Latest News 2012

Nov 13, 2012 - Northumberland, ON ::Back To Top

FESTIVAL PERFORMERS MINGLE WITH LOCAL ARTISANS AND SURPRISE PARTICIPANTS AT THE 4TH ANNUAL "ART PROJECT" NOVEMBER 25th

It's that time of year once again when a really unique collection of art turns up in downtown Cobourg. Shelter Valley's "Art Project" is a one night showing that is a collaboration of artwork from local artisans, past Shelter Valley Folk Festival performers, and a few surprising personalities. The evening ends with a Silent Auction.

The Art Project marks four years this November in downtown

SVFF launched "The Art Project" in 2009 to help close its fundraising year. As an arts organization and registered charity the Festival's year round events also include an Artists in the Schools program, a Community Concert Series and a number of arts presentations. The Art Project proceeds help it all happen. The project also adds some fun to the fundraising, by bringing together a surprising group of "artists". The community is warmly invited to drop in and enjoy this year's creations Sunday November 25th from 6:30 to 8:30pm.
"It's a really fun show and has so much support from the community to make it happen" says SVFF's Fundraising Chair Janet Herbert. Herbert adds "It's wonderful to see what participants, each using the same sized 5 X 7 art board, decide to do with it." The Shelter Valley Art Project encourages "artists" to think out of the box and use any media they wish from acrylics, photography, collage - and even the inclusion of poetry or lyrics. Herbert says this year's theme is "Community", which is thought a good fit given SVFF is beginning its 10th anniversary year in Northumberland in 2013.

Shelter Valley's "The Art Project" opens its doors from 6:30pm on Sunday November 25th for one night only, ending the evening with a Silent Auction. The event will take place at the Park Theatre & Performing Arts Centre at 60 King Street East in downtown Cobourg (across from Victoria Park). For more details give Shelter Valley a call at 905-349-2788 or visit online at www.sheltervalley.com.

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More information:
Jan Cody, Executive Director
festival@sheltervalley.com or 905-349-2788

Oct 2, 2012 - Northumberland, ON ::Back To Top

Shelter Valley presents
Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls Documentary Film
Twins receive complimentary passes!

"Their bravery and talent are an inspiration and the whole thing makes you want to move to New Zealand." - London Evening Standard

"…a cross between the Indigo Girls and the Smothers Brothers…" - TimeOut

"Resistance is futile. Don't even try not falling for these adorable twin lesbian political-activist farmer/folksinger/ comedians." - Seattle Weekly

 

 

 

On Sunday November 11th at 4pm Shelter Valley hosts a screening at Northumberland Mall Theatres of a documentary that follows the story of New Zealand's ground breaking twins Lynda and Jools. The pair came of age during the 80's as performers and protestors, leading marches for anti apartheid, Nuclear Free NZ, Maori land rights and Homosexual Law Reform among other causes. Their brave stance on many issues and on "coming out", quickly grew a worldwide following for their leadership as well as spectacular musical performances. Add to that their gift of humour and the result is a phenomenon that to this day keeps them in the mainstream.

To add to the afternoon Shelter Valley offers "twins attending together" and "twins celebrating their 10th birthday (just like Shelter Valley) in 2013 complimentary admission. (birthday ID essential)

Lynda and Jools Topp

The Topp twins have won several NZ Film & TV Awards, including Entertainers of the Year and Best Original Music titles. They've toured Canada, the U.S., Britain and performed alongside many, including Billy Bragg and Lucinda Williams. The twins also created a primetime TV Series "Do Not Adjust Your Twinset" and in 2004 they received the Queens Medal for Services to Entertainment and were inducted into New Zealand's Music Hall of Fame. This is a rare chance to catch this intriguing and delightful Topp Twins' documentary in Northumberland, which depicts many major social and political movements over the last three decades. (www.topptwins.com)

Listing: The Topp Twins Untouchable Girls documentary November 11 at 4pm at Northumberland Mall Theatres. Tickets ($9 incl HST) are sold through Shelter Valley at www.sheltervalley.com. In person "cash only" sales at Harden & Huyse (201 Division St., Cobourg).

Shelter Valley celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2013. Its Labour Day weekend Festival (August 30 - September 1) remains a family event held on the Henkel Family Lavender Farm nestled in the Northumberland rolling hills overlooking Lake Ontario east Cobourg. The Festival offers Juried Art, Wellness and Sustainable Living learning and workshops, a unique Family and Children's area, local Harvest Foods and the finest in Folk, Roots and Blues music.

Contact: Jan Cody, Executive Director 905-349-2788

Sept 3, 2012 - Northumberland, ON ::Back To Top

Shelter Valley Folk Festival 2012 Raffle Winners Announced

The Shelter Valley Folk Festival, a Registered Federal Charity, is pleased to announce the following winners of the 2012 Fundraising Raffle (Lottery Licence #450248):

Prize 1: 2013 Family Wkd Passes (2 adults, 2 child (5-10 yrs): Joyce Higgs, Hastings

Prize 2: Multiple CD Package (2012 Festival Performers): Miranda Warren, Lindsay

Prize 3: Original Wall Art Creation: Denise Morand, Windsor

Prize 4: Reiki Treatment Gift Certificate: Judy Rochon, Cobourg

Prize 5: Honeybea Button Bag: Sheila Guilott

Prize 6: Forest Friends Sculpture and Book: Vicky Dingly, Ajax

Prize 7: 2 prints of fantastical visions: Mike Carr, Kanata

Prize 8: Prizing N/A as a change of provider

Prize 9: Soapstone Carving: Ian Moffat, Perth

Prize 10: Hand Felted Vessel: Frank Iacobucci

Prize 11: Hand Crafted Serving Bowl: Allan Buck, Cannington

Prize 12: Tie Dye Shirt: Mary Partridge, Toronto

Prize 13: Waxed Collage Piece - Suzanne Coyle, Brighton

Prize 14: Original Painting of Live Stage: Lisa Nicholson, Cannington

Prize 15: Copper Peace Necklace: Jen Arima, Toronto

Prize 16: Opal Wing Ammonite Necklace: Bridget Grounds, Ottawa

Thank you to this year's Artisans who generously donated our raffle prizing, and to everyone who purchased a ticket for the Shelter Valley Folk Festival 2012 raffle with proceeds supporting our efforts as a Registered Charity and Arts Organization in the community.

