Kempenfest's 50th Anniversary Celebration Postponed to 2021

Barrie ON - The Kempenfest leadership team has been meeting with municipal, provincial and federal governments on a regular basis to monitor the COVID-19 crisis.  Following the strict guidelines from the Health Minister and health professionals, it has been decided to move the 50th anniversary celebration to 2021.  The festival was set to take place in Barrie, Ontario from July 31 to Aug 3, 2020.  This is the first time in history that the event has been cancelled.
 
The number one concern of government officials and Kempenfest is the need to protect the health and safety of volunteers, vendors, guests and partners.  “It is the right decision to protect the health of the Kempenfest community," states Louise Jackson, General Manager.  "We want our visitors and participants to know that the show cannot go on as planned this year and that safety is our number one priority."
 
Kempenfest has a local economic impact of approximately 12 million dollars to the community and supports multiple charities across the region.  Kempenfest is comprised of not-for-profit organizations that collectively own the name Kempenfest.  These charities include; The Kiwanis Club of Barrie, The Barrie Chamber of Commerce, The Knights of Columbus, The Optimist Club of Barrie, The Rotary Club of Barrie, The Barrie Art Club along with associate members Tourism Barrie and the City of Barrie for direction and support of land use during the festival weekend.  "This was a very tough decision as these charities rely on this money each and every year for their commitments back into our community and that money simply won’t be there this year," says Todd Tuckey, Chair of Kempenfest.
 
While festival goers will not be able to enjoy Kempenfest with the crowds on the lakeshore this summer, organizers are already planning exciting and innovative ways to join in some fun.  Follow @kempenfest on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter & kempenfest.com for up to date information.
 
Kempenfest is Barrie’s signature summer event that brings thousands of visitors to our region annually to enjoy a day on the waterfront it is a summer tradition to so many people that will be missed this year. Tourism Barrie looks forward to working with Kempenfest on its plans to keep the festival top of mind and be ready to support it when it comes back in 2021 to celebrate its 50th anniversary” comments Kathleen Trainor, Executive Director of Tourism Barrie.
 
 
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Kempenfest presented by RBC is North Americas largest outdoor arts and crafts festival. The not-for-profit organization comprised of a number of local service clubs, including The Barrie Art Club, Rotary Club of Barrie, The Optimist Club of Barrie, The Barrie Chamber of Commerce and the City of Barre who join forces to create the amazing weekend you enjoy each year for the past 50 years. The weekend represents thousands of hours of volunteer planning and execution of the event. In the past 50 years, it is estimated that Kempenfest has helped raise over ten million dollars for local charities. 
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Kempenfest 2021

Kempenfest 2021. Barrie's Waterfront Arts, Crafts, and Music Festival.

Festival details available at: kempenfest.com

 

Kempenfest is recognized as one of the largest outdoor arts and crafts festivals in North America. It is held each year on the August Civic Holiday weekend on the beautiful shores of Kempenfelt Bay in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. It attracts nearly a quarter million visitors from across Ontario and the northern United States. 

Kempenfest is much more than just an arts and crafts festival. While its roots exist in the arts and crafts community, over the past 47 years the event has grown to include an antiques show, top-notch Canadian entertainment, and food galore.

Kempenfest is an incredibly valuable vehicle for six non-profit groups and service clubs in the Barrie area to utilize for what is likely their most intense and valuable fund-raising effort the entire year.  Kempenfest is on the FEO Top 100 list of Ontario events.

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Budweiser New Music Fest 2014, On Sale Now!

Festival headliner Classified will be performing live at Heritage Park on Saturday July 19th, with performances by July Talk, One Bad Son, illScarlett, Indian Handcrafts and Golden Gate Graves as part of the Budweiser New Music Fest Barrie 2014, powered by Mady.

The 7th annual New Music Fest Barrie, will host over 35 live regional and national acts of various genres performing at multiple live music venues. Participating venues will each host three-four established and developing touring artists, collectively sharing multiple festival stages.

Limited Advance Tickets to the Saturday July 19th Headliner Concert featuring Classified, July Talk, One Bad Son, illScarlett and others are on sale now!  Early Bird tickets have sold out in record time.

