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Lockeport's Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women and Song a go for Saturday, July 28

Heather Rankin performing at a past Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women and Song. HARMONY BAZAAR FACEBOOK PAGE
Heather Rankin performing at a past Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women and Song. HARMONY BAZAAR FACEBOOK PAGE - Submitted

LOCKEPORT, N.S. – Lockeport’s Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women and Song is a go for Saturday, July 28, with a stellar line-up of performers set to take the Lighthouse Stage at the Seacaps Memorial Park from 11:30 a.m. through to 10 p.m.

Earlier this year, there was uncertainty if the festival would be held in 2018. The Harmony Bazaar Society was in need of new members for the board of directors as well as volunteers.

“We were able to get some more board members and some more community members who saw the value in our festival and what it provided not only to our community but to the east coast music industry as well, so they stepped up,” said spokesman Garrett Chetwynd.

“I believe we have more board members now than previously,” he said, adding the 10 board members includes some members of the original committee that started Harmony Bazaar in 2005, as well as some newcomers “who are really excited to put their stamp on the festival.”

The musical lineup for this year’s Harmony Bazaar Includes up and coming east coast talent as well as local talent, said Chetwynd. Headliners include Halifax based Port Cities, who are nominated for four EMCAs awards this year, and won five Nova Scotia Music awards last fall.

“One of the lead singers, Breagh MacKinnon, was here in 2013 so we are lucky to have her back again,” Chetwynd said.

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Also topping the line-up is P.E.I.’s Rachel Beck, whose recently released single Reckless Hearts has topped the CBC music charts. Chetwynd said organizers are “really excited” to have the local duo, Naming the Twins (Robbie Smith and Kathleen Glauser) on this year’s line up.

“We’ve been looking to get them for a while now and are happy to have them,” said Chetwynd.

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Liverpool’s Amy Grant, the Patricia Watson Quintet, Judi Cleveland, as well as New Brunswick’s’ Kendra Gale Band are among the other artists who will be performing. Chetwynd said the Society has also been working with a local theatre group, Locke’ s Island players.

“We’re hoping to incorporate a little theatre into line up as well,” he said, adding as more details for this year’s Harmony Bazaar are finalized, the information will be released on the Harmony Bazaar website and Facebook page.

Chetwynd said the society is receiving a lot of positive feedback about the upcoming festival and hopes to have lots of community support through vendors and through sponsorship.

Tickets for Harmony Bazaar are available online at harmonybazaar.com, the Town Market in Lockeport, and Gosbees’s Sporting Goods in Shelburne.

Early bird tickets are selling for $35 until May 18.

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