Mu­sicfest wraps up on a high note

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff

“We were at a point where we were los­ing money ev­ery year.”

Af­ter a decade of bring­ing all sorts of mu­sic into Maxville, the or­ga­niz­ers of the Maxville Mu­sic Festival are fi­nally throw­ing in the towel.

Festival chair­man Paddy Kelly, who has per­formed at Mu­sicFest a num­ber of times over the past 10 years, says the festival is no longer sus­tain­able.

“The crowds were good but they weren’t grow­ing,” he says. “We had sup­port from North Glen­garry and MacEwen, but we were at a point where we were los­ing money ev­ery year.”

Since 2009, the Maxville Mu­sicFest had pro­duced unique con­certs in Maxville’s four churches -- Maxville United, St. James Catholic, St. An­drew’s Pres­by­te­rian, and St. Michael and All An­gels Angli­can. The style ranged from clas­si­cal to rock and roll. Al­though the festival has brought in a num­ber of “big acts” over the years – the Toronto-based a cap­pella group, Ca­dence, for ex­am­ple – its last sea­son shone the spot- light on more lo­cal acts like The County Lads, the Mor­ris Fam­ily Choir, and Kelli Trot­tier.

“Some­times you want to bring in an act to try to at­tract a larger crowd, but then you just get the same num­bers,” Mr. Kelly said.

He said the festival has been los­ing money over the past few years. The festival com­mit­tee felt that af­ter 10 years, it was fi­nally time to call it quits.

The festival at­tracted 800 con­cert-go­ers dur­ing its in­au­gu­ral sea­son, which ran May 29-31, 2009. That pro­gram in­cluded a Celtic Un­plugged con­cert (which wound up be­ing a festival main­stay) as well as per­for­mances by Safta & Saba (also known as Chloe and Abra­ham Fox), and the Mon­treal-based choral en­sem­ble Con­certo Della Donna.

In a press re­lease, the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee said: “Maxville Mu­sicFest is say­ing “farewell” on a high note af­ter an en­joy­able 10 year run of great en­ter­tain­ment. We, the or­ga­niz­ers, have en­joyed pre­sent­ing the 40 con­certs and thank the var­i­ous tal­ented in­di­vid­u­als, bands and mu­si­cians, both lo­cal and from away. The an­nual spring mu­sic festival con­cluded in May 2018 with a grand cel­e­bra­tion of lo­cal Glen­garry tal­ent. We also thank the spon­sors, the pa­trons, the four Maxville churches used as venues, and the com­mu­nity for your sup­port over the past 10 years. Thanks for the me­mories.”

In ad­di­tion to Mr. Kelly, the com­mit­tee was com­prised of Janis Pasco, Jean­nie Cole­man, Lucy Rol­land, Barb New­man, Jim Fer­rier, and Erin Blair.

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