• James Armstrong

Annual Street Fair and Music Festival simultaneous Hudson events not to be missed


PHOTO COURTESY HUDSON MUSIC FEST

The upcoming 2018 Hudson Street Fair on Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5 promises to be a bigger and better event, according to Hudson’s Tourism, Culture, and Communications Coordinator Laura McCaffrey.

“We have over 130 street vendors registered for this year’s fair,” she told The Journal. A wide variety of vendors are participating, everything from original handmade textiles and jewellery to practitioners of Reiki, a Japanese touch therapy for relaxation and pain relief.

“The Street Fair originally started as an artisanal event but has since expanded to include other things,” added McCaffrey. “There will be lots of food including incredible chocolate,” she said with a laugh.

Free events for kids and adults

On Saturday, August 4 the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) will be set up in the Discovery Zone located in the parking lot in front of the Restaurant Carousel, 445 Main Road. “They’ll have a police vehicle on site so kids get in and experience running the siren,” said McCaffrey. “They also have goggles that imitate impairment.”

The SQ will also be providing workshops on bicycle safety.

The Hudson Fire Department will have a kiosk in Benson Park where they will present their Combat Challenge for kids.

“Throughout Saturday afternoon, the Fire Department will be doing a kitchen fire demonstration at the fire hall,” she said. “Plus, at 3 p.m. they will demonstrate an extraction with the jaws-of-life in Benson Park.”

PHOTOS COURTESY LAURA MCCAFFREY

Visitors to Hudson’s annual Street Fair and the Hudson Music Festival will have an extensive menu of activities, food, attractions, and concerts to enjoy.

Volunteers needed

“We are always looking for volunteers,” said McCaffrey with a smile. Help is needed with set-up and take-down for vendors, street ambassadors on the site throughout the event, and wide variety of other tasks. Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact McCaffrey by calling (450) 458-6699, extension 226 or via email at lauram@ville.hudson.qc.ca.

Not recommended for dogs

“Although we are a dog-friendly town, this really isn’t a dog-friendly event,” said McCaffrey. “It’s usually very hot and a very stimulating event so we don’t recommend it for dogs.” She noted some vendors, over the years, provided water and treats for dogs visiting the event. “That’s entirely up to them but currently the town doesn’t have the resources to provide this type of service for the event.”

Hours and Street Closures

On Saturday, August 4 the Street Fair hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, August 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Cameron Road will be closed between Saint Jean Street to Main Road. The same day and hours, Main Road will be closed from McNaughten Street to Selkirk Street.

On Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cameron Road will be closed between Saint-Jean Street to Main Road. The same day and hours, Main Road will be closed from McNaughten Street to Selkirk Street. Access will be provided to IGA, the Medicentre and Jack Layton Park.

Music on the street

“This year, in collaboration with the Hudson Music Festival, there will be lots more music throughout the fair,” said McCaffrey. On Saturday, groups such as Le Bloco Bateria, Po’Boy and the Honeybee, Porchfest, Balconfête Hudson and more will be playing at various locations along Main Road. On Sunday, the West Island Brass Ensemble, Adama Daou from Mali and Violin Up will be on-hand.

Hudson Music Festival 2018

The 12th edition of the Hudson Music Festival will host 23 shows from Friday, August 3 to Sunday, August 12 featuring a wide variety of bands and musicians from across Canada and around the globe.

“This year, we have the Big Top for some of our main events,” president and co-founder Blair Mackay told The Journal. The Big Top, or tent, located in the parking lot at the corner of Selkirk Street and Main Road will be the venue for the ticketed main shows on Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5.

“Busty and the Bass are a bunch of former McGill students with a pop, hip-hop, funk sound,” said Mackay of the Saturday night show. The Big Top series continues Sunday evening with Persuasion Santana Tribute. Persuasion is Canada’s premier Santana tribute band paying homage to one of the world’s best guitarist, Carlos Santana.

Also on Sunday, the Festival pays tribute to Tom Petty – Hudson Gets Petty – at the Mews Concert Stage. “A lot of our local musicians are involved in this tribute concert,” said Mackay.

Local talent

Hudson singer-songwriter, Katie Moore will be on stage in the intimate space of 2 Barn Owls, 422 Main Road, Monday, August 6 at 7 p.m. “I’ve been trying to book her for the Festival for years,” said Mackay adding that seating capacity is limited to 80 people.

Leonard Cohen tribute

Another highlight of the Festival is Perla Batalla in the House of Cohen at the Hudson Yacht Club, 10 Yacht Club Road on Wednesday, August 8.

“She worked with Cohen for many years,” noted Mackay. Her first Cohen CD was produced with his blessing as he attended recording sessions and was involved in musical arrangements.

Music Competition

“It’s a youth competition,” said Mackay with a chuckle, “so we decided to open it at 6 p.m. instead of 10 a.m.” The juried competition is open to all amateur musicians 15 to 25 years of age. It’s the opening act for the Festival on Friday, August 3 on the Mews Concert Stage.

Covering a wide range of musical genres and tastes, the Hudson Music Festival provides something for everyone, whether ticketed or free, in a multitude of interesting venues around the area. “We work with everyone in town,” Mackay noted. For complete information regarding artists, concerts, venues and tickets, visit www.hudsonmusicfestival.ca.

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