Eighth annual Art on the Waterfront: See full events & music schedule

The Chesterville waterfront as it appeared during Art on the Waterfront in 2017. The weather forecast calls for sunnier conditions this year. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

CHESTERVILLE — The big annual event kicks off this Saturday in the village, running through Sunday, June 3.

See the full events and live music schedule below. Bookmark this page on your smartphone for this weekend’s visit to Chesterville!

2018 Art on the Waterfront Schedule

Saturday, June 2, 2018

• 8 AM – 10 AM Breakfast (The Gathering House)
• 10 AM – Opening Ceremonies (Gazebo)
• 10 AM – 4:00 PM – Artists, Artisans, and the Chesterville Farmer’s Market, Chesterville and District Agricultural Society (Waterfront)
• 10 AM – 4:00 PM – Quilters Show (Upper Canada Quilt Guild), Juried Art Contest 14 – 17 year olds (The Gathering House)
• 10 AM – 4:00 PM – Seaway Slot-Car Racing (Scotia Bank parking lot)
• 10:30 AM – Ashley Thomas Dance School (Gazebo)
• 11 AM to 6:00 PM – Bar; food provided by the Chesterville Fire Department (main stage area)
• 12 PM – 6:00 PM – Live music and Bar Area (south side near Library). Scroll down to see music lineup.
• 1 PM – Line Dancers (Gazebo)
• FREE: North Dundas Township will be showing a movie under the stars featuring “Jumanji” starting at dusk (main stage). Concessions available.

Kid’s Zone (behind Louis Restaurant)
• 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM Bouncy Castle
• 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Chalk art contest
• 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Face Painting ($2.00)
• 10:30 AM – Monkey Rock Music is a fun, entertaining and creative participatory music program for young children and their adult caregivers
• 2:00 PM – Illusionist Kevin Smith can be sure to keep your children thoroughly entertained with his audience participating children’s magic show.
• 4:00 PM Colouring Contest submissions due
• FREE: “Jumanji” movie on the main stage at dusk. Concessions available.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

• 8 AM – 10 AM – Breakfast (The Gathering House)
• 10 AM – 4 PM – Artists, Artisans and the Chesterville Farmer’s Market (Waterfront), Lions Club BBQ (Gazebo)
• 10 AM – 4 PM – The Gathering House – Quilters Show – Upper Canada Quilt Guild (The Gathering House), Seaway Train Club (The Gathering
• 10 AM – 4 PM – Seaway Slot-Car Racing (Scotia Bank parking lot)
• 12-5 PM – Music and Bar Area (south side near Library). Scroll down to see music lineup.
• 11 AM to 5 PM – Bar; food provided by Simply Baked Catering (main stage area)
Kid Zone (behind Louis Restaurant)
• 10:30 AM – 4 PM – Bouncy Castle
• 12-3 PM – Face Painting ($2.00)
• 1:15 – 2 PM MAIN STAGE: Hey Buster is a group of father/musicians that started writing songs to entertain their own children in 2010. Their show
is energetic and interactive featuring dance moves for the kids, jokes for the adults, dramatic props, great guitar licks and just a itty bitty little
tiny bit of education (a couple of the guys are teachers).
• 2 PM – Scavenger Hunt
• Various games to be ongoing for the Children throughout the day. Popcorn and Cotton Candy will also be available for purchase. Play areas with playdough, create your own bubble wand, crafts…

Live music lineup


Ken Workman
12 noon – 12:45 p.m.

A native of Ottawa, Canada, Ken Workman was raised on the vinyl sounds of roots and began singing at age 11 in a Choir and quickly fell in love with music and wanted to learn more. He picked up his first guitar at age 15 and enrolled in lessons. Even after the removal of part of his lung at 17, Ken never lost his desire to sing. Having only one lung has never slowed him down to this day.

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Mosely’s 2018 album release, “Echoes”, marks the band’s 4th release and is the highly anticipated follow up to their 2015 self-titled EP. With less emphasis on public appeal or current musical trends, Mosely’s newest release takes the 2013 formed four-piece Alt/Rock group in a more artistic direction. “We made the music we wanted to hear, the music we think needs to be made.” When they aren’t chowing down on tacos, this tight-knit group of seasoned musicians can be found fine-tuning their Halloween costumes or singing karaoke in their beloved home, the nation’s capital of Ottawa.

Caribou Stew 
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Caribou Stew are an original alternative country band based out of Montreal. Their sound is a blend of traditional country/bluegrass and alternative rock. Frontmen Jared Otter and Benjamin Vallée have been making music together since the eighth grade, spending their time in high school discovering americana and growing their musical chemistry together.

Caribou Stew live grabs the attention of any crowd with Jared’s powerful vocal delivery and their close harmonies. The energy of Caribou Stew on stage is something unique and exciting, bringing the energy of punk rock music to the heartfelt honky-tonk groove of traditional country and western.

