By Nathan Rudyk

Excitement is building for our Town’s first PorchFest! But one of the constant questions music-lovers, porch hosts, musicians and volunteers are all asking is “So many bands, so little time, how can I plan my PorchFest?”

It’s true that with a total of 12 performances on Sat; June 16h, and four acts playing every hour between 3PM and 6PM, it takes a strategic approach to see and hear as much music as possible – a minimum of two performances per hour is a worthy goal! To help you make the most of our Town’s first PorchFest, there’s a new, interactive PorchFest map. It’s embedded right here in The Millstone:

Just click on one of the little green guitar icons on the interactive map and you’ll see a short description, and performance time, for every PorchFest artist or band. With each act playing for 45 minutes and most performances located within walking distance of each other, a mesmerizing musical buffet awaits – everything from traditional fiddling to folk to rock to singer-songwriters to jazz to a baroque horn quartet.

And if interactive maps aren’t your thing, you can always click on the #Locations section of Scroll down the page, get the times, addresses and descriptions for each PorchFest de Mississippi Mills, and pack in as much music as you can!

If you want to “party on” after the porch performances are over, you can amble or cycle over to not one but two After-Party Jams. From 6PM to 8PM, soundman and musician Brendan Gawn will be presiding over spontaneous music-making at Equator Coffee Roasters, a co-sponsor with their Ottawa Street neighbours at Crooked Mile Brewery. At 8PM the musical jam moves to The Barley Mow Pub along the Riverwalk behind Little Bridge Street for the second PorchFest After-Party.

June 16th is a BIG day in Almonte! Before PorchFest you can participate in the Tour de Mississippi Mills, a centrepiece event of Mississippi Mills Bicycle Month. At MMBM.CA you can find event times and maps for 30km, 60km, 80km and 100km cycling tours that leave from Equator Coffee at 8:30AM. After basking in your post-tour accomplishment, you can cycle (or walk) to as many PorchFest events as you can.

But that’s not all! If you are true music lover of the jazz persuasion, you’ll want to cap your day with the 8PM $35 per ticket presentation of The Jon Ballantyne Quartet at the Almonte Old Town Hall.

Ballantyne is a two-time Juno Award winner, and has assembled a “power quartet” including Montreal saxophonist Remi Bolduc, Toronto bassist Jim Vivian and Portland Oregon’s Alan Jones on drums. New Sounds, a gifted group of four Ottawa high school students who are also performing at PorchFest earlier in the day, will be the opening act for this stellar Saturday evening event in the June Almonte music calendar.