MEDIA RELEASE: Port Hope Arts Festival

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16th Annual Port Hope Arts Festival Returns August 10

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - Port Hope, ON

The ever-growing Port Hope Arts Festival returns next month with an impressive line-up of musical and artistic talents, all set to merge on the Port Hope scene on Saturday, August 10, beginning at 8 a.m.

“The Port Hope Arts Festival is truly a celebration of the incredible culture that we have to draw from here in Port Hope and throughout Northumberland County, and it provides a platform for multi-generational programming for our residents and visitors,” notes Bob Sanderson, Mayor of the Municipality of Port Hope. “It is one of our premiere events and we look forward to hosting it each year.”

The outdoor, free event is marking its 16th anniversary this summer with a celebration of art, agriculture, music, and community. The art and farm vendor market reflects a colourful mix of Northumberland County’s culture and will showcase the diverse talents and products of local and regional artists. Market vendors will be open for extended hours until 3 p.m. and shoppers can expect over 45 retailers this year, with a wide range of handmade original products and their favourite local food options well into the afternoon.

Event goers can also visit Memorial Park between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. for live entertainment from the Bandshell, a summer BBQ, and lots of colourful, interactive activities for the kids.

The bandshell entertainment lineup for 2019 includes:

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.: Josh Armstrong & Nicolas Campbell
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: Matt Marcuz
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Mayhemingways
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Ted Staunton & Saskia Tomkins
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Diane Rock

New for 2019 is the Port Hope Arts Festival Juried Exhibition where the public can view selected pieces at the Port Hope Public Library until August 10. Voting is open for the People’s Choice Award now until August 9. All works for sale on location on August 10 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The Festival art experience is also expanding beyond downtown Port Hope this year. The Festival will include an ‘Art on the Porch’ installment. Five local artists will open up their porches to the public on August 10 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Visit the five locations to view an eclectic assortment of art pieces by local artists.

Additionally, a play reading will be taking place in the Council Chambers at Town Hall. Taking Liberties, by Dave Carley, examines five critical moments in the life of a city, when ordinary citizens are forced to make extraordinary choices. The play moves back through five decades, illustrating how the moral dilemmas of one era can impact the events of another. Live readings of the play are scheduled for August 9 (8 p.m.) and August 10 (3 p.m. & 8 p.m.). Pay what you can at the door.

More details about the Port Hope Arts Festival can be found on the website at

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For more information, please contact:
Kate Ingram
Communications / Community Engagement Coordinator
905-885-4544 x2248