Live music is energizing rural spaces with history and heart across Eastern Ontario, as the Ontario Festival of Small Halls kicked off last week and continues this weekend.
The festival is getting hands clapping and toes tapping this month as it welcomes an inspiring combination of big names in music and local opening acts to treasured local small halls until Oct. 1.
The Festival hit local stages at Stonefields Heritage Farm in Beckwith and the Chaffey’s Lock Community Hall to start the 2017 events last weekend, before creating more memorable experiences at halls in Athens, Morton, Balderson, Tamworth, Almonte, Dunvegan and Winchester.
The Ontario Festival of Small Halls expanded to include more than 30 rural locales this year, paying tribute to cherished small town spaces. National and international musicians still coming up on the schedule include Ashley MacIsaac, The Abrams, Leif Vollebekk, Old Man Luedecke, Dave Gunning, Rosie and the Riveters, Birds of Chicago and more. All are ready to share small stages with opening acts which are local to each community.
“It’s so special to witness audience reaction to seeing these big names in music in intimate venues,” said Kelly Symes, General Manager for the Ontario Festival of Small Halls. “Seeing these artists in a setting which allows you to relish the music and connect with local community is such a unique experience.”
This month, the Ontario Festival of Small Halls also announced community events surrounding several of the small halls shows. From a celebration of local food to markets and tapas, Symes said the events in conjunction with the Festival celebrate community and further showcase authentic spaces.
Find out more about the remaining Small Halls schedule and upcoming community events at www.ontariosmallhalls.com and be sure to connect with the festival on social media for updates! Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 613.402.1425.