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Arkells In the summer of 2013, we hauled our amplifiers to the second floor of a vacant nightclub in the heart of Hamilton, Ontario, built originally as a spice factory, and began work on our new record High Noon.
Gordon Lightfoot Gordon Lightfoot is perhaps the most accomplished and well-known singer/songwriter to ever come out of Canada. He is internationally known for such monumental folk/pop/rock hits as "Sundown", "If You Could Read My Mind", "Early Morning Rain", "Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald" and many more.
Bahamas Afie Jurvanen isn’t from the Bahamas. He’s a Finnish-Canadian from Barrie–a working class town in rural Ontario. But his chosen epithet is fitting. Since 2009 he’s been making music under the name Bahamas–writing songs about sunsets, love affairs, and making out with crooked smiles.
The Rural Alberta Advantage In 2006, singer-songwriter Nils Edenloff, percussionist Paul Banwatt, and multi-instrumentalist Amy Cole came together to release their debut self-titled EP as The Rural Alberta Advantage.
Basia Bulat Tall Tall Shadow, the third album by Toronto singer-songwriter Basia Bulat, is the bravest album she has made. Raw and spectral, heartbroken yet jubilant, these ten songs tell the story of a very hard year in the artist's life and all the love that helped her through it.
Lee Harvey Osmond Greetings, music lovers. Allow us to draw attention to the new slab by the eminent and hirsute Steeltown reprobate, Lee Harvey Osmond, aka Tom Wilson aka One of Three Rodeo Kings aka that large, melodic growling man from the former Junkhouse.
Kathleen Edwards Voyageur is less of a departure than it is a journey, and like any transforming trip, it demands that we let go of any preconceptions about the destination. These songs are the perfect travel companions to their own haunted landscape.
Gregory Alan Isakov Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and calling Colorado home, Gregory Alan Isakov has been traveling all his life. Songs that hone a masterful quality beyond his years tell a story of miles and landscapes, and the search for a sense of place.
Martha Wainwright With an undeniable voice and an arsenal of powerful songs, Martha is a beguiling performer and a refreshingly different force in music. The daughter of folk legends, Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III, music was a pivotal part of her childhood and adolescence.
Dinner Belles Dinner Belles formed as a family of fast friends over a mutual love of folk, roots, rock and roll and country music. Comprised of singers and songwriters, the band calls Southern Ontario home, and is all about good vibes and good times.
Terra Lightfoot "Currently, it seems like there are only two types of Canadian singer-songwriters: those who strive to sound like Jeff Buckley and those who strive to sound like Leslie Feist. Terra Lightfoot has crafted a third, more interesting option: none of the above." – Exclaim! Magazine
Tomi Swik Singer-songwriter Tomi Swick is a Hamilton native who was recognized for his debut album "Stalled out in the Doorway" in 2007 by winning the juno for best new artist and a nomination for pop record of the year as well as 2 Canadian radio music awards, the Socan A/C songwriting award and multiple Hamilton music awards.
Thompson Wilson Literally, from a baby sitting on the recording room console at Sony Music in Toronto, Thompson Wilson has been immersed in music his entire life. Since that young start, Thompson grew to be a dynamic musician, achieving an incredible collection of music business milestones and a loyal following with his band Harlan Pepper.
Old Mush Singers Old Mush Singers was formed in 1992 and the name "Old Mush" refers to anyone who is older or has kids. The group is comprised of about 12 singers who sing at socials and other events to fundraise for community members who are in need. 
Justin Dunlop Justin Dunlop is a Canadian singer-songwriter based in Hamilton, Ontario. His 2012 EP, "Set You On The Run" marked his emergence as a promising new talent in Toronto's independent music scene and caught the attention of the Ontario Arts Council, who awarded him with a popular music grant. 
Missy Bauman Missy Bauman is a singer-songwriter who, at the age of 17 was one of the youngest nominees for the Hamilton Music Award ‘Best Female Vocalist’. Bauman was discovered by Greenbelt Harvest Picnic producer, Jean-Paul Gauthier. “The first time I heard Missy sing and play, I stopped dead in my tracks.”
Laura Cole Born into a musical family, singing came as naturally to Laura as walking and talking. As a child she entertained family and friends with renditions of old favourites around the campfires of late Canadian nights. Laura played in her first concert at age 3 where she plunked out a one handed piano solo. She sang non-stop throughout her childhood but learned to use her voice in local children's choirs.
Lindy Vopnfjord Born into the Icelandic community in Manitoba, Lindy Vopnfjörd started his music career early. By four, he was singing cautionary songs about nuclear war and traveling around with his musician parents and extended family in a bus. 
Matthew de Zoete Imagine Nick Drake cheering up and living long enough to work with Beck. Matthew de Zoete mixes pop and folk into songs built on strong melodies and honest lyrics. His latest album Colour Film sets these cinematic songs in an atmospheric soundscape conjured up with producer Les Cooper (Jill Barber, Good Lovelies). 