We look forward to seeing you in September 2013, August 30th to Sept 1st, with Early Bird Tickets as always on sale May 1st till they're gone!

For more information please contact: Jan Cody, Executive Director 905-349-2788 or festival@sheltervalley.com

August 21, 2012 - Northumberland, ON ::Back To Top

Shelter Valley Folk Festival:  A Lot More Than Music

Shelter Valley Folk Festival has once again a wonderful and surprising line up of performers ready to go for Labour Day weekend (Aug 31 – Sept 2) on the Henkel Family Lavender Farm just east of Cobourg, Ontario (an hour east of Toronto). Many set to perform are internationally acclaimed and awarded. Some bring fascinating stories along with them. 21 year old Australian Kim Churchill is a world class surfer and already known globally as a master guitarist. Calgary’s Oscar Lopez left Chile twenty years ago to begin a Blues/Folk/Jazz career in Canada, and has woven his South American and Canadian heritage into a unique sound he’s been sharing with the world. Ottawa-based Mighty Popo’s music, reflects his Rwandan Burundian beginnings and his work with Bob Geldof’s African Guitar Summit. Add beautiful vocals and intriguing songwriting from artists such as Del Barber, Samantha Martin, The Once and many more - and the three day Festival seems more than one can take in.

However Festival organizers say their annual surveys tell them the Artists’ Village is as popular as the music, with many ticket holders coming just to visit this area. It’s a wonderful stretch of Juried Art on a beautiful setting overlooking Lake Ontario. 19 Artists were selected for the Artists’ Village this year, and offer both their creations and an opportunity to meet them and talk about their work. This year’s Artists use many natural materials including metals, textiles, wood, clay, soapstone and more.

One of the Village Artists, Max Sexsmith of Soapstone Creations, has returned time and time again with his wonderful carvings but also for his skill at leading workshops. Sexsmith says he likes the type of people that come to the Festival. He began his career after taking a course in Fine Arts.  “It’s very low key with many families and also the workshops attract all ages, which I like.” He also enjoys watching those trying soapstone carving for the first time. “There isn’t a wrong way to work with it, and I like seeing how children and their parents at the Festival work on carvings for the first time.”

Other Artists in the 2012 Village include: Naomi Assenheim of Opal Wing Creations; Jenny Baklinski of Two Trees Soap; Ron Belanger Guitars; Rebecca Caulford of Honeybea Designhive; Louise Ferguson-Radman; Katie Flindall of Moon House Art; Maia Heissler of Down-To-Earth Creations; Josh & Allison Hill of Rogue Goat; Marjut Hirvoneu of Om Saha; Raechelle Kennedy of Blackbird Studio; Jungle Ling; Jeff Macklin of Jackson Creek Press; Lisa Marcus of Mermaid Springs Pottery; Katie McLellan; Rri Povey of RriJoice Tie-Dye; John Proctor of Earth Tones Studio; Allan Rathwell; and Susanne Towns.

Festival Tickets are still available – Weekend Passes or Day Tickets. They can be purchased online at www.sheltervalley.com or by phone at 905-349-2788. There will be a “Pop Up” sales morning in Cobourg Friday August 24th from 9am to 1pm, at The Human Bean. And the Grafton office is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm (closed Friday August 31st). It’s found in the centre of Grafton on County Rd. 2, across from the Grafton Village Inn. The Ticket Booth at the Festival Site opens Friday August 31st at 4pm.

The Shelter Valley Folk Festival celebrates nine years as a family event held Labour Day Weekend on the Henkel Farm east of Grafton, Ontario. The festival celebrates Juried Art, Wellness and Sustainable Living learning, Harvest Foods and the finest in Folk, Roots and Blues music.

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For more information please contact:

Jan Cody, Executive Director, festival@sheltervalley.com or 905-349-2788

August 14, 2012 - Northumberland, ON::Back To Top

Volunteers at Local Arts & Music Fest Reach Record Number

A couple of weeks away from Labour Day weekend, Shelter Valley Folk Festival finds itself in a new situation. Just 14 volunteers are needed to completely fill the roles' roster for this well known family weekend of music, arts, learning workshops and local harvest foods. The three day event near Grafton, Ontario is found an hour east of Toronto, or about 10 minutes from Cobourg.

"Filling our volunteer roster would be quite an amazing first." said Executive Director Jan Cody. "We're still celebrating how fast our early ticket release went, so it's tremendous to know we have this much support. Right now we're busy making sure everyone knows the details about the weekend, and why the community should come for a day, or for the entire weekend".

Shelter Valley is also a year round Northumberland arts organization and the weekend includes juried art from a tremendous number of Artisans – over half this year will be new to the event. For those interested in sustainable "green" living or learning about wellness practices there's a full program of unique demonstrations and workshops. Families are encouraged to discover the "Children's Village", which puts a focus on learning about the arts, from music to hands on creating. There are also concerts and a celebrated "Children's Parade", for all to enjoy.

The final program for the weekend will be posted later in August and list most of the activities happening over the Festival weekend, August 31 to September 2nd.

The Festival's Artistic Director Carolyn Sutherland is now working on finalizing music performance details. The main stage schedule (on this site here) touches Blues, Roots, Jazz and Folk sounds – with a little "spoken word" as well. During the day, a long list of side stage workshops puts performers together in intimate music sessions for audiences. The three Local Showcase Finalists added to the weekend are: SunSplitter, Peter McMurtry & Aaron Hoffman, and Ben Vandergaast.

