ELORA – Riverfest Elora brings about 5,000 individuals to Bissell Park right here each summer season.
This 12 months it’s from Aug. 18 to twenty, and it’s the pageant’s thirteenth 12 months, or “Fortunate 13” as organizers are saying.
Headlining performers are The Reklaws on Friday, Metric on Saturday, and Feist on Sunday.
The Reklaws are from Cambridge and are the pageant’s first nation headliner, stated government and inventive director Spencer Shewen.
Different genres embrace rock, pop, hip-hop, ska, and digital dance music.
“We don’t actually exclude” any genres, Shewen stated in a telephone interview with the Advertiser.
He famous the reception to the lineup, launched on April 19, has been “heartwarming,” and “all people appears actually pleased.”
Shewen added pageant organizers are “excited to deliver Riverfest again to the group for one more 12 months.”
There might be 47 performers, “lower than earlier years” as a result of pageant hours have been diminished.
After receiving suggestions from surveys, organizers “determined to open the gates a bit bit afterward Saturday and Sunday,” and end the pageant an hour early on Sunday.
Gates will open at 1:30pm as a substitute of 11:30am on Saturday and Sunday, and the pageant will finish round 10pm as a substitute of 11pm on Sunday evening.
“We observed individuals weren’t coming in till about 2pm anyhow,” and the later begin offers the Riverfest staff “extra time to reset the park,” Shewen stated.
He famous the choice to finish earlier was “for our neighbours too, to offer them that further hour on Sunday evening.”
The diminished hours imply “one much less band per stage per day,” he famous.
The opposite change to the pageant this 12 months is an added “shuttle bus to Guelph Lake Conservation Space, so individuals can camp there as nicely, as a result of the Elora Gorge sells out yearly,” Shewen stated.
All however two of the performers are Canadian, with many native to Wellington County, Guelph and the Waterloo Area.
Elora artists embrace the Boo Radley Venture, the Bearskins, Jiggity James, Adrian Jones, and the Rivercital from college students at Adrian Jones’ music college.
Shewen stated the Rivercital (from 3 to 5pm within the tent stage on Friday) is “one thing we do for the group, so the children can play on the large stage that the larger bands get to play on.”
Different performers from Centre Wellington embrace the Shawn Connerys, Peter Piper, and Anna Paddock and the Lay Awakes, together with Paddock’s husband, Fergus native and Paralympian basketball star Patrick Anderson.
Returning artists embrace Metric, who Shewen stated is “coming again for the primary time since 2015,” when the rock band headlined one of many busiest days within the pageant’s historical past.
The Darcys are “coming again Sunday evening for a rap celebration on the Legion,” Shewen stated, noting the after celebration is free for volunteers.
Skye Wallace, “a tremendous Canadian rock artist from Toronto,” is coming again, too, performing within the Koop tent on Sunday at 4:20pm, he added.
Shewen stated there are numerous rising artists performing, together with CJ Wiley, an “superb nation artist from Toronto” and Rêve, who lately gained a Juno for dance recording of the 12 months.
Charlotte Cardin of Montreal, who’s acting on Sunday, gained 4 Junos in 2022: greatest album, single, artist, and pop album of the 12 months.
“She’s superb,” Shewen stated.
He additionally famous, Speak, whose music Run Away To Mars has gone mainly viral all throughout North America,” will carry out on the primary stage on Saturday at 5:40pm.
Tickets, volunteer alternatives
Tickets will be bought from the Riverfest web site at https://riverfestelora.frontgatetickets.com.
Weekend passes are at the moment accessible for $150, however the worth will go as much as $165 on Might 1.
Youngsters 12 and below can attend the pageant without spending a dime if accompanied by an grownup.
Volunteer purposes are additionally up on the Riverfest web site at https://riverfestelora.com/volunteer/.
Riverfest volunteers attend the pageant without spending a dime, and work between 10 and 12 hours over the weekend, “relying on which crew they’re on,” Shewen stated.
“Now we have over 500 volunteers placing this factor on, they usually do a tremendous job yearly,” he stated, noting he hears from artists and brokers “how superb our staff is and the way we placed on a world-class occasion.”
There isn’t a minimal age for volunteers, however youth below 15 have to be accompanied by an grownup whereas volunteering.
Volunteers embrace “about 75 lead volunteers that put in numerous hours over the pageant season,” Shewen added, and “with out them we’d be misplaced.”
He stated everybody comes collectively to create “one thing we are able to all be pleased with.”
‘Sense of group’
“It’s actually the sense of group” that makes Riverfest totally different from different festivals, Shewen stated.
“Individuals come to the pageant and really feel like they are often themselves.”
He added the “inventive line up” makes it distinctive too, with largely upbeat bands that create a “party-fun environment.
“The opposite factor that units us aside from quite a lot of totally different festivals is it’s nearly like a giant metropolis lineup in a rural group.”
The “lovely setting” of the village of Elora makes Riverfest stand out too, Shewen stated, noting “Elora and Centre Wellington are as a lot part of the pageant as every thing inside the park.”
He stated organizers encourage attendees to “go away the pageant grounds” to exit for a espresso and discover the world.
Shewen stated “everybody that places on the pageant lives and works in the neighborhood” and “cares about Centre Wellington and doing the most effective that we are able to for the group.
“We do it for the city and for the locals as a lot as we do it for individuals coming from out of city,” he added, and “we’re right here due to the group.”