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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Summerfolk Festival This Weekend

Owen Sound | by Claire McCormack  

The 42nd annual festival features three days of live music, food and art vendors.

Nearly 50 artisans, close to 20 food stalls and about 200 artists in 50 musical acts will be at the 42nd Summerfolk at Kelso Beach Park in Owen Sound this weekend.

The festival opens Thursday, August 17th with a special concert in honour of Canada 150 called the Canadian Connection featuring the award winning drum band the Chippewa Travellers, the Nunavut based band the Jerry Cans and award winning headliner Buffy Sainte-Marie. Tickets for the event, which will not be serving alcohol are $15 and there are a limited number of them.

There are two main stages throughout the event: The Amphitheatre and the Down By The Bay stage.

Friday's events begin at 5:30 with the 'Youth Discoveries' concert and later, the evening features Bill and Joel Plaskett, and The Harpoonist And The Axe Murderer.

Saturday is an all-day event with performances on six different stages starting at 11 a.m.

The evening's performances feature Ruthie Foster, Trad.Attack! The Accidentals and Delhi2Dublin.

An adjustment this year, will sees the Sunday night mainstage show start and finish earlier than in the past, to accommodate families.

Serena Ryder headlines on Sunday night, but there's plenty to see before that, starting at around 11 a.m. on the smaller stages including the Summerfolk Choir and Danny Michel.

To see the festival schedule go to

Ticket prices range from $45 to $140 depending on whether it's a single evening or for the weekend.

The artisan market offers handmade and often one of a kind, jewelry, pottery, clothing, art pieces, instruments and beautiful wood crafts.

To see which food vendors will be there, go to the FAQ section at and click on "What can I eat?" Vendors will be offering fair trade coffee, barbecue, Bavarian food, Beavertails, wood-fired pizza, traditional Indian Tacos, deep fried mars bars and gluten free food.

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