Peterborough Folk Festival headline acts include The Trews Acoustic, Bahamas, Kathleen Edwards – Peterborough |

The 33rd Peterborough Folk Festival returns to Nicholls Oval for a five-day musical showcase in August.

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On Wednesday, the festival announced part of the music lineup for the festival from August 17-21. Shows will take place at Market Hall and downtown venues.

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Among the main events is bahamas(Afie Jurvanen), a Grammy nominee and Juno Award winner, who will perform on August 20.

The Trews will have a full band set and headline the show on August 21, trading their rock sound for an acoustic set. The quartet from Nova Scotia and Hamilton have been one of Canada’s top rock bands for the past decade, with two gold-certified albums (House of Ill Fame and Den of Thieves) and a 2019 Juno nomination for best album. of rock (Civilanaires). . They have also received several East Coast Music Awards, a CIMA Road Gold Award, an Independent Music Award (USA), and numerous Juno Award nominations.

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Seven time Juno nominee kathleen edwards will perform at Market Hall on August 19. Tickets will go on sale Friday, July 8.

Other acts announced include:

  • odarium – Odario Williams is a hip-hop performer and broadcaster who is the host of the afternoon show “Afterdark” on CBC Music. He will be MCing the main stage on Saturday night and performing with his band.

Odario Williams.

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  • IAH – Ahkinoah Habah Izarh is a two-time Juno-nominated singer who recently toured with Mandy Moore. The two-time Juno Award nominee for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year is due out August 21.
  • Kelly McMichael – the Peterborough native is an ECMA winner for Best Rock Album in 2022, Polaris Award (Best Canadian Album) long-listed in 2022, and Pop-Up Award winner from the previous folk festival. He will perform on the main stage on August 20.
  • my son the hurricane – a 12-piece brass band performs on Sunday, August 21.
  • georgia hamer She released her debut album “Stay in Touch” in 2022. She is the daughter of Mary Harmer and Gord Tough, who were in the band Weeping Tiles. Tough is a guitarist for Kathleen Edwards.
  • adriah kaina rhythm and blues singer from Toronto who released her debut album “When Flowers Bloom” in February 2022.
  • cheerful cheerful Peterborough’s Cormac Culkeen and Toronto instrumentalist Dave Grenon released their self-titled debut album in April 2022.
  • Miguel C Duguay–Kingston, Ont. Singer-songwriter whose songs in recent years have focused on his recovery from drug addiction.
  • lauryn macfarlane – an alternative country and indie pop singer-songwriter from Peterborough who was the winner of the 2021 festival for Emerging Artist.
  • kayla mohammed
  • Nathan Truaxa country music artist from Peterborough.

Organizers say more artists, national and local, will be announced in the coming weeks.

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The festival kicks off on August 17 at Market Hall with a screening of “We Can Do This,” a video highlighting efforts to relaunch the festival in 2021 after being canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A record 14,000 attended the 2019 and 2021 festivals, organizers say.

“I’m proud to see the lineup come together the way it has so far and I have a feeling many attendees will discover their next favorite artist at this year’s festival,” said festival artistic director Ryan. Kemp.

Joyful Joyful, based in Peterborough and Toronto.

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“We are really lucky to have so many amazing and talented locals in Peterborough. I don’t think many people in Peterborough know that Kelly McMichael and Joyful Joyful were last week longlisted for the Polaris Award for Best Canadian Albums in 2022 along with The Weeknd and Arcade Fire. We are very fortunate as a community to have both perform at this year’s festival.”

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The festival, which includes five stages in Nicholls Oval Park, will also feature more than 50 craft vendors, a children’s village and Cameron’s Beer Garden.

Kickoff concerts at Market Hall and after parties are planned on Saturday and Sunday at Jethros and The Red Dog downtown.

Organizers say the festival currently needs more volunteers to ensure the event returns to pre-pandemic levels.

Festival board chairman Malcolm Byard says it has become more difficult to recruit volunteers.

“We are reaching out to the community at large to make sure we can host the event in the same way that the community has come to appreciate it,” he said.

“If we can’t recruit at least another 125 volunteers, the Festival may not look pre-pandemic. If you can help, please contact us. We are a 100 per cent volunteer run charity, we do not have staff paid all year round to collect sponsorships or recruit volunteers.

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“Our event is envied for its environmental responsibility and thoughtful programming that appeals to a multi-generational and diverse community,” he added.

For more information about the festival, or to become a volunteer, sponsor, or craft vendor, visit their website.

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