Following a three-year stint in Hillsborough as The Bore Music Festival, the festival has a new name and a new location for their 2015 edition.
The Moncton Folk Festival, taking place this Friday at Saturday at the Holiday Inn & Suites located at 2515 Mountain Rd. in Moncton, is seeking to build on its strengths of the last few years, while also hoping to attract an audience that might not have felt as inclined to drive to Hillsborough to attend.
Festival organizer Kelly-Sue O’Connor admits that holding the festival outside of the city, as picturesque and ideal as it was, also worked against her in some respects.
“Convincing people that the 20-minute drive to Hillsborough was not that far was definitely part of it. You also had the logistical side of things to contend with as well, however, things like getting sound equipment, backline, supplies and other gear to the site. If you were unfortunate enough to forget something in Moncton, it would take an hour of your time driving back into the city to get it,” O’Connor says.
The festival is a labour of love for the organizer. This year’s lineup, as with previous years, was handpicked by O’Connor based on both a general familiarity as well as bands that expressed interest in playing.
“I’m very proud to have Old Man Luedecke, a two-time Juno Award winner, and In-Flight Safety serving as the headliners of the festival. Overall, however, I strived to have a good mix of bands that represented different areas of the country.”
When it came to raising the funds necessary to stage such a festival, O’Connor took a unique approach to the matter:
She pre-sold copies of a cookbook, featuring recipe contributions from a wide-range of Canadian musicians, including Newfoundland’s Hey Rosetta!, Basia Bulat, the Rural Alberta Advantage and Do Make Say Think.
“I had noticed that a lot of my musical friends were also food connoisseurs, and thought it would be fun to see what they eat on and off the road. I was taken back by how seriously some of the bands took to it, almost as though it was a competition of sorts.
“It is also worth noting that the cookbook boasts a great mixture of all types of ethnic foods as well as vegan and vegetarian options,” she says.
Proceeds from the Moncton Folk Festival will be donated to The Nature Trust of New Brunswick. Since the organization’s formation in 1987, they have served to protect areas of the province that they have deemed ecologically significant, while also educating the citizen’s of the province regarding the province’s heritage and importance of land conservation.
“One of the projects that is dear to my heart is The Friends of Grindstone Island group that we started, and of which I am the lead steward,” O’Connor says. “Proceeds will help us purchase signage, brochures, the printing of books about the island, as well as a trip we want to undertake to complete a full survey of nesting seabirds, the vegetation and trees found on the island.”
Friday night’s festival lineup will be headlined by Halifax indie-rock band In-Flight Safety and will also include sets from Montreal folk-pop artist Corinna Rose and Nova Scotia’s Willie Stratton & The Boarding Pass.
In-Flight Safety recently returned from a journey overseas, where they performed at the Nuit Boreal Festival in Paris, France. Last fall, the group launched their latest record, Conversationalist, following up the album’s release with a successful Canadian tour as well as numerous appearances at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas.
The festival lineup for Saturday draws from all corners of Canada, and beyond: The festival will draw to a close with a performance by Chester, Nova Scotia’s Old Man Luedecke, and will also include shows from New York group Landmark, Hamilton’s Wax Mannequin, Danny Olliver from Regina and Sackville’s Klarka Weinwurm, among others.
Luedecke’s performance is just one of a handful leading up to the release of his upcoming record Domestic Eccentric, in stores on July 24.
Recorded in a 16 by 13 cedar shingle cabin on his property, Luedecke’s desire to remain close to his family throughout the recording process was the impetus for constructing the cabin.
“During the writing process of this album, a lot of the subject matter in these songs has to do with kids, so I figured why not make a record at home, where the inspiration stemmed from,” Luedecke told The Times & Transcript earlier this year.
Following his performance this Saturday night, Luedecke is slated to play the Vancouver Folk Festival next month and will undertake a Western Canadian tour beginning August 1 in Canmore, AB.
For further information on the festival, visit monctonfolkfestival.com.
What: Moncton Folk Festival
Where: Holiday Inn, 2515 Mountain Rd., Moncton
Friday June 26 – 6:00 p.m.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-14. Advance tickets are available at Spin-It, 467 Main St., Moncton
Willie Stratton & The Boarding Pass
Saturday June 27 – 1:00 p.m.
Tickets are $35 for adults, $10 for children ages 5-14. Advance tickets are available at Spin-It, 467 Main St., Moncton
Old Man Luedecke
Mike Trask and the Precious Memories
The Not So Dandy Lions
Weekend passes are $45 for adults, $12 for children ages 5-14