DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Uxbridge's wealth of artistic talent will take centre stage at Elgin Park this weekend as part of the first-ever Uxbridge Music and Arts Festival.
Organizers are hopeful that the event, which begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, will provide the opportunity for local artists to share their work with the public and bring awareness to the diverse talent of Uxbridge residents.
"There is so much talent in Uxbridge, and I've noticed a lack of opportunities to showcase. So we came up with the idea to allow the showcase of this amazingly talented town," said organizer Leo Gallard.
The event will bring together a wide range of performers, including local musicians, artists and theatrical performers.
The Music and Arts Festival is also looking to give back to various chartities in the area, and has partnered with Africycle for the event. Admission is slated to be $10 in advance, and $15 at the gate, but attendees can get in free of charge with a donation to Africycle, which will have their bus on hand at Elgin Park to collect donations.
"We wanted to do everything we could to support that charity," Mr. Gallard said of the Uxbridge-based group that sends bicycles to Malawi in East Africa.
A wide range of local musical acts are confirmed to appear at the event, including Air Marshal Landing, Mumbai Standstill, Matt Gunn, Geoff Holt, 1985 and Julien Kelland, Taylor Landry, Hotpoint Automatic and the Brian Milroy & Simon Lockie Band.
There will be more than just music and arts to entertain visitors to the festival, as organizers have also included several games on the schedule of events. In addition to horseshoes and a bocce ball tournament, those in attendance can take part in a cheese tasting contest as well as a slow bike race.
Advance tickets are currently on sale at Blue Heron Books, located at 62 Brock St. West in downtown Uxbridge or Ineo Studios, in Technology Square at 282 Main St. North.
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