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15 Aug: MUSICwestport 2015

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15 August 2015 – FREE

8 Bands – 2 Outdoor Venues – Spring Street Festival

It’s the event you’ve all been waiting for! The *free* MUSICwestport Open Air Music Festival returns 15 August 2015. With 2 stages, 8 bands, the popular VOICE of the Rideau singing contest finale and the Spring Street Festival, WAC promises a full day and full range of music and entertainment for all ages.

Don’t forget to get the festival started at the Kick Off Party 14 August 2015 featuring Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything


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Special thanks to our annual Patrons:

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VOICE of the Rideau 2015

VOTR 2015

“The only thing better than singing is more singing.”

– Ella Fitzgerald

You said it Ella. MUSICwestport in conjunction with Brad Wing of Century 21 Real Estate is excited to announce The VOICE of the Rideau 2015 all ages singing competition. VOTR is back this summer and we’re eager to follow the music until the best amateur singer on the Rideau is crowned at the MUSICwestport open air music festival. Sing it. Win it. 

Singers will compete in age categories: Adult, Youth (13-18) or Child. Along with the title, winners will be awarded a trophy and cash prize. Auditions will take place 25 July 2015 at the North Crosby Community Centre beginning at 10am. Finals will take place during the MUSICwestport open air music festival on 15 August 2015 in front of the live festival audience.

All singers must read the rules and apply for an audition by completing the form below. There are limited audition spaces, apply early or be disappointed.

Click to download: VOTR 2015 Rules and Audition Application

Thanks Volunteers!

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Fun, food and gratitude.

WAC warmly welcomed a large crowd at the Volunteer Appreciation Evening at The Cove last week. To the musical sounds of Stephanie Doornekamp (and a few special guests along with our winner of “The VOICE”), we all tucked into a generous spread of delicious food provided Marty Hawkins and The Cove while WAC shared their gratitude with the great many volunteers, sponsors and board members that make WAC successful.

Taking stock of the year’s events, each one would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of  so many volunteers. From the ticket sellers, fundraisers, bbq-bosses, greeters, idea-generators, t-shirt sellers, graphic designers and photographers to the stage-builders, telephone call-makers, email-repliers, drivers, cleaners, decorators, and poster putter-uppers, the success of our events and programs are from your efforts. Special thanks goes out from WAC and the Village of Westport  to Volunteer of the Year, Mrs. Marianne Roberts, who not only generously donates her time but does so with boundless energy and joy.

IMG_1459Volunteer of the Year: Mrs. Marianne Roberts

We also took the opportunity to shine a spotlight on our sponsors who generously gave to support the arts in all forms from our youth school programs to the ever-popular MusicWestport Festival. From individuals and families in the community to local business sponsors, we value your donations that have allowed WAC to promote and provide arts in all formats within Westport. For some of our local business sponsors and service clubs, 2014 marked five years they have been supportive of WAC and it’s their steady contributions that have allowed WAC to extend our reach in the community:

Tangled Garden

Barker Wilson Law Offices

Lower Mountain Mechanical

Seasons of Westport

Jake by the Lake

Westport Lions Club



Special thanks goes out to this year’s…

Patron of the Arts:

 Seasons of Westport

MusicWestport Main Stage Sponsor:

Jake by the Lake

 …for their above and beyond contributions. 

WAC also recognized the panel of board members who donate time, brain power, and multitude of skills on a regular basis to imagine and implement the various WAC programs and events throughout the year. There were so long meetings, long days, and even longer nights but it was all worth it!

Last but not least, WAC would like to thank the residents of Westport and each person who participated or attended a WAC event. Not only do we strive to bring arts in all forms to our community but we channel the funds from tickets and donations back into more events, school programs and local projects for the pleasure of Westport. And to all of those that came from here and there to enjoy and then donated through loose change or a purchase, we thank you. To all our members who took out memberships, we thank you! It was an amazing year!

With gratitude to all volunteers, sponsors, board members and supporters, 2014 was pretty awesome!



Volunteer Appreciation Evening


To the ticket sellers, fundraisers, bbq-bosses, greeters, idea-generators, t-shirt sellers, graphic designers, photographers, stage-builders, telephone call-makers, email-repliers, drivers, cleaners, decorators, and poster putter-uppers…You’re all invited to the WAC Volunteer Appreciation evening!


WAC volunteer

See you there!

2014 MUSICwestport Festival Recap


Just before the rain, there was Montreal’s Sunfields.

What a weekend!

The MUSICwestport Open Air Festival showcased 8 bands on two stages and hosted visitors from the Philippines, Germany, France, New York, Boston, all across Canada and, of course, many proud locals.

The festival actually kicked off the night before at The Cove with a special performance from Montreal’s H’SAO to a sold out crowd. The award-winning African group set an energetic tone for the weekend with their enticing choreography and alluring vocal harmonies.DSC_0004


The morning started off in mother nature’s good graces as the sun shone for the finals of the VOICE of the Rideau singing competition where winners Stephanie Doornekamp, Luke Young, Madison Miernik and Jillian Texeira were crowed in their respective age categories.

Taking to The Cove stage sponsored by Jake By The Lake next was the crowd favourite of the weekend: Bob Burtch Bluegrass Band. The Canadian mandolin legend and his band played classic bluegrass under the sun while on the Artemesia Spring Street stage a few blocks over Mikey and The Reelers entertained crowds with their hilarious, high energy rock and roll.

In between the two stages, crowds were also treated to the ever-growing Spring Street Fair showcasing localartists and family friendly activities, including entertainment from interactive puppeteers. The live pottery demonstration was popular with the crowd, as was the return of the WAC bean bag toss challenge.

DSC_0080Hot electric jazz from Kevin Warren East West Project followed on Spring Street while, last minute additions to the line-up, Sunfields rocked The Cove stage with their quirky rock and catchy lyrics. As the dark clouds began to gather overhead, Drumhand‘s hypnotizing mix of Brazilian, African, Cuban and Indian rhythms kept the crowds entranced despite the drizzle but when the rain started to really pour audiences and bands alike began scattered to find shelter. A mass group effort from volunteers (including members of Sunfields, thanks guys!) helped move artists, amps, and audiences to alternate venues.

Plan B: Alex the Folk Band at Church Street Bakery.

Plan B: Alex the Folk Band at Church Street Bakery.

For the first time in its eight year history, MUSICwestport continued indoors but no one missed a beat.

Crowded into the inviting Church Street Bakery with warm tea and cookies, Alex the Folk Band kept the music going while a drenched Miss Emily and her loyal listeners set up inside The Cove. For the first time in its eight year history, MUSICwestport proceeded indoors but no one seemed to miss a beat. The festival day closed with the building sounds of New Country Rehab who ended the day on energetic musical high.

Thanks goes out to all the rain-soaked volunteers who worked like a well-oiled machine to move artists and amps alike into dryer locations and the spectators who followed the music. Special thanks to all of our generous sponsors who made the festival possible and continue to believe in the arts and WAC.


For more photos, visit the WAC Facebook page.

All donations collected over the weekend will go towards the WAC youth initiative to bring artists of all mediums into our local schools.