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Whitehorse, Kathleen Edwards, Alx Veliz, and Mélanie Brulée to perform at free show on August 12

For Immediate Release

Monday, July 17, 2017 - Port Hope, ON

The much anticipated lineup of artists to perform at Port Hope’s ONtour 150 concert has been announced and includes Whitehorse, Kathleen Edwards, Alx Veliz and Mélanie Brulée, who will take the stage at Memorial Park on August 12, coinciding with Port Hope’s annual Farmers’ Market Arts Festival.

“We are proud to host the ONtour 150 concert series right here in Port Hope,” remarked Bob Sanderson, Mayor of the Municipality of Port Hope. “Supporting and facilitating cultural initiatives and programming is part of our broader strategic plan and I am delighted that we will be showcasing our community and expanding on the success of the popular Arts Festival as we continue to attract and plan terrific events and activities in the community.”

As part of a year-long line-up of events marking Ontario’s 150th anniversary and celebrating the province, the free ONtour concert series will provide the soundtrack for the summer of ’17, stopping in more than 20 communities across the province and showcasing some of Ontario’s brightest musical talent.

The evening show coincides with the 14th annual Arts Festival at the Port Hope Farmers’ Market. The full-day, free event includes an art vendor market, live entertainment from the bandshell, activities for the kids, interactive displays, a green street party hosted by Critical Mass (on Augusta Street), butter tart vendors and more.

“The Arts Festival at the Port Hope Farmers’ Market is a celebration of arts, agriculture and community,” added Jeannie Maidens, Event Coordinator for the Municipality of Port Hope. “It’s an outdoor event the whole family can enjoy, right in the heart of our heritage downtown.”

Highlights from the Arts Festival include:

• The vendor market showcasing the diverse talents and products of various local and regional artists. Shoppers can expect to find a wide range of handmade original products, along with the offerings of the traditional weekly Farmers’ Market vendors.

• The Art of the Tart; the quintessential Canadian dessert, the Butter Tart! A handful of regional vendors will have the unique and delicious versions of the butter tart available in Memorial Park.

• A mini MEGA Green Street Party on Augusta Street, presented by Critical Mass. Critical Mass is working with an organization called Come Alive Outside to transform a portion of Augusta Street into a temporary green space. Come Alive Outside is a nonprofit organization that works closely with partners in the landscape profession, as well as college horticulture and landscape architecture departments, in order to get people off the couch and back outside in communities across North America. This space will be programmed by Critical Mass and encourage unstructured play on a reinterpreted streetscape.

• Live musical performances from the bandshell, by a selection of local favorites including:

10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Heather Bordsma
11:00 – 11:45 a.m. Saskia Tomkins Duo
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Dave Mowat
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Green Street (Live on Augusta Street)
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Kim Doolittle & Ted Staunton

The Art & Farm Market, behind Town Hall opens as usual at 8 a.m. and the Arts Festival programming begins in Memorial Park at 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., followed by the ONtour 150 concert, beginning at 6 p.m. All events are free and open to all patrons and do not require tickets.

For more information about this and other events in the Municipality of Port Hope, visit:

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For more information, please contact:

Kate Ingram
Communications / Community Engagement Coordinator
905-885-4544 x2248