Lucknow’s Music within the Fields placing name out for rising artists


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The fields of southern Bruce County will as soon as once more be crammed with the sound of music.

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Lucknow’s Music within the Fields is again for 2022 after two years off because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As much as 8,000 followers are anticipated to soak up the performances of greater than a dozen artists over the Aug. 25-27 weekend.

“It has been a protracted street,” advertising director Cheryl Johnston stated Friday. “The committee is all volunteers and it was good to have a little bit of a break as a result of quite a lot of them have been concerned since we began, however it has been sufficient of a break and we need to get again on the market and lift funds for the group once more, which is the principle motive we do it.”

Music within the Fields was began in 2008 by the Lucknow and District Kinsmen Membership, which had a imaginative and prescient of bringing a large-scale occasion with high-quality acts to the small, rural group.  The occasion went on a greater than decade-long run and grew right into a community-wide occasion with all proceeds going to native charities and organizations. To this point, greater than $1.3 million has been raised for the occasion’s title charity, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, in addition to hospitals, faculties and quite a few different initiatives within the space.

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However in 2020, like nearly the whole lot else, the occasion was placed on maintain because of the pandemic, with artists agreeing to maneuver their appearances to 2021. Because the pandemic continued the occasion was once more postponed. With it rising tougher for artists to commit because of the uncertainty, organizers determined to start out from scratch once more in 2022, and luckily lots of the artists are returning, together with some new additions.

In late March, the occasion introduced its lineup for this 12 months’s occasion, together with headliners Brothers Osborne and Chris Janson.

“We had been fortunate sufficient to safe Brothers Osborne and proper after that they secured a Grammy Award so it was good timing that means,” Johnston stated.

Different artists set to carry out throughout the pageant embrace The Sheepdogs, Hunter Brothers, Tenille Arts, 54-40, Good Horse, The Slocan Ramblers, Genevieve Fisher, One Ugly Cowboy and Mudmen, together with tribute bands Epic Eagles and The Virtually Hip.

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“We’ve got an incredible mixture of Canadian artists plus a few Nashville acts,” stated Johnston. “We’ve got additionally had some good luck with having some throwback Canadian artists.

“We like to combine it up and get completely different bands and stuff and that’s the reason we name it Music within the Fields, and it’s not vital nation within the fields.”

The occasion additionally only recently launched its Rising Artist Showdown, which supplies up-and-coming musicians the prospect to take the stage as opening acts in entrance of 1000’s of pageant goers.

“In a means the pandemic perhaps helped them as a result of lots of people had been doing live shows from dwelling and lots of people needed to keep within the homes and went on the Web and noticed a few of these artists who had been doing podcasts and dwell venues,” stated Johnston. “However everyone loves dwell music and there’s nothing higher than listening to that music coming by means of the audio system, seeing that band on stage and feeling that.”

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This 12 months, the newcomers occasion has been renamed within the reminiscence of James Cameron, the primary winner of the competition in 2012. The Kitchener-Waterloo performer, who returned to the pageant stage in 2013 and once more in 2018 on the tenth anniversary of the occasion, took his personal life in 2020.

“After we had been rebranding and getting out once more this 12 months we thought it was a becoming tribute to him to place it in his honour and put it in his identify and produce extra consciousness to it,” Johnston stated.

A part of the proceeds for the pageant will go to WES for Youth, which gives wellness and emotional assist to youth by means of on-line skilled counselling.

Rising artists fascinated with competing for a spot within the occasion are invited to get particulars, fill out the net kind and submit a video by visiting www.musicinthefields.ca/emerging-artist.

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Submissions will likely be narrowed down with viewers members voting on the finalists. The runner-up will carry out on a aspect stage earlier than 54-40 and Tenille Arts, whereas the grand prize winner will play on a aspect stage earlier than Brothers Osbourne and Chris Janson.

Johnston stated ticket gross sales have gone rather well to date for the occasion. Whereas some could also be cautious about returning to crowds nonetheless, Johnston stated they’ve about 60 acres to position roughly 8,000 individuals on, so there’s loads of room for everybody. Tenting is about 75 per cent bought out, with a flat price securing one of many roughly 1,400 websites from Wednesday to Sunday. Ticket info is out there at https://www.musicinthefields.ca

Whereas refunds had been supplied, most individuals held onto their tickets from the postponed 2020 and 2021 occasions, Johnston stated, and people are being honoured for this 12 months’s present.

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“They’ve trusted us that we’re going to placed on an incredible present no matter who’s there,” she stated. “Additionally they need to maintain their campsites as a result of individuals had been in a position to choose their space they usually need to camp with their household and pals.”

It takes roughly 400 volunteers to placed on the occasion every year, with these fascinated with serving to out invited to the web site to fill out a kind.

Johnston stated organizers work year-round on the occasion, which has been actually embraced by the group, together with its service teams and companies.

“It’s a labour of affection and the volunteers put in quite a lot of hours,” Johnston stated. “Being in a small group is simply nice.”

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