A festival that promises discovery, diversity, culture and music you likely didn't know existed will fill Kelso Beach Park in Owen Sound for Summerfolk 2019.
Artistic Director James Keelaghan says it offers, "Everything you could want to eat, music to delight your ears, there's beautiful crafts to delight your senses and it all happens along that beautiful lakeshore."
Keelaghan says there's Romanian polyphonic singers, gangsta bluegrass, Norwegian indigenous singing and bands as big as 13 pieces, "Most of our audience comes to Summerfolk to discover people they haven't heard before."
Keelaghan says the returning Kathleen Edwards is headlining Friday night.
He's also excited to see musician William Prince, from the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba, "His star is rising quite rapidly, he writes these fantastic, beautiful song and has a really sort of country voice." Keelaghan notes Prince has been opening for Neil Young all over North America.
Keelaghan thinks another group that people will love is Gangstagrass out of New York which is a mix of hip hop and bluegrass. "It's really quite an amazing thing to listen to and hear," says Keelaghan.
The festival also features an Artisan Market which offers one-of-a-kind things like jewellery, wood crafts, handmade leather goods, pottery, sculptures, instruments, toys and clothing.
This year's food vendor line-up includes Big Bay General Store Ice Cream, Wood Fired Pizza, poutine, 'Indian Tacos,' Bavarian Food, Gelato, a vegetarian food truck, kettle corn, and a truck that offers vegan, gluten free, diabetic and other options for people with dietary restrictions.
Keelaghan says this year, Summerfolk is making an effort to be more 'green' by encouraging people to bring in re-usable bottles that can be refilled at a Quench Buggy water station, "We're going to encourage people to be using re-useable beer mugs in the beer tent," says Keelaghan who notes the festival has asked food vendors to try and use compostable utensils and plates.
Summerfolk takes place August 16th, 17th and 18th.
To learn more visit the Summerfolk 2019 Website.