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by Karen Bedard

This made-in-Kemptville event is now a four-day live music festival, and will present a range of talent that is certain to draw crowds even larger than the previous two editions.
Headliner David Wilcox is anticipated to draw approximately 3,000 guests on Thursday night, with opening acts Soulstack, multiple Maple Blue Award winner, Angel Forrest, and Juno award winning MonkeyJunk, warming the stage, beginning at 5 pm.

On Friday, Kemptville will be ready to host 5,000-6,000 guests as Silver Creek, Brea Lawrenson, and Crystal Shawanda prepare the way for international headliner, Dwight Yoakam. Saturday’s headliner, Burton Cummings, is sure to attract another 5,000 guests, with a full slate of Canadian talent warming the stage, including Sue Foley, The Weber Brothers, Bill Durst, Angelique Francis, and Ottawa-based Three Times Lucky beginning at 2 pm.

Canada Day revisited begins Sunday, July 23 at 11:30 am, when CBC Searchlight finalist Kimberly Sunstrum takes the stage. The afternoon continues with local artist Brock Zeman, the “First Lady of Guitar”, Liona Boyd, New York’s entrancing Rory Block, and then, of course, the most anticipated appearance of the Legendary Gordon Lightfoot.

On Wednesday, July 19, from 2 pm-7 pm on the festival main event field, guests are invited to participate in 150 Tastes in North Grenville, a special market put on in conjunction with the Kemptville Farmer’s Market. Two hundred tasting passports will be available for $10 each, which give participants the opportunity to taste Broadhead craft brew, Casa Dea Wines, King’s Lock Distillery spirits, and a host of tasty farm fresh and homemade tastes. Biemond’s Dairy, Briarlea Blueberries, Allium Farms, Kricklewood Farms, Aubin Organic Farms, and Gentle Craft Organic Homestead represent our local farming tastes, while Celebrate!Cakes, Joey’s Homestyle Foods, Maggie’s Shortbreads, Charlotte’s Butter Tarts, Sage – Ontario Craft Jam, and Paul’s Fudge Factory offer sweet tastes to round out the passport. Local authors and artisan vendors will join the market for the day as well. Come and enjoy!

Beginning at 7 pm, Wednesday evening, a free community concert featuring Keith Glass of Prairie Oyster will take the main Kemptville Live Festival stage. Guests are invited to come and explore the festival grounds, while the volunteers prepare for the opening of the 2017 Kemptville Live Music Festival on Thursday July 20. The Kemptville Live Music Festival is made possible through the support of many local sponsors, Canadian Heritage Building Community Through Arts and Heritage – Local Festivals, Celebrate Ontario through the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.

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