By Heather Cook
From May 25 – 27, downtown Stouffville played host to Springsong Music Festival, a continuation of the successful Wintersong event that took place in January.
Organized by Epidemic Music Group, the team behind the Guinness World Record concert held in Stouffville last year, Springsong delivered a diverse and exciting lineup of more than 70 musical acts and outdoor performances showcased across multiple indoor venues as well as outdoor landmarks.
Festival fans toured up and down Main St., visiting multiple establishments, experiencing a wide spectrum of restaurants and local shops, engaging with street spectacles, catching their favourite local acts and discovering new ones. Local music legends like Future History, Sarah Fazackerley, Caves, Quincy Bullen and Alexander Keith were featured alongside industry veterans Blair Packham, Mark T Band and Stephen Stanley. The Free Label showed the crowd just why they are Mariposa-bound this year and the five-piece Toronto band, Kaleidoscope Horse wowed audiences with a powerful performance that spilled out onto the street, at one point prompting a spontaneous dance party. The festival also featured musician panels curated by Tamara Williamson.
“The panels taught me so much and sitting on one made me feel like I was making strides as a musician,” said Jefferson Ludwig of the band, Grass Grows Back.
“We programmed this festival to really highlight how much talent there is in York Region and beyond,” said a Epidemic Music Group spokesperson. “We want to create opportunities for not only the musicians and the business owners but also the community. The people of Stouffville love music and the arts and have been so supportive, it’s something we want to nurture at these events. And we are going to keep the music going as long as there are people to hear it.”
They added that Springsong was such a success, people are already asking for a Summersong.
Visit epidemicmusicgroup.ca for updates on Epidemic Music Group musical events.
Main photo: Rikashay rocks at the Earl of Whitchurch Pub. Julie Williams photo