Festival to feature Ron Sexsmith, The Vaudevillian, The Marrieds, and multiple food and arts vendors
By Bailey Lucas
The River Rock music and arts festival, hosted by Sean Camp and Lucid Musings photography, will be back for its third straight year, on August 12th.
This year’s festival talent includes an out-of-this-world line up, from the Juno-award winning artist Ron Sexsmith, The Vaudevillian, The Marrieds, Broomsticks & Hammers, Dan Stacey & The Black Swans, among many others.
The festival gates are set to open at 11:30 a.m. on the day of the event, and there is a free shuttle that will run every two hours from the Canadian Tire parking lot on Water Street. Festival goers are asked to use this shuttle if possible, as there is limited parking at the event site. At noon there will be an open mic, filled with many talented local musicians. At 1:15 p.m., the 1920’s ragtime band The Vaudevillian takes the stage, followed by My Father’s Son, an acoustic singer-songwriter act. For those who like folk music, Broomsticks & Hammers takes the stage at 3:45, A Fellow Ship at 5 p.m., and The Marrieds at 6:15 p.m. The musical acts wrap up with Dan Stacey & The Black Swans at 7:30 p.m., and Ron Sexsmith at 8:45 p.m. The festival ends at 10:00 p.m. with the last shuttle going back to town.
Music is not the only thing that is bringing people out to River Rock this year, as Sean Camp has made it a personal mission to improve the food vendors at the event. There are small restaurant vendors lined up to provide good quality and unique food that you cannot get at other area festivals. There are also plenty of organic, homegrown and vegan food options for festival goers.
Over twenty different arts vendors are also expected, selling a variety of products. Festival attendees are welcome to come and join the many workshops held during the festival, such as daisy headband making, yoga, a healing and mindfulness workshop, along with a tye-dye weaving workshop.
River Rock is a family-friendly, earth-friendly, labour-of-love festival that is inspired by a love of music and people, and it is definitely worth the trek out to the river road. The Festival is on August 12th, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. More information can be found at www.riverrockfestival.rocks.