In addition to the concerts that are prominent throughout the weekend of the festival, these other activities are also happening.WORKSHOPS:
Workshops in Ontario folk festivals are a combination of education, performance and entertainment. These take place on the Saturday and Sunday afternoons on the Mill Race and the Civic Square stages. Various performers from different backgrounds will be put together on stage under a specific theme. These may involve a number of fiddlers from different groups, or a selection of singers could be asked to share songs about specific themes. These create an experience of informal and spontaneous music making by festival artists.SINGAROUNDS & PUB SESSIONS:
Singarounds or Song Sessions, are informal gatherings where musicians/singers gather in a circle, unplugged, sharing songs together in an informal social setting. A pub session is similar, but mainly instrumental music is played; jigs, hornpipes, etc. These are a mainstay at British and Irish folk festivals. Hosts are appointed to run these events, but anyone who plays the appropriate style of music can join in. The intent is to provide a place for traditional folk song and music enthusiasts who are not necessarily hired performers to participate in making music at the festival. These will be held in the Kiwi Pub on Dickson Street, across from the Civic Square Stage. The Mill Race Folk Society hosts these events regularly at other venues throughout the year as well. Check our website for details.BARN DANCE
Try your hand at Country dancing. This is a participatory event where anyone can join in. This is held on Saturday from 8-10pm on the Water Street Stage. Music provided by Relative Harmony with dance caller Judy Greenhill.OPEN STAGE
This will follow after the Children’s performances on the Water Street South Stage and is in the same venue. Singers and musicians who would like to have a chance to perform should speak with the volunteers at that Stage and sign up. Hosted this year by Cambridge Live Music.