Pop Up Bands on Broadway

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For the first time in its 14-year history, the Festival, in partnership with the Orangeville Business Improvement Area and with the support of the Town of Orangeville, has proclaimed that Broadway, Orangeville’s main thoroughfare will be closed to vehicle traffic all day on Saturday, June 4, 2016. Broadway, between First and Wellington Streets, will be open to pedestrian traffic only and will serve as another venue for the Festival, with eight exciting local bands performing from 1pm to 5pm on various “pop-up” stages along the street. Local restaurants, merchants, and other businesses will be joining in to create a special “Festival vibe” to celebrate the Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival.

Saturday’s Broadway road closure will also feature two other popular events; Blues and Bikes on Mill Street from 1PM to 5PM and the Memorial Jazz March starting at 5PM at the Main Stage area in Alexandra Park and proceeding along Broadway. In addition, the Orangeville Farmers Market will take place from 8AM to 1PM in the Broadway parking lot just south of Town Hall.

Broadway, the centre of Orangeville’s beautiful downtown, is the winner of the Great Street Award and the People’s Choice Award in the Great Places in Canada contest, as announced recently by the Canadian Institute of Planners.

“Broadway is the hub of the community’s social, cultural, and economic activities,” reads the nomination. “From specialty shops and businesses to historical buildings, from street festivals and popular eateries to unique landscape features, Broadway is a kaleidoscope of all that’s vibrant and interesting about the community’s life.”

“To be great, a street must be a destination in its own right. Broadway fits the bill as an inviting place at the heart of Orangeville,” says professional planner and contest juror Ben Petch. “Historic buildings, contextual redevelopment, and attention to the pedestrian experience combine in a unique place enjoyed daily by shoppers, workers and visitors alike. Institutional uses anchor the street and give it purpose, while restaurants, landscaping, and patios enable people to enjoy the space and enliven the street with activity. Festivals and events regularly invite people to experience the street, and contribute to Broadway’s dynamic character. The jury was impressed by the central role Broadway plays in the community, along with the heritage character and streetscape design.”

For a complete listing of the Bands that will be performing in the Broadway Saturday event along with all of the other exciting Festival information, please visit orangevillebluesandjazz.ca

Saturday Festival Events:

Orangeville Farmers Market 8AM to 1PM
Pop-up Bands on Broadway 1PM to 5PM
Performances in the Orangeville Opera House 12PM to 5PM Workshops at the Orangeville Public Library 12PM to 4PM Memorial Jazz March on Broadway 5PM
Royal LePage Main Stage in Alexandra Park 12:30PM to 11PM TD Canada Trust Local Stars Tent 12PM to 8PM

PLUS… Special intimate performances taking place in some of Orangeville and area’s finest Pubs, Clubs and Restaurants!