Dear Reader and Music Lover,
Sawdust City Music Festival is a 3 day, multi-venue Music Festival in Gravenhurst, Ontario August 3-5th, 2018.
"Miranda and her musicians brought energy and enthusiasm plus first-class entertainment to our community. We at the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce are excited about the return of the Sawdust City Music Festival next summer.” – Sandy Lockhart, Manager, Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce
“The Gravenhurst BIA was thrilled to see the Sawdust City Music Festival come to our town! Events such as this have an immense positive impact on the community and more specifically, the business community. This music festival not only celebrates Gravenhurst’s rich culture and heritage but also highlights our current assets. We hope to see this event continue for years to come!” – Lindsay Fetterley-Coles, President, Gravenhurst BIA
“Sawdust City Music Festival was one of the highlights of my summer. The Festival was intimate, musical, and a great gathering. I loved playing it and I hope I get the chance to do it again.” – Jim Cuddy
As a bit of background, I am a musician myself (currently in Harrow Fair & Belle Starr - formerly of Great Lake Swimmers - among other projects) and I own an indie record label, Roaring Girl Records. When I started the label, I always had a small music festival in mind - artists who could all play together - not necessarily the same genre, but who would have the ability to collaborate.
I have a family cottage in Muskoka that has been in my family for over 100 years and is my very favourite place since I can remember. in fact, my Great-Great Grandfather was Charles Mickle, who owned the big logging company that made Gravenhurst "Sawdust City" and was elected Mayor of the town Twice. He had the beautiful opera house built on the main street that is still in operation over 115 years later. It made perfect sense to do this festival in Gravenhurst.
We have put together a Not For Profit Board to oversee the details and work in conjunction with the Opera House/Barge committee and the town. In addition to covering our programming costs, we are aiming to raise money through the running of the Festival for a legacy fund for songwriting workshops for youth, year long programming and upkeep and maintenance of the barge and opera house for the community.
I am thrilled to share this with you and hope you will join us in August!
Miranda Mulholland, Artistic Director - Sawdust City music festival