Artistic Director Sutherland also invited this year's performers to send special "messages" and they're starting to turn up on the Festival's homepage at www.sheltervalley.com. Performers are talking about their craft and letting visitors "meet" them before the Festival. A recent posting from acclaimed guitarist and writer Gregory Hoskins (at right - called an unsung hero of Canada's Folk scene) is a quirky and fun walk in the woods with Hoskins, who shares insights about his song writing and that he's looking forward to being at Shelter Valley.

Shelter Valley Folk Festival is located at the Henkel Family Lavender Farm, on Northumberland's rolling hills overlooking Lake Ontario. Tickets for the Festival are sold at www.sheltervalley.com, by calling 905-349-2788, or at SVFF's summer office in Grafton (Monday to Friday) at 10831 County Rd. 2 (The Lawless Gallery, across from the Grafton Village Inn).

In person Ticket Sales in Cobourg happen this Friday August 17th at a "Pop Up" location: "The Human Bean" coffee shop, from 9am to 1pm (80 King St. West).

For more information please contact: Jan Cody, Executive Director at 905-349-2788

August 7, 2012 - Northumberland, ON ::Back To Top

Shelter Valley Welcomes Back “Homemade Jam” on the Beach

A Free Evening of Music Ahead in Cobourg Friday August 10th

(Northumberland) Shelter Valley ends the week with more music on the shores of Lake Ontario in Cobourg. It’s the second annual “Homemade Jam” event that presents emerging young talent in a summer setting. Funding from the Ontario Arts Council through the Arts Investment Program, has created this opportunity for the area’s youth to share their talent, and for the community to learn more about Shelter Valley.

The “Jam” will take place at Cobourg’s Lioness Pavilion at Victoria Park beginning at 7pm. The night will include performances and a chance to share news about this year’s ninth annual Festival, held Labour Day weekend August 31st to September 2nd. The night will also feature a few young local entrepreneurs, who have created their own summer businesses and will share their “wares” with the audience.

Homemade Jam is also intended to be a drop-in hour for youth and the community who may be considering volunteering at the Festival. Students, Families and all ages are welcome to come and learn more about this opportunity. Volunteers at Shelter Valley Folk Festival range from age 14 if accompanied in their role by a parent or legal guardian – up to the golden years for many who have returned each of Shelter Valley’s nine years to lend a hand. Volunteers receive entry to the festival, meals and camping space. Over 300 from local regions, and across Ontario and beyond, sign up annually. There are many roles to choose from including: parking support, security, the Eco Team, and helping with site set up and tear down.

This year’s Homemade Jam performers include: Jeff Biggar, Jon Mackey, the duo Kyler Tapscott & Tyson Galloway, The Musettes, and the group Elijah Clarke, Daniel McNamara & Ben Robson. Join in on facebook here.

Festival Ticket sales are coming to Cobourg: Visit The Human Bean Friday August 10th and Friday August 17th from 9am to 1pm for a chance to purchase tickets in person. Visit our table at “the bean” and make sure you have your tickets before the Advance Rate Ticket Price ends August 19th.

Shelter Valley Folk Festival is a Registered Charity and a non profit arts organization with year round community activities including an Artists in the Schools program, Community Concert Series, and annual Labour Day weekend festival held on the Henkel Family Lavender Farm. The 2011 festival takes place August 31 to September 2 with performers found at www.sheltervalley.com.

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Contact Information:
Jan Cody, Executive Director
905-349-2788 or festival@sheltervalley.com

August 3, 2012 - Northumberland, ON ::Back To Top

2012 Shelter Valley Showcase Audience Chooses Three "Finalists"

(Northumberland) Last night's Local Songwriters Showcase presented ten "Participants" from nearby communities on an open air stage in Downtown Cobourg in near perfect weather. The ten were chosen from submissions received beginning in January based on the quality of their songwriting. Almost 200 attended the kick off event to Downtown Cobourg's annual Sidewalk Sale weekend - equalling the showcase event's record attendance. Many felt the line up of performers was very strong, and might just represent a significant sign of new and emerging talent in the region and nearby communities.

This year's three finalists from the 2012 annual Local Songwriters Showcase evening are: the duo of Peter McMurtry and Aaron Hoffman (Peterborough), the group Sunsplitter with Dylan Todhunter, Matt Watton, Keri Kauffman (Gores Landing, Cobourg), and Ben Vandergaast (Carrying Place). They have earned the opportunity to perform at this year's Labour Day weekend Festival (August 31 - September 2) on the Festival Main Stage.

This year's roster of ten participants represent a wide triangle of communities from Bancroft to Carrying Place. Artistic Director Carolyn Sutherland acting as host for the evening, told the audience it was gratifying to "see a tremendous range of musical formats and styles that participants shared at the showcase". A large number of local volunteers - from those putting all in place for the evening to those tallying the audience votes - were also enthusiastically thanked for the event's success.

Shelter Valley Folk Festival is a Registered Charity and a non profit arts organization with year round community activities including an Artists in the Schools program, Community Concert Series, and annual Labour Day weekend festival held on the Henkel Family Lavender Farm. The 2012 festival takes place August 31 - September 2 with performers and the daily main stage schedule found at www.sheltervalley.com.

For more information please contact:
Jan Cody, Executive Director 905-349-2788 or festival@sheltervalley.com

July 31, 2012 - Northumberland, ON ::Back To Top

SVFF "Advance" Tickets Going Quickly with
August 19th Deadline Ahead

"Pop Up" Ticket Sale Outlet Open in Cobourg August 10th and 17th

(Northumberland, ON) Ticket sales for Shelter Valley Folk Festival are keeping up with 2010 and 2011's quick pace. "Our Early Bird rate sold out in a record 10 days in May, and now we're really excited to see Advance sales doing so well right across Ontario" said Executive Director Jan Cody. "We move to Festival priced tickets after August 19th."

This summer Shelter Valley's Grafton-based Festival office did not make its usual move to downtown Cobourg in favour of saving funds for programming. To ensure the ticket sale momentum continues and for those who like to purchase in person, Festival staff will "pop up" in Cobourg Friday August 10th and 17th at The Human Bean (80 King Street). Staff will be on hand from 9am to 1pm to answer questions and process sales.

