Multicultural Festival in Hawkesbury from June 30 to July 3

From June 30 to July 3, Hawkesbury will celebrate the diversity of Canadian society with a wide range of entertainment downtown and in Confederation Park.

The free Hawkesbury Multicultural Festival will feature 14 musical artists from across Canada on various stages. According to the town of Hawkesbury’s director of recreation and tourism, Samuel Cardarelli, the town was approached by the Welcoming Francophone community (Welcoming Francophone Community) to host the festival in January of this year. Hawkesbury is a designated francophone host community for French-speaking immigrants.

“We’ve literally been running around since then,” Cardarelli said.

Artistic director Yvan Tanguay has been hired to oversee the Hawkesbury festival. Tanguay is also the general manager of the Festival Musika de Montebello.

“He takes this festival to another level,” Cardarelli said.

The lineup of festival performers was announced on May 19. On June 30, The Box – a popular Quebec group for over 40 years – will perform. On Canada Day, July 1st, there will be Brazilian jazz with Bresil Brise, Acadian music by Clifford Breau and the French-Indigenous pop combinations of Shades during the day. In the evening, Skarazula will perform his Middle Eastern influenced songs. Always in the evening, find yourself and feel good with the reggae group One Love and their tribute to Bob Marley.

Canada Day fireworks will light up the sky at 9:45 p.m. on July 1. After the fireworks, the folk-funk-rock group Hey Wow will take the stage.

On July 2, Prospect Nelson and the Madafakas of Hawkesbury perform. Brazilian jazz returns with Jeanne Renee that night with the Cajun and Louisiana Creole group Grouyan Gombo. Corneille and Premiere partie Surprise are also on stage during the evening.

Sunday July 3 is the last day of the festival. It will feature Travel to Africa for Kids. Mi’gmafrica, an Afro-Mi’kmaq fusion, performs in the afternoon and the final act of the festival is the Algonquin jazz quartet Kawandak.

Entrance to the festival is free, but places are limited for musical performances, so tickets must be obtained online. They are available on .

Funding for the Hawkesbury Multicultural Festival comes from the federal government and at least eight corporate sponsors.

Janie Renée performs at the Hawkesbury Multicultural Festival on July 2. Renée performed when the festival lineup was announced on May 19. Photo: James Morgan

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