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!

Another round of applause for Springtide 2022!

What an awesome weekend we had. Read on for a little trip down Springtide weekend memory lane…

Starting off with a bang, we kicked off the festival with the Thursday night Launch Party featuring killer headliner Bedouin Soundclash, along with folk musician Julian Taylor and local artist Tania Joy. People from near and far filled the music hall to dance, sing along, and enjoy live music together. We stayed up past our bedtime, enjoying local craft brews, cider, and great music in the historic Uxbridge Music Hall, and it felt great!

Friday afternoon, venues around Uxbridge filled up with musicians and music lovers alike. We also had the interactive youth Songwriting Workshop with Bernadette Connors and the Author’s Stage where former MuchMusic man Tim Deegan interviewed journalist Michael Barclay as he discussed his book Hearts on Fire: Six Years That Changed The Canadian Music Scene.

Through the evening and into the night musical sounds across all genres filled the Uxbridge streets. The soothing sounds of Hollowsage at the Uxbridge Legion, local pop star Carley Hope at Urban Pantry, folk band Wooly and local rocker Tamara Williamson at Wixan’s Bridge, and so many more. We close out the night with another awesome headliner at the Uxbridge Music Hall, Boy Golden “redefining jam band and stoner cultures by turning dead heads into lively brains.”

Saturday morning we woke up early to catch Yoga at Banjo Cider with Sun Dog Yoga and a sound bath from Inner Environmentalism. After catching our collective breaths, we were then ready for a final Springtide day full of music.

Interview Stage got us up close and personal with some of our favourite acts, curated by Tamara Williamson at The Bridge Social. The Interview Stage, offered in-depth interviews and workshops with a dazzling lineup of musicians including Emily Rockarts and Stephen Stanley, accompanied by some unforgettable freestyle jams.

Our Youth Stage highlighted six solo artists who played to a full house, and captivated the audience with their outstanding musicianship and range of styles. Thank you to Julia Middleton, Josh Takeda, Jillian Foote, Jude Veens, Harmony Meirik and Else Langhans for sharing your music with us! We finished off the afternoon with a performance from Youth Stage alumni, Nate Hobor who spoke of the importance of the youth stage on his musical journey and then capped off the afternoon with a mesmerizing set of covers and originals.

We also opened our Outdoor Main Stage, in it’s new Centennial Park location. Families gathered on picnic blankets to enjoy the warm weather, the fabulous music, and then a quick rain shower to let us cool off! As we danced in the bubble machine we enjoyed the sounds of musicians like local artist Matt Gunn, with his look-a-like band mates, Goodnight Sunrise with their rocking, interactive set, and awesome headliner Alysha Brilla to close out the evening.

As Springtide Saturday came to a close, we partied late, soaking up every last drop of live music and fun times together.

We would like to thank all of our fabulous volunteers, because seriously, without them, our festival wouldn’t be possible. Thank you to our sponsors that help make Springtide happen, and thank you to our artists and venues for putting on the shows we have so missed.

And that’s a wrap on the 2022 season. If you had a blast at this year’s festival, we’d love to hear from you! Leave us a review on our Facebook Page or on our Google listing. We can’t wait to relive all the memories!

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Yoga Tune-Up

Springtide Presents…

The Yoga Tune-Up with Jennifer Bradley of Sun Dog Yoga and Alannah Kemp of Inner Environmentalism. This event is being held at 10am on Springtide Saturday, outdoors at Banjo Cider!

Find perfect harmony within. Allow yourself to flow, syncing breath with movement, while enjoying the soothing tones of crystal sound bowls and chimes.

Jennifer Bradley, Owner of Sun Dog Yoga wants those who join her classes to feel secure knowing that there is no wrong way to move and to breath.

“Feel empowered knowing that your practice is your own and that while you are guided through a class, it is ultimately your choice to either accept what’s offered, to step out of a pose that feels uncomfortable, or to hold a pose longer because it feels so darn good.”

The yoga session will be accompanied by Alannah Kemp, owner of Inner Environmentalism, who will take us on a sound journey with a magical sound bath.

Free entry with your Saturday or Weekend Wristband. No pre registration, this event is first-come, first-served! Saturday Wristbands will be available at Banjo, on the day of yoga only. The Ticketing Hub will open early, at 9am, to purchase wristbands and attend!

All levels and all abilities are welcome. Bring your mat and join us!

Introducing our Local Hero Series

Springtide Music Fest is about bringing out local musicians to share their talent and love of music. We take pride in being able to provide a stage to showcase our local music heroes and to help spread their beautiful sounds to all those who listen.

We also love that Springtide shares people and experiences. Memories are made with us and friends are found. It may be ingrained in our nature, being from the small, but growing, community of Uxbridge, we know what a tightly knit group of neighbours feels like. Today we are excited to Launch our Local Heroes video series, where we will share a snippet into the lives of some of our beloved, local, music icons.

First off the block is Dawna Marie. Dawna grew up in Uxbridge and discovered her love of music at a young age.

“Have been playing music since I was a little girl, first piano and then guitar at age 24. I started writing songs soon after learning a few chords but really started playing out about 5 years ago, says Dawna.”

“I love the sense of wonder in the mundane and often write about my real experiences intermingled with fiction and dreams not yet realized. I often refer to music as my lifeline. I feel stronger and feel able to live better when I’m out playing or listening to live music. My favourite thing is when I feel that magic connection between the musician and the listener.”

To follow along with the rest of our Local Heroes video series, keep an eye out on our social media pages and check back on the Local Heroes section on our website.

Big shout out to Diamond Sponsor @KX96FM for your support of the 2022 Festival!