This year marks Festival nine and organizers say the line up is drawing the very young to the very seasoned music lover. Newcomers like Del Barber, The Heartbroken and The Once are drawing the youth, and world renowned performers such as Oscar Lopez, Australia's Kim Churchill and Andy White are attracting long time followers of Folk/Roots/Blues. Artistic Director Carolyn Sutherland adds "…I'm hearing really great feedback from the community on this year's line up and can also say that the performers are also excited to finally perform at Shelter Valley - there's a lot of energy coming our way which should make for an amazing weekend."

The Folk Festival has released its main stage schedule and also has begun posting interviews with its performers on its website to let everyone meet the artists before the Labour Day weekend event. Visit www.sheltervalley.com for the schedule and to listen to a growing number of interviews.

Along with the 2012 line up of performers, three local songwriters will be chosen this week and will also perform on the main stage. Audiences can expect a great mix of Hosts and Emcees this year, offering stories, music and details of the performances each day, and they include: Ariana Gillis, James Keelaghan, Jory Nash, and Kerri Ough (of The Good Lovelies).

While the main stage performances are a huge draw, the daytime music workshops are said to be the audience's next favourite place to be. Three or four performers share an intimate workshop performance talking about their music and careers. The three day Fest also includes intriguing learning experiences in the areas of Wellness and Sustainable Living, and also boasts a truly interactive and hands on experience in its Family & Children's area with performances from Andrew Queen. Once again a juried group of Artisans will share their unique creations, and local Harvest Foods are offered to sample.

The Festival weekend is held on the spectacular hills of the Henkel Family Lavender farm overlooking Lake Ontario, just east of Cobourg. While visitors travel from as far as away as the northern U.S., it's a community event that involves over 300 volunteers.

For those thinking of coming for the weekend, or a day, here's a quick listing of this year's performers.

John K. Samson of the Weakerthans
Del Barber: Manitoba singer songwriter offers a rich roots traditional sound and extraordinary guitar work honed while logging about 300 performances a year from Halifax to Albuquerque.
Craig Cardiff: a journeyman of rare talent who thrives on writing fascinating, magical songs about being barefoot to spoken word creations, with eleven albums to draw from. David Celia: An elegant Ontario based Roots/Folk performer now in demand in the U.K. and Europe.
Kim Churchill: A twenty year old Aussie surfer big in Japan, Europe, the U.S. and now Canada for his incredible guitar playing style with many calling his shows a "spectacle".
Emm Gryner: She's toured with Ron Sexsmith, Rufus Wainwright, David Bowie and earned two JUNO nominations along the way
The Heartbroken: East Coast music masters join forces: Damhnait Doyle, Peter Fusco and Blake Manning, plus Stuart Cameron, son of John Allan.
Gregory Hoskins: joined by Gary Craig, their musical universe can stretch from Jazz to Blues to Folk. Hoskins is called the "unsung hero" of Canada's Folk scene.
Oscar Lopez: A combination of passion, skill and artistry crossing his Chilean heritage and Alberta life for a sound that has brought him two JUNO awards and global travel demands from world audiences.
Samantha Martin & The Haggard: They're very new but already have a dedicated following with vocals so admired Serena Ryder says "Samantha's sound will tear your heart out one note at a time".
The Once: A gifted Newfoundland trio celebrating multiple East Coast Music and Canadian Folk Awards for what many call the "perfect blend of voice and melody".
Mighty Popo: multiple JUNOS, a member of Bob Geldof's African Guitar Summit, and a compelling story as a Rwandan Burundian refugee to Canada gives just hint of what his genre busting Folk/R& B/Reggae tinged rhythms will do for festival goers!
Andrew Queen: our Family & Children's Village performer mixes groovy lyrics and fairy tale fables made-in-Northumberland, just right to be shared with a kazoo and washtub bass!
John K. Samson: Manitoba singer songwriter for "The Weakerthans" with a debut solo album drawing deep from his influences including Dylan, REM, Bach and Springsteen.
Andy White: From Belfast to Australia, White's musical partnerships include Peter Gabriel, Tim Finn, Van Morrison and a growing number of Canadians who share his sound and wry sense of humour.
The Wilderness of Manitoba: A fresh five-some with a debut indie album getting lots of attention for its harmonies and evocative images of Manitoba's sparse and powerful landscapes.

Shelter Valley Folk Festival 2012 will take place August 31 to September 2, over Labour Day weekend.
In its ninth year the Festival remains a family event held on the Henkel Family Lavender Farm nestled in the Northumberland rolling hills overlooking Lake Ontario just east Cobourg. The Festival offers Juried Art, Wellness and Sustainable Living learning and workshops, a unique Family and Children's area, local Harvest Foods and the finest in Folk, Roots and Blues music.

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For more information please contact:
Executive Director
Email: festival@sheltervalley.com
Phone:905-349-2788
Website: www.sheltervalley.com
John K. Samson of The Weakerthans

July 16, 2012 - Northumberland, ON ::Back To Top

Shelter Valley's Local Songwriters Showcase Set For August 2nd in Downtown Cobourg

Bring a Lawn Chair, a Pen and Participate in Choosing the 2012 Finalists

(Northumberland) The line up of ten regional songwriters has been announced for the Thursday August 2nd Shelter Valley Local Songwriters Showcase in downtown Cobourg. Area songwriters began sending two original songs with lyrics last winter for consideration, and now ten have earned a chance to perform for an audience and jury at this annual event. The showcase begins at 6pm as part of the annual DBIA Sidewalk Sale kick off evening in Cobourg. The open air performance stage will once again be set up beside Victoria Hall on King Street. The community is invited to help judge and asked to arrive by 6PM as only forms recording the results for all ten Participants can be counted. Last year almost 200 audience members took on the challenge of choosing along with the jury, the top three "Finalists" to go on to perform at Shelter Valley Folk Festival Labour Day weekend (August 31 - September 2).

