Thursday, July 30, 2015

‘Harmony’ still looking for help

Organizers of the “Harmony of Nations” Music Festival still are looking for volunteers to help ensure the success of the inaugural event set to go this Friday and Saturday under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina.
Event co-ordinator Shannon Darby said a volunteer meeting last Thursday drew a good turnout, with about a dozen new volunteers attending.

“It was an opportunity for those volunteers to sign up for some specific jobs,” she noted.
“And it gave us a sense of what we’re still needing to fill.”
Darby said there are a variety of pre-show set-up tasks organizers need help with on-site today and tomorrow anytime after 10 a.m.
“There should be opportunities if anyone is just able to show up and help out,” she remarked.
Darby added organizers also are looking for someone to do overnight security tonight, if anyone is interested.
The main jobs still needing to be filled during the days of the festival include helping with ticketing, parking attendants, and site maintenance.
“We could use people interested in security, and also anyone who wants to volunteer and has First Responder skills,” Darby noted.
“We ask that they let us know that they have that.”
Then on Sunday, the site will begin being readied for the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship, so anyone who is able to assist should stop by after 10 a.m.
Darby noted high school students who help out are able to get their volunteer hours needed to graduate.
Meanwhile, ticket sales are coming along.
“They are moving up quickly this week,” Darby said.
“We’re having to restock some of our local establishments that are selling tickets for us.”
Tickets cost $60 for an adult two-day pass or $35 for a one-day pass, with children’s tickets (age three-12) costing $24 and $12, respectively.
They can be purchased online at or locally at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre, Cloverleaf Grocery in Emo, and The Coffee Landing in International Falls.
Tickets likely will be available at the gate, as well.
The headliners for the two-day event are Chad Brownlee, a country music singer/songwriter from Kelowna, B.C., and Canadian icon Buffy Sainte-Marie.
A number of featured artists also are slated to perform, such as Sierra Noble, Shy-Anne Hovorka, Nick Sherman, Jean-Paul De Roover, and The Woodpicks.
Locals scheduled take the stage include Alex Marusyk, Larissa Desrosiers, Percy Bird, Ben Sletmoen, Sandra Lori Allan, Jeremy Jordan, Jerome Tuesday, Mike McCaig, and the Sloughgrass Family Band.
Many of the artists also will be hosting interactive workshops during the day, which are included in the price of the ticket.
For a complete schedule, more information, or to purchase tickets, visit
Those interested in volunteering can contact Darby at 274-9621 or via e-mail at

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