Huge Celebration Planned to Celebrate
10th Anniversary of the Greenbelt Foundation!! 

Free Bike Valet!! 

Greenbelt Harvest Picnic
Saturday August 29, 2015
Gates at 11AM · Show at 12PM

Christie Lake Conservation Area
1000 Highway #5 West
Dundas, Ontario 

Tickets are available online at,
or by calling 1-866-943-8849,
or Picks and Sticks, 140 Locke Street South
or Dr. Disc, 20 Wilson Street in Hamilton, Ontario  

HAMILTON (AUGUST 28, 2015):  A massive celebration is set to take place tomorrow at the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic at Christie Lake, in Dundas. 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. In addition to the stellar musical line-up, attractions include the following:

1. Bike Valet – Offered for the first time, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation will be providing complimentary bike valet service. Located just off the Greenbelt Route!, fans are encouraged to ride to the event. To top it off, we are working with Tune Your Ride to offer a safe group ride back to Hamilton at the end of the event. The ride will be leaving out the back gates of the festival grounds, and will depart from the bicycle valet at 11:00pm. In the interest of visibility and fun, we have organized to have lots of bright bike lights and a mobile sound system on the ride. Join us as we ride back to the Hamilton GO Centre in style!

2. Fresh Produce - Visit our local Farmers to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables grown right here in Ontario’s Greenbelt.

3. Park Attractions – Fishing, Swimming, Hiking, Volleyball, Disc Golf and Picnicking!

4. Yoga by the Beach with In Fine Feather Yoga at 1pm, 3pm & 5pm - Beginner friendly & Totally Free!

5. La Primavera Farms is making a giant garland and they need your help. Stop by their Farm booth to add your own flare to their giant garland anytime during the Picnic. 

6. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation have phone chargers powered by bicycles. Stop by and peddle charge your phone. They also have some comfy green couches if you just need a rest from all that peddling.

7. The National Farmers Union have a "Test Your Seed Knowledge" demonstration set up in their Farm booth. Check them out to see if you know the difference between soy and barley!

8. Earth Day Canada is collecting signatures for the Flag Campaign to bring to the United Nations Climate Change. If you see someone walking around with a cape, please sign it. Or stop by The Green Cottage Industries booth to sign for your support.

9. Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society is offering the following workshops:

  • 12-2pm Celebrating Summer in Style with Floral Crowns - for children ages 12 and under        
  • 2-4pm Low Maintenance, High Performance: North American Shrub Selections for Today’s Urban Garden
  • 2-4pm Let’s Face It....Horticulture Rocks!  - face painting for children and youth
  • 12-7pm 50/50 Draw – Get Tickets at the MHHS Tent by the Beach Pavilion II (Bar)

10. Finger Print Painting - “Leaf” your fingerprint on the Bruce Trail Conservancy’s forest painting and help grow a conservation corridor.

