Like many musicians with regular day jobs, I’m forced to limit my number of performances during my busy times at work. I’ve been in the teaching profession for over a decade now, so summer is my off-season for work, but my peak season for performing. Not only can I manage more gigs in the summer months, but the types of venue also increase, allowing for some of my favourite gigs: festivals, fairs and outdoor music series.
I really love when music and art can happen in the common places of a city. As a culture we tend to think of live music as belonging to certain places or times only, but I love to see music brought out from the dark corners of the pub and showcased on the street or in the public park. Some highlights for me have been the highland games that I’ve played in Maxville, Ontario, and in New Brunswick. I’ve also enjoyed playing in the live music series at Lamoureux Park in Cornwall, ON.
So far this summer I’ll be playing at the Williamstown Fair on August 5, and at the Cornwall Music Fest on August 20. These types of outdoor events are the highlight of my music year, offering a chance for the whole community to come out for good food, drink and tunes. If you’re in the Cornwall area, I hope to see you at one of these events!
Thoughts on music and performing by Canadian singer-songwriter Jesse Ferguson.