One of the highlights of summer in nearby London, Ontario — the annual Home County Music & Art Festival — will celebrate its 40th anniversary from July 19-21 in downtown London’s beautiful Victoria Park.
Guests will hear some of Canada’s finest songwriters sharing the stories behind their songs on three afternoon workshop stages, and sit back and enjoy the evening main-stage concerts at the Kiwanis Memorial Bandshell. Performers scheduled to appear include The Allen Family Reunion, Basia Bulat, Dala, David Bradstreet, David Essig, David Francey, David Woodhead’s Confabulation, Don Ross, The Good Brothers, Great Lake Swimmers, James Gordon, Katherine Wheatley, Ken Whitely, The Kramdens, Laura Smith, Lee Harvey Osmond, Nora Galloway and The Tearjerkers, Paul Langille, Paul Mills, Rick Taylor, The Rizdales, Royal Wood, The Sadies, Sarah Harmer, Shane Cook, Tannis Slimmon and Valdy.
Home County is also renowned for its juried craft show, showcasing 120 Canadian artisans. Craft booths include pottery, glass, jewelry, fine art, textiles, metal, wood, photography and gourmet foods. The festival also features 30 food vendors offering a variety of cuisines. And for the third year, a Green Village will showcase innovative organic and sustainable products.
Music programming will take place from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 19; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 20; and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 21. For more information, please visit www.homecounty.ca. For helpful information on planning a quick getaway to London, please visit www.londontourism.ca.