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Wet Conditions Force Lowville Festival to Move Indoors!

Burlington, Ontario
Thursday, May 25…

The wet conditions have forced the Lowville Festival to move two of its performances inside this weekend.  The performances scheduled for the Festival tent in Lowville Park will now take place in St. George’s Church Hall at 7051 Guelph Line L0P 1B0, just 10 minutes north of Lowville at Derry Road.

The affected performances are:

  • The Second City Comedy Troupe’s production of Canada: The Thinking Man’s America at 7:30 pm on Saturday, May 27; and
  • ALICE IN WONDERLAND by Motus O Dance/Theatre Company at 2 pm on Sunday, May 28 – Fun for the family!

St. George’s Hall has been a venue for festival events since 2015.  Liona Boyd and the Lowville Festival Choir perform there on Friday evening, May 26, at 7:30 pm.  The Hall will be dry and the indoor space will add a feeling of intimacy to the performances.

Representatives of the Festival will be at Lowville Park to re-direct anyone who is not aware of the change.

For information, please call: Linda Sword 519-853-1896

Festival Fun Under the Big Top!

Lowville Festival to Present Second City and Motus O’s Alice in a Tent in Lowville Park

Burlington, ON
May 4th, 2017

The Lowville Festival, the festival of all the arts for the artist in all of us, is undertaking some intriguing new initiatives for its third annual festival, held this year on May 26-18 in venues along the fabled Guelph Line.

The Festival is setting up a Big Top in the beautiful environs of Lowville Park along Bronte Creek, one of the City of Burlington’s most popular destinations. Lowville Park is located in the beautiful hamlet of Lowville in the Escarpment country of north Burlington. The Lowville Tent will play host to two exciting attractions, the legendary Second City Touring Company and Motus O Dance Theatre’s Alice in Wonderland, one of Canada’s finest dance touring attractions.

Second City will be bringing its popular satirical show, Canada: The Thinking Man’s America. As the name suggests, the show will be skewering our neighbours south of the border, as well as aiming not a few darts aimed about our own home and native land.  The performance is at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $45.

Motus O Dance Theatre will be bringing its acclaimed show, Alice, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s immortal Alice in Wonderland and Alice through the Looking Glass. This colourful blend of physical comedy, dance and special effects is fun for the entire family. Tickets are $20.

Other Festival attractions include:

To Canada with Love, our opening concert featuring the beloved Canadian guitarist Liona Boyd, in collaboration with the Lowville Festival Choir, one of the festival’s most popular features, under the joint direction of Wayne Strongman, former conductor of Hamilton’s Bach Elgar Choir, and Janice Ketchen, conductor of Port Dover’s Lynn Valley Singers. This takes place in St. George’s Anglican Church Hall on Friday May 26th at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $35.

The Art Gallery of Burlington’s popular Road Show will be coming to Lowville United Church on Saturday afternoon May 27th from 1-4pm. In addition to demonstrations by some of the City’s finest artists and artisans, and opportunities to create your own works of art, performances featuring some of the region’s finest young performers under the direction of Hamilton’s distinguished music director Michael Mulrooney will be performing in the church’s Sanctuary. Admission is free.

Singers interested in joining this year’s Festival Choir are encouraged to contact Choir Manager Robert Missen at 905-632-6047.The ability to read music is helpful but not essential.

For more information about the Festival and to order tickets check out our website at www.lowvillefestival.com or call 289-260-1109. You can also purchase tickets at Different Drummer Books in Downtown Burlington.

Media Contact: Robert Missen at 905-632-6047 or rmissen@sympatico.ca .


Lowville Festival returns for 3rd season – May 26 – 28, 2017

A festival of all the arts along the legendary Guelph Line…

BURLINGTON, ONTARIO                                                                                                               March 15TH, 2017

The Lowville Festival will again be presenting superb artistic experiences for audiences old and young in north Burlington’s majestic Escarpment country May 26th to May 28th. This year we are delighted to be presenting a couple of stellar headline attractions, including legendary Canadian guitarist Liona Boyd and the celebrated Toronto comedy troupe Second City.

The Lowville Festival defines itself as “a festival of all the arts for the artist in all of us”.  The ultimate aim is not only to feature all of the performing, visual and literary arts, but also to provide opportunities for attendees to participate in the creative process.  To that end, local singers are again invited to join the Lowville Festival Choir, which will appear in the opening concert.  And budding visual artists will have an opportunity to participate in demonstrations in Saturday’s Sights and Sounds in the Escarpment, our first collaboration with the Art Gallery of Burlington.

For our third annual festival, we have moved the festival to late May to avoid the torrid heat that we experienced during the past couple of summers, and also to set ourselves aside from the huge number of festivals that take place at that time. In addition to the two venues on the Guelph Line that we have been utilizing since the festival’s inception, Lowville United Church and St. George’s Anglican Parish Hall, we will be presenting both Second City and Motus O in a large tent in scenic Lowville Park.

The 2017 festival will be launched on Friday May 26th with a concert at St. George’s Hall entitled To Canada with  Love. Famed Canadian guitarist Liona Boyd will headline a celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday which will also feature her dazzling new duo guitar partner Andrew Dolson. A highlight will be the appearance by the Lowville Festival Choir under the direction of Hamilton-born Wayne Strongman, former conductor of Hamilton’s Bach-Elgar Choir.

Saturday’s daytime activities, Sights and Sounds in the Escarpment, will take place at Lowville United Church, a Victorian jewel located at the south end of the hamlet of Lowville. Attendees will have an opportunity to take in demonstrations from some of Burlington’s finest artists and artisans, and also to make art themselves. During the afternoon they will also be serenaded in the church sanctuary by some of the region’s finest young performers under the direction of acclaimed music director Michael Mulrooney.

The Lowville Festival Tent will play host on Saturday night to Second City. The celebrated sketch/improv company, which gave birth to the legendary SCTV television series, will be presenting a devilishly satirical show entitled Canada, The Thinking Man’s America.

The festival finale will be a presentation of Motus O’s acclaimed production of Alice.  A tour de force for the entire family featuring music, dance and theatre, inspired by both Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass, Alice will also be presented in the Lowville Festival Tent on Sunday afternoon May 28th.  

The Lowville Festival is the vision of an artistic/management team of three.  Two are Burlington performing artists: Lorretta Bailey, a Lowville resident, who has performed in musical theatre productions across Canada, including the original Toronto production of Les Miserables; and Robert Missen, proprietor of the Bobolink Agency, one of the country’s pre-eminent artist management companies, who was the 2016 inductee into the Burlington Performing Arts Centre Hall of Fame. They have been joined by Barbara Anderson-Huget, former Arts and Culture Manager for the Town of Gravenhurst  and Executive Director of CARFAC Ontario, the association of visual artists, among many other distinguished positions.

For more information please contact Robert Missen at 905-632-6047 or rmissen@sympatico.ca

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