• Brian Gallagher

Hudson Music Festival welcomes range of musical genres this year


(Left to right): Musician Yoel Diaz, HMF co-organizer Blair Mackay, Hudson Mayor Jamie Nicholls, Desjardins Market Development Director Elaine Vermette, Desjardins Wealth Management Advisor Jason-Michael Comtois, HMF co-organizer Lynda Clouette-Mackay, and Desjardins Wealth Management Advisor Remy Zucchet announce the list of talent participating in the upcoming Hudson Music Festival.

I was looking forward to attending the press conference for the upcoming Hudson Music Festival (HMF) because it is always exciting to see what artistic director Blair Mackay has put together for our listening pleasure. And as usual, this year will not disappoint.

The festival runs from Friday, August 2 until Sunday, August 11. The main stage will again this year be the Mews Concert Stage just beside Two Barn Owls in the centre of Hudson. There will also be shows at the Hudson Yacht Club and St. Thomas Aquinas Church. As in previous years the music festival runs in tandem with the Hudson Street Fair on August 3 and 4.

Joining Mackay, festival general director Lynda Clouette-Mackay laid out the lineup to a full and appreciative audience at the Château du Lac.

“We have some very special talent on tap for this year’s festival, which will feature musicians from our community as well as from around the world, and fast-rising talents as well as established superstars,” said Mackay. “This is perhaps the most diverse line up we’ve ever put together, with a range of genres from folk, country and gospel to jazz and blues, classical and world music represented. In addition, the festival will spotlight some stellar old time rock and roll, and we are bringing back one very special artist in response to popular demand.”

Highlights this year will certainly be rising star Dominique Fils-Aimé at the Mews stage on August 2, Sinfonia de l’Ouest at St. Thomas Aquinas August 5 and, of course, the return of the fantastic Juno-award winning Kim Richardson (with the HMF horns) August 7 at the Hudson Yacht Club. And for those of you with a long memory, J.B. and The Playboys 2.0 are back together and performing on the Mews stage August 4. They were a popular Montreal band with some great hits back in the ‘60s and now back to play them again in their 60s! If you are a Johnny Cash fan, local artists will be performing a tribute show to the ‘Man in Black’ and his music Sunday, August 4 at 12:30 p.m. on the Mews stage. And as always, Cunninghams Pub and The Chateau du Lac will have music all weekend long.

When I asked Mackay what his thoughts were for the HMF moving forward he said he has always appreciated the support the town and local venues have given them and hopes this is a partnership that will continue to flourish in subsequent years. He intends to continually strive to bring quality music to the town all year round and perhaps even be able to bring in some larger headlining acts performing under a big top in the future with help from their HMF partners.

The festival pass is a great deal for those who want all-access and plan on attending multiple events. This year it’s only $60 for any six of the shows where you must pay to get in, which is 43 per cent off. The Hudson-Oka ferry is generously offering free passage for anyone who comes from the north shore area and has paid to see a show (or shows) at the HMF. And don’t forget access to all shows is free for anyone under the age of 16. So the HMF team and partners are certainly working hard to make sure there is no reason not to come out this year and catch some amazing music.

For more info consult www.facebook.com/HudsonMusicFestival.