New venues; Small Halls is big news

Wow! We are so happy with all the excitement generating as a result of our hall announcement last week. With mentions on radio, online news sites, in newspapers, blogs, and widely shared on social media, we had so many people get in touch with how pleased they were that their beloved community halls were chosen to be hosting a Small Halls show this year!

As you know, we’re expanding again this year – heading down back roads, chatting with friendly folks and stopping at charming halls in places like Harrowsmith, Rankin and Sydenham. We’re thrilled to add these new halls and hope you’ll join us in welcoming them to the schedule this year.

Let us pique your interest in some of our new halls! Did you know that the Combermere Community Centre played a crucial role following an F2 tornado that devastated the town in 2006? It serves as the community’s Emergency Response Centre and Shelter. Read more about this community mainstay here.

In addition, the Snow Road Community Centre was originally built as a school which opened in 1897, and was known to welcome up to 50 students at one time — with one brave teacher! Find out more about this unique venue here.

The Matawatchan Community Memorial Centre has live music ingrained its beams and rafters. It opened in 1954 by hosting live music and dancing – and to this day, no event in Matawatchan is complete without live music of some sort. This has earned the community a reputation as the “Nashville of the North.” Discover more here.

In other Small Halls news… our general manager, Kelly Symes, went to East Coast Music Week last week in Halifax as a delegate and representative for Ontario Festival of Small Halls. Her role there offered others the opportunity to connect with her as a key member of the music industry through unique mentorship programs, engaging conference sessions and strategic networking opportunities. Putting Small Halls on the map!

We have had a few questions about when our full schedule is going to be announced. Stay tuned for that in June – we’ll be sure to give you plenty of notice before the big reveal! We can’t wait to share all the details with you and let you in on which amazing talent will be gracing stages in rural Ontario this fall.

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