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Jun. 20, 2019 | Thursday
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Artfest 2019 announces performers, opening night gala and details of new festival site in Westdale
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ArtsFest 2019 will be held at Westdale Village, just west of downtown Hamilton, on June 21-23.

ArtsFest is an arts & cultural festival designed to celebrate various art forms in all its forms in multiple communities across greater Hamilton. The art forms are culturally diverse, and include visual, dance and musical artists, appealing to wide audiences from young families to those 50 plus years of age.

Eric Alper, a publicist, says the event is expected to attract more than 40,000 people. Musical performers announced by Artsfest this year present a diverse program of popular Canadian artists. David Clayton Thomas Band will be closing Saturday’s program by playing the biggest hits of Blood Sweat & Tears. The Last Waltz – a band led by Lance Andersen will be closing Sunday evening by re-interpreting the music performed by The Band in the famous movie directed by Martin Scorsese.

Other musical highlights for the evening are John McDermott with folk duo Dala and Steve Marriner’s All Star Blues Band, Sue Foley, Sass Jordan, Crystal Shawanda & Roxanne Potvin. Marc Jordan & Amy Sky, JazzFM91 hosts and songwriters, will make a rare appearance on stage together with a top jazz band led by Lou Pomanti. R&B powerhouse Dionne Taylor will be performing with her band, The Backsliderz, and Tri-Continental will be performing world music from three continents. The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra’s Brass Ensemble, Metis songwriter Amanda Rheaume, children’s entertainer Andy G and Bumbling Bert in the Family Zone, Big Rude Jake and many other local musicians will also be performing at the ArtsFest.

Going into its fourth year, the festival is unique in Ontario, says Alper. He explains that ArtsFest - The Festival...refined! has become a popular destination event for people who like theatre, fine wines, original art, folk jazz blues and classical music. This year, ArtsFest will feature four outdoor stages, more than 50 artisan vendors, a makers zone where visual artists create new works on site, a family zone with children’s music entertainers, busker zone, and culinary arts, while the newly renovated Westdale Theatre will be presenting film screenings, the history of Chocolate, comedy acts, storytelling with the six minute memoir, live music of Sina Bathaie, and a TED Talks style ballroom dance workshop, according to a press release.

Artsfest is produced by Greater Hamilton Arts & Events, a not-for-profit organization.