New Hamburg Live! Festival of the Arts discontinued
After six exciting years, the New Hamburg Live! Festival of the Arts will cease to be.
We announce this with very mixed emotions – the six seasons of our festival have been full of amazing highlights. We have had the opportunity to present some of the finest entertainers and artists in Canada to our hometown New Hamburg audiences. We have also created a stage for local performers, authors and visual artists. We know of many local painters who have sold works because of our art show.
We have provided employment to local professional musicians, and we have also created opportunities for area choral singers to perform with entertainers like Ashley MacIsaac, Vicki St. Pierre, and Ken Whiteley.
We're very proud to have introduced an incredible group of entertainers to New Hamburg – The Good Lovelies, Valdy, Laura Smith, John McDermott, Ashley MacIssac, David Francey, Quartette, The Canadian Brass, The Irish Descendants, Alex Pangman, the Elmer Iseler Singers, Mary Lou Fallis, Ken Whiteley, Essential Opera, The Factory Art String Quarter, Duo Percussion, and so many more.
We are thankful for everyone who has supported this community event – our board members, our corporate sponsors, our volunteers, our advertisers, and our audience members. We do not make the decision to discontinue the event lightly. However, costs continue to rise, while revenue does not keep pace. As a not for profit, we have no cushion of funds to fall back on if we were to have a money-losing season. We cannot take that chance.
Thank you for your support and all the positive comments we have received over the past six years. It has been fun!
The New Hamburg Live! Festival of the Arts will experience a new medium this year – film – as The Good Lovelies will be filming their concert on Tuesday evening, June 3, for use in a documentary that will be part of their next record release.
The 2014 New Hamburg Live! Visual Art Walking Tour includes work by 31 area artists, at 10 downtown New Hamburg businesses:
Jake & Humphrey's - Kam Ting Chan, Verlaine Leonard Bowden's - Adam Ryan, Bill Corning Puddicombe House - Marion Anderson Old Country Restaurant - Mark Yungblut Kathie Jordan Designs - The Stonecroft Painting Guild Meme's Cafe - Bill Weichel, Diana Erb, Jean Stevenson Soul Mates Candles - Elisabeth Feryn, Angela Grasse The Waterlot - Barb McLeod, Judy Gascho-Jutzi, Gloria Kagawa, Deb Jeffrey, Marg Mallory-Smyth TD Canada Trust - Sarah Clarke New Hamburg Library - Leonard Schmitt, Derek Brisland
The hugely popular Newfoundland band, The Irish Descendants, will appear in concert on Saturday evening, June 7, 2014, as part of the New Hamburg Live! Festival of the Arts. The Descendants have performed once before at New Hamburg Live!, to a packed house in 2011.
The New Hamburg Live! Festival of the Arts Sports Memorabilia Auction, held April 4-5, raised $2,500 for this 2014 Festival. The money raised is slated to help fund a free concert being staged in partnership with Aldaview Services, and a free student matinee performance of "The River Rolls".