Downtown gets ready for Kemptville Live with Music in the Park, July 18


by John Barclay, Executive Director of the Old Town Kemptville BIA

The Old Town Kemptville Business Improvement Area (BIA) is excited to sponsor what we hope will be an annual free family event in Riverside Park just before Kemptville Live gets underway. “Music in the Park” is a local community showcase that runs from 3 pm to 10 pm on Wednesday July 18.

“Music in the Park” has some great family programming. Children’s show specialist and performer, Dr. 4 Face (as seen on TV) performs on the BIA Stage from 3 to 4:15 pm with a variety show designed for children of all ages. Come check out the National Capital Balloon Club’s hot air balloons, too. If the day is calm, we will have them going up, up and away for rides over North Grenville!

There will be a broad selection of booths featuring your favourite Kemptville Farmers’ Market vendors and Downtown Kemptville businesses. There is some delicious food on offer including BBQ chicken from Woodlands and Smoked Brisket from Newport BBQ, so forget about cooking dinner and bring the family to Riverside Park that evening for some great food and free entertainment. Craft beer from the Windmill Brewery will be available in the Beer Tent.

Check out Music in the Park’s great line-up of young local musical talent:

Dylan Watts 5:30 pm – 6:20 pm. Dylan is a finger-style guitar artist from the Ottawa Valley. Influenced by guitar legends like Chet Atkins, Tommy Emmanuel, known for his complex finger-style technique, and his steady Travis-Picking style !
Kiefer James Ray 4:30 pm – 5:20 pm. Kiefer was born and raised in your town. Country boy with all the stylings of a 2012 YouTube Star. Come see him play!
Stage announcements at 6:30 pm will include the presentation of two free Weekend VIP Tickets for Kemptville Live to the lucky winner of the BIA’s Festival Fan Campaign. Look for Festival Fan signs downtown at participating businesses to enter a ballot in the draw. The winning ballot will be drawn at the Kemptville Farmers’ Market on Sunday, July 15.
Steph La Rochelle 7:00 pm – 7:50. With a burgeoning online presence and a number of acting credits to her name [Heartland (CBC); Backstage (Disney)], Steph La Rochelle is making her mark. She was a finalist in Bluesfest’s Emerging Artist Showcase as well as the CCMA Discovery Program.
Kiefer Layne 8:00 pm – 8:50 pm. Kiefer is a Country Singer-Songwriter from Kemptville, Ontario. His music is largely influenced by Roots, Blues, Southern Rock, and Country/Western.
Amanda Jordan 9:00 pm – 9:50 pm. Amanda will close the night for us at this fun event! Amanda Jordan is a singer songwriter from Smiths Falls Ontario and she studies Music at Carleton University. Amanda was selected to open for Brett Kissel in Sudbury earlier this year. She will be releasing her next single to radio in September this year.

Many new visitors to Kemptville will have arrived on Wednesday to attend Kemptville Live – the campgrounds at the College have close to 800 registered this year. This is a great opportunity to introduce them to our unique history, the beautiful South Branch River and the unique shops and restaurants of Downtown Kemptville.

The Old Town Kemptville Business Improvement Area does more than just help businesses market themselves and promote events happening downtown. The BIA also represents and works with its merchant members to expand business and cultural activities and advocates on their behalf and for the people who live and work downtown. Please join other Friends of Downtown online by liking our Facebook page (, bookmarking our website ( or subscribing to the Kemptville e-News (‬).


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