Springtide premieres new concert series

On March 15th, Springtide and The Second Wedge Brewing Co. are bringing The Pairs back to Uxbridge after they captivated audiences with their performances at the 2023 Springtide festival. 

While attending a ticketed evening show at Springtide sponsor, The Second Wedge Brewing Co. last fall – Bry Webb of the Constantines was the headliner, Springtide Music Festival Co-Founder, Tania Joy Senior, realized that the venue had the potential for those coveted house concert/listening room vibes, while also being a brewery tasting room.

The Springtide Presents Series is supplementary to the full Spring festival, aimed to bring bigger musical names to intimate Uxbridge venues year-round, and support touring acts throughout the year.

Joanne Richter, Co-Founder and Co-Owner of the Second Wedge Brewing Co. says the decision to pair up for this event was easy. “Uxbridge already has an outstanding music scene and it’s always enriching for a community when artists come through from outside of town,” says Richter. “It can be logistically and financially challenging to bring through a touring band, though, so partnering with Springtide Music Festival makes a lot of sense.” says Richter.

 

The Pairs is an indie-folk trio comprised of Noelle Frances Coughlin, Renée Coughlin, and Hillary Watson.

“Powered by soaring sister harmonies, this quirky trio’s unbottled chemistry quickly connects them to their audience,” notes their website. “With three distinct lead singer/songwriters, The Pairs offer a unique blend of music with stories of life’s hope, hilarity, and hardship.”

The Springtide Presents Series is planning to be shoulder events on either side of the full Springtide Music Festival, with one winter and one fall show each year, creating shared experiences and cultivating a unique connection between audience and performer.

The Pairs show will kick off at The Second Wedge Brewing Co. at 8pm and is a ticketed event for all ages! Tickets are selling fast. And weekend passes for the full June festival are also on sale now!

Springtide welcomes Good Lovelies to Uxbridge Music Hall

We are excited to begin the countdown to this year’s festival with our first artist announcement headlining the launch party at Uxbridge Music Hall on Thursday, June 6, 2024. Please join us in welcoming Good Lovelies for their first ever performance in Uxbridge!

About Good Lovelies

The rich complexity of life is the emotional focus of the much-anticipated new album from one of Canada’s most accomplished and harmonious trios – Good Lovelies.

The songs on We Will Never Be the Same, crafted by the Juno Award-winning ensemble of Kerri Ough, Sue Passmore and Caroline Marie Brooks, are as compelling as the engaging vocal harmonies for which the group has been known for the last 17 years as they mine the complex feelings experienced by women who have come to ponder some of the big questions of life.

This new album is both a return to a more elemental, acoustic-based musical platform reaching back to the early days of the Good Lovelies, as well as an immersive emotional experience crafted by three seasoned songwriters who bring their own real-life stories in all their dynamism and messy complexity to the fore.

We Will Never Be the Same is the group’s fifth full-length studio album adding to a widely acclaimed catalogue of recordings that also includes two beloved Christmas releases. It adds to their already popular concert repertoire as they return to tread the boards in venues throughout North America, the U.K., Europe, Australia, and beyond.

It is a testament not only to their artistry, but also their humanity, and is an album that will continue to endear this beloved group to fans of all ages.

 

About the show

We are thrilled to bring Uxbridge Music Hall back as a venue in this year’s festival lineup for it’s premier acoustics and perfect location steps away from restaurants, bars and shops along the festival route in the downtown core. This show is a stand alone performance purchased as a seperate ticket with limited reserved seating. We recommend reserving your seats early!

The Pairs Live in Concert at The Second Wedge

Get ready for an extraordinary evening of soulful indie folk music as Springtide Music Festival and The Second Wedge Brewing Co. proudly present “An Evening with The Pairs” live at the brewery. We are thrilled to announce the launch of our co-presented music series with the return of The Pairs for this upcoming show filled with captivating melodies, enchanting harmonies, and memorable storytelling. Mark your calendars for Friday, March 15 at 8pm and prepare to be moved by The Pairs’ mesmerizing live performance.

About The Second Wedge Brewing Co.
Located in Uxbridge, Ontario, The Second Wedge Brewing Co. is a prominent craft brewery known for its exceptional craft beers and strong connection to the community. As part of our shared commitment to supporting live music, we are excited to co-present this music series with Springtide Music Festival that will bring together music enthusiasts in a vibrant and inviting space. Join us at The Second Wedge Brewing Co. and experience the magic of live music in the heart of our brewery.

