Festival returns June 3-4
CHESTERVILLE — Prepare for a symphony of sights and sounds when Chesterville’s 7th annual Art on the Waterfront arrives later this spring on the banks of the South Nation River.
The two-day festival has been a great success in the past and organizers hope to build upon that foundation, June 3-4.
In addition to a plethora of visiting artists arrayed in booths along the Main Street waterfront, the 2017 edition will feature such usual favourites such as the Kids Zone, family friendly entertainment and various arts-and-crafts vendors.
And if you live in Chesterville, get into an artistic frame of mind by taking part in the event’s new ‘Art on the Green’ lawn-decorating contest, says Art on the Waterfront Chair Cheryl Beasley. Sponsored by Smokie Ridge Vineyard and Byers Lawn Maintenance, the contest will offer prizes; further details are expected next month.
Adding to the ambiance, the motorcyclists of Ottawa’s Telus Ride for Dad will rumble through the village on the festival’s first day, Saturday, June 3, after making their the Ride’s new “poker hand” stop in Winchester.
“Be sure to wave and encourage them,” says Beasley of the bikers raising money for prostate cancer.
This year’s Art on the Waterfront organizing committee includes Michael “tic” Houston, Carrier Keller, Ashley Small, Anne Carrier, Paul “Smokie” LeBlanc, Dan Ritano, Jenn Berkelaar, Marie and Rudy Morrell, Des Desamia, John Thompson and Beasley.
Overseer of the music, Houston has so far lined up live performances by four confirmed bands — Arms of the Girl, Slo’ Tom and the Handsome Devils, Maple Hill, and youthful local favourites Sons of God — and has set his sights on several others as well.
Arms of the Girl
Arms of the Girl is a female-fronted band from Ottawa. They have twangy, bluesy sound and are known for their engaging, powerful, and high-energy live show. Arms can be compared to other famous Canadian artists such as Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow, and Serena Ryder. They formerly played at the Mountain Man Music Festival and Ottawa Bluesfest.
Slo’ Tom and the Handsome Devils
Lead singer Slo’ Tom proclaims to write “crazy rollicking country songs – basically mini ‘how to’ guides to getting drunk and getting lucky!” The four man country music band offers “acoustic guitar, chicken pickin’ electric, bass and drums. Lots of harmonies and funny lyrics,” as described by Tom.
Slo’ Tom and the Handsome Devils began performing back in 2009 and their album Musta Been a Pretty Good Night! was released in October 2012. Their 2013 album I’m Sick “received rave reviews and we had a song chosen by the Ottawa Citizen as one of the Top Ten releases of 2013. Good times!” explains the band frontman.
“Deep blues, inspiration, a tight vocal blend” are what drives this gospel, edgy, rock group to perform at full force for their audience. This award winning bluegrass band believes “it’s all about the song” so they selectively play the classics, songs from today, and of course their own original compositions.
Sons of Gord
Not even finished high school yet, the trio of Veinotte brothers have already made a huge impact on the community with their musical talent. Inspired by their folk-rock musical influences the Avett Brothers, Lumineers and the Jayhawks, the Chesterville-based group can find their way around just about any instrument. They can be seen touring around the area in their dad’s Jetta Volkswagen, to gigs featuring favourite covers and some of their original work. Fiddle, guitar, bass, mandolin, and accordion are all in the instrumental repertoire of this multi-talented group.
Also look for the McCullough dancers, accompanied by Hugh Metcalfe on the pipes.
Refreshment will have an especially local flavour this year, with Smokie Ridge Vineyard catering the bar with vintages from the Mountain-based winery as well as soon-to-be-released beer from the operation’s new micro-brewery.
Near the epicentre of the downtown action, The Gathering House and McCloskey’s are both anticipated to have tie-ins to the activities once again. The Water Street church is known for its quilt show coinciding with that weekend.
Organizers have also rolled out several levels of sponsorship for entities wishing to support and associate themselves with Art on the Waterfront. Title sponsorship goes for $2,000, ranging downward for gold ($500-$1,999), silver ($200-$499), bronze ($76-$199), patron ($75) and various types of in-kind sponsorship.
TD Canada Trust’s Chesterville branch became the event’s sole title sponsor with a $2,000 contribution earlier this week.
See the Art on the Waterfront website.
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