Bach­man, The Sheep­dogs to headline folk fes­ti­val

The Peterborough Examiner - - OPINION - EX­AM­INER STAFF

Randy Bach­man and The Sheep­dogs will headline the fourth an­nual Win­ter Down­town Folk Fes­ti­val, or­ga­niz­ers an­nounced Mon­day.

The ex­panded five-day fes­ti­val or­ga­nized by the Peter­bor­ough Folk Fes­ti­val will take place from March 6 to 10.

Cana­dian rock­ers The Sheep­dogs – who per­formed Aug. 16 as part of Peter­bor­ough Mu­sicfest 2017 – will kick off the fes­ti­val with a March 6 show at Show­place Per­for­mance Cen­tre with Bach­man set to per­form at the same venue the fol­low­ing night.

More artists and venues will be an­nounced in the com­ing months, in­clud­ing the lineup for March 10, which features free pop-up shows at var­i­ous down­town busi­nesses, spon­sored by the Down­town Business Im­prove­ment Area, or­ga­niz­ers stated.

“It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing to have two of Canada’s big­gest artists per­form at this years win­ter fes­ti­val and sup­port the down­town busi­nesses at the same time,” win­ter fes­ti­val artis­tic di­rec­tor, vice chair­man and or­ga­nizer Ryan Kemp stated. “We (the board) are al­ways try­ing to find ways to im­prove Peter­bor­ough cul­tur­ally, eco­nom­i­cally and so­cially. Sup­port­ing our lo­cal mu­si­cians, mu­sic venues, restau­rants and busi­nesses is very im­por­tant.”

The win­ter fes­ti­val aims to raise the pro­file of the event and show how the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s ef­forts are ben­e­fi­cial to the city, he stated.

The Sheep­dogs, fea­tur­ing Jimmy Bowskill of Bailieboro, are set to re­lease their sixth stu­dio al­bum Chang­ing Colours on Feb 2.

Tick­ets go on sale for $40 plus ser­vice fees on Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. at­ or in per­son at the box of­fice at 290 Ge­orge St. N. The show is all-ages each ticket in­cludes a down­load of the new al­bum.

Bach­man, a found­ing mem­ber of 1960s and 1970s rock bands The Guess Who and Bach­man Turner Overdrive, has sold more than 40 mil­lion records with more than 120 gold and plat­inum al­bum/sin­gles awards from around the world for per­form­ing and pro­duc­ing.

Tick­ets are avail­able at www. show­ or the box of­fice. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, such as ticket pric­ing, was not im­me­di­ately avail­able.

Call 1-866-444-2154 or 705-742SHOW for more in­for­ma­tion.

The fes­ti­val has pre­sented more than 120 artists in the last three years, in­clud­ing Juno Award win­ners and nom­i­nees such as Buffy Sainte Marie, Ba­hamas, Matt An­der­sen, Fred Pen­ner, Sharon and Bram, Dan Man­gan, Joel Plas­kett, Holler­ado and Han­nah Ge­or­gas.

Or­ga­niz­ers pointed out how the fes­ti­val has grown since 2015, in­clud­ing ex­pand­ing to two days at Ni­cholls Oval, with a larger chil­drens area, more than 50 ar­ti­san ven­dors and sev­eral kick­off con­certs at venues in­clud­ing Show­place and Mar­ket Hall.

It has also hosted a con­fer­ence for folk fes­ti­vals across On­tario and a room at the Folk Mu­sic On­tario Con­fer­ence, with 12 lo­cal mu­si­cians, or­ga­niz­ers said.

The 2018 sum­mer edi­tion will take place from Aug. 17 to 19.

Visit­ter­bor­ough­folk­ for more in­for­ma­tion.


Jimmy Bowskill, Ewan Cur­rie and Ryan Gullen of The Sheep­dogs per­form on the Fred An­der­son Stage at Del Crary Park as part of the Peter­bor­ough Mu­sicfest free sum­mer con­cert series in Au­gust. The Sheep­dogs will kick off the Win­ter Down­town Folk Fes­ti­val...

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