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The 18th Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival Announces the 2022 Line-Up and Events

The Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival is pleased to announce details about upcoming 18th Festival that will take place this year over three days from June 3-5 in downtown Orangeville!

“We are very excited to announce this year’s 18th Festival which will feature over 75 acts on 4 stages, in local pubs and restaurants, plus several bands performing on the streets throughout the weekend as part of our special events” says Larry Kurtz, Festival Founder and Artistic Director.

The Festival opens Friday night at 5PM with ever popular Blues Cruise on Broadway sponsored by MacMaster Buick GMC, Orangeville Chrysler and Davenports Auto Parts. The Blues Cruise will feature over three hundred classic cars and seven bands performing on Broadway including CJ Lee, Alfie Smith & Nicole Christian, Voodoo Pawnshop and Boomerang.

On Saturday, starting with the Orangeville Business Improvement Area’s (OBIA) Farmers Market running from 8AM to 1PM, Broadway and Mill Street will be closed to vehicle traffic to provide a pedestrian friendly festival environment with over ten bands performing in various outdoor locations on the street. New this year, on Friday, Saturday & Sunday will be the launch of the TD Broadway Stage on Broadway which will feature Toronto Blues Society Talent Search Winner Sandra Bouza, Erin McCallum Band, Falcon Jane, Danny Marks, Russell Scott, Coster-Hewus-McGibbon, Heather Katz, the Campfire Poets, Travelling Wannabees, and Soul Collective. In addition, on Saturday the Heavyweights Brass Band will open the Saturday TD Broadway Stage schedule and lead a New Orleans style Jazz March along Broadway!

The TD Main Stage in Alexandra Park on Friday night will open with Larry Kurtz and the Lawbreakers with special guest Juno & Grammy Award Winner Harrison Kennedy, followed by the Legendary Downchild Blues Band. On Saturday, the TD Main Stage will feature, The Mackenzie Blues Band, James Anthony Band with Danny B, from Quebec, The Mike Goudreau Band, Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley, multiple Maple Blues Award Winners the Angel Forrest Band and our headliners Maple Blues Winners Blackburn. On Sunday, the line-up features Emily Burgess & The Embury’s, Dylan Wickens Band, Harp Attack – featuring From Memphis TN, the Tony Halliday Band with guests Larry Kurtz, Juno Winner Steve Marriner & Hohner World Champion Harmonica Player Carlos Del Junco and Sunday headliner 2022 Juno- Award Nominee Miss Emily.

The Orangeville Opera House will feature intimate performances on Saturday by Montreal acoustic bluesman Adam Karch, LTZ Band featuring Cheryl Lescom, Rick Taylor & Chuckee Zehr, Rick Fines and Juno Jazz Nominee Heather Bambrick. On Sunday, Stan Chang & Charlie Cooley, Carlos Del Junco & The Blues Mongrels, and Latin Jazz by the Laura Fernandez Band.

On Sunday, the Blues & Bikes event, sponsored by Barrie Harley-Davidson, will take place on Broadway and Mill Street hosting hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts proudly displaying their bikes and enjoying live music.

Throughout the entire weekend there will be live music featured in over twenty clubs, restaurants, and event venues around town as part of the Festival experience.

Special performer workshops will be presented in the Orangeville Public Library. 

Festival President Josh Leitch said, “On behalf of the Festival and our thousands of attendees and hundreds of volunteers, we are deeply grateful for the funding and services generously provided to support the Festival. I would like to acknowledge the following:

  • Orangeville Business Improvement Association
  • Department of Canadian Heritage
  • The Town of Orangeville
  • TD Bank Group
  • Central Counties Tourism
  • E. Hofmann Plastics
  • The Orangeville Banner
  • Marks
  • MacMaster GM and Orangeville Chrysler
  • Davenports Auto Parts
  • Carters Professional Organization
  • Barrie Harley-Davidson
  • S. Burnett & Associates
  • Zehrs
  • Green Monkey

 

For more information about the Festival, including a detailed schedule of activities and performers, please visit orangevillebluesandjazz.ca

For Festival Interviews contact:

Larry Kurtz – Festival Founder & Artistic Director larry@orangevillebluesandjazz.ca

Josh Leitch– President, Festival Board of Directors, josh@orangevillebluesandjazz.ca