The Matthews Brothers of Hastings County were
one of three Showcase "Finalists" chosen to
perform at SVFF's 2011 Festival

This year's showcase is the 8th annual and the 2012 "Participants" will be: Emily Ambrose (Port Hope), Drake Cortis (Harwood), Mark Edwards (Peterborough), Donna Leclair (Bancroft), Nick Marinac (Cobourg), McMurtry and Hoffman (Peterborough), Janet and Luke Mercier (Springbrook), Sunsplitter (Bewdley), Ellen Torrie (Cobourg), Ben Vandergaast (Carrying Place).

Shelter Valley Folk Festival's Local Songwriters Showcase each year introduces a great number of new and unknown songwriters of all ages from across the region, as well as returning songwriters who are continuing to build their skills. As a Registered Charity the Festival has committed to providing the opportunity for local talent to reach audiences and share their craft of songwriting, focussing on lyrics, melody, and originality. Many past performers have gone on to perform at larger events with some producing their own music for national audiences and even touring, including Trish Robb and JUNO winners The Good Lovelies. The 2012 Local Songwriters Showcase three Finalists chosen the evening of August 2nd will be posted the next morning online at www.sheltervalley.com (Friday August 3rd).

And more music from Shelter Valley to come later in August! Keep up with news about this year's 2nd Annual Homemade Jam event to be held at Cobourg's Lioness Pavilion Friday August 10th beginning at 7pm. This event is organized by the organization's summer students for the youth community. They invite you to come and enjoy, as well as discover "budding" singer songwriters ready to share their talent with other young people, and the area's community. More information to come, and for those able to keep up on facebook you may link here: Facebook

Shelter Valley Folk Festival is a Registered Charity and a non profit arts organization with year round community activities including an Artists in the Schools program, Community Concert Series, and annual Labour Day weekend festival held on the Henkel Family Lavender Farm. The 2012 Festival takes place August 31 to September 2 and a full listing of performers can be found here. Volunteers are always welcome with roles with more details found online here.

Contact Information:
Jan Cody, Executive Director
905-349-2788 or festival@sheltervalley.com

May 23, 2012 - Northumberland, ON ::Back To Top

SHELTER VALLEY INVITES ROYAL WOOD TO ITS JUNE 23rd FUNDRAISER
THE NIGHT TO HONOUR AN HISTORIC LOCALE WITH A "CANADIAN TREASURE"

Canadian Roots/Folk performer Royal Wood coming to Grafton

(Northumberland, ON). Acclaimed JUNO-nominated and iTunes-awarded singer songwriter Royal Wood will visit Grafton, Ontario this June following performances in Paris, France and at Toronto's Luminato. The evening will be an annual fundraising concert for the Registered Charity and year round arts organization Shelter Valley Folk Festival. It will also be the first music event at the recently refurbished historic building "The Meeting Place", a part of the Grafton Village Inn. The evening is a chance for the community to enjoy both a Roots/Folk sensation called "One of Canada's major talents" (Exclaim magazine), and to celebrate a new beginning for the almost 200 year old former church, now an event space with warmly glowing pine floors and spectacular arched, beamed ceilings.

Organizers say the June 23rd evening will be casual, starting at 7pm at the Grafton Village Inn, and moving to "The Meeting Place" for the concert. The night includes a Silent Auction of local offerings from community Arts and Cultural groups. Tickets for the fundraiser are $38.00 including taxes and will be released May 25th. The Town of Grafton is found on County Rd 2 south of Highway 401 (Exit 487), just over an hour east of Toronto, or 10 minutes from Cobourg.

Refurbished historic building “The Meeting Place” begins a new life in Grafton

Royal Wood releases his fifth album this June and celebrates a string of sold out shows over the past year as his career continues to climb. A past Festival performer he is known for his extraordinary song writing and rich vocals, along with a captivating stage presence. www.royalwood.ca

This year's Shelter Valley Folk Festival will take place August 31st to September 2nd over Labour Day weekend with tickets found at www.sheltervalley.com. The festival invites interested volunteers to participate. In its ninth year the Festival remains a family event held on the Henkel Family Lavender Farm nestled in the Northumberland rolling hills overlooking Lake Ontario east Cobourg. The Festival offers Juried Art, Wellness and Sustainable Living learning and workshops, a unique Family and Children's area, local Harvest Foods and the finest in Folk, Roots and Blues music.

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Contact:
Jan Cody, Executive Director
Email: festival@sheltervalley.com
Phone: 905-349-2788
Photo Credits: Ivan Otis, Royal Wood; The Meeting Place, SVFF

April 24, 2012 - Northumberland, ON ::Back To Top

SHELTER VALLEY FOLK FESTIVAL CELEBRATES NINE YEARS ANNOUNCING A DIVERSE LINEUP FOR 2012 LABOUR DAY WEEKEND

"EARLY BIRD" TICKETS AT BEST RATE SOON TO BE RELEASED IN LIMITED NUMBER

(Northumberland, ON) Northumberland's Labour Day weekend has become known locally and from points much further away as a very special weekend for a "just the right size" Festival celebrating grassroots, community and culture on a spectacular site near the shores of Lake Ontario. Shelter Valley Folk Festival has even been called "one of Canada's Top Ten" by a CBC Radio public poll. Today organizers released its Performer Line-up for Festival number nine, to be held August 31st to September 2nd on its site east of Cobourg, north of County Rd. 2.

The Festival offers the finest in Folk, Roots, Blues and R & B music from artists ranging from seasoned performers to new discoveries ready to surprise and delight audiences for the first time. The weekend includes main stage performance, musical workshops on three side stages, and many ways to add to the experience. Local Artisans offer juried art, Wellness practitioners and Sustainable Living educators share their learning and guidance, a Family & Children's Village focuses on growing arts and cultural knowledge of young people along with the fun! Each year the Festival also offers local Harvest Foods to visitors. The combination of careful planning, creating unique experiences in a special place, and the joy and passion of over 300 volunteers on site, has led to a loyal following for this annual Northumberland harvest celebration.

