dear reader and music lover!
we are launching Sawdust City Music Festival in Gravenhurst, Ontario August 4-6, 2017. Using the Sawdust City Brewery Saloon, the historic Opera House and the Music Barge on Gull lake - as well as some pop up concerts in local businesses, this Multi Venue Boutique Festival will be a roots and folk musical and cultural Muskoka celebration!
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