Ron Sexsmith to Headline River Rock Music, Arts & Food Festival this Saturday

Ron Sexsmith has been secured as the headliner for this year’s River Rock Music, Arts & Food Festival, held just outside of St. Marys, Ontario.

The fully-licensed Festival is entering its third annual edition, and promises to be another exciting day full of family-friendly activities, local food producers and one-of-a-kind artisans.

This year’s musical acts promise to be the most entertaining yet, with Juno winner and new Stratford resident Ron Sexsmith slated to wrap up the day’s events. Festival organizer Sean Camp is thrilled to have Sexsmith on board with the event, “Ron is a legend – not only is he an amazingly talented Canadian musician, but he is also highly regarded by the music industry worldwide. We are incredibly lucky to have him be a part of our Festival this year and it’s an added bonus that we can also now call him a local artist!”

Festival organizers are also excited about the rest of the musical lineup this year. Local favourites Dan Stacey and the Black Swans will be performing right before Sexsmith. This energetic, foot-stomping ensemble has found a strong fan base in the region and will be sure to get everyone dancing! The Marrieds have recently won the 2017 Jack Richardson award for best folk-roots, due to their beautiful melodies. Another Jack Richardson award winner and River Rock alumni, Broomsticks and Hammers, will be returning to the River Rock stage this summer. Mark Kulmala and Paul Meadows are returning River Rock performers, but bring their new soulful collaboration with Joelle Westman, My Father’s Son, front and centre this summer. Festival newcomers A Fellow Ship bring a vibrant clash of folk, pop, jazz, funk and soul, while The Vaudevillian is sure impress with their rock & roll ragtime riffs. Rounding out this year’s lineup is DJ Edward Bear – the host of Stratford’s Soul Shakedown Party will spin soul, funk, reggae, ska, disco & afrobeats. And of course River Rock wouldn’t be complete without its local Open Mic hour.

As always, River Rock’s theme is “local, sustainable, beautiful” and they strive to get as near to a zero-waste footprint as possible. Attendees should bring a beverage container with them, or buy a souvenir drinking mug on site, to keep hydrated with free water or to enjoy one of the local beverages available for purchase. Stratford-based Black Swan Brewery will be back at the Festival this year, along with a variety of other licensed beverage providers and local food vendors.

In order to cut the carbon footprint of locals, and alleviate limited parking capacity, the Town of St. Marys is once again providing a shuttle bus, as limited parking is available on the rural property. The bus will do a loop every two hours between the Canadian Tire parking lot in St. Marys starting at 11:30am, and the River Rock Festival.

An expanded selection of unique artisan vendors, food & art-based displays, workshops and children’s area will provides activities for attendees both young & old alike. And don’t forget kids 12 & under get in to the Festival for free!

Date: August 12, 2017, noon-10pm
Tickets: Available online or in person at Black Swan Brewery (144 Downie St, Stratford), Pass It On (31 Water St S, St. Marys) or Deep Waters Music (204 Queen St E, St. Marys).
Location: Lucid Musings Photography, 1932 Perth Road 137, St. Marys, ON
Price: $35 or $40 at the door. Children 12 & under are free.
Parking: Limited parking on site, shuttle bus stops at the St. Marys Canadian Tire & The Quarry every two hours.
Things to know: There are no ATMs on site. To reduce waste, only souvenir cups will be available for purchase on site – or feel free to bring your own!

For more information, please contact Sean Camp at 519-284-0858 or email

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