Monday, June 5, 2017     Marion Goard     Community News and Events

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A beautiful lakefront view, the warm summer breeze, spending time with family and friends, exciting live performances on multiple stages…yes, that's right! The Sound of Music Festival is back for another year!

The eight-day schedule will begin on June 10 with a one day ticketed event, featuring performances by The Offspring, Live, Marianas Trench, Smashmouth, Spin Doctors and others. Enjoy a full week of free concerts taking place June 11-18, as Moist, The Trews, Harrison Kennedy, IllScarlett, Kobo Town, USS and many others take the stage.

The festival will celebrate Canada's 150th birthday on June 11 with a full line-up of Canadian performers, an Aboriginal Dance Ceremony and a Citizenship and Affirmation Ceremony on the TD Stage at 2 p.m.

With numerous stages, a Downtown Streetfest, craft market, food vendors, carnival and a children's village, the Sound of Music is fun for the whole family. The TD Stage is the largest and will feature headlining acts while a number of smaller stages will welcome local talent and a variety of musical acts and dance performances.

Taking place on Saturday, June 17, the Grande Festival Parade is one of the weekend's most anticipated events. With marching bands from across Canada and the U.S., the Festival's official mascot "Maestro", and dazzling floats and performers, the parade will begin at Central Park and travel along Caroline Street to Pearl Street then head west on James Street before turning north on Brant Street and ending at Central High School.

Highlights of the Sound of Music Downtown Streetfest include sidewalk sales, licensed patios,'Games on the Street' and numerous dining options. Streetfest stages will be set up at Ontario, Elgin, Pine and Maria Streets. Don't miss the Burlington Concert Band performing on Sunday, June 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Brant and Caroline.

For the little ones, the Kids Naturally Village will be set up in the gazebo area of Spencer Smith Park. This child-friendly area is a popular spot at the Festival offering fun activities and family-based entertainment the kids will love.

See you there!


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