(Orillia, ON) — A galaxy of local, regional, and provincial visual artists, musicians, performers, writers, and dancers gather to inaugurate the first Huronia Arts Festival on the campus of Lakehead University, 500 University Avenue, Orillia on August 13, 2016. The fun-filled family day will showcase over 100 artists from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. This initiative of the Huronia Cultural Campus Foundation is designed to celebrate and honour the creative arts and support the Foundation’s long-term goal of providing permanent cultural facilities on the site of the former Huronia Regional Centre.
Tickets, priced at $25 for the day, with free admission for ages 16 and under, are now available for purchase on http://www.huroniaartsfestival.com. Further details about the opening ceremonies, participating artists, schedules, and activities can also be found there.
Artistic Director Lance Anderson has assembled a wide range of musical offerings including headliners Manteca and Grand Salon Orchestra featuring Kerry Stratton, Conductor. Other performers include Danny Michel, the Moe Koffman Legacy Quintet, Robi Botos, Kevin Breit & Folk Alarm, The Emperor Quartet and Zeus, to mention but a few. The festival also includes a site-specific sculpture exhibition with contributions from over a dozen artists, including Will McGarvey, Charles Pachter and Travis Shilling; a performance by Tomson Highway, Simcoe Contemporary Dancers, The Able Theatre Project, children’s activities and entertainment and more. Performances will take place throughout the day on two concert stages, and around the Lakehead campus. There is ample free parking on site.
In announcing the Festival, Huronia Cultural Campus Foundation Board Chair Fred Larsen said, “We salute the innovative and creative energy in our community and proudly showcase some of our most talented artists. This premiere festival – the work of many talented citizens and numerous volunteers – promises to be a terrific community and family event.”
“I’ve been extremely impressed by the response from across the community,” added Festival lead, Will McGarvey. “All sectors, not just the artists, but business, government, services, and more, have been very forthcoming with support.”
The Huronia Arts Festival is presented in partnership with Lakehead University, with the support of the City of Orillia, Georgian College, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Service Canada, the Orillia Area Community Development Corporation, and the Community Foundation of Orillia.
The Huronia Cultural Campus Foundation is an Orillia-based not for profit organization dedicated to recognizing the potential of the Huronia Regional Centre property; exploring its re-imagining into a multidisciplinary international centre for the arts, education and innovation; and providing access to the grounds and waterfront for community and visitors.