Last week concerts returned to the Western Fair in London Ontario and kicking off three nights of music at the Metroland Media Agriplex was Sarnia native Eric Ethridge and a rocking American duo in LOCASH who made sure to not only take in our favourite Canadian coffee chain by grabbing themselves a drink at Tim’s but also tried their hand at some skating. Chris and Preston kept the party rocking with their hits “I Know Somebody”, ” I Love This Life” and even a cover of “You Gonna Fly” which they wrote for Keith Urban to an enthusiastic crowd.
The weekend edition of CityFolk got underway on the great lawn at Lansdowne on an unseasonably balmy Saturday afternoon. First to hit the stages were locals and kind of locals Danielle Allard, Common Deer, Miss Emily, Twain, and Fred Penner’s G-rated show for the little ones.
Saturday couldn’t have been a better afternoon for Marvest, the free portion of CityFolk that brought several short performances to untraditional venues over the span of Bank St. The venues were all within walking distance of each other, and combined with the unusually warm September weather, it made for a magical musical adventure unlikely to be soon repeated.
The third night of Ottawa’s CityFolk festival did not disappoint, kicking off at 6pm while the sun was still shining on Lansdowne. It was a warm evening filled with surprises, from the beautifully cooperative September weather to the unanticipated talent demonstrated by the performers — particularly by Son Little, The Suitcase Junket, and Amanda Marshall.
Back in March we introduced you to singer/songwriter duo Hadley Park out of Nashville, TN.
In our interview with Courtney and Morgan we were told of the story of Kaleb, Morgan’s nephew, who had just been diagnosed with cancer for the second time in his young life and allowed his mother to transcribe his feelings on a CaringBridge post. Morgan and Courtney read the blog post and knew that day that they needed to turn Kaleb’s words into a song with the sole purpose of trying to make him smile. With that the song “Things I’ve Learned” was born.
DEAN BRODY WINS COVETED APPLE MUSIC FANS’ CHOICE AWARD
MEAGHAN PATRICK TAKES HOME SIRIUSXM RISING STAR AWARD AND $10,000
When it comes to new artists we discovered at Boots and Hearts this year we’d be hard pressed to find a group more fun and energetic than Nice Horse.
A Tradition Continues with The Posse
After a day spent outside at The Loyalist Days in Prescott, it was nice to sit back and be part of a continuation of a family tradition. The Loyalist days has been around since 1977 at the Fort Wellington. Brett Coville’s father used to play the festival with his band, before the festival took an interlude for many years. It was like a continuation of the event though the music.
We wrapped up our summer festival season this past weekend with Lucknow’s Music in the Fields takeover of Graceland in Lucknow Ontario. There is no denying that this home grown festival deserves some serious recognition for not only bringing stellar lineups year after year but also for their involvement in the beautiful community of Lucknow. The Lucknow Kinsmen are a non-profit community organization and all money raised by initiatives like Lucknow’s Music in the Fields goes right back into their community to support charities, hospitals, schools and other various community projects. Over the past 9 years the Lucknow Kinsmen have been able to donate over 1 million dollars back into their community. A small town festival with HUGE heart if you ask us!