THE 3-DAY MULTI-VENUE FESTIVAL WRAPS UP AN EPIC THIRD ANNUAL YEAR WITH INCREDIBLE PERFORMANCES, ENGAGING CROWDS, AND PERFECT WEATHER
2019 LINEUP INCLUDED BILL & JOEL PLASKETT, MARIA DOYLE KENNEDY, THE SADIES, NOAH REID, SHAKURA S’AIDA, HARROW FAIR AND SO MANY MORE
“We are embracing this beautiful region that we call home and acknowledging Gravenhurst as the Gateway to Muskoka.” – Miranda Mulholland, founder and artistic director
Organizers are so excited to announce that Sawdust City Music Festival is now Muskoka Music Festival. Miranda Mulholland, founder and artistic director, announced this past Sunday at the Music On The Barge show featuring The Sadies, that the festival would be entering into the new decade with a brand new name.
“We are so very proud of how far we have come since the idea was born four years ago. We have seen the August long weekend in Gravenhurst become a trusted destination for amazing music, special artist collaborations, and community,” Mulholland continues. “We intend to continue to grow in a sustainable and locally-minded way and celebrate the past and future of Historic Gravenhurst.”
The festival will return in 2020 from July 31 to Aug. 2. Krista Storey, manager of arts and culture for Gravenhurst shared, “We are so proud to have been a part of this incredible weekend of music for the past three years and we are very excited about the new branding. We feel it (the new name) will allow the festival to continue to grow which is a great thing for Gravenhurst as a whole.”
The boutique 3-day multi-venue festival takes place in Gravenhurst, ON annually over the August long weekend. This year marked the 3rd edition and featured two nights at the Opera House, evening shows at the Sawdust City Brewing Co. Saloon, a Songwriters’ Circle, Music on the Barge, Free Sunday Kids Zone, a vendor village in Gull Lake Rotary Park, performances at the Oar and Arts At The Albion, VIP Experiences, and Write It, Track It, Play It Songwriting Initiative. The lineup included Bill & Joel Plaskett, Maria Doyle Kennedy, The Sadies, Annie Sumi, Bet Smith & The Currie Brothers, Emm Gryner, Five The Magician, Fred Schulz, Gillian Nicola, Harrow Fair, James Gordon, Jay Gilday, John Muirhead, Lara St. John, Noah Reid, Ron Sexsmith, Ryan Langdon, Shakura S’Aida, Side Hustle, Stephen Stanley Band, The Pairs, and Vikki VanSickle.
Muskoka Music Festival (formerly Sawdust City Music Festival) would like to graciously thank our 2019 sponsors TD, The Balvenie Whisky, Colour n Light, Dept. 9 Music, Georgian Bay Spirit Co., Jackson-Triggs Wines, The Oar, Sawdust City Brewing Company, Slaight Music, Stockwoods, the Town of Gravenhurst; our Partners at Arts at the Albion, Gravenhurst Opera House, MAZE Bar, Well Fed.