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ArtsFest got off to a marvellous start at Redeemer University College.

Heated “big top” Planned for first Ancaster ArtsFest

After getting events started with a spectacular anniversary concert from the Hamilton All Star Jazz Band at Redeemer College on May 10, the  first Ancaster ArtsFest is keeping the good times going with food, fun and entertainment planned for May 27-31,

 The festival, a joint initiative of the Hamilton All Star Jazz Band and the Ancaster Heritage Village BIA, is a celebration of the arts.  The events associated with ArtsFest are designed to promote Ancaster and the Hamilton region as a destination for arts and culture in the Golden Horseshoe.

ArtsFest will gain momentum towards the end of May with the arrival of school bands for performances in a Music Festival that runs from Tuesday, May 27  until Friday, May 30  at the Old Firehall Art Centre on Wilson Street in Ancaster.

One of the unique ArtsFest acts the organizers are looking forward to hosting is the Plaidiators, a group of hilarious, young comedians from Hamilton. The Plaidiators will have the crowd laughing at the Old Firehall Arts Center on Thursday May 29.  The cabaret-style event will include a cash bar.

ArtsFest will conclude with outdoor concerts at Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum.  Everyone attending these concerts will be protected by very large heated “big top” tent in order that everyone is warm and dry while enjoying the great outdoors and the very special entertainment that is planned.

Motown: Never Can Say Goodbye, one of the most popular shows in the Old Firehall Concert Series over the past few years, will take the stage on Friday May 30. This evening under the “big top” will begin with warm-up performances by the Junior Stars Jazz Band and the Rising Stars Jazz Band. The Motown group, which is an eight-piece group with four vocalists led by local jazz musician Russ Weil, will perform Motown hits and more from the 1960s and ’70s. A barbecue and cash bar will be available.

The last concert on Saturday, May 31 concert will begin with a warm-up set by the Hamilton All Star Jazz Band followed by the main attraction for the evening, renowned blues guitarist, Jack DeKeyzer.  DeKeyzer names Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Cliff Richard as his main influences.  He has toured with rockabilly legend, Ronnie Hawkins, so it’s sure to be a rocking show!  Those attending this final event of ArtsFest will have two choices for tickets. A limited number of premium seating and dinner tickets are available (tables of eight catered by Cavallo Nero). General admission tickets and a cash bar will also be available.

Tickets and information for the Ancaster ArtsFest performances are available online at www.hamiltonallstarjazz.org or at Cavallo Nero, 370 Wilson St. E, Ancaster.

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