6th Annual Roots North Music Festival in Orillia

6th Annual Roots North Music Festival in Orillia

6th Annual Roots North Music Festival in Orillia6th Annual Roots North Music Festival in Orillia6th Annual Roots North Music Festival in Orillia

Downtown Orillia, Ontario Canada

April 23rd to 25th, 2020

About The Roots North Music Festival

A Festival to Remember

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Roots music can refer to several styles or genres in music, but to us it’s music that is firmly rooted in a place of honest expression and emotion. It’s music that travels, shares, and connects, while honouring the past and bravely moving forward. It’s our mission to bring together a wide range of artists and people who share this vision for a weekend of great live music. 

Our Venues

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Historic Downtown Orillia, Ontario, Canada serves as the backdrop for the music festival. Our headline shows will take place at the beautifully restored 

St. Pauls Centre at 62 Peter Street North. 


3 artists perform each evening in our comfortable soft-seat theatre. 


Before each performance, and during intermissions, we encourage our guests to explore the on-site art market curated by the wonderful folks from Harold & Ferne. A selection of merchandise from our performing artists is also available in addition to one of a kind Roots North Music Festival logo'd memorabilia, 

some of which you get the opportunity to design and create on-site as part of our dedication to the arts in Orillia. 

 

More Music Throughout The Downtown

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Music, shopping and entertainment surround you as you explore during the Roots North Music Festival in Orillia.

In addition to our ticketed main event performances, several businesses along Mississauga Street, and beyond, have teamed up to provide FREE live music shows within their shops and restaurants. ​Be sure to explore and join us.

Headline Entertainment

Steve Poltz

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In 20 years since his full-length solo debut, One Left Shoe, Steve Poltz blessed the world’s ears with thirteen solo records, spanning the acclaimed 2010 Dreamhouse and most recently, Shine On in 2019. NPR summed it up best, “Critics and fans alike now regard Poltz as a talented and prolific songwriter.” Evoking themes of “hope, love, contemplation, celebration of Wednesday, pharmacists, and the fact that windows are not inanimate objects and they sometimes have conversations with each other,” Shine On represents Steve at his most inspired and insightful. The opener and title track pairs a delicate vocal with lithely plucked acoustic strings as he urges everyone to, “Shine on, shine on.”
In the end, for everything you can call him “searcher, smartass, movie freak, lover of technology, news junkie, baseball fan to nth degree, lapsed catholic who still believes in god even though all his friends are atheists and think he’s an idiot, and maker of fun,” you might just call Steve that little light in the dark we all need in this day and age. Or Nashville’s Canadian Jiminy Cricket…

Begonia

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Begonia’s Alexa Dirks is bold, brazen with her florid, surprising pop that is tempered with sensitivity and wisdom.
Three years ago, the Winnipeg-based Alexa Dirks began to transform. Dirks, an eminently talented vocalist equally comfortable singing lullabies, headbangers & ballads, had made a name for herself in folk festival circles for her work in ensembles like the Juno-winning Chic Gamine. But in 2016, she stepped forward, redubbing herself ‘Begonia’ and signaling the blossom of a dynamic and intriguing artist: a glittery supernova who felt like music’s best-kept secret.

William Prince

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For his eagerly-awaited sophomore album, songwriter William Prince begins with single word, Reliever, which informs a collection of exceptionally rendered explorations of what, who and how peace is found. Relievers come in all forms; for Prince, it is song. With its emphasis on words and confidently unfussed accompaniment, Reliever puts Prince’s gift for sparking powerful emotions of both personal and communal relevance at the fore. A masterclass in skillful simplicity, Reliever works a generous and profound kind of magic.

Prince’s influences and references, from the gospel of his childhood to Christopher Wallace’s sermons of a different sort, the pantheon of classic outlaw country singers, baseball and the great beyond, shape Reliever into a collection that approaches the big questions with humility and curiosity. At the edge of the ocean, between father and son, from stranger to lover, the album flows through the places and moments where real connections and healing happen. 

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2019 Highlight Video Courtesy Of Knight Vision Media

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Roots North Music Festival

62 Peter Street North, Orillia, Ontario

info@rootsnorthmusic.ca

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