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Stages of Emergency to close Queen Street

Monday, August 04, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

THE EMERGENCY FESTIVAL

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The Emergency Festival closes Square One

This first year event features some of Canada’s brightest up and coming stars while showing off some equally talented local musicians

SAULT STE. MARIE – A cultural crisis has been avoided, The Emergency Festival is under control and you are in good hands.

With four stages featuring touring acts from across Canada, as well as local bands, the Downtown of Sault Ste. Marie provides the perfect backdrop for this brand new urban festival.

With 20 artists/bands performing throughout the day-long festival, The Emergency may be young but looking to make a strong first impression.  

Thank you to Tenaris Algoma Tubes, Village Media/VM Radio and Rock 101 for their generous support and belief in our organizing committee and our community in whole.

Our cultural and music community was in a state of emergency with the loss of Second Stage, Hempfest and Buskerfest this year, leaving a huge hole in our summer activities.

The Emergency Festival is our response to this situation and will continue to care for this community for years to come.

In order to host this popular summer event, the Emergency Festival Committee wishes to inform the public that Queen Street will be closed to motor vehicles at the following times and locations:

- Saturday, August 9 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. between East Street and Brock Street

Downtown businesses will open as usual.

The Emergency Main Stage performance line up features artists from across Canada, including Lindi Ortega, The Treasures, Jane’s Party and Whitney Rose Band.

We're also pleased to welcome local musician, Frank Guidoccio, whose band The Order of Good Cheer, will be making their Sault Ste. Marie debut.

Also debuting on the Main Stage this year are local up and comers, The Frasiers.

Rounding out the Main Stage performances is local artist Kalle Mattson who will be heading back to town after his third European tour this year and a Polaris long list nomination.

The Emergency Main Stage will run from 3 to 10 p.m. right on Queen Street.

The Emergency Festival will host two pop-up patios presented by Loplops Gallery~Lounge throughout the day featuring craft beer from around Ontario.

Sit back and enjoy the music while enjoying the absolute best that Ontario has to offer.

The other stages of Emergency

The Emergency Festival is proud to present three alternative stages that highlight the immense talent in our musical community.

The ACUTE, SHOCK and PULSE Stages will be happening on the street and inside Loplops Gallery~Lounge between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The ACUTE Stage, just outside of Case’s Music, features local artists Ryan Seabrook, Brad Example and Lorrie Bolduc.

Joining the line up is Mark Kulmala who, while originally from the Sault, will be traveling back to town for the Emergency.

The PULSE Stage, just outside of Pita Pit and organized by Ears and Eyes - Sault Music and Art Community, will feature local artists Kylie Precepa, Nick Luck and Great Chamberlain.

Also joining the line up is Old Cabin (Whitehorse) who is on a Canadian tour of his own.

The SHOCK Stage, which takes place inside Loplops Gallery~Lounge, will focus on local up and coming bands, including Gnaeus, Mashagama, The Pixo Control and K.I.C.K.

This is an encore performance of the successful LOPstock Festival last month organized by Brendan Garlick.

The Emergency Market

While enjoying the musical sounds downtown between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., visitors are invited to browse the Emergency Market featuring farmers from Mill Square and Johnson Farmer’s Market, as well as artists from the upcoming Art in the Park.

The Emergency Festival wishes to acknowledge the following supporters, without whom the festival would not be possible: Tenaris Algoma Tubes, Village Media/VM Radio, the Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Association, the City of Sault Ste. Marie, Loplops Gallery-Lounge, Case's Music, CRANK Sound Distribution, WSUE Rock 101, SooToday.com, Mill Square/Mill Market, and Ears and Eyes - Sault Music and Art Community.

Fore more information, please click here.

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