Ontario Festival of Small Halls reveals vibrant line-up in more cherished venues than ever


Get ready to clap, snap and toe-tap this fall! The Ontario Festival of Small Halls is announcing an energetic schedule today that melds roots, pop, folk, blues, soul and even old country inspired artists into three weeks of musical bliss on rural stages.
The lineup made public today will see internationally-renowned musicians raise the rafters with incredible sound in cherished community spaces across Eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Valley from Sept. 13 to 30, 2018.
The Ontario Festival of Small Halls is celebrating its fifth year by again expanding its scope to include more than 35 beloved gathering spaces with character and charm.
General Manager, Kelly Symes, said this year’s lineup includes some familiar faces from years past, but also looks to the future by incorporating captivating established artists and boundary-pushing emerging artists into the schedule.
“This year’s line-up celebrates some of Canada’s most cherished singer-songwriters and story-tellers, many of whom live right here in our region,” Symes said, noting that the festival 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.
New artists to the festival include Stittsville, Ontario-based musical raconteur Kathleen Edwards; Juno award-winner William Prince of the Peguis First Nation of Manitoba; quickly-rising star Colter Wall of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, as well as gifted singer-storyteller Stephen Fearing of Vancouver, British Columbia. Festival favourites Jim Bryson, Basia Bulat and Gordie McKeeman and His Rhythm Boys are back again this year to get toes tapping.
Organizers are thrilled to announce the line up of musicians who will be welcomed at small halls across the region, at the following venues:
The Ontario Festival of Small Halls
Thursday, September 13
Tamworth Legion (Royal Canadian Legion Branch 458) – Lindi Ortega
Chaffey’s Lock Community Hall – Barney Bentall
Almonte Old Town Hall – William Prince with Outside I’m a Giant
Friday. September 14
Marble Arts Centre, Tweed – Barney Bentall with Mayhemingways
Chaffey’s Lock Community Hall – Kathleen Edwards
Joshua Bates Centre, Athens – Colter Wall
St. Andrew’s United Church, Pakenham – Stephen Fearing
Saturday, September 15
Matawatchan Community Hall – The Redhill Valleys
McDonald’s Corners Agricultural Hall – Colter Wall
Winchester United Church – Kathleen Edwards
Grace Hall, Sydenham – Stephen Fearing
Sunday, September 16
Morton Community Hall – Skydiggers
Balderson United Church – Kathleen Edwards
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kilmaurs – The Redhill Valleys
Thursday, September 20
Spencerville Mill – Jim Bryson with Meaghan Blanchard
Friday, September 21
Delta Old Town Hall – Jim Bryson Band
Union Hall, Mississippi Mills – Cassie & Maggie
Althorpe Bolingbroke Community Hall – Meaghan Blanchard
Rankin Culture and Recreation Centre – We Walk the Line (A Tribute to Johnny Cash)
Saturday, September 22
Merrickville United Church – Basia Bulat
Dunvegan Recreational Hall – Cassie & Maggie
DACA Centre, Dacre – Announcement Coming Soon!
Sunday, September 23
Tatlock Community Hall – James Keelaghan
The Red Brick School, Elgin – Basia Bulat
Maberly Community Hall – Cassie & Maggie with Blue Skies Community Fiddle Orchestra
Friday, September 28
Combermere Community Centre – Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys
La Fraternité, Alexandria – Dans l’Shed
Seeley’s Bay Community Hall – Announcement Coming Soon!
Saturday, September 29
Westmeath Recreation Centre – Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys
Golden Links Hall, Harrowsmith – Slocan Ramblers
Lyndhurst – Kelly Prescott
St. James Catholic Church, Maxville – Announcement Coming Soon!
Sunday, September 30
Portland Community Hall – Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys
Snow Road Community Centre – Kelly Prescott
Burritt’s Rapids Community Hall – Jeremy Fisher