In preparation for the third installment of the annual Go North Music Festival on St. Joseph Island, SooToday reached out to the participating artists to have a little fun getting to know these hard working musicians.
Next up on our Road to Go North series, we meet Sault Ste. Marie's own Dustin Jones of Dustin Jones and the Rising Tide.
What are your three favourite things about touring northern Ontario?
- the view
- the northern vibes
- the music appreciation
What are three ways you battle through bug season in northern Ontario?
- never an issue due to lack of showering
What are the three most important things to pack for festival season?
- good shows
- more water
What are your top three road trip listening essentials?
- The Avett Brothers
- The Beach Boys' Endless Summer
What are your three favourite ways to pass time on a long tour?
- a lot of movies
- a lot of laughing
- a lot of socializing
What are your three favourite Ontario skinny dipping spots?
- I’m terrible with the names of lakes
- all of them
What are your three favourite Ontario craft brews?
What are your three favourite topics to read about?
- the meaning of life
- celebrity gossip magazines
Besides being a musician, what are three skills you'd like to learn?
- how to fix engines
- how to be a monk
What are three things you know about St. Joseph Island and/or Sault Ste. Marie?
- the people are amazing
- the pizza is good
- and the northern summers are gorgeous
The Go North Music Festival is a one-day event held in Richards Landing on St. Joseph Island on July 13.
Headlining the 2019 lineup is the Juno award-winning blues/country artist Crystal Shawanda. Also included on the entertainment roster are Birds of Bellwoods (alt-rock), Sun K (rock), Skye Wallace (folk-rock), Sarah Smith (singer-songwriter), and Another Crush (indie rock), as well as local acts Jesse Merineau (indie pop-rock) and Dustin Jones and The Rising Tide (celtic punk rock).
Other festival highlights include food vendors, locally-crafted beer, and local artisans and producers. In addition to the main stage, there will be activities for kids and a kids stage with performances by the main stage acts (kids 12 and under are admitted to the festival for free).
Overnight camping will again be available for tents and trailers with an additional night of camping available on the Friday night before the festival.
Full festival details and ticket information can be found here.