It’s almost that time again – Art on the Waterfront returns to Chesterville this year, bringing you more local vendors, artists and musicians than ever before! This two-day free event runs from Saturday, June 1 to Sunday, June 2 and offers fun and excitement for the whole family. From the Kids Zone and its many activities to the music, food and drinks offered over in the bar area, and the skilled artists and artisans coming together to showcase and celebrate their crafts, we’ve got a lot to offer this year, and there’s sure to be something for everyone.

A pancake breakfast at the Gathering House will precede this year’s opening ceremony, which will feature the unveiling of a new redesigned Main Street mural done by Art on the Waterfront Committee Chair Carrie O’Neill. According to her, the mural is half old and half new in design, both paying homage to the town’s past by incorporating elements from the previous mural while also celebrating how the community has evolved over the years, by proudly featuring events like Meet Me on Main Street and Art on the Waterfront.

With more than seventy artists in attendance this year, the event also features a demonstration zone, with exhibitions by groups like Therien Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing, Wild and Free Spirit Line Dancers, and the Ashley Thomas School of Dance, promising to “wow” the audience with their awesome skills.

Kids will be able to enjoy a bunch of fun activities in our Kids Zone—both days of the event will feature inflatable bouncy castles (Tribeck Inflatables), train rides (JMS Train Rides), a model train show (Seaway Train Show), and various arts and crafts. On Saturday there will also be the Junkyard Symphony Rhythm and Recycling Workshop, a radical ride of rhythm where participants learn the importance of rhythm in music and life, as well as a colouring contest. Meanwhile, Sunday’s events include a talent show on the main stage, and a performance by Hey Buster, a dad-band from Ottawa that plays “Kindie music”: songs with lyrics aimed at kids under 10, and music with a singer/songwriter, indie rock vibe.

Over in the bar area, we’ll have all the cold, refreshing drinks and the warm, delicious food (courtesy of the North Dundas Fire Service and the Chesterville & District Lions Club) you’ve come to expect, along with an incredible lineup of local musicians, including Evil Creek, RedFox, Mainstreet Revival, Slo’ Tom & The Handsome Devils, and many more!

So, whether you’re looking to get the kids out of the house for the weekend, enjoy some warm food, cold drinks and good company, or even just wanting to spend some time shopping around and supporting local artists, Art on the Waterfront has something for everyone!

For a complete schedule of events, visit www.artonthewaterfront.ca.

We look forward to welcoming you all again this year!

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