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Now Headed for Summerfolk!

It was an amazing afternoon at the Roxy Theatre in Owen Sound.

Fate cruelly placed the finals on the first sunny hot day of the decade. A couple of hundred people showed up, however, to watch stunning performances by the 12 finalists in The Georgian Bay Folk Society’s Youth Discovery Showcases.

Our judges( Joel Leblanc, Liz Scott and Kevin Gangloff) had a lot to choose from.

Five performers will be joining us on stage at Summerfolk this year

They are

Mac ‘N the BoysMac 'N the Boys

Sydney DelongSydney Delong


Brendan StephensBrendan Stephens

Emily FlackEmily Flack

Jayden GrahlmanJayden Grahlman


A huge debt of thanks to our sponsors

The Trillium Foundation
Ontario Arts Council
Canadian Heritage
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and to our judges Joel Leblanc, Liz Scott and Kevin Gangloff

Thanks to the Roxy, especially Aly Boltman, Gary Byers.

Thanks to the Youth Committee- Tara McKenzie, Coco Love Alcorn, Stephen Kenny, Ruth Parsons, Rox Davidson.

Thanks to Trev MacKenzie for all the help and the Georgian Bay Folk Society.

To Bill McMillan for judging at the first two events.

Thanks to our preliminary venues The Meaford Hall, Back Eddies in Paisley, The Owen Sound Public Library.

To all the performers who showcased.


Summerfolk Youth Discoveries Finals!

The finals for the Discoveries showcases will be happening this coming Sunday at the fabulous Roxy Theatre in Owen Sound. 12 acts have advanced from the preliminaries and will be performing from 130 Pm until the winners are chosen.

Join us for the Finale of the Youth Discoveries Showcases at The Roxy Theatre in Owen Sound.
After the 3 preliminary rounds, 12 acts have been selected to preform at the finale.

Here is the line up, and we hope to see you there. Details can be found by clicking on the events tab or right here

Here they are, with links ( where we have them) so you can check them out.

Jayden Grahlman
Safe As Houses
Emily Flack
Amy Tourlousse
MacKenzie McRuer
Cassie Dasilva
Mack ‘N’ The Boys
Brendan Stephens
JoJo Worthington
Jack Darby
Adam Crossman
Sydney Delong

Youth Discoveries Paisley!

It was a most exciting day at Back Eddie’s in Paisley for the third round of the Youth Discoveries Preliminaries.

We’d like to thanks the judges- Tara MacKenzie, Coco Love Alcorn and Beth Hamilton. Thanks as well to Trev Mackenzie for sound and to Back Eddie’s for being such gracious hosts.

We’d also like to thank all the performers-Cassie Dasilva, Andrew Nunno, Joel Blackshaw, Adam Crossman, Mac ‘n the Boys, Juckanoo. Everybody played like pro’s and the jusdges had a hard choice to make as always.

The three winners from today’s preliminary are Adam Crossman, , Mac ‘n the Boys and Cassie Dasilva.Youth Discoveries Paisley

The judges also picked the three wild card contestants. They are Emily Flack, Mackenzie McRuer and Jayden Grahlman.


Camping for Summerfolk

Last summer, for the week before the festival, my family and I decided to camp at Harrison Park.

Since it was my first year as AD I wanted to be  at Kelso Beach as much as possible while setup was going on. Harrison Park was cheaper than staying in a hotel for the week, and as it turns out, it was delightful. Mini-golf, paddle boats, a swimming pool, evening concerts in the bandstand, a restaurant, fire pits exotic birds, its got a ton of stuff. A quick car ride, or a 15 or 20 minute bike ride, or a healthy walk was all it took to get to Kelso Beach. There’s even a bus stop at the the top of the access road.

All that is by way of saying, that if you are coming from away for Summerfolk this year and you want to camp, Harrison Park is perfect.

Reservations for Harrison Park Family Campground for the 2013 camping season will be accepted starting at 8:00 am Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 on a first call, first booked Basis by calling 519-371-9734. Or follow this link

Second Preliminary Meaford!

The second preliminary in the Youth Discoveries showcase happened this afternoon at the Meaford Hall in Meaford Ontario.

10 Performers were slated to take the stage as of 1PM.

We’d like to thank our judges Tara MacKenzie, Coco Love Alcorn and Billy McMillan for once again accepting the task of choosing between these fine performers. The crowd was pumped and the sound was ably handled by Trevor Mackenzie. Thanks also to Rob Memery and Phil Bye for MC duties.

So- thanks to the performers: Jocelyn McGillvray, JoJo Worthington, Greg Smith, Sydney Delong, Emily Flack, Christopher Thompson, Safe as Houses, The Stone Cutters, Columbo for turning in superb performances.

The following performers will be advancing to the finals at the Roxy Theatre on Sunday April 28th…Youth Discovery Finalists from Meaford!

JoJo Worthington,

Sydney Delong and

Safe as Houses


First Preliminary Results

We had a fantastic first preliminary at the the Owen Sound Public Library.

Thanks to

Nadia Danyluk and the staff at the library for their assistance in putting on this great event.

Tara MacKenzie, Coco Love Alcorn and Billy McMillan, our judges for this round. They gave careful consideration and great feedback.

Trevor MacKenzie and Steve Kenny for stellar sound.

Nadine Osbourne for being a fantastic MC

Thanks and congratulations to all the performers that gave of their talents- Jack Darby, Civil Effect, Brendan Stephens, Lacey Legge, MacKenzie McRuer, Amy Tourlousse, Jayden Grahlman and Marshal Veroni.

The following performers will be advancing to the finals at the Roxy Theatre on April 28th.

Brendan Stephens

Jack Darby

Amy Tourlousse



April is all about Discovery

For the next 4 weeks, we’re all about the youth Discoveries.Coming up in less than a week -first preliminary in the Georgian Bay Folk Society’s Youth Discoveries program.

Starting at 2 on Sunday the 7th of April, some of Owen Sound’s best will be playing at the Owen Sound Public Library. April 14th brings the Discoveries showcase to the Meaford Hall, Meaford. April 21st it’s Paisley’s turn at Back Eddie’s

The finals on April 28th at the Roxy Theatre will award spots at Summerfolk to 5 deserving performers- but Discoveries is about much more. It’s about building connections in the musical community. Many of the participants in Youth Discoveries find like minded performers-they gain stage experience and the opportunity to access a unique group of mentors and coaches. It’s all about taking the first steps towards a life in music.

The winners will be joining a performers roster that includes The Proclaimers, Kathleen Edwards, Vance Gilbert and more.

Come out and support them and find your new favourites!

All the info you need can be found right here!



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