(KINGSVILLE, ON) – The Kingsville Folk Music Festival has announced the official line-up for the 2017 edition taking place Friday, August 11 through to Sunday, August 13. Music fans can look forward to another outstanding weekend of exciting performances with The Cowboy Junkies, Sylvia Tyson, and Jimmy Rankin as headlining acts.
Located in picturesque Lakeside Park in Canada’s most southern town of Kingsville, the Festival is a three-day event with multiple stages and a diverse choice in musical styles. Daytime workshops are renowned for delivering unexpected collaborations and high impact performances.
Now in its 4th year, the Festival has established itself as one of Southwestern Ontario’s summer destination spots for lovers of music ranging from Blues to Bluegrass, Celtic to Country, Roots and Indie.
“We present artistic and cultural events that enrich both the fabric of our community and by extension, the fabric of the world,” said Dennis Rogers, president of the festival board.
Combining incredible music with an enchanting, accessible space, the Festival offers culinary delights from local “ma” and “pa” restaurants in the food village, the Celebrate Family! area for children, an artisan market place with original, handcrafted Canadian works, and hands-on activities and workshops. Audiences will also be able to enjoy local Pelee Island wines and Lonsbery craft beers.
The Festival promotes emerging artists from the region and has also presented some of Canada’s most respected musical ambassadors, including Bruce Cockburn, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Natalie MacMaster at past festivals.
“We love celebrating our talented local performers,” said Michele Law, the festival producer. “Join us for a Bluebird Café Nashville in the round style performance, hosted by Francine Leclair and featuring: Max Marshall, Denis Bastarache, Martha Renaud, and The Fontaines.”
The Festival is proud to partner with the town of Kingsville to ensure the sustainability of this important tourism event for the region.
The Kingsville Folk Music Festival is a project of the non-profit Sun Parlour Folk Music Society. A portion of the net proceeds from the Festival and Road to FolkFest Concerts are designated for The MAY FUNd (Music and Arts for Youth), a project developed by the Society that provides financial assistance to area youth to access the arts through workshops, lessons, mentoring sessions and an annual scholarship.