Building on the success of its first 6 years, the Peak to Shore Music Festival is looking to become the premier summer showcase for live music in South Georgian Bay. With a variety of unique venues, some indoor and some out, as well as more acts playing more musical styles than the festival has yet seen, there will almost certainly be something to satisfy all fans of music.
For five days, July 17 to 21, 12 venues will host more than 35 concerts in the Blue Mountain Region. Spread across Collingwood, Blue Mountain Village and the picturesque town of Thornbury, the venues, range from intimate watering holes to stunning outdoor stages and waterfront amphitheaters. Organizers are promising a wide range of sonic experience and no shortage selfie spots to boot.
The festival lineup is carefully curated to provide the audience with some music they know, but also some that they might be ready to fall in love at first listen with.
Headlining the festival, and certainly in the music-you-know category, is a free concert at Blue Mountain Village are music scene mainstays, the Skydiggers featuring good friend and special guest Paul Langlois of The Tragically Hip. With careers spanning over 25 years, these artists are connected with just about everyone on the Canadian musical family tree. Expect to hear and sing along with many favourites as well as getting a first listen to some of Langlois’ new solo work.
Turning to the you-will-fall-in-love category, Toronto’s rave-rock sensation Goodnight, Sunrise takes the stage at the Crow in Collingwood on July 19.
“One of the reasons we make music is to create moments of positivity,” says singer, keyboardist, and keytarist Vanessa Vakharia. “But, like most good things, we were born out of a large failure.”
Vakharia and her bandmate David Kochberg decided to build a better music experience from the ashes of their previous band. Now, Goodnight, Sunrise sounds like a tight mix of Feist, The Foo Fighters, and 90s house music. The tunes are celebratory and catchy, but it’s from a stage where they truly come to life.
“I always want visceral energy to accompany any of the messages we write about, says Vakharia. “The juxtaposition of our shows being sonically energetic, dancey, and powerful is to kind of add hope to any of the emotions we write about.”
The show features glitter, streamers and confetti cannons alongside extended party jams and crazy group drumming. The songs start the party off but the performance is what you’ll likely remember.
“We decided that every single performance should feel like the best party you’ve ever been to,” continues Vakhaira. “We like to have a really tight live show and deliver an incredible energetic performance.”
Heading out on another cross-country tour this summer and having played in venues large and small, as well as opening for the likes of Bon Jovi in Toronto last year, Goodnight Sunrise is a chance to see a rising star on the climb.
Peak to Shore also features shows with Digging Roots, Boomerang, Karla Crawford, , Opera Under the Stars, Whiskey River, Long Range Hustle, and Beatles A-Z. The full lineup is available online.
“Long Range Hustle is awesome!” adds Vakkaria. “I can’t wait to check out the other bands on the bill, too.”
An interesting addition for this year, iconic music historian and broadcaster Jeff Woods will be helping to host the event.
“Having Jeff on board adds a really exciting element to the festivities,” said Patti
Kendall, Director of Marketing & Events for Blue Mountain Village. “He’s going to emcee some of the concerts and interview some of the bands and artists between sets.”
A big supporter of the Blue Mountain region, Woods is excited to bring his considerable knowledge of the Canadian Music Scene to the festival.
“The talent is exciting and diverse,” said Woods, “ It’s a great opportunity for the musicians and an even better opportunity for music lovers. I’m excited to be a part of it.”
The Peak to Shore Festival runs from July 17 to July 21.
Detailed information available at peaktoshore.ca.