11. Story time - Join Lynn Kittredge-Fox of The Book Bus for free story time and live kids music throughout the day.

12. Finding Zen - Tranquil Solutions will be offering free mini session on How to meditate in their booth. Pop in and find your Zen.

13. Bookmobile - The Hamilton Public Library Bookmobile will be onsite. They are parked at the Central Gate until 5pm. Check out their books.

14. Aerial Acts - Check out Lori LeMare and her highflying Aerial Acrobatics near the Central Gate all day & night.

"By offering a free bike valet service, we're encouraging festival-goers to pedal to and from this year's harvest picnic," said Burkhard Mausberg, CEO, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. "This service, along with our new 475-km Greenbelt cycling Route, are examples of ways we're promoting healthy and active living in Ontario's Greenbelt—getting more people outdoors to enjoy and explore the province's nearly two million acres of protected forests, wetlands, water sheds, and productive farmland."

The 2015 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic features performances by Arkells Bahamas, Gordon Lightfoot, Rural Alberta Advantage, Lee Harvey Osmond, Gregory Alan Isakov, Kathleen Edwards, Basia Bulat, Martha Wainwright, Terra Lightfoot and Dinner Belles. The line-up for the Front of House Stage includes the Old Mush Singers, Tomi Swick, Missy Bauman, Justin Dunlop, Thompson Wilson, Laura Cole, Matthew de Zoete, Hailee Rose, Dinner Belles(2nd set) and Lindy. Gates open at 11AM and show starts at 12PM.

Festival-goers are being reminded of the following:

  • Christie Lake is closed to the general public, on Saturday August 29.  People must have an event ticket to enter Christie Lake.
  • Glass containers and bicycles are not allowed on the concert field.
  • Pets are also not permitted to the park on show day.
  • A $10.00 parking fee is payable at the gate upon entry into Christie Lake; for speedy access please have cash ready.
  • A physically challenged parking area is available for those with special needs.
  • This is an outdoor event and seating is not provided, so please remember your picnic supplies including coolers/cooler bags, lawn chairs, blankets, raincoats, umbrellas, sunscreen, water containers, swimming gear, fishing gear etc.
  • Food and Beverage vendors will be placed throughout the event. People may also bring their own picnic lunch into the park for the day.
  • Wine and Beer will be sold on the show field at the beer and wine tent. People must have age of majority ready with them at the show field entrance if they wish to consume alcoholic beverages.
  • People are not permitted to bring alcohol into the park.
  • Tents that obstruct view for other people will not be permitted
  • Free water is available on site.
  • Festival-goers may re-enter the park if they are wearing a wristband

Ontario’s Greenbelt is almost 2.0 million acres of green space, farmland, vibrant communities, forests, wetlands, and watersheds – all permanently protected by world-leading legislation. In return, the Greenbelt gives back much to Ontario, including $9.1 billion in economic benefits and $2.6 billion in ecosystem services annually.

As a leader in supporting local food, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has provided numerous grants to help farmers in the Greenbelt be more successful; to enhance environmental protection; and to strengthen local economies. For more information about the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, please visit

Christie Lake is a natural paradise, boasting 830 acres of hiking trails, picnic areas, fishing ponds and beaches. The Greenbelt Harvest Picnic is designed to raise awareness about the importance of the region’s local conservation lands, the arts, local agriculture and home gardening. Concert goers will also be able to enjoy a local farmers market, horticultural workshops, art vendors, food and beverage areas, fishing, swimming and good old fashioned picnicking. 

Tickets are on sale now at or by calling 1-866-943-8849. Children, 10 and under, are admitted free to the Picnic while discounted tickets are available for youth ages 11-15. Tickets can also be purchased at Picks and Sticks, located at 140 Locke Street South and Dr. Disc located at 20 Wilson Street, in Hamilton. Tickets will also be available at Christie Lake on show day only (subject to availability). As this is a green event, fans are being encouraged to carpool. 

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