Imagine hearing quality, renowned music in small community gathering places frequented hundreds of times for celebrations, weddings, euchre nights, stag and does, and fundraisers. Music drifts out into the cool evening and applause swells from familiar hands. All witness to a celebration of big music in treasured rural spaces across the region.
That’s the reality of The Festival of Small Halls—welcoming big name musical acts to rural Ontario, while showcasing some great local talent, so music fans can revel in an evening of special music at the community gathering places that residents hold near and dear.
From September 12 to 27, The Festival of Small Halls will get toes tapping in villages throughout Eastern Ontario. From Delta to Westmeath, the Team Behind Bluesfest in Ottawa will present the Small Halls concert tour, which will encompass more than a dozen community halls.
Kelly Symes, festival co-ordinator, said that Small Halls is a way to enliven those authentic spaces and build community, while also providing rural music fans with the pleasure of experiencing big names in music. “The Festival of Small Halls is a celebration of exceptional live Canadian music in intimate settings,” says Symes. “The festival is partnering with participating communities to deliver incredibly memorable musical evenings—it’s all about sharing a love of music in a beloved place.”
Organizers of The Festival of Small Halls are excited to announce big name Canadian acts being welcomed across eastern Ontario and the Upper Ottawa Valley:
Thursday, Sept. 12: Seeley’s Bay Community Hall – Corb Lund
Friday, Sept. 18: Chaffey’s Lock Community Hall – Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys
Saturday, Sept. 19: Pembroke Festival Hall – Corb Lund
and McDonald’s Corners Agricultural Hall – Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys
Sunday, Sept. 20: Maberly Community Hall – The East Pointers
Thursday, Sept. 24: Almonte Old Town Hall – The Strumbellas
and St. Luke’s Anglican Church Hall in Lyndhurst – Fortunate Ones
Friday, Sept. 25: Union Hall in Clayton – Fortunate Ones
and Delta Old Town Hall – The Strumbellas
Saturday, Sept. 26: Westmeath Community Hall – Beòlach
and The Spencerville Mill – Good Lovelies
Sunday, Sept. 27: Althorpe Bolingbroke Community Hall – Beòlach
and Morton Community Hall – Good Lovelies
Tickets will be available online for individual events starting on Friday, June 19. For more information, please visit www.thefestivalofsmallhalls.com or follow on social media.