Art on the Waterfront, “the big little festival,” to enliven Chesterville with art and music, June 2-3

Joyce Gerraugh of South Mountain poses with some of her work on the Chesterville waterfront, at the 2017 Art on the Waterfront festival. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

CHESTERVILLE — Artists from around the province will gather to display their work for the two-day festival in downtown Chesterville, June 2-3.

Billed as “a big little festival” less than hour’s drive from Ottawa,” organizers of the annual Art on the Waterfront are also highlighting the best part: It’s free.

The event has something for everyone — from unique pieces of work crafted by regional artists, to live music, to a Kids Zone entertainment centre. There’s even a farmer’s market and a bouncy castle.

“We really wanted to create an event that would appeal to almost anyone,” said event coordinator Cheryl Beasley. “Chesterville is such a great town, and it’s the perfect place to highlight local talent.”

The festival gets underway with a big breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Gathering House at 2 Water Street — a stone’s throw from the South Nation River waterfront that meanders through the village — with opening ceremonies starting at 10 a.m.

“During the day you can stroll along Water Street and browse the booths that display some amazing and talented artisanal work,” said Beasley. “The festival keeps growing and we’re really proud to welcome new partners this year.”

Toronto Dominion Bank, Ottawa Special Events, BGM RV Repair, WUBS Transit and the Township of North Dundas are among the more than two dozen sponsors who have signed up for this year’s event.

Music Producer Michael Houston (aka ‘tic’) has an impressive lineup ready to hit the stage on the south side of the river, starting at noon and going until 6 p.m. on Saturday — and until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Featured acts include Ken Workman, Mosely, Caribou Stew, Slow Tom, Steve Stacey, Bitter North, Hey Buster, Sons of Gord, Krystal Jyl, and Ray Harris.

Don’t forget to stay for the movie at dusk on Saturday, sponsored by the Township of North Dundas,” said Beasley. “It’s the perfect way to end the day with family and friends.”

So whether you visit the festival to find your own unique piece of hand-crafted art, set your kids loose to enjoy the super-fun Kids Zone, eat some great food, or listen to some spectacular live music, you’re bound to find something that will bring you back to Chesterville, year after year. See the schedule of events at


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