Westport, Ontario, Canada

MUSICwestport

Welcome to MUSICwestport: Where Local Artists Unite in Celebration of Music

The Westport Arts Council began, in 2006, and brought together like-minded individuals together – people with a vision to expand the artistic experience in our community and inspire all, including our youth. In the early days, MUSICwestport was the major focus of the council – a single-day outdoor festival event, with bands at three different locations in the village. The first festival was headlined by The Abrams Brothers and was a huge success.

MUSICwestport - Westport Arts Council

In 2013, the Cove Inn began to play host to an annual Kick Off Party and Fundraiser Event for WAC, which really helped to round out the weekend for festival goers and general supporters alike.

The festival grew each year as did the vibe and the anticipation for MUSICwestport. The stage locations changed a bit but generally, all of the activity continues in the downtown core and the festival has remained a free event with incredible volunteer support, BBQ, KidzZone activities and Kids performers. World-class local talent of all styles of music have graced the MUSICwestport stages and we are all lucky to have been witness to a variety of music and performances which would usually be reserved for big city festivals.

Some of those artists include

MUSICwestport - Blues Artists

Blues Artists

  • Steve Marriner Band
  • MonkeyJunk
  • Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar
  • Miss Emily feat. Gord Sinclair and Rob Baker
  • Kelly Joe Phelps
MUSICwestport - Rock Artists

Rock Artists

  • The High Dials
  • Patrick Krief
  • Kasador
  • Sunfields
  • Bullmoose
  • Spoon River
  • Tavis E. Triance & The Natural Way
  • Tom Savage
  • Peter Elkas
MUSICwestport - Roots, Folk and Country Artists

Roots, Folk and Country Artists

  • Lonesome Ace Stringband
  • New Country Rehab
  • The Foggy Hogtown Boys
  • Oh Susanna
  • Steve Piticco
  • Wendell Ferguson
  • Shawn McCullough
  • Brea Lawrenson
  • The Barrel Boys
  • Turpin's Trail
  • Luther Wright & The Wrongs
  • Ariana Gillis
  • Bob Burtch Bluegrass Band
MUSICwestport - World, Soul and Funk Artists

World, Soul and Funk Artists

  • Soul Jazz Orchestra
  • H'Sao
  • The Heavyweights
  • Kobo Town
  • The Peptides
  • Drumhand
  • Zal Sissokho
  • The Souljazz Orchestra
  • Mr. Something Something
  • The Steadies
  • Jaron Freeman Fox and the Opposite of Everything

Like the rest of the world during COVID, almost all live music venues were shut down including festivals. As a result, MUSICwestport was put on hold for two years but it resurfaced in Lockwood Park in 2022. The festival has two stages in 2023, one at each in Lockwood Park and at the Cove Inn, and hopes to see a return to pre-COVID crowds and support! The festival will continue to operate annually on the third weekend of August with a focus on a mixture of homegrown talent, a diverse mix of genres and as always, some impressive eclectic acts from outside the local sphere.