"We are blessed with a spectacular site at the Henkel Family Lavender Farm" said Executive Director Jan Cody. "It's sloping hills overlooking the hand hewn stages and Lake Ontario makes it a really breathtaking setting for this gentle, community-minded weekend". In 2012 Shelter Valley welcomed Artistic Director Carolyn Sutherland, who has spent the year crafting a diverse line-up of musical legends and innovators, along with those ready to be discovered. Sutherland says "…my wish to ensure Shelter Valley had a truly unique line-up reflecting its history, and to add my own touch given my history and experience, really came together. I'm thrilled with the number of performers who are really jewels in Canada's Folk crown and able to join us on this single weekend!"

This year's roster of performers will bring lots of opportunity for audiences to meet many revered musicians from across Canada and from as far away as Australia right here in Northumberland, including: Del Barber, Craig Cardiff, David Celia, Kim Churchill, Emm Gryner, Gregory Hoskins, Oscar Lopez, The Once, Mighty Popo, John K. Sampson, and Andy White.

Master Guitarist "Oscar Lopez" to perform at SVFF's ninth Festival

The Shelter Valley Folk Festival has become well known as a place to discover artists before their awards and mainstream recognition (Serena Ryder in 2004, The Good Lovelies in 2008). This year's newcomers include: The Heartbroken, Samantha Martin & The Haggard, and The Wilderness of Manitoba. The weekend will be rounded out with children's performer and local musician Andrew Queen, additional Emcee/Performers to be announced, and three local singer songwriters achieving "Finalist" status through the Festival's summer "Local Songwriters Showcase" held in downtown Cobourg each year.

2012 Shelter Valley Folk Festival Labour Day Weekend Performer Line-up

Del Barber
This rising Manitoba singer songwriter has so much to offer he's released two albums in just two short years conveying a rich, roots tradition with extraordinary guitar work that's led to a schedule of 300 performance dates a year from Halifax to Albuquerque.

Craig Cardiff
Craig has been called a rare talent for his ability to skip from magical songs about being barefoot to spoken word performance to heart breaking love songs all drawn from a career of 11 albums.

David Celia
This elegant Ontario based singer songwriter has oodles of charm to support his Roots/Folk sound and a craftsmanship that has had him in demand not only at home but throughout the UK and Europe.

Kim Churchill
Just twenty years old this surfing Australian is being recognized in Japan, Europe, the U.S. and now Canada as a virtuoso for his flawless and unique guitar playing style with many calling his shows "explosive" and a "spectacle".

Emm Gryner
Truly an eclectic artist whose debut album was the result of a songwriting contest, launching her nationally to tour with Ron Sexsmith, Rufus Wainwright along with earning JUNO Nominations. A respected singer songwriter she has also extended her musicianship to playing keyboards in David Bowie's band to spotting and signing upcoming artists such as Royal Wood.

East Coast newcomers "The Heartbroken"

The Heartbroken
An East Coast foursome with each bringing a long list music accolades and awards before launching this fresh and exciting Folk/Country group that includes Newfoundland songstress Damhnait Doyle, seasoned musicians Peter Fusco and Blake Manning, plus artist Stuart Cameron, son of John Allan.

Gregory Hoskins
A revered guitarist, his musical universe can stretch from Jazz to Blues to Folk and he's been called an "unsung hero" of our Folk scene in Canada for songwriting that is intricate yet easy to embrace, along with a love of reaching eager audiences in surprising places - from out of the way churches to edgy hair salons.

Oscar Lopez
A wonderful combination of passion, skill and artistry that has allowed him to marry his Chilean heritage with his life in Alberta, to bring us a unique sound of Latin/Blues/Folk tinged songs so beautiful, he's received two JUNO Awards and travels the globe at the demand of world audiences.

Samantha Martin & The Haggard
While a relatively new performer on the Folk indie scene, her debut album is growing a dedicated following with a voice so admired fellow performers are calling it "rare" including Serena Ryder who says: "Samantha's sound will tear your heart out one note at a time".

The Once
A gifted Newfoundland trio that began as a group of actors that also loved to share harmonies They "honoured their desire to bring an unexpected sound from the island that harkens back to a peaceful, story telling time" and have gone on to collect multiple East Coast Music and Canadian Folk Awards for what many call the "perfect blend of voice and melody".

Mighty Popo
A bearer of musical joy and energy that's returned to him multiple JUNO Awards and participation in Bob Geldof's African Guitar Summit, Mighty Popo's tremendous wit and charm and compelling history as a Rwandan Burundian refugee to Canada, is just hint of what his genre busting Folk, R & B, Reggae tinged rhythms will do for music lovers and festival goers.

Andrew Queen
Embrace your own inner child and celebrate song with your children at Shelter Valley's Family & Children's Village when this too tall troubadour sings out groovy lyrics and fairy tale fables made-in-Northumberland, just right to be shared with a kazoo and washtub bass!

John K. Samson
The Manitoba singer songwriter for "The Weakerthans" is known for magical lyrics about those things most of us find impossible to put into words. This prairie poet's first solo album draws deep from his influences including Dylan, REM, Bach and Springsteen.

Andy White
Beginning in Belfast and now calling Australia home, Andy White's extraordinary musical partnerships with the likes of Peter Gabriel, Tim Finn, Van Morrison and now a growing number of Canadians (including a joint album with Stephen Fearing), keeps him traveling the world sharing his wry humour and recently published memoirs.

The Wilderness of Manitoba
This band of five was actually born in urban Toronto from casual beginnings in a shared home where they nurtured harmonies and created a debut album that many suggest is on their list of great indie Folk discoveries. This organic collective's sound evokes images of Manitoba's sparse and powerful landscapes.

A full listing of these 2012 Shelter Valley Folk Festival Performers can be found at www.sheltervalley.com along with links to their music and biographical information.

