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Peak to Shore gets Hip this year

The Skydiggers, featuring The Tragically Hip's Paul Langlois, will perform a free concert as part of Peak to Shore music festival this July
Digging Roots is one of the bands performing at the Peak To Shore Music Festival July 17-21. Digging Roots uses traditional and contemporary artistic practices, themes, traditions, and forms to create their music. They are influenced by their traditional Anishinabek and Onkwehonwe music, world music and a wealth of popular forms including Roots, Blues, Jazz, Folk, Reggae, Hip-Hop and Rock. The band will perform at Crow. Bar & Variety in Collingwood on July 17 for a ticketed show. Contributed photo

There will be Canadian music ‘royalty’ performing at a local music festival this summer.

The Skydiggers, featuring Paul Langlois of The Tragically Hip, will be performing a free concert at this year’s Peak to Shore music festival, which takes place at Blue Mountain and surrounding area.

The annual festival will bring more than 35 concerts to 12 different venues in Collingwood, Thornbury, and Blue Mountain Village.

A new voice this year won’t be singing, but he’s familiar with a microphone. Jeff Woods, music historian and broadcaster, will help host the event this July.

Woods will be interviewing some of the bands and artists between sets and will emcee some of the concerts during the festival, according to a press release issued by Blue Mountain Village Association.

Patty Kendall, director of marketing and events for Blue Mountain Village said Woods’ presence and personality will add an exciting element to the festival.

“His unparalleled knowledge of the Canadian music scene means he should provide some pretty interesting insights,” said Kendall in the press release.”

Woods called the talent lined up for Peak to Shore “exciting and diverse.”

In addition to the Skydiggers, the lineup includes bands and artists such as Digging Roots, Boomerang, Karla Crawford, Opera Under the Stars with Craig Ashton and Friends, Miranda Journey, A Choral Extravaganza, Long Range Hustle, Beatles A – Z, Jason Redman, Gary Cain Band, Clayton Skinner & Jamie Ciotka, Mike Charette, Drew Wright, Gryphon Trio, Johnson Crook, Joshua Arden Miller & Pappy Johns Band, Must Stash Hat, Goodnight Sunrise, David Stone, Madison Galloway, Quartetto Gelato, Courtney Bowles, Cassie & Maggie, GRACE, Jayden Grahlman, John Muirhead, Coming of Age, Justin Maki, Chris Antonik, Danielle Bourjeaurd, Whiskey River, Michael Nyman and Horseshoes & Handgrenades.

Peak to Shore takes place over five days from July 17 to 21 with concerts at Blue Mountain Village, in Collingwood, and in Thornbury.

Visit here for a complete schedule of concerts and venues. While the majority of concerts are free, some shows do charge admission, so get your tickets online ahead of time.

Erika Engel

About the Author: Erika Engel

Erika regularly covers all things news in Collingwood as a reporter, photographer and community editor. She has 12 years of experience as a local journalist.
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