The 49th annual Kempenfest features art, music, antiques, a family centre, food vendors, beer gardens, midway and more.

This year multi-platinum international superstars Loverboy and Teenage Head are slated to perform live Saturday, Aug. 3 on the main stage at Barrie’s Waterfront. Local openers include Hunter, Carl Rundown Band, Bootlegged & Barstool Confession.

Sylvie Huntley joins many of the artists and artisans who are showing and selling their work, part of the Huronia Festival of the Arts and Crafts, Saturday to Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The self-taught alcohol ink artisan lives and works in Midland. She is inspired by Georgian Bay, nature and whimsical flowers.

In addition to original art, Huntley joins makes ceramic trivets and coasters using reproductions of her art.  Each tile is protected with Art Resin and cork is applied to the back. They are heat resistent and food safe.

Kempenfest runs from Aug. 2-5 along Barrie’s Waterfront. The event is organized by local service clubs and not-for-profit organizations and all of the funds raised goes back to the community. Admission is free. Concerts are ticketed.

Free off-site Park ‘n’ Ride Shuttle service starts at 9 a.m. For more information visit


photo: Painting by Sylvie Huntley

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