About The Pairs
The Pairs, an indie folk trio based in London, Ontario, are ready to captivate you with their soulful melodies and poetic storytelling. Their unique musical style, characterized by enchanting harmonies and delicate acoustic guitar, will transport you to a world of emotion and reflection. With three distinct lead singer/songwriters, The Pairs offer a unique blend of music with stories of life’s hope, hilarity, and hardship.

These classically trained vocalists blur the line between the stage and the crowd as if we’ve pulled up a seat around their family’s lively kitchen table. This award-winning group has been touring internationally in Canada, the USA, and Europe since 2022 and released their third studio album titled, “When Will We Find Our Way?” on October 13th 2023.

About: WHEN WILL WE FIND OUR WAY?

We often joke about how The Pairs started as three friends coming together to play music that soothed our achy hearts. It was our own little form of group therapy that has since changed our lives for the better and continues expanding to include more and more people like you.

As we share this experience with one another, we’re learning to have the courage to voice how it is we truly feel, and this in turn creates an opportunity to connect with those that might feel the same way. We start to build a new way of looking at the world within us and the world around us, and together we imagine new possibilities for what the future might look like.

We’ve all been handed stories and ideas about ourselves from the day we were born. We’re bombarded with messages about who we ought to be, how we should or shouldn’t expect to be treated, and how we are supposed to show up to the world around us. We’re made to believe that truth is finite, binary, and absolute, while taught to remove the nuance and complexity from our existence.

Our latest album is a collection of songs that engage with our own experiences of unraveling and rebuilding. These songs share our own encounters with unmet expectations in life and love. Not only romantic love but the love we hold for ourselves. It’s about learning how to embrace the parts of our identities that our culture has shamed us into ignoring and how to honestly look at how we contribute to the ongoing problems that are faced by people within and outside of our communities. We strive to encounter it all with an open heart, ready to feel the grief that comes from letting go of a life we thought we knew and choosing to move forward in a more meaningful and liberating way.

For us, singing our songs can feel like shaking off the parts of ourselves we no longer wish to carry – the shame, the avoidance, the self-ridicule – and while choosing a path different from where we’ve been before is uncertain and precarious at times, it feels empowering to publicly share who it is we wish to become.

We hope that our music and live shows can engage people in optimistic and meaningful conversations about making real change within ourselves. By trusting that there is more than one way to live our lives, we can better show up for the demands of the world around us and better support our communities. It’s about rethinking our purpose as humans and cultivating a more vibrant and expansive way of being together on and with this planet we all call home.

Introducing the 2023 Venue Lineup

Excitement is building for these new and returning festival stages to our multi venue event in downtown Uxbridge!

Featured below:
Outdoor Main Stage at The Second Wedge Brewing Co. 
Trolly rides to The Uxbridge Legion Festival Stage
Bowling and Live Music at Parish Lanes UxBowl
The Bridge Social Workshops + Sunday Kid Zone

A weekend wristband purchase gets you all access!

Our beloved outdoor main stage returns to The Second Wedge Brewing Co. on both Saturday and Sunday to host performances including headlining act The Sadies on Saturday, June 10, and Durham’s own Juno winning band Dizzy on Sunday, June 11.

The Uxbridge Legion is once again in the mix featuring our Saturday Youth Stage and must see evening performances by Juno nominated Roots artist AHI on Friday, June 9, and Manitoba’s weaver of words Field Guide on Saturday, June 10. Hop on the Heritage Town Trolley and tour a continuous route from our downtown venues over to the festival stage at the Legion!

Rock & Bowl!
We are pumped to have Parish Lanes UxBowl host some killer acts primed for our late night music loving teens and adults to rock out and bowl!

Kids Social Sunday
Springtide will also pop up downtown at The Bridge Social with some awesome Saturday workshops, and our new Kid Zone early Sunday afternoon!

Night Moves
The festival is happy to have Col. McGrady’s return as an un-gated venue that can be accessed free without a wristband! This is a perfect late night pub spot to grab a drink and some classic pub grub on Friday and Saturday evening.

But that’s not all, so head over to our website for more details on our full suite of venues and stages to get you prepped for festival weekend.