Slo’ Tom & the Handsome Devils
3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Slo’ Tom is a Canadian songwriter best known as one third of seminal punk/alt-rock band FURNACEFACE.   He has spent the last decade perfecting his rollicking country outfit Slo’ Tom & the Handsome Devils.  Tom’s second album “Musta been a Pretty Good Night” was released in October 2012 and his third album “I’m Sick” was released October 2013.  The band’s their third album “Down in a Government Town” was release in October 2016.  This new record features live favourites such as “One Way Street”, “Family in the Mansion on Parliament Hill”,  “It’s a Condo Now!” and the title track “Down in a Government Town”.

Together, Slo’ Tom and the Handsome Devils are creating music that combines traditional country arrangements with a dash of Canadiana (think Stompin’ Tom and Gordon Lightfoot) and a endearing sense of humour.

Steve Stacey & The Stump Splitters
5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Steve Stacey and the Stump Splitters are a throwback to the days of storytelling in song, contemplating life with humour, unique observations and truth that is too obscure to be a lie. Armed with songs about cars, lost love, drinking, the occasional murder ballad, no topic is off limits.

Steve will keep you on your toes trying to figure out what will he say next. Working on a new album of original songs, Steve has 2 cd’s of original material “Sounded Good at the Time” and “Tall Tales Fibs and Outright lies” which was described in Exclaim magazine -Steve Stacey and company have carjacked Buck Owens, rear-ended John Prine and made off with (at least) a vat of homemade whiskey to create this set of infectious masterpieces.


10:00 AM to Noon: Church Service

Bitter North
12 noon – 12:45 p.m.

Kaleidoscopic, post-rock, genre-bending eclectica, Ottawa’s Bitter Northdoesn’t know what genre’s banner to fly under, but they are happy as undefinable music explorers, dirt on their knees, thumbs out, with a style uniquely their own. Boot-stomping, drum-driven sing-alongs, give way to eerie harmonies, subtle synthesizers, tantalizing guitar riffs, which support soaring lead vocals. The songs weave in and out, endings and beginnings blur, subtle to heavy and back.

Fresh off of their second EP of 2017, “Vacation Days”, Bitter North feel solidly themselves, and are looking to branch ever further afield from their Ottawa base and share their specially branded music style with the rest of Canada and beyond!

Hey Buster
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Hey Buster is a group of father/musicians that started writing songs to entertain their own children in 2010.  Three CDs later, they are an integral part of the Ottawa community performing for families in bars, schools and at community events. Their show is energetic and interactive featuring dance moves for the kids, jokes for the adults, dramatic props, great guitar licks and just a itty bitty little tiny bit of education (a couple of the guys are teachers).

Sons of Gord
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

High school hasn’t been all that bad for Sons of Gord, a band of brothers from Chesterville, who are playing their way through their teens. The combination of traditional and rock music they are growing up with can be heard in their wide variety of covers, while influences of folk rock bands such as the Avett Brothers, Lumineers and the Jayhawks are the drive behind their energetic originals. Between the three of them they play fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bass, accordion and keys, and have been known to pick up just about any other instrument they might find while touring the region in their dad’s Jetta wagon.

Krystal Jyl and The Jacks
3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Krystal Jyl and The Jacks are a fresh new Ottawa rockabilly blues and swing combo. They will be performing at the 2018 RBC Bluesfest on July 15.

Thomas has fronted or collaborated with acts in Ottawa and Barrie such as The Lonesome Devils, The Rusty Frets, Parting Visions, Ray Harris and the BSOB’s and Big Train. Donnelly is the main songwriter and upright bass player in The Kingmakers (SUN Studio, Cowboy Jack Clement’s studio, Hi-Style Studio Chicago) and plays with Drive-In Radio, Ray Harris, Uncle Sean, Lefty McRighty, Jimmy George and has played with many more while also running his studio Tenvolt Audio.

Ray Harris & The BSOB’s
5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

A veteran of the Ottawa music scene, Ray Harris is a prolific and likeable singer/songwriter/storyteller who describes his music as “Ameri-Canadiana” – his songs have been described as finely crafted, drawing favourable comparison to master songsmiths. He wears his influences on his sleeve – incorporating strong elements of honkytonk country, rockabilly, folk and roots rock into a distinctly identifiable sound. Ray’s 3rd release, Kinda Sets The Tone (2016) is a collection of mighty fine tunes.

“East End, West End, North End, South End” (2009), gave us rootsy music worthy of our time. “The deep emotion of the lyrics is matched by a lived-in, dense instrumentation of guitar, pedal steel, banjo and organ” Fateema Sayani, Ottawa Citizen “Poorly Kept Secrets” (2012), was called “the best of Canada’s ‘new wave’ (of country music)” by Country Music People magazine, UK. “Ray Harris, veteran of the Ottawa music scene, should be a secret no more” Kickin’ Cuts, Country Music People Magazine (UK).


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