Interested attendees should note that last years headliner concert at Heritage Park had sold-out, and Classified’s last stop in Barrie (2013) had also sold-out, so don't delay!  Advance tickets are available at Tropical North Surf Shop, downtown Barrie or online at newmusicfest.ca


Festival Headliner Concert
Artist: Classified, July Talk, One Bad Son, illScarlett, Indian Handcrafts and Golden Gate Graves
Date: Saturday July 19, 2014
Gates: 3PM
Event: All Ages/Licensed
Venue: Heritage Park, Barrie, ON

Festival Sponsors include: Mady Development Corp, Budweiser, Rock 95, 107.5 Kool FM, SNAPD Barrie, Downtown Barrie, Comfort Inn, Music 21, Tourism Barrie, Domino’s, Barrie Taxi, Digerati Media, Tropical North Surf Shop, Tourism Barrie and Contractors Rental Supply (CRS).


Festival History

The New Music Fest originated in Barrie, ON (2008) and has since grown to include Sudbury and London ON, on separate weekends. Artists who have performed with New Music Fest in the past include USS, Big Wreck, Monster Truck, The Tea Party, Ian Thornley, The Trews, Big Sugar, Treble Charger, The Reason, illScarlett, Steph Lang, The Balconies, Arkells, Young Empires, Crash Karma, The Glorious Sons and a long list of Canada’s hardest working indie bands and musicians.

Tourism Barrie awarded Admiral Live & New Music Fest with the “Best Marketing Campaign” in 2010 and again in 2012. This award recognizes a marketing campaign that contributes to promoting the city as a quality destination and that demonstrates effectiveness in increasing tourism. 


For more info, visit: NewMusicFest.ca

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Theory of a Deadman, Barrie concert rescheduled to July 27, 2014

Theory of a Deadman live at Sound Empire had recently been postponed as singer Tyler Connolly had been battling complications due to laryngitis, leaving him unable to perform Friday June 6th.

Their local Barrie concert, which has already nearly sold out, has been rescheduled for Sunday July 27th. Few tickets remain. All sold tickets for the postponed "June 6th" date, will be honoured at the doors of Sound Empire (46 Dunlop St West, Barrie) on July 27th. Doors open at 8PM.

Deadline to request a refund for previously purchased tickets is this Friday June 13, 2014. To receive a refund, you must call or email TicketWeb no later than this Friday and follow the refund instructions they provide.


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The first band to be signed to Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger’s 604 records, Theory Of A Deadman have found consistent success as a hard rock band, winning two Juno awards, and four platinum selling albums over their 13 year career.

Formed in 2001 in British Colombia, Theory Of A Deadman earned the respect of the industry when handpicked by Chad Kroeger to be the first band on his label. This exposure gave them opportunities to open for bands like Motley Crue, Breaking Benjamin, and Slipknot. It’s also given them the opportunity to play the 96th Grey Cup halftime, a Pay-Per-View WWE Performance, and earned a slot in the Transformers: Dark Of The Moon soundtrack.

The last time Theory of a Deadman played in Barrie, it was to a sold out crowd.
Limited Advance Tickets are available online via www.admirallive.ca or in person at Tropical North Surf Shop (42 Dunlop Street East, Barrie, On).

Rescheduled Concert Info
Date: Sunday July 27, 2014
Event: 19+
Venue: Sound Empire 46 Dunlop St West, Barrie, ON

For more info, visit: www.AdmiralLive.ca

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USS returning to Barrie with a sold-out show at Sound Empire

CASBY Award winning artists Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker (USS) will be returning to Barrie, as part of their Cross-Canada “Advanced Basics Tour” with a now sold-out show at Sound Empire, Friday Feb 28th.

Their last two Barrie performances had also sold out, including the Budweiser New Music Fest, lakeshore concert this past summer with Big Wreck, Crash Karma, The Reason with over 1,800 attendees. This time USS have sold-out Barrie’s own 1,200 capacity entertainment complex, Sound Empire.

“Yin Yang,” the new single from USS’s Advanced Basics album, debuted at No. 21 on Canadian Modern Rock Charts. This song, the second single from the duo’s upcoming fourth album, is their biggest debut to date and is the follow-up to their highest charting song, the No. 4 Modern Rock hit “This Is The Best.” Upon release of Advanced Basics on Feb 11, 2014, the record quickly climbed to number 2 on iTunes Canada.

CONCERT INFO
Date: Friday February 28th, 2014
Doors open: 9:00PM
Event: 19+ / Licensed (ID Required)

Venue: Sound Empire
46 Dunlop West, Barrie, ON

For more event or ticketing info, visit: AdmiralLive.ca/events

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Monster Truck live at Sound Empire, Barrie - Sold Out!

Juno Award winning rockers Monster Truck, return to Barrie with a now sold-out show at Sound Empire, downtown Barrie on Friday March 7th.

