In a quaint space in Toronto on a muggy Thursday evening a few dozen people gather to celebrate an exciting new musical adventure: The inaugural Sawdust City Music Festival.“It occurred to me in August to do this.” The Artistic Director and accomplished musician Miranda Mulholland said, “It’s sort of been this manifestation out of this boutique record label that I run. I really always thought about curating a label the way that one would curate a festival anyways. So artists that aren’t necessarily in the same genre but sort of compliment each other well and have the ability to collaborate and work together.”
In the dog days of summer the three day festival will kick off in Gravenhurst, Ontario. Starting on August 4th the festival will fill the air with music and creativity. “Gravenhurst is so beautiful, it is the gateway to Muskoka. The festival will start on Friday at Sawdust City Brewery, it’s an awesome venue with a great night of music scheduled. The next day we have a songwriting workshop and then our big performance,” she explained.
The big performance is legendary Canadian Musician Jim Cuddy who will be performing at the town’s Opera House, which Mulholland’s great-great- grandfather help build. The venue is stunning but the festival location on the Sunday is one most music lovers will not want to miss.
On a Sunday afternoon you can hear the sounds of Canadian music softly flow through the wind and take over the community with the beautiful scenery of Gull Lake as the backdrop. “On Sunday we have a free show on the barge in Rotary Park. It’s this beautiful yellow barge that sits in the middle of the water and people can bring lawn chairs, picnic blankets or even watch from a boat.”
Besides Cuddy, the impressive line-up for the first time festival includes; Abigail Lapell, Ferraro, Justin Rutledge and many more talented musicians. “It’s really important to me to encourage up and coming artists. With Sawdust City Festival they will get to see their name on a poster with their heroes.”
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