Huntsville Festival of the Arts – Summer Season

After months of enjoying virtual concerts and entertainment through our computer screens, who isn’t ready for some live music? That’s why it’s so exciting that the Huntsville Festival of the Arts is returning to full and revamped programming for it’s 28th Summer Season of incredible art and music in beautiful Huntsville, Muskoka!

Due to pandemic restrictions, this summer, the Huntsville Festival of the Arts is taking it outdoors! The 2021 Summer Season will feature adventurous art, exclusive concerts and free events in beautiful outdoor spaces around Huntsville.

The Summer Season concerts will take place under the open air covered pavilion at the Huntsville Fairgrounds. These are in-person socially distanced shows with a maximum audience capacity of 100. Concerts will follow guidance and regulations set out by the Simcoe/Muskoka District Health Unit.

Scroll down to see what you can expect from the Huntsville Festival of the Arts this summer!

Hawksley Workman

August 6, 7 & 8, 2021

A staple of the Canadian arts scene for almost 20 years, Workman boasts a catalogue of 15 solo releases showcasing his now signature spectrum of sonic influence, from cabaret to electro-pop to anthemic rock and plenty in between. The accolades amassed include JUNO nods and wins and widespread critical acclaim. As a producer, his fingerprints grace releases by JUNO and Polaris Prize nominees and winners like Tegan and Sara, Sarah Slean, Serena Ryder, Hey Rosetta!, and Great Big Sea. He’s also penned melodies with a myriad of artists, from Oscar award winning Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose, Inception) to French rock icon Johnny Hallyday. Hawksley’s touring career has seen him play nearly a thousand shows worldwide. He’s headlined prestigious venues like Massey Hall in Toronto and The Olympia in Paris, and opened for heroes Morrissey, David Bowie, and The Cure.

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August 11, 2021

Taking their name from the word for heart in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, the women-led ensemble OKAN fuses Afro-Cuban roots with jazz, folk and global rhythms in songs about immigration, courage and love.

Having recently worked with Bomba Estereo, Lido Pimienta and Dayme Arocena, OKAN recently followed up on their Juno-nominated and Independent Music Award-winning debut album Sombras, with their sophomore release Espiral. This album recently won a 2021 JUNO for World Music Album.

Espiral delves deeper into the group’s rich Cuban roots, finding renewed inspiration in this rich musical heritage. The Santeria influences are most evident in the title track, Espiral which uniquely blends guajira, the folk genre of Eastern Cuba, with Santeria-derived chants. 

Born in Havana, Cuba, Elizabeth Rodriguez is a classically trained violinist who served as concertmaster for Havana’s Youth Orchestra. Magdelys Savigne hails from Santiago de Cuba and graduated with honours in orchestral percussion from Havana’s University of the Arts. Both are also Grammy-nominees for their contributions to Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, of which they are former members.

Tim Hicks

August 13 & 14, 2021

Defining a genre with his sure-footed everyman approach, in June 2020, the platinum selling entertainer released “Wreck This” a 6-song EP featuring the single “No Truck Song” and the summertime anthem “Floatin’.” Produced by Jeff Coplan and co-written by Hicks, Jeff Coplan and Bruce Wallace, ‘No Truck Song’ follows Hicks’ #1 chart-topper “What A Song Should Do”.

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The Fitzgeralds

August 15, 2021

A family group consisting of fiddling and step dancing siblings – Tom, Kerry & Julie Fitzgerald. These siblings, from just outside of Canada’s renowned Ottawa Valley, have come a long way from their small town roots. Featuring 3-time Canadian Grandmaster Fiddle Champions and Ontario Open Step Dance Champions, this unique act features high-energy fiddling and mind-blowing step dancing. It is the rare combination of exceptional musicianship, incomparable step dancing, audience interaction, evident love of performing, and genuine sibling connection that resonates with audiences of all ages and sets this group apart.

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Broadway After Dark

August 20, 2021

As the sun goes down, The Huntsville Theatre Company (HTC) brings out the dark once again! Come out for a wickedly fun revue of musicals on the edge from Rocky Horror, Avenue Q, Chicago and so much more. Leave the kids at home so you can enjoy an evening of sexy & hilarious broadway hits performed by incredible local talent. Live performance is BACK and you don’t want to miss this!

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More Barn: The Music of Neil Young

August 21 & 22, 2021

A lively songbook night celebrating the music of Neil Young’s legendary Harvest album. After 2 sold out shows in 2019, local musician Tobin Spring is back with some of Muskoka’s top players bringing you hits like “Heart of Gold”, “Old Man”, “Harvest” and more.

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Serena Ryder

August 24 & 25, 2021

Toronto-based Serena Ryder is adored by fans, peers and critics alike, in part due to her raw and earnest songwriting, and beautifully electric live performances. She has received numerous accolades, including six prestigious JUNO Awards, a MuchMusic Video Award for Best Rock Video for “Stompa.”, and a Canadian Screen Award for Achievement in Music–Original Song.

Her album, The Art of Falling Apart (released in March 2021), chronicles Serena’s journey from mental illness to wellness. The album was written and recorded over 10 days, and the track listing allows the listener to follow Serena’s creative process in a truly linear sense. Each song was recorded the day it was written, featuring raw, unprocessed vocals.

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The Trews

August 26 & 27, 2021

The Trews are among the most prolific, electrifying, and innovative rock bands on the planet. The Nova Scotia-bred combo of singer/guitarist Colin MacDonald, guitarist John-Angus MacDonald, bassist Jack Syperek, and drummer Chris Gormley —songwriters all —has won universal acclaim for both their dazzling live performances and wildly accessible songs.

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