Get ready for a unique, back-to-nature festival experience in Canada’s southernmost town of Kingsville, ON this summer!
The Kingsville Music Society—organizer of the popular Kingsville Folk Music Festival—is presenting a three-day festival with a new look and feel August 12-14. The Greenway Jam is taking music beyond the former festival grounds of Lakeside Park and bringing it across the Town of Kingsville. A 2 km expanse of the Chrysler Canada Greenway trail links the stages located at various venues along the way. Festival goers are invited to cycle or walk along the trail to watch their favourite musicians perform.
The Kingsville Music Society (KMS) is an Ontario registered nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting non-alienating world-class celebrations of the musical arts. KMS operates year-round to plan and produce an annual multi-day, multi-venue music festival, off-season concerts and Open Streets Kingsville.
THREE DAYS OF WORLD-CLASS CANADIAN MUSIC
Offering a lineup of local and Canadian performers with a diverse range of musical styles, the Kingsville Music Society promotes emerging artists from the region as well as presenting some of Canada’s most respected musical ambassadors.
“We haven’t strayed form our philosophy of presenting predominantly Canadian talent,” said Michele Law, Executive Director of the Kingsville Music Society. “So people can expect excellent, diverse family-friendly music in a laid back atmosphere.”
Don’t miss out on main stage headliners Friday and Saturday evening at Kingsville Brewery. The formidable Kathleen Edwards headlines Friday evening on the main stage following The Slocan Ramblers, Garnet Rogers, Big Little Lions and Durham County Poets. Steven Page, formerly of the Barenaked Ladies, takes to the main stage Saturday night after performances from Ashley MacIsaac, Elliot Brood, Julian Taylor and Sarah Smith.
Enjoy the music and sunshine during the day with a wide array of free concerts and musical workshops. The tradition of daytime workshops brings together musicians, familiar and unfamiliar, for unexpected collaborations that yield vibrant, once-in-a-lifetime performances.
“Bring a chair or blanket to relax on and enjoy with your family and friends,” said Law.
On Sunday, round off the weekend at Pelee Island Winery wrap-up party.
BIKE AND CYCLE ALONG THE CHRYSLER CANADA GREENWAY TO SEE YOUR FAVOURITE MUSICIANS PERFORM
Travel along the the historical Chrysler Canada Greenway to make the most of your Greenway Jam experience.
The Greenway is a 42 km natural trail system located in the Essex region. The trail connects the City of Windsor, running through several municipalities all the way to Municipality of Leamington, Ont.
This Greenway comprises the southernmost link of the Trans Canada Trail which extends across the country from coast to coast. The trail has a unique history dating back to the late 1980s—formerly the Canadian branch of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway operated by CSX Transportation, the line was donated to the Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) nearly a century later.
In the early 1990s Chrysler Canada gave a considerable donation which resulted in the former railway line becoming the beautiful expanse of natural trails that it is today.
All stages and venues are handicap accessible and will have available parking for vehicles and bikes.
REIMAGINING LIVE MUSIC EVENTS AFTER COVID-19
Changing the name of the festival to the Greenway Jam is just one of many changes that were born out of COVID-19. Unable to present the Kingsville Folk Music Festival for a couple years, the Society turned inwards and reinvented the way it presents live music in the Town of Kingsville. Formerly The Sun Parlour Folk Music Society, the nonprofit rebranded to the Kingsville Music Society; a name that reflects the diversity of music and experience that it offers to audiences.
The Greenway Jam takes the festival outside of the former festival grounds and into the Town of Kingsville, putting an emphasis on the importance of live music in the community and supporting local businesses.
“The Kingsville Music Society has grown from presenting one annual festival and a few concerts in the fall/winter to year-round events and experiences for all ages,” explained Law. “We want to make Kingsville a music destination and, while you’re here, you’re going to discover what an awesome area this is.”
Visit www.kingsvillemusicsociety.com to purchase tickets and learn more about Greenway Jam. Download a copy of the lineup and festival map so you can start planning your Greenway Jam experience today!