November 12

Live Looping Workshop with Jacob Moon

Jacob Moon is widely considered to be a master of the live loop,

a technique that electronically lays down layer after layer of sound in real time, producing something extraordinarily rich

for listening and creation both. This is a unique opportunity to learn from Jacob in an intimate setting.


The Music Room, 168 Queen Street, Dunnville

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Limited seating - preregistration required on-line here or at The Music Room after October 1. Entry by donation


November 12

Harrison Kennedy in Concert

Harrison Kennedy was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario.

He is an electric blues, R&B, and soul blues, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His solo career began in 1974; on

a part-time basis he played a variety of musical genres including funk, soul, R&B, folk, rock, and gospel. In 2003 he returned to the music industry full-time. Since 2007 he has released a number of internationally acclaimed albums. In

2013 he released the album Soulscape, followed in 2014 by

the Juno winning album, This Is From Here.

Special Guest: Lacey Hill

Lacey Hill is an acoustic folk musician, born and raised on

Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve, Ontario. Lacey began her music career at 22 years old as a backing vocalist with

The Breeze Band. She toured throughout Canada and the United States with them, and earned a nomination at the Aboriginals People Choice Awards. She worked with other artists for some time before she was inspired to begin her solo career. In 2015 Lacey released her debut album, 528.

Dunnville Legion

Doors 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $15 and available online here.

Tickets may also be purchased at Haldimand Art Works, 144 Queen Street, Dunnville, or by calling 905-772-7000.


November 14

Art Playshop for Adults

with Jane Dickson

Born and raised in Dunnville, Jane Dickson is a self-taught

mixed media artist who loves sharing her passion for intuitive painting. This workshop will allow adults to explore their creative side in a relaxed environment at Bains Road Cider. An experienced facilitator, Jane offers a comfortable way in which to enter into the world of painting and an opportunity for both beginners and more advanced artists to hone their intuitive connection to creativity. Limited attendance.

Bains Road Cider Company

1019 Bains Road, Dunnville

7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Entry by donation.


November 8

Open Mic - Legends

Hosted by Brennagh Burns.

A Haldimand native with an active solo career,  Brennagh
is  a member of the Hamilton Music Award nominated trio Leonard,
Burns and Dell. She is delighted to welcome local

and regional  musicians to an Open Mic. Performers may

sing 2 songs of their choice, but they have to be covers of songs that were created by artists who would be considered legends.  There are 8 performance slots, 2 of which will be determined by lottery the night of the event. Performers must pre-register here and if 6 slots have already been filled, your name will go into the lottery but, you must show up to learn if you have won 1 of the 2 lottery slots! You will be informed after you have registered whether you are in one of  the 6 reserved spots or whether your name has gone into the lottery.

Flyers Cafe, 144 Queen Street, Dunnville
Doors/Dinner: 6:30 p.m.  Music: 8:00 p.m.
Entry by donation.

To sign up as a performer, click here. If 6 slots have already been filled, your name will go into the performance lottery but you must show up to learn if you have won 1 of the 2 lottery slots!


November 9

Author Night

With  Christine Boyko-Head

Christine Boyko-Head is a Hamilton-based author. She holds

a PhD in English Literature and works as a Curriculum Development Specialist at Mohawk College. Her dissertation

was entitled, The Myth of Laura Secord in Nineteenth Century Artistic (Re)Presentations to Twentieth Century Popular Culture. Her novel, Pulse of Courage, is an historical fiction based on Christine’s research on Laura Secord – where three other women are imaginatively and innovatively woven into the story. As well as her work as a writer, Christine is also a creativity facilitator, innovative educator, public speaker, playwright, and dynamic fundraiser.

Cheap Shabby Chic

148 Queen Street, Dunnville

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Entry by donation.


November 13

Blues Matinee

Hosted by Kevin Hamilton

Always a popular event, so get there early!

Guest performers include James Favron, 

renowned guitar builder extraordinaire

Joseph Yanuziello, Craig Roscoe and Marcus

Henderson with more to come! 

The Queens

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Entry by donation.


November 19

Children's Workshop  (4 - 8 years old)

with Lacie Williamson

Mixed Media: Polymer Clay

A great way for your child to spend a

creative few hours with Lacie, an

accomplished instructor whose children's workshops invariably fill up. Register your child today!

Dunnville Kinsmen Hall
102 Main Street West
10:00 a.m. - noon

Participation by donation.

Register here.


November 19

Adult Mixed Media Workshop

with Lacie Williamson

Painting and Decoupage
Instructor: Lacie Williamson
Pre-registration advised.

Dunnville Kinsmen Hall
102 Main Street West
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Register here.

Check back often. New events and details are added as soon as they are confirmed.

Hosted by


Art Works


November 19

Festival Finale

Don Vail in Concert

Don Vail is a Dunnville-based indie rock band. The band

was formed in 2006 by vocalist/guitarist

Mitch Bowden and percussionist David

Dunham. Guitarist Bill Priddle joined the

band later in 2006, and vocalists Kori Pop

and Bob Wilcox joined recently in 2016.

Don Vail’s self-titled debut album was

released independently in 2009. In May

2016, the band released their sophomore

album, Fades.

Queens Hotel, Dunnville

9:00 p.m.  - Midnight

Cover Fee - $10.00


November 14

Creative Career Workshop (and performance)

with Rob Lamothe

Rob will talk about building a creative life and earning an income from it.

Dunnville Secondary School

1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


November 5

Opening Wine and Cheese Reception: All Welcome
Enjoy cheeses from The UDDER WAY Artisan Cheese

Company  (Hannon) and fine wines from Burning Kiln Winery. View visual art and learn about Festival programming.

