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Summer Festival Preview: Kingsville Folk Fest

Wednesday August 5th, 2015, 3:00pm


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The second annual Kingsville Folk Music Festival takes place this weekend at Lakeside Park.

The three day ticketed, family friendly, outdoor music celebration, boasts five stages, including three daytime session stages, children’s stage and evening main stage, with performances by more than 30 award winning and up and coming regional, national and international performers. The Family Stomping Ground hosts numerous children’s activities including face-painting as well as musical performances by Magoo and Todd Crowley’s Musical Petting Zoo.

Headline this years festival is Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy: Masters of the Fiddle.

Also taking to the stage is Canadian icon Ashley MacIssac, Juno and multiple Canadian Folk Music Award winner Lynn Miles. Adding to the diverse spirit of the festival is the comedic slapstick of The Arrogant Worms, 8 time Juno award, Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductees The Good Brothers and Juno nominated world music virtuoso PAVLO, “the God of Greek guitar”, Pictou, Nova Scotia’s Dave Gunning, Oh Susannah and many more. Some of the up and coming performers who will thrill audiences young and old are Canadian Folk Music Award Winner Ariana Gillis, edgy Celtic and bluegrass performers The Bombadils, and 5 piece bluegrass band tour de force Notre Dame de Grass.

Returning festival favourites include award winning guitar master, multi instrumentalist J.P. Cormier, multi Juno nominee and winner, VALDY. Local performers include Dale Butler, Whoa Nelly!, Glen MacNeil, Karen Morand & Boscoe, The Oh Chays and Philip Scott Poli.

There is also plenty of fun for the kids. Jangles the Clown: Magic Show and Balloon Artist; last year’s favourite wildly-dressed Magoo; local legend Dale Butler will teach kids of all ages to play the guitar in just 2 minutes and young and old will be on their feet stomping and making noise with Karen Morand.

Todd Crowley’s Musical Petting Zoo, will be set up all day Saturday and Sunday for kids to walk the zoo of musical instruments, see the instruments up close and enjoy a hands on experience.

Locally sourced, delectable food vendors, Cooper’s Hawk wines, Walkerville craft brew and fine crafts from prominent artisans are available for purchase throughout the weekend.

Rain or shine and accessible, the festival has briskly sold early bird tickets, doubling last years advance sales.

A complete schedule and ticket prices can be found on the Windsor-Essex Summer Festival Guide.

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