Sarah Harmer, Serena Ryder to headline Harmony Bazaar

Published on February 3, 2012


The organizers of this year’s Harmony Bazaar Festival have announced who the headliners will be for the July 27-29 festival in Lockeport.   Canadian singer-songwriters Serena Ryder and Sarah Harmer will both bring their unique music to the area.

“Serena Ryder and Sarah Harmer are unbelievable female musicians and to be able to bring them to Lockeport is truly an once-in-a-lifetime event,” smiles Harmony Bazaar Artistic Director, Errin Williams-Spidle.

Serena Ryder’s successes include the 2008 certified gold record and her 2008 Juno Award for Best New Artist.  Her hits include “All for Love,” “Little bit of red” and her latest duet with Melissa Etheridge, “Broken Heart Sun.”

Nominated for over five Juno awards, Sarah Harmer has certified platinum and gold records, with hits including “Basement Apartment” and “I Am Aglow.”

The weekend will feature many festival favourites including Irish Mythen and numerous local musicians.  With the seaside town of Lockeport as a backdrop the festival - full of concerts, dances, workshops, dinners and music – is a weekend for everyone.

 “We are really pleased to be offering our committed attendees a very special half-price festival pass that’s on sale now until March 31,” explains Williams-Spidle.  Early bird passes can be bought online at or by calling 656-2565 and are $35 for the whole weekend, on sale until March 31.


Sarah Harmer

Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah Harmer grew up on a farm near Hamilton Ontario and after fronting the band Weeping Tile began her solo career more than 10 years ago playing dates with the Indigo Girls and Great Big Sea. 2010 saw the release of her fifth album, Oh Little Fire, which was nominated for three Juno awards and features guest appearances from Neko Case, Julie Fader and James Shaw (Metric). She is at times a folksy, bluegrass inspired musician who is a regular sound on Canadian Country and mainstream radio stations. She is also known to give her talents generously to charities and causes.


Serena Ryder

The 2008 Juno Award for Best New Artist grew up in Millbrook, Ontario, surrounded by forests and fields. She cut her first indie recording at 15 and two years later, she settled into a community of artists at Peterborough. Within a year, seasoned by a routine that combined shows with local bands, work at a Cajun restaurant, and a few formal lessons in music, she sang nationally on CBC radio. Tours followed, taking her initially across Canada and stretching more recently to Australia, Europe, and to Bonnarroo, Lollapalooza, South by Southwest and Denver's Mile High Music Festival.

 She accepted an invitation to tour with Steve Earle and performed on bills with acts as diverse as Aerosmith, Marc Broussard, Cheap Trick, and Xavier Rudd.

She has most recently collaborated in concerts and recordings with Melissa Etheridge

The young but gifted singer counts The Beatles, Neil Young and Leonard Cohen among her influences.