Buzz continues as Festival raring to go next week

One week to go! We’re looking forward to Small-Halling with you and can’t wait to bring big names in music to small halls across Eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Valley.

Ashley MacIsaac

The Ashley MacIsaac show in Maxville at St. James Church sold out this week, meaning that all three shows for the Cape Breton icon have now sold out. The Seeley’s Bay Community Hall, the DACA Community Centre in Dacre and now Maxville will be filled to the rafters with incredible music from this legendary fiddler later this month!

So, you have your tickets – why not extend your visit to explore some of Eastern Ontario’s intriguing small towns? It’s easy to extend your stay and celebrate small town charm and community – by discovering it! Read next week’s Small Talk for suggestions on authentic experiences waiting in each small town – we’ll be outlining some extension experiences each week!

The Festival has been getting some serious online attention lately. We were featured by bloggers from Ottawa Day Tripper, The Wedge, and are set to be featured by The Great Waterway and two other Ottawa area blogs, too. In addition, general manager, Kelly Symes was interviewed on Lake 88.1 FM out of Perth and also featured in an article through the Carleton Place Almonte Canadian Gazette! It seems the region is buzzing about the Festival – and we’re loving the opportunity to showcase your small halls and vibrant rural communities.

Rose Cousins

Artists are starting on their fall tours and it’s interesting to see where the Festival of Small Halls musicians are heading to next. For example, after playing the Festival of Small Halls at the Joshua Bates Centre in Athens on Sept. 16 and then CityFolk, Rose Cousins is heading south to play in Tennessee and Alabama.

The Abrams, who are playing three shows with the Festival this year, have an active and interesting Instagram account! Have you seen it lately? There are some awesome photos of their live performances this summer that make us excited to see them with the Festival of Small Halls! Check them out here. You can see these fiery local brothers live next Thursday for the Festival’s kick off in Beckwith at Stonefield’s, or at the McDonald’s Corners Agricultural Hall on Sept. 29, or at the Westmeath Recreation Centre on Sept. 30. We bet there will be some pics from the Small Halls shows appearing on their social, too!

Make sure you follow the Festival of Small Halls on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as the kick off approaches to keep up with our latest updates on shows.