Announcing the Ontario Festival of Small Halls venues for 2017!

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The Ontario Festival of Small Halls is excited to announce its beloved venues for the 2017 edition of the festival!

The Festival is growing once again, now encompassing more than 30 community halls from even further afield. The celebration of exceptional live music is taking place from September 14 to October 1, 2017 in intimate settings to showcase local community hubs, attract visitors to new regions and build community.

We can’t wait to combine big names in music with local communities to enliven new authentic spaces this fall. The host communities this year stretch from Dacre to Merrickville. While some venues are familiar hosts from last year, such as in Chaffey’s Lock, we’re welcoming others for the first time, such as those in Alexandria and Balderson.

Kelly Symes, General Manager of the Ontario Festival of Small Halls, said the festival allows music fans to experience a memorable evening of song and dance in gathering places that residents hold close to their hearts.

“We’re delighted to continue showcasing these intimate gathering places, and welcome big name musical acts to rural Ontario,” she said, noting that 30 new halls applied from across Eastern Ontario. She said the festival is expanding quickly thanks to loyal supporters, as well as the eagerness and kindness of host communities.

Discover the chosen venues for the 2017 Ontario Festival of Small Halls experience:

La Fraternité, Alexandria
Almonte Old Town Hall
Joshua Bates Centre, Athens
Balderson United Church
Stonefields, Beckwith
Althorpe Bolingbroke Community Hall
Burritts Rapids Community Hall
Chaffey’s Lock Community Hall
DACA Community Centre, Dacre
Delta Old Town Hall
Dunvegan Recreation Hall
The Red Brick School, Elgin
Lyndhurst Legion (Royal Canadian Legion Branch 504)
Maberly Hall
St. James Roman Catholic Church, Maxville
McDonald’s Corners Agricultural Hall
Merrickville United Church

Union Hall, Mississippi Mills
Morton Community Hall
Portland Community Hall
Valley Heritage Radio, Renfrew
Batstone’s Northern Ramble
Seeley’s Bay Community Hall
Spencerville Mill
Tatlock Community Hall

St. Andrew’s United Church, Pakenham
St. Andrew’s United Church, Toledo
Westmeath Recreation Centre
Winchester Old Town Hall

Get to know each intriguing hall on the roster this year by clicking on their individual names!

Stay tuned – organizers of the Festival of Small Halls will be announcing dates and the big-name acts this spring who will be taking center stage across Eastern Ontario and the Upper Ottawa Valley.

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