Three local songwriters will also perform at the Festival chosen from Shelter Valley's "Local Songwriters Showcase" to be held in downtown Cobourg August 2nd. Singer Songwriters of all ages are encouraged to share their skills with lyrics and melody, by submitting two original songs and lyrics to the Festival. 10 Participants will be chosen for the August 2nd event, with 3 Finalists going on to perform on the main stage at the Festival. Applications are found at www.sheltervalley.com.

Shelter Valley Folk Festival 2012 will take place August 31st to September 2nd, over Labour Day weekend. The festival invites interested volunteers to visit www.sheltervalley.com for details on how to participate. In its ninth year the Festival remains a family event held on the Henkel Family Lavender Farm nestled in the Northumberland rolling hills overlooking Lake Ontario east Cobourg. The Festival offers Juried Art, Wellness and Sustainable Living learning and workshops, a unique Family and Children's area, local Harvest Foods and the finest in Folk, Roots and Blues music.

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Contact:
Jan Cody, Executive Director
Email: festival@sheltervalley.com
Phone: 905-349-2788

April 3, 2012 - Northumberland, ON ::Back To Top

CANADIAN JUNO NOMINEE TALKS WITH SHELTER VALLEY
FROM JUNOs TO PORT HOPE: DAVE GUNNING's
KITCHEN PARTY IS APRIL 17TH

(Northumberland, ON) Dave Gunning says the JUNO Awards may be important but being a 2012 nominee hasn't changed the fact he just wants to write "good songs". Gunning is booked to perform at Port Hope's Capitol Theatre Tuesday April 17th as part of Shelter Valley Folk Festival's Community Concert Series. He's a multiple East Coast Music Award winner, Canadian Folk Music Award winner and this year became a JUNO nominee for the first time for his CD "A Tribute to John Allan Cameron". This amazing story teller promises a night of music, tall tales, humour and a "kitchen party" atmosphere.

When the Roots/Traditional Solo Award was announced at the JUNOs last weekend Gunning didn't get to take home the trophy, but he admits "while there was a tiny disappointment - there was huge relief that I didn't have to get up and make a speech…and I also thought if you're going to lose you might as well lose to Bruce Cockburn!" (Cockburn won the category)

"Canadian Treasure" singer songwriter Dave Gunning will dip into his current CD "A Tribute to John Allan Cameron" April 17th

As a singer songwriter and master guitar player Gunning has established himself as one of Canada's outstanding talents and grown a following right across the country for his brand of Roots/Folk. A past Shelter Valley Folk Festival performer, Gunning adds "I'm looking forward to getting back to the area - I actually saw JP Cormier in performance at the Capitol Theatre and it'll be great to finally perform there myself."

Shelter Valley's Artistic Director Carolyn Sutherland says she's excited to have Gunning in Northumberland. She added "Dave Gunning's current CD is so magical; he's had so many awards and nominations this year no one should miss the chance to hear this guy live. He's a consummate story teller as well as musician - it'll be an East Coast kitchen party spending the evening with him."

Dave brings his Irish, Scottish, French Acadian, Folk and Country leanings to the Capitol Theatre with more about him at www.davegunning.com

Event: Dave Gunning In Concert
Shelter Valley Folk Festival Concert Series
Date: Tuesday April 17, 2012
Place: Capitol Arts Theatre
20 Queen Street, Port Hope
Time: 7:30PM (doors open 7:00)
Tickets: $23 including HST (Tickets at the door $27)
Purchase: www.sheltervalley.com or 905-349-2788

The Shelter Valley Folk Festival organization was launched in 2004 and is a Registered Federal Charity and arts organization based in Northumberland County. SVFF presents a Labour Day weekend festival (August 31 - September 2, 2012), an Artists in the Schools program, a Community Concert Series among other activities. Festival tickets at the "Early Bird" rate for 2012 begin sales May 1st. Volunteers are always welcome with information at www.sheltervalley.com.

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For more information or photos please contact: Jan Cody, Executive Director 905 349-2788 or festival@sheltervalley.com

March 15, 2012 - Northumberland, ON ::Back To Top

SHELTER VALLEY RECEIVES FUNDING FOR SUPPORT POSITION

Shelter Valley Folk Festival with Ontario Trillium Foundation support is seeking to fill a year round, part time position (1-2 days a week) based in our Grafton office. We are a community-based, grassroots organization and Registered Charity with a mission to provide leadership in music, arts, wellness and sustainable living in Northumberland County. Our year includes a Labour Day weekend Festival (Aug 31 - Sept 2). We are a volunteer organization, governed by a Board of Directors with staff reporting to our Executive Director.

We seek an "Operations Assistant" with experience in:

  • communications including copywriting
  • electronic file and archival record management
  • database/contact software (ACT an asset)
  • web design/software knowledge
  • graphic design skills (Adobe/Quark, etc.)
  • social media management for an organization on multiple platforms
  • project or event planning for an organization

Please forward by March 30th at 5PM by mail or email your resume and covering letter to: Shelter Valley Folk Festival, Box 29, Grafton, Ontario, K0K 2G0. Email: festival@sheltervalley.com

We welcome all submissions but will contact only those to be interviewed.

The Shelter Valley Folk Festival organization was launched in 2004 and is a Registered Federal Charity and arts organization based in Northumberland County. SVFF presents a Labour Day weekend festival (August 31 - September 2, 2012), an Artists in the Schools program, a Community Concert Series among other activities. Festival tickets at the "Early Bird" rate for 2012 begin sales May 1st. Volunteers are always welcome with information at www.sheltervalley.com.

March 1, 2012 - Northumberland, ON ::Back To Top

NOVA SCOTIA'S MULTI AWARDED DAVE GUNNING BRINGS TOUR TO NORTHUMBERLAND SHELTER VALLEY COMMUNITY CONCERT ANNOUNCED FOR APRIL 17th
(Northumberland, ON) Dave Gunning returns to Northumberland in April for a performance at Port Hope's Capitol Theatre on Tuesday April 17th beginning at 7:30PM. Gunning, a past performer at Shelter Valley Folk Festival, has recorded a banner year with his album: "A Tribute to John Allan Cameron", receiving a JUNO nomination and multiple trophies at Canada's Folk Awards and ECMA's.

