Who says that a music festival needs to span two or three days? Sometimes, the best things do come in small packages.
Enter the Bore Music Festival, taking place Saturday in the quiet surroundings of Hillsborough. An ensemble of local, regional and national talent will be performing including Fredericton’s Olympic Symphonium and Margo Margo, Halifax’s Acres and Acres, Toronto’s Abdominal and The Obliques along with the Hub City’s own Fair Trade Commission. Musically, as all good festivals should be, there is a little bit of everything including pop, hip-hop, folk and rock.
The Bore Music Festival is now in its second year. The brainchild of Kelly-Sue O’Connor, the festival has a charitable side as well. This year’s edition of the festival will be in support of Nature New Brunswick, Foods of the Fundy Valley as well as the venue where the festival is being held, the Hillsborough Kiwanis Club.
With the benefit of the first edition of the festival behind her, O’Connor says that she brought forward many lessons to implement or do her best to implement with the 2013 edition of the Bore Music Festival.
“I thought having a year to organize this year’s festival would mean everything would be perfect for this year but really, it just meant that I had more time to run into problems,” she said. “I have almost taken more away from the organization of this year’s festival thus far.”
Despite being primarily rooted in the worlds of indie-rock, folk and singer-songwriters, this year’s lineup of performers at the Bore Music Festival is a diverse one. O’Connor assembled the talent through a combination of word of mouth and surprising Internet discoveries.
“I had received many emails from bands that were interested in playing the festival however, first and foremost, I wanted to be sure that they were a good fit for the festival. We are mainly a showcase for folk, indie-rock and singer-songwriters even though I did sneak in Abdominal and The Obliques, a hip-hop act. But even at that, his music is a great sit-down acoustic version of his music with a full band. It ends up falling rather well in line with the festival.”
Phil Flowers of Moncton’s Fair Trade Commission is looking forward to performing at the Bore Music Festival. The group is still largely in its live show infancy with less than five shows under the belt. Comprised of several prolific Moncton singer-songwriters each of whom has their respective solo careers on the go, Flowers says that the band is currently in the midst of assembling songs for their debut release.
“The band’s big plan right now is indeed focused on making a record,” Flowers says. “Right now, we have a list of 16 songs that we want to record but we are also taking the time to play shows that we feel would be good opportunities for the band.”
Attracting groups like Fair Trade Commission is where the heart of the Bore Music Festival lies. O’Connor freely admits that she does not envision the Bore Music Festival becoming anything other than being a great place for people to discover new and upcoming bands.
“We are a small non-profit festival and will likely always remain that way,” she says. “I don’t have any plans to become a huge festival bringing in big headliners when there is so much great local music for people to discover. That is how I see the Bore Music Festival: we are a discovery festival where you walk away having found some great new music that you might not have previously been aware of.”
Article published in the July 26, 2013 edition of the Times & Transcript