Since 2010, Branches and Roots has been a non-profit organization. A goal of the festival is to carry on as a non-profit and to not only promote folk music, but also encourage an awareness of the Chateauguay Valley heritage.
In addition to this goal, the B&R festival aims to promote folk music at the grassroots level by fostering local talent as well as providing a showcase for established Canadian artists. This year's festival, which will take place from September 20 to 27, will have the Juno-nominated, Canadian group, "The Sultans of String" as the headliner. The group will be playing on Saturday, September 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the Main Stage at Chateauguay Valley High School, and this event is, "a give what you can event," Kevin Harvey explains. "We are no longer charging $15 at the door, but rather all events, with the exception of one, are give what you can/free will offering."
"This year, instead of a three day festival, "Kevin Harvey, who has been with the festival for seven years explains, "it is going on for a full week, Sunday to Sunday." The festivities start Sunday September 20 with Durham County Poets at MacDougall Hall and will last a week with the main act, The Sultans of String, headlining the following Saturday.
It is sure to be an entertaining week, with lots of great music but Kevin Harvey's favourite part is, "just having people come out and share their talents, whether it be music, arts and crafts, guitar building or a ukulele making workshop."
"This is our 11th year," Kevin continues, "and we've had some ups and downs, but we feel this year is definitely an up year!"
Don't miss this event, as it will be a week filled with local talent! Be sure to continue to check the website for information as it comes out at www.ormstownmusicfestival.com.