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Daniel Lanois One of the world’s most influential music producers – a shaper of albums by the likes of U2, Neil Young, Peter Gabriel and Bob Dylan. Daniel Lanois is best known for ongoing collaboration with the eclectic Brian Eno, Lanois first came to the ambient music pioneer’s attention while still in Hamilton. There, Lanois produced albums by Canadian stars from Martha & The Muffins to Ian Tyson to Raffi.
Gordon Lightfoot After 50 active years of hit song making and international album sales well into the multi-millions, it's safe to say that esteemed singer-songwriter and musician Gordon Lightfoot resides with some very exclusive company atop the list of all-time greats.
Christie Lake The natural beauty and splendour of Christie Lake provide an idyllic location for the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic. Located 20 minutes northwest of Hamilton, Christie Lake is one of the most beautiful lake settings in the Region. Click here for more information on The Hamilton Conservation Authority's Christie Lake.
Emmylou Harris Already celebrated as a discoverer and interpreter of other artists’ songs, 12-time Grammy Award winner Emmylou Harris has, in the last decade, gained admiration as much for her eloquently straightforward song writing as for her incomparably expressive singing. On Hard Bargain, her third Nonesuch disc, she offers 11 original songs—three of them co-written with Grammy– and Oscar–winning composer
Arkells After relentlessly touring their debut record Jackson Square, which garnered the band a top 10 Canadian rock radio hit with ‘Oh, the Boss is Coming!” and a Juno Award for ‘New Band of the Year”, the Arkells retreated to the legendary Bathouse Studios in Kingston, Ontario to record their sophomore record, “Michigan Left”. Looking to capture their energetic live show without compromise,
Trixie Whitley Fourth corner. Physically, it’s where four states in the U.S. come together at one singular point. Symbolically, it’s where the four great rivers in China come together as one. Or, it could be the cycle of life during the four seasons of the year. For Trixie Whitley, it’s a metaphor for trying to find balance and belonging from the songs that make up her scintillating debut album, Fourth Corner.
Whitehorse Six Shooter Records’ Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet tie the musical knot with the debut of their new band, Whitehorse, marrying their talent and chemistry on stage as a smoldering duo. Gutsy and resolute in their pursuits of sound and substance, Luke and Melissa’s fusion of the personal and professional brings to mind the road-tested romance of Johnny and June.
Rocco DeLuca A new record is set to be released in February on 429 Records. I have been in congregation with the homeless, the thriving, the mountains, witches, warlocks, architects, Chun MC, professional dominoes, mechanical engineers, chess amateurs, and artisans of every other craft and others not yet known to the civilised world. I have been documenting at Effie House in the late and early hours with a host of lively sessions.
Basia Bulat "I don't think I realised the radio had more than one station til I was 11 or 12," Basia Bulat says. At the family home in Toronto, the dial was always fixed to the local oldies station: Motown, Stax, The Beatles, Beach Boys and Sam Cooke. While her mother hunted for someone to do the dishes, Basia and her younger brother Bobby would hide with a radio or tape player, happily rattled by all that song.
Martha Wainwright With a hugely expressive voice and an arsenal of powerful songs, Martha is a beguiling entertainer and a refreshingly different, new force in music. Martha is the daughter of folk legends Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle and sister of acclaimed singer songwriter Rufus Wainwright.
Pegi Young & The Survivors Singer-songwriter Pegi Young has said, “I’m just trying to tell some stories and make music that I can get behind.” That conviction has never rung truer than on her latest album, Bracing For Impact . Her third release, and second for Vapor Records,
Harrison Kennedy HARRISON KENNEDY in 1968 joined the Detroit POP GROUP “The Chairmen of the Board.” and played all the top venues including JOHNNY CARSON'S TONIGHT SHOW, SOUL TRAIN , AMERICAN BANDSTAND and ENGLAND'S "TOP-OF-THE-POPS', doing their hit,
Harlan Pepper Welding alt-country, blues, and rock, Steeltown’s Harlan Pepper constructed their debut Young and Old in the likeness of Hamilton industry; culled from the richest of roots tradition, and refined with a refreshing lyricism. Enforced by hook-laden melodies the aptly named Young and Old evokes a notion of the “old soul” as the four young men, clever in
Terra Lightfoot “With her thoughtful, rustic, indie folk material, Terra Lightfoot, no relation to Gordon, makes an earthy debut. The Hamilton singer-songwriter’s voice is rich, malleable and melancholic; her material is grey-coloured, a shade of November.”
- The Globe and Mail
Ohnia:kara Ohnia:kara (oh-nee-ah’ga-ra) is a diverse group of individuals from many First Nation backgrounds and as many musical influences and styles. Sharing traditional musics, dance and culture is the motivation towards better relations … one song, one dance, one conversation at a time. We have been together drumming, singing and dancing, since 2000 and
Brian Griffith Hamilton has produced some of the best musicians in the country and Brian Griffith can be counted as one of them. Daniel Lanois refers to him as his "favourite Canadian guitar player". As a member of the famed Washington clan, Brian comes by his musical gifts honestly.
Dawn and Marra Dawn and Marra are proud to announce the release of their much anticipated debut album "Teaspoons and Tablespoons". Recorded in Vancouver, Canada with noted indie producer Howard Redekopp (Said the Whale, Mother Mother, Paper Lions, The Reason), "Teaspoons and Tablespoons"
Derek Miller Guitarist and singer/ songwriter Derek Miller is a journeyman musician with eclectic taste and a knack for roots inflected rock. Born on the Six Nations of the Grand River, Mohawk Territory, in Canada, Miller became interested in music in his early teens, and by the late ’90s

Schedule & Important Show Reminders

First performance starts at 12PM. Last performance ends at 11PM.


12:00-12:25PM Harlan Pepper
12:27-12:57PM Harrison Kennedy
1:09-1:44PM Pegi Young & The Survivors
2:00-2:30PM Martha Wainwright
2:47-3:22PM Basia Bulat
3:39-4:09PM Rocco DeLuca
4:26-5:01PM Whitehorse
5:16-5:56PM Trixie Whitley
6:23-6:58PM Arkells
7:15-8:10PM Emmylou Harris
8:27-9:27PM Gordon Lightfoot
9:47-10:47PM Daniel Lanois
10:47- 11:17PM All-Star Jam


12:59-1:09PM Daniel Lanois
1:47-2:00PM TBA
2:32-2:47PM Derek Miller
3:24-3:39PM Dawn & Marra
4:11-4:26PM TBA
5:03-5:16PM Brian Griffith
5:58-6:23PM Ohnia:kara
7:00-7:15PM Terra Lightfoot
8:12-8:27 Rocco DeLuca

Please note: Line up and Schedule are subject to change

Festival Reminders

Festival-goers are being reminded of the following:

  • Christie Lake is closed to the general public, on Saturday August 31.
  • 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
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