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2021 Juno Award Nominated Artist and formerly a member of the Juno Award winning band Chic Gamine, Dirks launched her solo career in 2017 with the EP Lady in Mind. The EP's single "Juniper" reached #1 on the Radio 2 Top 20
Canadian-American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is a founding member of the indie-rock band The Rugburns and collaborated on several songs with singer Jewel, including the 1996 single "You Were Meant for Me"
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March 24, 2021
The Roots North Music Festival was created to encourage everyone to come together and support Downtown Orillia businesses and local artists after a long winter, but with the current situation that is still present in our community today, coming together in person is not the responsible thing to do at this time. Because of this, we regretfully have made the choice to once again postpone our upcoming festival that was scheduled to take place April 22nd to 24th, 2021. We are however pleased to announce that Juno nominated artist Begonia is confirmed for our 2022 festival!
Even though we can’t be together in person, we are also excited to announce that a video production is planned to take place for you to enjoy at no cost for anyone that would like to tune in. This presentation will be available on YouTube, Facebook and we are in discussion with Rogers TV to broadcast on 5 stations throughout Simcoe County direct to your home. The show will feature Alex Andrews & Marta Solek, Craig Mainprize, Darrin Davis & Amy Jefferies, Sam Johnston, Sean Patrick, and Zachary Lucky, all local artists performing a variety of fantastic music. The broadcast will be captured with beautiful visuals courtesy of our friend and dedicated supporter Tyler Knight from KnightVision Media and it will be professionally mixed by our long-time sound engineer Mark Webster. All health and safety precautions will be strictly followed during filming of this show. Keeping with our festival's main goal, all money spent on this production is staying local which is important now more than ever!
We are kindly encouraging patrons to hold on to their tickets for use at our next festival being tentatively scheduled for April 21st to 23rd, 2022. As a not-for-profit group, keeping your ticket rather than requesting a refund will help immensely to keep our small organization financially viable. We will however honour any ticket refund requests and they can be initiated at this link:
Thank you to everyone that has contributed to the festival and the organizing committee that plans it each year for your enjoyment. Your encouragement and appreciation for what we put together as a volunteer board makes all the work very fulfilling and assists to keep us motivated.
- Derick Lehmann, Board Chair
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.
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. 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.
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.
Performance venues include Brewery Bay Restaurant, Hog N' Penny,
Tre Sorelle, Eight Limbs Yoga, The Orillia Farmers' Market,
Alleycats Music & Art, Mark IV Brothers, Eclectic Cafe, Bakes By The Lake, Apple Annies, Jim Ostler Contracting, and Kensingtons Burger Bar.
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