By Michelle Fortier
(KINGSVULLE, ON) – Organizers of the Kingsville Folk Music Festival have announced the official line-up of the 3rd annual festival, to be held at Lakeside Park in Kingsville this coming August 12 through 14. The stellar, musically diverse line-up will take the festival to yet another high in its three-year history.
Buffy Sainte-Marie, Cree activist, Oscar, Juno, Golden Globe, and Polaris award winner is the Saturday night headline performer, gracing the festival stage in one of her only Ontario solo shows this summer. Buffy Sainte-Marie is at the pinnacle of her career with a multiple Juno-award winning new album Power in the Blood.
Sainte-Marie is best known for her 1960s protest anthems Universal Soldier, open-hearted love songs Until It’s Time for You to Go, incendiary powwow rock Starwalker, and the juggernaut pop hit Up Where We Belong, which she co-wrote and which Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes sang for the soundtrack to An Officer and a Gentleman.
- Buffy Sainte-Marie,
- Alex Cuba,
- Quique Escamilla,
- Irish Mythen,
- Garnet Rogers,
- Qristina and Quinn Bachand,
- Bill Bourne,
- The Boxcar Boys,
- Alysha Brilla,
- Jason Dennie and Rochelle Clark,
- Tony Gouveia,
- Maneli Jamal,
- Connie Kaldor,
- Kaia Kater,
- The Laws,
- Rob Lutes,
- Danielle Miraglia,
- The O’Pears,
- Amanda Rheaume,
- Gordie Tentrees and Jaxon Haldane,
- Union Duke,
- Luther Wright,
- Dale Butler,
- Francine Leclair,
- Whoa Nellie! Vera and Johnny
- Tribute to Willie P Bennett
Plus children’s performers
- Jangles The Magical Clown,
- Todd Crowley’s Musical Petting Zoo
“We wanted Kingsville Folk Fest attendees to experience the diverseness that makes up the folk genre; music ranging from world to blues, folk, singer-songwriter, country, Celtic, bluegrass, traditional and more,” said Michelle Law. “This year’s line-up includes a Latin Grammy winner and Polaris winner as well as multiple Juno, East Coast, and Canadian Folk Music Award winners and nominees.”
John Law added, “And we are still one of the only festivals across the country and the United States to provide a weekend of this calibre of entertainment for under $100 for a weekend pass.”
The festival has also added a songwriter contest this year in which five finalists will be chosen to perform in the contest on Saturday at the festival. The winner will have the opportunity to perform on the main stage later during the festival.
Named as a finalist in the 2015 Ontario Tourism Awards’ Tourism Event of the Year the ticketed outdoor festival is a celebration of all styles of folk music, boasting three daytime session stages, children’s stage, and evening main stage.
Attendees will enjoy locally sourced, delectable, and diverse foods, partake of award winning Pelee Island Wines and local craft brews, and delight in fine arts and crafts from prominent artisans. Rain or shine and accessible, Children 16 and under are free.
Regular priced weekend, senior, student, and single day passes are available.
Tickets can be purchased online, at area ticket locations, or by calling 1-800 838-3006.
For more information, tickets, and accommodation specials visit the festival website.