The 28th Annual Dockside Festival of the Arts is just over a month away! The event almost has 100 vendors confirmed and the musical line-up features some of the best artists Muskoka has to offer.

The stage will feature:

James Grey (On Stage: August 16th 12:30pm-2:30pm and August 17th 3pm-5pm): James Gray is a singer/songwriter from Muskoka Ontario. James writes songs about the stories and experiences of everyday life. For the past few years Gray has been touring throughout Canada, Western Europe and recently Australia. While on tour James has been promoting his albums Home To Me & Bigger Things and is currently working on a third release. Most notably, James was the musical guest at the TED talks held on the west coast of Canada, and most recently his songs have received countless airplay on CBC Canadian Radio programs including CBC’s “Ontario Morning” with Wei Chen.

Tobin Spring (On Stage: August 17th 11:30am-1:30pm and August 18th 11:30am-1:30pm): "Tobin Spring is a fresh, new blues voice from northern Ontario. A talented and forward moving guitarist, vocalist. songwriter and band leader" Gary Kendall, The Downchild Blues Band. “Tobin Spring is a rising triple threat as singer/songwriter and guitarist – definitely someone to watch.” John Valenteyn, Maple Blues Newsletter. Huntsville, Ontario based bluesman Tobin Spring is making some waves in the Canadian blues scene. Tobin was born in Huntsville, ON in 1980. He picked up the guitar at age 12 and began studying with Ryan Corrigan (Hawksley Workman). In early high school he formed the band Laganza along with Derek Cochrane and Benji Jordan. Laganza has produced four studio albums including their latest effort entitled “Both Sides”.

Sean Cotton (On Stage: August 16th 3pm-5pm): Sean Cotton’s Wooden Spaceship is the singer/songwriter side of the artist. Not satisfied with the standard songwriter presentation, Sean seats himself in the cockpit of his Wooden Spaceship with his hands steering the strings at 10 and 2, his gas foot thumping out the backbeat on his guitar-case-bass-drum, and his clutch foot tapping out the tambourine time. The songs are individual pieces that do not form a picture of a bigger puzzle. They speak for themselves and follow the muse of the moment, taking you to different places and stories. Most songs reflect musical styles from Sean’s childhood in the 1970s. So maybe this spaceship is also used for time travel.

Jess Sevier (August 18th 2pm-4pm): At the age of 17 Jessica Sevier has penned over 50 songs. Her lyrical and melodic approach to her original music has been called mature beyond her years. With influences such as Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Nicks, Jessica blends country, rock and folk while still giving it her own modern twist. Her lyrical style is filled with strong imagery that brings listeners into the heart of her own experiences. Her unique personal style is evident in all she projects. Not one to fit a mold, Jessica is a fresh but still familiar sound in today’s music industry. Having performed at venues all around the GTA, Jessica has been able to gain quite a following. From Ribfest in Gravenhurst, to The Cadillac Lounge in Toronto to The JW Mariott in Muskoka new fans have even booked her for private events. Jessica is a classically trained vocalist who has received many awards and acclimations for her craft. She plays guitar, piano and harmonica.

We are currently looking for 1 or 2 more artists to fill the August 16th 10am-12pm and August 17th 10am- 11am slots! Contact Chris Hammar [email protected]

Hope to see you there for an awesome weekend of fun under the sun!