Every year tens of thousands of visitors come to Orangeville to enjoy the Fun, Food, Friends and Fantastic Music of the Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival. Over 80 Acts, 5 stages, dozens of Pubs, Clubs and Restaurants together with hundreds of individual performers all at virtually no cost to the public make for a great weekend get-away. But in addition to those guests visiting from all over Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, BC, Michigan, NewYork, Ohio and Louisiana the Festival also showcases artists from all over the World. Each one brings their own unique story – including their diverse culture – to Orangeville to help shape a singular event that is not repeat-able.
This year, check out some of the Festival’s out-of-town artists including Harper from Australia on the MainStage Friday @ 9:30pm he “has written and arranged some of the most soulful blues rock filled music I have ever heard” and is backed by Midwest Kind from Detroit Mich. From Romania, Aura performs at the Opening Night Gala Thursday, Best Western PLUS Inn and Suites; catch Denise Reis from Brazil in a workshop at the Public Library Saturday @ 1:30pm and again on the MainStage Sunday @ 12noon. Check out Argentinian pianist Gabriel Palatchi at the Opera House Saturday @ 4:00pm. “…From the first note to the last, our entire audience had to keep picking their jaws up off the floor…”. Cecile Doo Kingué blends blues, afro-roots and soul to create a unique sound. Born and raised in New York City, first generation from Cameroon, she has lived in the USA, France, and is now an adopted Montrealer. On Friday night @ 9:30pm, you can see Blackburn, who, although they hail from Toronto, have a deep historic connection with the Underground Railroad. Alan Gerber now lives in Montreal but was born and raised in Chicago. You can see him Saturday at 12noon in the Opera House. The legendary Ray Bonneville performs at the Opera House Sunday @ 3:00pm. Ray’s music reflects the diverse social and cultural experiences he has claimed as his own, including years spent in Boston, Colorado and New Orleans.
Every artist performing at this year’s Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival will combine to create a unique weekend that will be a one-of-a-kind experience. Don’t miss it!