Paddlefest 2022 – A Homecoming and Reunion

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Saint Andrews’ music and outdoor recreation festival has announced several artists slated to perform at this year’s event which will take place May 19-22. 

Hot Toddy will reunite for an evening performance at Paddlefest 2022. Photo: Lori P. Morse

Paddlefest returns to Saint Andrews in May with four days of outdoor activities and live music featuring four headline performances from some of New Brunswick’s homegrown favorites, David Myles, Hot Toddy, Grand Theft Bus, Tomato Tomato and The Olympic Symphonium. 

This year’s festival is being billed as both a reunion and a homecoming.

“It was important for us as we rebuild the festival to honour the past as we also look to the future,” said Luke MacDonald, Paddlefest’s artistic director. “Acts like Hot Toddy and David Myles have performed in Saint Andrews many times over  the years and it’s going to be really nice to welcome them back as we help usher the hopeful return of local live music and festivals in a safe way.” 

In addition to this year’s all-New Brunswick headlining performers, Paddlefest has curated a diverse lineup spread over four days which includes a special reunion from Halifax’s Acres & Acres, smoky-folk songstress Cat Clyde, Ottawa blues musician Angelique Francis, award-winning Ontario singer songwriter Abigail Lapell, reggae queen Jah’Mila, dream pop performer Keeper E., PEI soulful singer Joce Reyome, Nova Scotia’s POSTDATA and an abundance of emerging New Brunswick talent including Wolf Castle, My Black Ram, Marian, Les Chanterelles,  Jamie Comeau & the Crooked Teeth, Chickahominy Mountain Band, Chillteens and Freya  Milliken. 

“Every year we dedicate a bulk of the festival programming to up and coming artists from around New Brunswick and the Maritimes,” said MacDonald. “This year is no different. We have curated an exciting lineup of acts from across the region and beyond.” 

The Paddlefest Main Stage will return to the town square and will act as the central hub of programming, with an updated layout to allow for more seating and the ability for social distancing. 

“We want everyone to feel comfortable at Paddlefest. We are working hard to ensure we make this the most accessible and inclusive year of Paddlefest yet,” said MacDonald.

In addition to the Main Stage, programming will be featured around town at partnering venues Honeybeans Café, Sunbury Shores, The Red Herring Pub, The Kennedy Inn and more.

Paddlefest 2022 will also feature outdoor and community activities like kayaking, the Paddlefest Craft Market, the annual Beach Clean Up, Kids Events, Yoga, the Wharf to Wharf Trail Run and much more. Details on all the outdoor events, plus a schedule of performances will be released in April. 

Weekend passes and Main Stage Passes are on sale March 21st at 11 a.m. Individual tickets for shows will be on sale in early April.  

For more information, visit www.paddlefestnb.ca

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