunity for folks from smaller towns to catch a wide variety of high-caliber acts without having to travel to an urban setting. One of the great things about a Small Halls show is seeing an outstanding music performance in a unique and intimate community environment.”
A few of the many highlights Monahan mentions include:
· a Chef’s Table event at Furnace Falls Farm in Lyndhurst, Ontario, on Saturday, October 22. The menu for this farm-to-table experience will be complemented with a musical performance by Cassie & Maggie, a sibling folk music duo from Nova Scotia. The sisters won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Traditional Album at the 13th Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2017 for their 2016 album The Willow Collection and were Juno Award nominees for Traditional Roots Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2018.
· Willie Stratton is travelling to Ontario from Halifax; he’s never played in this area before. Willie’s music ranges from folk to roots to indie rock, so it comes as no surprise that he’s landed firmly in the alt country genre. It’s a shift that his fans are sure to embrace—an old-tyme country vibe with strong contemporary lyrics and a smooth baritone vocal reminiscent of Roy Orbison.
· And, Canada’s Got Talent finalist Kellie Loder is on the program, along with other high-profile artists such as The Irish Descendants and The Barra MacNeils.
What: Ontario Festival of Small Halls
Who: Angelique Francis Quartet; Ashley MacIsaac; Blue Skies Community Fiddle Orchestra; Cassie & Maggie; Charlie A’Court; Elliott BROOD; Inn Echo; Irish Mythen; Jeremy Fisher; Jim Bryson; Kellie Loder; Madison Violet; Miss Emily (solo); Mo Kenney; Quote The Raven; Ron Sexsmith; Royal Wood; Suzie Vinnick; The Barra MacNeils; The Irish Descendants; and Willie Stratton.
When and where: For schedule details, such as who’s playing where and when, please refer to: https://ontariosmallhalls.com/ any time after 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 30
How: Tickets for individual events go on sale online only, any time after 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 30 at: https://ontariosmallhalls.com/
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