submitted by Deron Johnson

The Board of Management of the Old Town Kemptville Business Improvement Area (BIA) is excited to announce the launch of our Kemptville Live Music Festival Passport Contest which will result in one lucky winner receiving two VIP tickets for the entire four-day festival. The contest will run for the month of June and will highlight participating Downtown businesses in the BIA footprint of Prescott and Clothier Streets, as well as the businesses on Sanders and Rideau Streets (also known as the Triangle). In addition, other businesses outside the Downtown area are also participating in the contest as sponsors and acting as a location where people can pick up a passport.

The contest is based on a concept whereby people pick up a passport at one of the participating or sponsoring locations, then they need to visit a total of six businesses within the Downtown (BIA footprint and the Triangle) to get a stamp or initial or signature. Once signatures from six different Downtown businesses have been collected, the passport is then left at the last business where the final signature was obtained. All of the passports will then be collected on Saturday, June 29 and a final draw for the winning passport will be made during the Canada Day weekend.

The idea for the passport promotion was brought to the BIA Events Committee by a local volunteer who not only designed the passport and the promotional poster, but also went door-to-door in the Downtown to encourage businesses to participate. They also approached businesses outside the Downtown area to cultivate further support for the contest in the form of sponsorship and to help increase the number of locations where people could pick up the passport.

“This promotion is an ideal win/win/win situation. Participating Downtown businesses benefit from the marketing of the contest and from the people visiting their business to both pick up the passport and to have their passport signed. Sponsoring businesses benefit from the marketing of the contest and from people stopping into their business to pick up the passport. Obviously, the big winner is the lucky person who will have two VIP tickets to a very memorable four-day weekend at the best music festival in Eastern Ontario” – Deron Johnston – Old Town Kemptville – Executive Director.

The Kemptville Live Music Festival is one of the premier summer attractions in Eastern Ontario. This year’s edition of the festival runs from Thursday July 18 to Sunday July 21 and will feature a stellar lineup of musical talent from a number of different genres including rock, blues, country and folk. Headliners such as George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Steve Earle, Kim Mitchell and David Wilcox are just some of the musical acts that will take the main stage. This year’s festival once again returns to the Kemptville Campus (formerly Kemptville College) venue that has been its home since it began five years ago. At almost 21,000 attendees for 2018, organizers expect even more music lovers this time around as the event’s reputation grows across North America.

To learn more about ticket availability, pricing, artist lineup and facilities for The Kemptville Live Music Festival, visit their website at


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