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46th Festival of Friends is back as a live event

46th Festival of Friends is back as a live event

The Festival of Friends is back with the first full three-day event since 2019, and is announcing  the lineup for its free music festival. The long running event returns July 29, 30, 31st of the Civic Holiday long weekend, and is presented by Tim Hortons.

Serena Ryder

Friday night’s headliner, Serena Ryder will kick off the Gage Park gathering with her extensive rock catalogue. The multi-Juno winning singer of Stompa will be joined by opening act Ryland James – who recently garnered headlines by singing the National Anthem at the 2022 NBA All-Star game.

Saturday will feature Hamilton-born hard-rock favourites Monster Truck, who have achieved inter- national success touring Europe and the United States. They will make their first hometown concert appearance in over half a decade.

Saturday will also feature Indigenous hip-hop duo, the Snotty Nose Rez Kids, who have received international accolades as the newest stars in First Nations music.

Snotty Nose Rez Kids

“It’s exciting to close out National Indigenous History Month by announcing the performance of one of the most important artists in hip-hop,” said Robert Rakoczy, General Manager. “This is the first major hip-hop act to play the Festival of Friends, and I think it’s long overdue.”

The all-Canadian festival wraps up on Sunday with a country music theme – a tradition that is almost a decade old. Albertan new-country star Gord Bamford will close out the night. He will be joined by opening act, and country music icon, George Canyon, who has topped the country charts for almost 20 years.

Gord Bamford

In addition to 3 stages of music featuring 30+ musical acts, the festival includes craft & food vendors, a huge midway, pony rides, and an escape room. Admission is free and the festival runs rain or shine.

For the full schedule and details, please visit www.festivaloffriends.ca

About Festival of Friends

The Festival of Friends is an outdoor music, art, and crafts festival in Hamilton, Ontario. Produced annually since 1976, it is the largest event of its kind in Canada. Admission to the Festival has always been – and will always remain – free to everyone!

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