 

Main Festival Venues

Col. McGrady’s Pub & Grill
Corner House Pub & Grill
H. Bee Architecture (Ticket Hub)
The Second Wedge Brewing Co.
Parish Lanes Uxbowl
The Bridge Social
Urban Pantry
Uxbridge Legion Branch 170
Wixan’s Bridge Restaurant

Acoustic Pop-Up Venues

Our pop-up performances are unplugged and FREE to the public on Saturday and Sunday afternoons hosted in book stores, clothing stores, and Uxbridge’s first bubble tea shop!

Blue Heron Books 
Mani Tea
and more to come…

Slowcity.ca Resilience

Guest Blog –Will McGuirk, Slowcity

Resilience. That’s the theme. Not just for the festival but for the bands and the sponsors too I think. What’s that Last of Us episode, Endure and Survive yes.

The town of Uxbridge, home to Springtide Festival running June 9 through 11 this year, is still in recovery mode from the 2022 tornado which tore through the downtown, most notably for the festival, destroying the Second Wedge brewery, a second home to many musicians in the area.

The Sadies, headliners this year, are also in recovery mode; on the road, touring, performing, after the sudden death of founder Dallas Good also in 2022, and all after recording what reviewers are calling their finest album to date, ‘Colder Streams.’ Good’s brother Travis along with bandmates Sean Dean and Mike Belitsky made the difficult choice to endure and take the album on the road, as Dallas would want the songs to get an airing before an audience. Having seen them live, the Sadies are, even with one man down, no less captivating on stage, with all three surviving members, giving it their all fully and completely, as the late Gord Downie, a collaborator with the band, sang so fully and completely himself.

As of now the Second Wedge is planning to open soon, and of course be the HQ for the festival. The Farmers Market is returning and the beer garden is scheduled to open later this month.

While the music community of Uxbridge is at the core of the fest with the line-up chock-a-block with local acts the Springtide folks are a welcoming bunch and this year along with the Sadies, some more nationally-know acts such as Terra Lightfoot (no relation), AHI, and Aysanabee.

Like Uxbridge itself there are many layers, many sides, a complexity to these artists. Aysanabee is a singer/songwriter and producer. He is Oji-Cree, Sucker Clan of the Sandy Lake First Nation in Northwestern Ontario. AHI is also a singer/songwriter who combines indie, soul, folk, into high spiritual hymns. He is coming off a European tour prior to Springtide.

Terra Lightfoot is a powerhouse from the Hammer, with a steely determination to her voice. Evangeline Gentle also has a steely determination; her single ‘Gay Bar’ is a full-on club banger. Dream-poppers Dizzy have also ramped it up on their own club banger, the call to arms and heads of the front row, yip speaking of the hit ‘Open Up Wide.’

Billiane, well what can you say about the TikTok champ, she is still getting used to the stage but most definitely belongs there. Her covers of Tina Turner’s ‘Simply the Best’ and Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Landslide’ went viral and she has her own tracks ‘No Wonder’ and ‘Full Circle’ out.

AHI also has a track titled ‘Full Circle’, “Ooh-ohhh, round and around you bring me right back/ Round and around you lead me on home/ Round and around and I come full circle.”

I don’t know if the circle is as full, there has been loss, but I think this town and this festival are coming round again. Endure, Survive = Resilient.

Everything You Need To Know About Springtide Part 1!

We are one week away from Springtide Music Festival 2023 so here’s everything you need to know about this year’s festival–buckle up!

Springtide 2023 runs Friday, June 9th to Sunday, June 11th with multiple venues and stages across Downtown Uxbridge, featuring a wide range of Canadian musicians. This means you get access to tons of live music to choose from all weekend long!

Outdoor Main Stage
After their post-tornado rebuild, The Second Wedge Brewing Co. is back as the hosts of our Outdoor Main Stage. The full stage set up will be located next to the shiny, new brewery building and is where you will catch acts like festival headliners, The Sadies on Springtide Saturday, and viral TikTok star Billianne on festival Sunday.

Festival Trolley
If you’re from Uxbridge, you’ve likely seen the antique Town Trolley driving around town for special occasions and events! On Friday evening and Saturday evening from 6pm to Midnight the trolley will maintain a continuous loop around Uxbridge to making stops at local neighborhoods and festival venues for folks to catch all the music they want in a timely ‘hop on’ and ‘hop off’ fashion. This unique shuttle experience is the perfect way to get you around town, and save you the need to bring your car! Watch for the Trolley Signs along the festival route! The full route can be found on our website at springtidemusicfestival.com

Youth Stage, Kids Social and more!
Along with our awesome musical performances, Springtide is excited to share some exciting workshops and activities for kids!

