A world of mu­sic now comes with a street full of food

Our World Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic part­ners with Big Brothers Big Sis­ters’ King StrEATery for fam­ily fun on Satur­day

The Woolwich Observer - - THE ARTS - STEVE KANNON

LIKE THE FORTUITOUS REESE’S

combo of choco­late and peanut but­ter, the sounds of the Our World Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic will be joined by the food trucks of the King StrEATery for a Satur­day of fam­ily-friendly events at the civic square out­side of Kitch­ener city hall.

The part­ner­ship be­tween Our World, now in its 13th year, and the Big Brothers Big Sis­ters of Water­loo Re­gion will see the fes­ti­val’s usual even­ing as­sort­ment of live mu­sic start ear­lier in the af­ter­noon in con­junc­tion with the agency’s food trucks and kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties.

“As a char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion, I’m al­ways look­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties to part­ner with other non-profit com­mu­nity groups. This is a re­ally good fit,” says artis­tic direc­tor Lawrence McNaught of the joint ven­ture.

“It’s a full day of live mu­sic. On our end, we’ll be run­ning all kinds of chil­dren’s events,” adds Mal­lory Boyer of Big Brothers Big Sis­ters of Water­loo Re­gion.

Head­lined by JunoAward win­ner QuiQue Es­camilla, the free slate of live mu­sic gets un­der­way at 3:30, a half-day ear­lier than the usual kick­off time for Our World. The fo­cus on lo­cal and na­tional acts re­mains, how­ever, McNaught notes.

Things get rolling at 3:30 with Tea For Two, a duo that fea­tures smooth vo­cals and en­gag­ing acous­tic ver­sions of pop­u­lar songs, to be fol­lowed by vet­eran lo­cal mu­si­cian Glen Soulis & Friends at 4:30.

Next up is Jessie T., who McNaught de­scribes as one of the re­gion’s finest emerg­ing singer-song­writ­ers, show­cas­ing cap­ti­vat­ing vo­cals and rhyth­mic gui­tar in some great orig­i­nal songs.

At 6:30, it’s alt-rock favourites Safe As Houses, known for their beau­ti­ful songs, poetic lyrics, and lush in­stru­men­ta­tion – in­tri­cate, catchy pop mu­sic rem­i­nis­cent of Mum­ford and Sons. Their ma­ture song­writ­ing is com­ple­mented by haunting fivepart har­monies. At 7:30, the Barn Katz take to the stage, of­fer­ing up “real deal blue­grass” in pre­sent­ing orig­i­nal Ken­tucky sounds crafted right here in On­tario.

“They’re a le­git Ken­tucky blue­grass band. They went over re­ally well last year,” notes McNaught. “And, fun­nily enough, one of the group’s con­tacted by the King StrEATery folks was also here last year, Safe As Houses, who were def­i­nitely fan favourites.”

On McNaught’s radar for a few years now, a lo­cal favourite, Juneyt, will take to the Our World stage at 8:45 p.m.

Since his ar­rival from Turkey in 1999, Juneyt Yetkiner has be­come pop­u­lar for his mu­sic, and also his sup­port of many com­mu­nity-based or­ga­ni­za­tions

such Big Brothers Big Sis­ters of Water­loo Re­gion. Known for his pas­sion­ate play­ing, Juneyt is a 2017 Toronto In­de­pen­dent Mu­sic Awards win­ner.

A na­tive of the south­ern state of Chi­a­pas, Mex­ico, QuiQue Es­camilla is also mak­ing his first ap­pear­ance at the fes­ti­val. Now Toronto-based, Es­camilla is a multi-in­stru­men­tal singer­song­writer de­scribed as a “mod­ern-day trou­ba­dour.”

“I’ve been talk­ing with QuiQue for a cou­ple of years now. He’s been in­ter­ested in play­ing Our World, but the sched­ules just didn’t work ... un­til now,” notes McNaught. “He’s a Juno-award win­ner with a great lit­tle band. “It’s a good, fun line-up.” In the count­down to Satur­day, both McNaught and Boyer are keep­ing a close eye on the weather fore­cast, which looked good as of mid­week. Sum­mery weather is just what the doc­tor or­dered for an out­door event.

The two also see a good fit for an on­go­ing part­ner­ship.

For Big Brothers Big Sis­ters of Water­loo Re­gion, it’s a chance to ex­pand the King StrEATery event, part of its ef­forts to do more with the com­mu­nity since mov­ing to a down­town Kitch­ener lo­ca­tion in 2016.

“Since be­ing here, we’ve had an op­por­tu­nity to work with the down­town busi­nesses and the com­mu­nity,” says Boyer. “Ev­ery­body’s been so wel­com­ing – there’s a real sense of com­mu­nity.”

For the King StrEATery por­tion, the or­ga­ni­za­tion is ex­pect­ing 14 food trucks of­fer­ing a va­ri­ety of fare, from the tra­di­tional hot­dogs and ice cream to pizza, jerk chicken and ve­gan food.

“We re­ally have a whole ar­ray of foods.”

The joint Our World Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic and King StrEATery ac­tiv­i­ties run from 3:30 to 11 p.m. on Satur­day (June 16) out front of Kitch­ener city hall, where King Street will be closed off to traf­fic.

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Lo­cal alt-rock favourites Safe As Houses are part of the lineup of free mu­sic Satur­day as the Our World Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic and the King StrEATery gath­er­ing of food trucks com­bine forces for a day of fam­ily-friendly en­ter­tain­ment in down­town Kitch­ener. The event also serves as a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sis­ters of Water­loo Re­gion.

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Orig­i­nally from Mex­ico and now based in Toronto, QuiQue Es­camilla head­lines the Our World Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic, tak­ing to the stage to cap the day’s fes­tiv­i­ties with his soul­ful trou­ba­dour style. He’s sched­uled to ap­pear at 10 p.m.

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