The concert is the second and final of this year's series, and follows a sold out February show.

2012 JUNO Nominee Dave Gunning visits with current album "A Tribute to John Allan Cameron"

Gunning's career includes numerous international songwriting awards and critical acclaim including from the Star's music critic Greg Quill who describes Gunning as "…an artist as compelling, as assured and attentive to every nuance of the writing process as Lightfoot, Cockburn and Stan Rogers before him."

An international touring artist Gunning brings homespun humour and a sharing of life's lessons as a big part of his performances, along with musical influences drawn from Irish, Scottish, French Acadian, Folk and Country leanings. He will release a new album this Spring. www.davegunning.com

Event: Dave Gunning In Concert
Shelter Valley Folk Festival Community Concert Series

Date:
Tuesday April 17, 2012
Place: Capitol Arts Theatre 20 Queen Street, Port Hope
Time: 7:30PM (doors open 7:00)
Tickets: $23 including HST (Tickets sold at the door $27)
Purchase: www.sheltervalley.com or 905-349-2788

The Shelter Valley Folk Festival organization was launched in 2004 and is a Registered Federal Charity and arts organization based in Northumberland County. SVFF presents a Labour Day weekend festival (August 31 – September 2, 2012), an Artists in the Schools program, a Community Concert Series among other activities. Festival tickets at the "Early Bird" rate for 2012 begin sales May 1st. Volunteers are always welcome with information at www.sheltervalley.com.

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For more information or photos please contact:
Jan Cody, Executive Director

Jan 31, 2012 - Northumberland, ON ::Back To Top

FOLK BLUES ARTIST RAY BONNEVILLE BRINGING AUSTIN WARMTH TO NORTHUMBERLAND

SHELTER VALLEY COMMUNITY CONCERT SERIES HEATS UP FEBRUARY 17TH

(Northumberland, ON) February 17th is an evening to bask in the warmth of one of Canada's brightest exports to Folk Blues circles. Canadian born, Austin-based Ray Bonneville stops in Grafton this month to share his world class guitar work and admired songwriting abilities. Bonneville will launch this year's Community Concert Series for Shelter Valley Folk Festival at the Grafton Town Hall.

A past Festival performer, Bonneville has earned a reputation as a brilliant guitarist/harmonica player and has performed with many of music's best, including BB King, Muddy Waters, and Eliza Gilkyson. His talent has been recognized with a JUNO, as well as with many international Folk awards.

Bonneville's performances are also known as special and intimate events, with his wry take on life and ability to share with his audience stories from a well traveled past, from driving taxi to flying bush planes before reaching musical acclaim. More about Ray Bonneville can be found at www.raybonneville.com
Event: Ray Bonneville In Concert
Shelter Valley Folk Festival's Community Concert Series
Date: Friday February 17, 2012
Place: Grafton Town Hall/Aldimand Halnwick Municipal Building
10836 County Rd. 2
Time: 8PM (doors open 7:30)
Tickets: $23 including HST (any remaining tickets $27 at the door)
Contact: www.sheltervalley.com or 905-349-2788/905-355-1244

The Shelter Valley Folk Festival organization was launched in 2004 and is a Registered Federal Charity and arts organization based in Northumberland County. SVFF presents a Labour Day weekend festival (August 31 - September 2, 2012), an Artists in the Schools program, a Community Concert Series among other activities. Festival tickets at the "Early Bird" rate for 2012 begin sales May 1st. Volunteers are always welcome with information at www.sheltervalley.com.

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For More Info or Photos:
Jan Cody, Executive Director
905 349-2788/905-355-1244 or festival@sheltervalley.com
Photo Credit: Sandra Dyas

Jan 10, 2012 - Northumberland, ON ::Back To Top

SHELTER VALLEY FOLK FESTIVAL PREPARES FOR THE "ZOO" JANUARY 28th TODD CROWLEY'S MUSICAL PETTING ZOO OPEN HOUSE

(Northumberland, ON) Shelter Valley Folk Festival begins its 9th year and community activities with a day long "Zoo" experience, and everyone's invited. Visitors at SVFF's last Festival felt the Musical Petting Zoo was one of the weekend's highlights. Zoo "keeper" Todd Crowley rolls into Cobourg Saturday January 28th and will set up at the Lions Community Centre for an "all welcome" open house. Everyone is invited to drop in at some point during the day between 10am and 3pm. Visitors are also asked to bring a non perishable food item for our local food bank.

The Musical Petting Zoo has been called an acclaimed educational experience. It's an opportunity for all ages to learn and have a "hands on" experience with countless music makers, from violins to very rare sound makers. Todd's instructions and guidance help everyone celebrate the gift of music and take away memories to build on with the entire family. He has traveled thousands of miles over the years sharing his knowledge and love of music, and Todd's story can be found online at www.diatoddnics.com.

The Zoo day is a part of Shelter Valley's Artists in the Schools program for 2012. Each year the AITS program visits area schools and community venues to support and grow knowledge of the arts, including music, among young people and families in Northumberland. The AITS program's history can be found at www.sheltervalley.com.

Musical Petting Zoo Fun at 2011 Festival
Event: SVFF's Artists in the Schools Presents Todd Crowley's Music Petting Zoo
Date: January 28, 2012
Time: 10am to 3pm
Where: Lions Community Centre, 157 Elgin Street East
Bring: A non perishable food item for our local food bank

The Shelter Valley Folk Festival organization was launched in 2004 and is a Registered Federal Charity and arts organization based in Northumberland County in Ontario. SVFF presents a Labour Day weekend festival (August 31 – September 2, 2012), an Artists in the Schools program, a Community Concert Series among other activities. Festival tickets at the "Early Bird" rate for 2012 are released May 1st. Volunteers are always welcome with information at www.sheltervalley.com.

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For More Info:
Jan Cody, Executive Director
905 355 1244 or festival@sheltervalley.com
(Photo Credit: Michelle Diano)