Tue, Feb 26, 2013.
Hey, it's not even March yet, and we're already getting announcements for this year's spate of summer music festivals. Hardly a weekend goes by from June to September without a festival somewhere in the province. And the lineup for on the newest has just been made public.
Last year saw the debut of the Bore Music Festival. The one-day event was held in Hillborough. It was conceived and managed by Kelli-Sue O'Connor. She's a passionate member of The Nature Trust of New Brunswick, and spends lots of her time fundraising, and raising awareness for the organization. With a background in music festivals and bands in Toronto, she decided to stage an event of her own, with the money going to the Nature Trust.
Year One went well, so Year Two is going ahead. This year the money raised is going to Nature NB to help send kids to their nature camps. The festival will be held on Saturday, July 27th, again in Hillsborough. Once again, the emphesis is on Maritime music. Headlining is PEI's award-winning folk performer Catherine MacLellan. She'll be joined by her good pals in Olympic Symphonium, from Fredericton. Hot folk-rock group Acres and Acres from Halifax are coming, the duo featuring N.B. native Kris Pope. The North Lakes are braving the dangerous drive across the Confederation Bridge to bring their 60's-inspired rock to the show. Jon McKiel is another Haligonian making the trip, as is Laura Peek. Fredericton roots band Margo, Margo, Halifax singer-songwriter Morgan MacDonald, and hip-hopsters Abdominal & the Oblique from Ontario fill out the bill, making it almost all Maritimes.
So, you can make your summer plans early. Tickets to the all-day affair are on sale already. Just head to eventbrite.ca.
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Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).