Hailing from Hamilton, ON, Monster Truck have been hitting radio waves with their rock n’ roll, described as aggressive, and volcanic, yet reminiscent of classic rock bands from the ‘70’s. What started as a fun, and albeit ‘selfish’ musical side-project, quickly gained momentum and took on a life of it’s own.

The release of their debut EP (self titled), and the “Brown EP” have kept Monster Truck on the road for quite some time. Songs like “Seven Seas Blues” and “Righteous Smoke” earned the band opening slots with acts like The Sheepdogs, Alice In Chains, Slash, and Deep Purple.

What has ensued is their first full LP entitled “Furiousity”. Singles like “Sweet Mountain River”, and “The Lion” showcase exactly what the band is aiming for, the ability to keep a grasp on the classic rock roots that enabled them, while at the same time staying contemporary and true to their vast influences.

>On April 21, 2013, Monster Truck walked away with the Juno Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year. A few days later, they played to a Sold Out crowd at the Mansion Nightclub, downtown Barrie. This time they've sold-out Barrie’s own 1,200 capacity entertainment complex, Sound Empire.

CONCERT INFO
Date: Friday March 7th, 2014
Doors open: 9:00PM
Event: 19+ / Licensed (ID Required)

Venue: Sound Empire
46 Dunlop West, Barrie, ON

For more event or ticketing info, visit: AdmiralLive.ca/events

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USS returns to Barrie, Ontario on Cross Canada Tour

CASBY Award winning artists Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker (USS) will be returning to Barrie, as part of their Cross-Canada “Advanced Basics Tour” coming to Sound Empire, Friday Feb 28th.

Their last two Barrie concerts have sold out, including the New Music Fest Barrie lakeshore concert this past summer with USS, Big Wreck, Crash Karma and over 1,800 attendees! This time they return to play Barrie’s own 1,200 capacity entertainment complex, Sound Empire.

“Yin Yang,” the new single from USS, has debuted at No. 21 on Modern Rock and No. 36 on the overall Canadian Rock Charts. This song, the second single from the duo’s upcoming fourth album, is their biggest debut to date on both charts and is the follow-up to their highest charting song, the No. 4 Modern Rock hit “This Is The Best.”

Their sound is as hard to describe as their name is to say. Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker, better known as USS, are like a campfire after-party with a jungle-rave vibe, progressively two-stepping their way to a dance folk cuddle. Pure intention is the scope they aim through, eliciting dance-floor eruptions is what they’re known for.

Limited advanced tickets are available online via AdmiralLive.ca/events, or in person at Tropical North Surf Shop (42 Dunlop Street East, downtown Barrie).

CONCERT INFO
Date: Friday February 28th, 2014
Doors open: 9:00PM
Event: 19+ / Licensed (ID Required)
Venue: Sound Empire
46 Dunlop West, Barrie, ON

For more event or ticketing info, visit: AdmiralLive.ca/events

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Monster Truck bring their “Touriousity” to Sound Empire, Barrie

Juno Award winning rockers Monster Truck, return to Barrie with their “Furiousity” tour, stopping at Sound Empire, downtown Barrie on Friday March 7th.

Hailing from Hamilton, ON, Monster Truck have been hitting radio waves with their rock n’ roll, described as aggressive, and volcanic, yet reminiscent of classic rock bands from the ‘70’s. What started as a fun, and albeit ‘selfish’ musical side-project, quickly gained momentum and took on a life of it’s own.

The release of their debut EP (self titled), and the “Brown EP” have kept Monster Truck on the road for quite some time. Songs like “Seven Seas Blues” and “Righteous Smoke” earned the band opening slots with acts like The Sheepdogs, Alice In Chains, Slash, and Deep Purple.

What has ensued is their first full LP entitled “Furiousity”. Singles like “Sweet Mountain River”, and “The Lion” showcase exactly what the band is aiming for, the ability to keep a grasp on the classic rock roots that enabled them, while at the same time staying contemporary and true to their vast influences.

On April 21, 2013, Monster Truck walked away with the Juno Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year. A few days later, they played to a Sold Out crowd at the Mansion Nightclub, downtown Barrie. This time they return to play the Barrie’s own 1,200 capacity entertainment complex, Sound Empire.

Limited advanced tickets are available online via AdmiralLive.ca/events, or in person at Tropical North Surf Shop (42 Dunlop Street East, downtown Barrie).

CONCERT INFO
Date: Friday March 7th, 2014
Doors open: 9:00PM
Event: 19+ / Licensed (ID Required)

Venue: Sound Empire
46 Dunlop West, Barrie, ON

For more event or ticketing info, visit: AdmiralLive.ca

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