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Theatre Cambrian launches city's newest music festival

By: Heidi Ulrichsen - Sudbury Northern Life

 | Jun 11, 2014 - 12:22 PM |
The Sudbury Guitar Trio is just one of the musical ensembles that will be playing at the The Songs of Summer Music Festival at Theatre Cambrian June 27-29. Supplied photo.

The Sudbury Guitar Trio is just one of the musical ensembles that will be playing at the The Songs of Summer Music Festival at Theatre Cambrian June 27-29. Supplied photo.

Songs of Summer festival focuses on Northern Ontario acts

Theatre Cambrian, known for its musical and dinner theatre productions, is branching out.


“We want to be recognized as the beacon for arts and entertainment in Northern Ontario,” said Shawn Bailey, Theatre Cambrian's community outreach officer. “We are so much more than just a theatre.”

With this goal in mind, Theatre Cambrian is launching its own music festival. 

Featuring 16 musical acts from Northern Ontario, The Songs of Summer Music Festival will be held at the theatre's Eyre Street location June 27-29.


While it's true there's already several summer music festivals in Sudbury, such as Northern Lights Festival Boreal and Summerfest, Bailey said none of them focus solely on Northern Ontario acts.

That's a niche The Songs of Summer Music Festival aims to fill.

Besides, Theatre Cambrian is the perfect venue for a music festival, as it has two indoor stages and space for an outside stage.

“They all do things at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre, which is open air,” Bailey said. “It's a great amphitheatre, but if it rains, people are getting soaked.”

The musical offerings at the new music festival are eclectic, he said.

Lovers of classical guitar will want to take in the Sudbury Guitar Trio, which plays traditional classical music and fun arrangements of popular music.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is the Sudbury band Of Tall Tales, “which is more on the metal rock side of things,” Bailey said.

The music festival also features a number of different tribute bands, including Under My Tongue, a tribute to The Rolling Stones, Familiar to Millions, an Oasis tribute, and Simply Taylor, a Taylor Swift tribute.

Other confirmed bands include Anxiety, Naked Soul, No Sugs, Eddie Believes, Snowtown Revival and The Bluez Brotherz.

Theatre Cambrian is also bringing in Stack Brewing, Highland Brew Company and Steam Whistle Brewing to serve beer at the festival and Overtime Sports Bar and Grill, which will grill up some burgers.

Tickets to the festival, which cost $20 for single day passes and $50 for the full weekend, are available by phoning the Theatre Cambrian box office at 705-524-7317 or visiting www.theatrecambrian.ca.
Heidi Ulrichsen

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