The Kingsville Folk Music Festival is set to make folk music history as three Canadian icons join forces and share the stage in the first ever “Legends Session.” Bruce Cockburn, Ken Whiteley and Valdy will be performing a session stage 3:30 – 4:30 pm on Saturday, August 9; an intimate performance in which the 3 will have the opportunity to interact, share songs and stories. It’s an unprecedented combination and sure to be one of the highlights of the over 100 performances during Festival weekend.
“Session or workshop stages are a mainstay at festivals and usually end up being one of the biggest crowd pleasers of the weekend. Having the chance to hear your favourite performer explain the songwriting process or adventures they have had “on the road,” is inspirational as well as entertaining. We want area kids to walk away thinking, “I want to do that!” says Michele Law, co-founder with her husband John, of the Festival. With that in mind, the Festival is free to children 16 and under. “We’ve been so lucky to be able to see the world by playing music for a living. We want to let our youth see the opportunities that exist for them, too.”
With marketing support in excess of $50,000 from the provincial government, municipal support from The Town of Kingsville and the Municipality of Leamington and generous sponsorships and commitment from area business, tourism for the region is expected to increase as festival fans descend on Lakeside Park. The grants from the Provincial Government enable marketing efforts for 100km and out of province, generating awareness of the event, as well as alerting tourists looking for key destinations and premiere entertainment an opportunity to enjoy the rich culture of Kingsville and Windsor Essex.
Kingsville Folk Music Festival gets underway Friday, August 8 at 6pm and ends Sunday at 11pm. Main stage music begins nightly at 6pm while session stages are on-going throughout the daytime. Over 40 award-winning established and up and coming performers will be performing on 5 stages over the weekend, including up and coming violin virtuoso Jaron Freeman-Fox and the Opposite of Everything and east coast legends Ron Hynes and J.P. Cormier. The Family Stomping Ground is an area dedicated to family and children’s activities with face painting, kids karaoke, guitar playing workshops and incredible performers such as Fred Penner, Magoo and Washboard Hank.
The Festival is produced by the Sun Parlour Folk Music Society, a not for profit organization dedicated to raising funds for area youth to access the arts. The MAY FUND (Music and Arts for Youth) will be available to financially disadvantaged youth to take lessons and workshops or mentoring sessions.
Children 16 and under accompanied by an adult are FREE. Daily and weekend passes are available at ticket outlets in Kingsville, Chatham and Windsor. For more info visit www.kingsvillefolkfest.orgLead Up To Inaugural Kingsville Folk Music Festival Creating Good Vibes