Flyers Cafe

144 Queen Street


7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


November 6

Collaborative Children's Workshop
With Frances Porter

No Registration Required - Just Drop in for some fun!

Dunnville Kinsmen Hall

102 Main Street West


1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sponsored by:

Pre-Festival Shenanigans at Dunnville Secondary School

Tuesday, October 25

Coffee House at DSS - Hosted by Rob Lamothe

featuring entertainment by current and past students of Dunnville Secondary School

7:00 p.m. - 8:30

DSS Cafeteria

Thursday, November 3
Coffee House at DSS - Hosted by Rob Lamothe
featuring entertainment by current and past students of Dunnville Secondary School
7:00 p.m. - 8:30
DSS Cafeteria


November 10

Lori Yates with Conwaytwitterfeed in Concert

Lori Yates  is a Hamilton Music Award winning country singer-songwriter. Born in Oshawa, Ontario, she began her career playing with various bands in Toronto. She released her debut album, Can’t Stop the Girl, in 1989. She was nominated for Best Female Country Vocalist at the Juno Awards in 1990. Her second solo album, Breaking Point, was released in 1994, and her third, Untogether, in 1996. Two years later, in 1998, she formed the band Hey Stella! along with Bazil Donovan, David Baxter, and Michelle Josef. The band remains active following the release of their 1999 self-titled album. Her most recent release is her 7th studio album, and 4th solo album, 2015’s Sweetheart of the Valley. It is receiving critical acclaim as Yates' best work yet

Guest Performers - Copper and Iron

Originally known as "Slings & Arrows", Copper & Iron is a band from Niagara. Performing as a duo or a five-piece band, they blend beautiful harmonies with guitars, cello, mandolin, harmonica, violin and drums. With both male and female voices, Copper & Iron bring their unique style to an eclectic range of songs, from folk and singer/songwriter to classic rock and modern pop.

Flyers Cafe

Doors/dinner 6:30 p.m. Music 8:00 p.m.

Entry by donation

Programming of particular interest to children is shown in pink below. Programming with a special focus on youth is shown in green below.

This workshop/playshop is now full.


November 18

Youth Open Mic

An always popular evening, this is an opportunity to hear

and support some of the phenomenal young talent in our community and surrounding areas. Join us - you won't be disappointed. Hosted by James Favron.

The Minga

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Entry by donation.


November 15

Lunchtime Concert at DSS

Performers from the Coffee Houses held the 2 weeks prior to

Festival will present a concert for students over lunch.

Dunnville Secondary School


Photo Credit: Benjamin Washington


November 11

Remembrance Day Event with the Perpetual Peace Project

Brought back by popular demand, those who attended this

event with the Perpetual Peace Project last year deeply
enjoyed the opportunities for audience participation and the
warm energy of this laid back, eclectic group of performers

from Niagara. Remember those who sacrificed, but work - and sing - for peace. Plan to attend.

The Minga, 146 Queen Street, Dunnville

7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Entry by donation

Photo Credit: Harding

Visual Arts Walking Tour - Throughout the Festival, view visual art from more than 40  artists in over 20 locations in downtown Dunnville. 


November 7

Culinary Night: This event, once again being hosted by Debb's Cuisine on Queen (109 Queen Street, Dunnville),

was sold out last year and received rave reviews. Don't miss

this opportunity to sample outstanding cuisine using local products where possible from 4 local chefs and restaurateurs: Soup by Edmund of the Wainfleet Hotel; salad by Julia of

Julia's Bistro; entree (Venison osso bucco with pumpkin

speatzle and roasted root vegetables) by Debb's Cuisine, and; dessert by Carolyn Donders of the Dunnville Golf and Country Club. All four restaurateurs will provide delicious appetizers prior to the main meal. Your host for the evening will be Mike Lessard. Get your tickets quicklyas this event is sure to sell out. Tickets are $60 each, include appetizers, soup, salad, entree and dessert and a complimentary glass of wine and can be purchased on-line here.

Debb's Cusine on Queen
Tickets may be purchased on-line here, at Debb's Cuisine after October 1 or by visiting Haldimand Art Works, 144 Queen Street Dunnville,  or calling  905-772-7000 and leaving a message; someone will return your call to confirm.  Seating is limited so purchase tickets early.

Doors open/appetizers at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 7:00 p.m.


November 16

Film Night

This year’s feature is The Hotel Dieu, a five-time award winning dramatic romance directed by Adrian Thiessen (Thorold, On.) of Fourgrounds Media; chronicling the change in reality after a teenager loses his sight in a near fatal accident. In 2015, the film won Best Producer at the St. Tropez International Film Festival; Best Director and Best Supporting Actress  at the Portsmouth International Film Festival; RBC Emerging Artist Award and Best Feature at the Niagara International Film Festival in addition to eight other nominations!

Also featuring:
Ditched: a psychological thriller about a social outcast turned popular in the final days of his high school career.  Directed, produced and starring Tyler Bowden (Dunnville, On.), currently enrolled in Film and Media at Humber College

Irises, Air and Life: a short film featuring Aury Barnett (Dunnville, On.) produced by Leandro Amorim-Downie (Toronto, On)

A preview of EnPointe Creative’s upcoming full length feature: FIGHT! Starring Erica Sherwood (St. Catharines, On.) and directed by Jason Lupish (St. Catharines, On).

PLUS selected winners of our 2017 Pocket Film Festival Contest!View the winning entries in the Festival's first Pocket Film

Festival. This competition, open to all, is an exciting opportunity

to showcase today’s ground breaking mobile film capabilities and the talent and creativity of filmmakers, either emerging or established. To enter your work, check out the call and the rules here.

Flyers Cafe

8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Entry by donation.