If you're like me, you're probably sad to see the end of summer arrive. It always seems to arrive too quickly. Come out to Belmont Village Bestival on September 16, 2017, from 10 am to 10 pm and end the summer on a high note. Belmont Village will transform into a free-admission European-style street festival. Located in Midtown, Belmont Village is home to several diverse restaurants, cafés, and shops. It's close to green parks, connected to the Iron Horse Trail, and has emerged as a great pedestrian destination. I'm fortunate to live within walking distance of the village.
Founded by Tim Moher of TM Jazz, the festival will leverage the Euro-vibe featuring a mix of eclectic music, distinctive locally prepared food, and inspiring art. In addition to jazz, blues, country, and rock, this family-friendly festival will offer fun activities for all. There will be something for everyone. Everything looks great, but I'm most looking forward to the RBC Art Express Tent in Argyle Park.
The Belmont stage will house main acts including Sosolya Undugu Dance Academy, Matt Storch and the Usual Suspects, LoFi Mind, Jessie T, and the Sultans of String while the Claremont Ave. performance area lures guests with The Gary Cain Band, Derek Hines Jazz Quartet, and Lily Frost. Midtown Yoga KW, Bojangles dancers, Ukulele workshops, Erick Traplin, Funtastical Studios, and a giant drum circle are sure to strike a chord in Gilner Park and Belmont Bicycle Café will feature a few favourite spoken word artists. Belmont Village Food Avenue member restaurants will offer showcase cuisine to go in addition to their regular sit-down menus. One of the village’s many patios would be the perfect place to enjoy a beverage and a meal while taking in the scene.
The evening will end with headliner My Son the Hurricane, an incomparable 14-piece brass band playing New Orleans style grooves blended with funk, jazz and hiphop that the band likes to call “brasshop funk.”
You can find the full schedule here. What are you most looking forward to at Belmont Village Bestival?