Folk-regBy Kelly Babcock, Hub Staff

I busted my back. I broke my truck. I wore out a good pair of gloves, busted a couple of screw gun bits and tore my jeans.

I got up at 3:45AM on Saturday August 15th to start moving stage trailers from storage to the park so that we wouldn't bother anyone, wouldn't inconvenience the commuters on our already construction congested streets this year.

I worked eight and ten hour days to bring things safely across town and then assemble them. I watched as dozens more volunteers did the same things I did, worked the same odd hours I worked, made fast the things that were loose, made do with the things that could have been better, and made right the things that needed repair.

And as things came together and as things got done and as the time grew closer, little by little, the glibly painted timber frames and plywood floors took on the aura of completeness and even the appearance of strength and the look of festival.

And then Summerfolk opened and ...

circle dance amphitheatre 175The Georgian Bay Folk Society (GBFS) is officially declaring the 40th anniversary Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival a success. The festival enjoys a glowing reputation among fans and performers for the beauty of its venue, quality of music, and laid-back friendly atmosphere. Summerfolk40 lived up to the reputation with sunny weather, a breathtaking line up, eye catching artisans, and fabulous food creating the positive vibe. This year, the festival welcomed 15,000 visitors on to the Kelso Beach site over the four day event. "We wanted the 40th anniversary to be special," said GBFS president Phil Bye, "and I think we succeeded; I heard positive comments from performers, vendors, and patrons all weekend".

"This is one for the books" agreed Artistic Director James Keelaghan who scheduled the 40+ acts for all seven ...

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Thursday August 20th, at 8PM, The Avalon Jazz Lounge and Patio, 229, 9th St. E., presents David Sereda, Tyler Wagler, & Keira McArthur performing "music that leaps over fences! music, in the present tense! three converging Canadian voices who cook!"

Thursday August 20th, at 8PM, at Kelso Beach, 1900, 3rd Ave. W., the Georgian Bay Folk Society presents Summerfolk 40th Birthday Bash at the "Down By The Bay" tent. Performers are MonkeyJunk and Matt Andersen. Come join in for the only way to kick off Summerfolk40

Friday, August 21st, at 4:30PM at Kelso Beach, 1900, 3rd Ave. W., the Georgian Bay Folk Society presents the Fortieth Annual Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival, This Festival lasts all weekend long. Performances by Joel Plasket, Whitehorse, Trout Fishing In America, Samantha Martin, Delhi 2 Dublin, MacKenzie Blues Band, Chicks With Picks ...

Meaford-Hall-featMeaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre presents over 20 live shows, two film series plus new gallery exhibits, speaker series and more for fall/early winter 2015. With so many events right here in Meaford arts patrons don't have to drive far to expand their cultural palette and find quality entertainment.

The season kicks off in September with something for the younger generation: Tyler Shaw plays Meaford, bringing his signature brand of rock-tinged pop. Next up is Whiskey Jack: the Stories and Songs of Stompin' Tom, East-cost legends The Barra MacNeils, and That's the Way it Was: tribute to Tom Jones & Elvis. The Toronto Concert Orchestra featuring Heather Bambrick and conducted by Maestro Kerry Stratton is next as Meaford Hall partners with the Blue Mountain Village Association in presenting 'Classical Sundays.' And to push the theatrical boundaries is Fresh From the Fringe: two evenings of entertaining and thought provoking theatre straight from the Montreal and Toronto Fringe Festivals featuring three productions: Shevil, Little Miss Understood and Paleoncology. On Culture Days weekend see folk singer-songwriter Craig Cardiff live onstage, and for those looking to learn - attend a free workshop hosted by the talented Craig Cardiff! Returning for the fall is the popular 'Thursday Flicks' series, featuring ...

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