Our young, budding talent will be sharing their musical skills on Springtide Saturday’s Youth Stage, located at the Uxbridge Legion from 1:30pm to 5 pm. You will hear 9 performances, from artists 18 and under, including one Youth Stage alumni, Else Langhans, and a special performance by young inspiration, Billianne from Milton, Ontario. Entry is included with a Saturday or Weekend Wristband and or is $10 at the door without one. Admission for Kids 12 and under is free when accompanied by a wristband holding adult.

At The Bridge Social from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday you can catch 3 workshops where you can get up close and personal with some of your favourite artists.

2:00pm Storytelling or I’m Not Telling hosted by The Pairs with panelists Aleksi Campagne, Dawna Marie, and Geoff Holt (Barn Cat). Do you want your listeners to know exactly what you are singing about, or do you prefer that the interpretation is completely open to their imagination? Let’s talk about songs that were misinterpreted and let’s talk about how much you want people to know.

3:00pm The One That Got Away hosted by Sarah Beatty with panelists, Bernadette Connors, Alannah Kemp and Rachel Hickey. There are so many great stories of songs that nearly got left off albums and then went on to become hits, but what about the other side of the coin? Let’s discuss artist instinct – when you know a song has completely delivered but maybe it didn’t garner the interest that you thought it would? How does it make you feel? Do You move on, do you imagine the time just hasn’t arrived yet for this particular song…?

Finally at 4:00pm Which Came First: The Song Or The Story, hosted by Stephen Stanley with panelists, NEFE, Mikhail Laxton and Burs. Each of the three artists on the panel will play a song that has a personal story meaning to them and will discuss fact vs. fiction, was it a melody that launched the narrative? Did the story completely drive the forming of the tune? Did you embellish, did you add, did you omit? Are there gaps left for the listener to fill in?

On Springtide Sunday, the fun continues with 3 family friendly workshops, hosted by our friends a Music Declares Emergency. Along with bucket drumming at 2pm, The Bridge Social will host Climate Care for the Young, an interactive musical workshop for families, with songs and stories, and resources for parents and caregivers to build knowledge around the power of singing to support children in a time of climate crisis.

At 3:00 pm at the Fig Kitchen & Market will feature Changing the Tune on Climate: the role of music in the transition to a culture of care and sustainability.  Music Declares Emergency Canada’s co-ordinator Kim Fry will be joined by Springtide artists Braden Lam, Mimi O’Bonsawin and songwriter Tiiu Tutt of Land Heart Song for a panel discussion about the role of music and the music industry in taking climate action.

Where To Find The Springtide Festival Schedule So you’ve got your Springtide tickets, now what? Well, you can head over to our website to find our full festival schedule or pick up a printed version at local businesses across Uxbridge. Earmark the artists that you don’t want to miss and then, plan your festival route!

Springtide 101: The festival has a selection of FREE pop up acoustic performances that will be scheduled at Blue Heron Books, Fig Kitchen & Market, Mani Tea, and Woods Clothing on Saturday and Sunday.

Ticket Locations
This year, there are several locations where you can purchase tickets, and exchange for your wristbands.

You will have one last chance to catch Springtide at the Uxbridge Farmers’ Market ahead of festival weekend. We will be there on Sunday June 4th with local artist Whitney Ross-Barris, and Mattie Leon with ticket purchase available onsite!

Pre-sales will also be made available at The Bridge Social, at 64 Brock St West in downtown Uxbridge on Wednesday, June 7 and Thursday, June 8 only from Noon until 3pm. Stop in and say Hi! We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

The Springtide Ticket Hub located at H. Bee Architecture, at 88 Brock Street West will be open during festival hours starting at noon on Springtide Friday and 9am on the Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets will also be available at the Uxbridge Tourism Trailer located at The Second Wedge Brewing Co. to purchase and exchange wristbands.

Finally, the Uxbridge Legion will be open for ticketing during festival hours. Friday 7pm to close, Saturday 1pm to close. Also note that Youth Stage Tickets will be $10, available at the door, or included with your Saturday or Weekend wristband.

The Countdown Is On!
Now, if you haven’t already, mark your calendars and start your countdown! We hope you are just as excited as we are. Keep an eye on our social media pages for Everything You Need to Know About Springtide Part 2 (because there is a lot!) and some Springtide 101s to help you enjoy and experience the festival to its fullest!