Story by Rod Charles
Vacay.ca Deputy Editor
GRAVENHURST, ONTARIO – The Jim Cuddy Family Band will headline the inaugural Sawdust Music City Festival in Gravenhurst this weekend. Cuddy will be joined by several other fantastic artists including Abigail Lapell, Benjamin Hermann, the Julian Taylor Band and Bet Smith & The Currie Brothers.
Harrow Fair, featuring Andrew Penner and Miranda Mulholland will also be rocking the town of Gravenhurst. The creation of this event – which promises to be a heart-thumping weekend featuring more than 20 musicians – is a dream come true for Mulholland, who was instrumental in making Sawdust a reality.
“When I first created my label Roaring Girl Records, I had a hypothetical festival in mind. A festival that celebrated collaboration, cross-genre and musicianship, the cornerstones of the label. It is beyond my wildest dreams that it’s actually happening now and in Gravenhurst,” says Mulholland. “I am so thrilled to see how much excitement, community involvement and joy leading up to our event from everyone involved – artists to volunteers to visitors. Working together, I think we are going to have a magical, unforgettable inaugural festival!”
For Mulholland, this is more than a festival – it’s a family tradition. Her Great-Great-Grandfather was Charles Mickle, who owned the lumber mill that dubbed the town’s Sawdust City nickname. He was also Gravenhurst’s mayor twice and commissioned the construction of the Opera House for the town’s residents. As the founder and Artistic Director of the Sawdust City Music Festival, Miranda’s goal is to celebrate her heritage while providing an amazing experience for residents and visitors alike.
Programming will consist of three nights of music at the Sawdust City Brewery, an evening of music at the Opera House, a free Songwriters’ Workshop, a Sawdust Stripped Down acoustic series in various small venues about town, and a free concert on Sunday evening as part of the Music on the Barge series (a 50+ year tradition).
“There is nothing more rewarding than supporting young entrepreneurs in this often harsh music biz,” said Cuddy in a statement. “I love Miranda’s talent for performing music and now I get to experience her talent for creating a great community event. Can’t wait.”
MORE ABOUT SAWDUST MUSIC CITY FESTIVAL
Dates: August 4-6
Location: Gravenhurst, Ontario
SAWDUST MUSIC CITY FESTIVAL LINEUP
Jim Cuddy Family Band – Headlining The Opera House
Bet Smith & The Currie Bros
C&C Surf Factory
Julian Taylor Band – Headlining The Barge
My Father’s Son
Papa John Witterick