Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q

    What is the work NLFB does as a charity and a non-profit?

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    NLFB is a non-profit, charitable music presenter in Northern Ontario. The organization provides valuable exposure and career development opportunities for emerging artists, while also presenting highly acclaimed artists, and keeping the region on the map for acclaimed touring acts. The festival presents a strong component of francophone, Aboriginal, and other multicultural content each year, in line with regional population demographics and the diverse cultural makeup of the Canadian population. The majority of NLFB’s operations surround the annual summer festival, however the organization also presents many other cultural events, concerts etc. throughout the year.

    The mandate of NLFB is to present music, performing and creative arts through its annual three day music festival and year round activities that support the regional artistic and musical talent in Northern Ontario. The goals adopted to achieve this are:

    1) Commitment to reflect the cultural diversity of Northern Ontario in its operations and programming;

    2) Commitment to treat all performers and their work with dignity, respect, and fairness;

    3) Commitment to develop, support and acknowledge the value of local artists and performers;

    4) Commitment to develop support and honour the work of volunteers;

    5) Commitment to develop, support and acknowledge the interests of its audiences and developing their appreciation of the arts;

    6) Commitment to build links with the community through cooperation and partnerships with other arts and cultural organizations, umbrella groups and other community groups;

    7) Commitment to operate in a fiscally responsible manner with the goal of financial self-sufficiency.

  • Q

    What do I need to bring with me?

    A

    There is VERY limited chair seating at the main stages, and nonexistent at the acoustic stages, so it is most important to BYOS – bring your own seat (canvas camp chairs or blankets are ideal). Please refrain from bringing camp or lawn chairs in their own bags (please bring out of bag). FOR SAFETY REASONS, CERTAIN TYPES OF CHAIRS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED IN THE GRACE HARTMAN AMPHITHEATRE. CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW FOR DETAILS…

    This is an open-air event, so remember to bring sun protection (hat, sunscreen, clothing). It is tradition that some rain falls on the festival, so pay attention to weather reports and bring foul weather gear if there is a possibility of rain.

    There are beaches adjacent to the event so you may want to bring swim suits and towels (towels are also useful for sitting on at acoustic stages). It’s also a good idea to bring drinking water in reusable or recyclable containers. NLFB recyclable water bottles and beer mugs will be for sale. A drinking water refill station will be provided on-site.

    Finally, bring your sense of fun and adventure. Sit on the ground close to the performers in the acoustic stages and participate; support a musician that you have heard for the first time by buying a CD; watch a crafter work on a project; bang on a bongo at the drum circle; let your hair down and dance in front of the main stage; have the time of your life!

    In 2012, NLFB will have a fully staffed bike valet on-site during the day. Bike to the fest!

  • Q

    Where do I park?

    A

    There is parking right across the street from Bell Park (Paris & York), however it is even better if you can walk, ride a bike, or take public transit, as the parking lot gets jammed full quite quickly. Plus, it’s better for the environment! No parking is available directly on the festival site, no exceptions.

  • Q

    Can my pet dog, ferret or cat accompany me to the Festival?

    A

    No. With anywhere from 5,000 and up to 8,000 people daily at the Festival, there just isn’t room for the little (or big) critters. Please leave them at home. Service dogs are the only exception.

  • Q

    Can I use video or audio recording devices?

    A

    No, due to artist copyright issues.

  • Q

    Can I bring a camera to the Festival and take photos?

    A

    Festival patrons are welcome to take amateur photos. However, it is important that you respect other audience members and the artists by using discretion while shooting, and photos must be for personal use only. If an artist has requested that no photos be taken of them, security or media volunteers may alert you.

    Since we do have photography policies in place in response to artists’ concerns, security and/or festival staff will ask patrons who appear to be taking professional photos to refrain from doing so. Patrons shouldn’t bring or shoot with professional gear (i.e. large format cameras and lenses).

  • Q

    I want to participate in Greenville or have a booth for my non-profit organization on site. How do I arrange for that?

    A

    See the vendors page for a rate sheet and to complete an application online.

  • Q

    I want to participate as a food vendor/retailer. How do I do that?

    A

    See the vendors page for a rate sheet and to complete an application online.

  • Q

    I am an artisan/crafter. How do I participate in the festival?

    A

    Crafters/Artisans are juried at NLFB, so you must submit a photograph of your work along with the application form (online application via the vendors page) and must have some of your work in-progress while on site. There are separate vendor categories for food vendors, retailers and non-profit exhibitors.

  • Q

    I want to be a festival volunteer! Who do I contact?

    A

    Over 300 volunteers from the community work diligently for months to help organize and put on the festival. Volunteers are also required outside of the festival season for the equipment rental team, fundraising, charity bingo and more. In addition, numerous volunteers work year-round as board members helping put on concerts and fund-raising activities. Check the volunteers page for an online application. Please contact the NLFB office if a paper copy is required.

  • Q

    I want to participate in this year’s festival as a stage painter/visual artist. Who do I contact?

    A

    You should send an email to NLFB’s Volunteer Coordinator at nlfbvolunteer[at]gmail[dot]com, and you will be contacted for details.

  • Q

    What if it is raining? Will the show be cancelled and can I get a refund?

    A

    Generally the show will go on – rain or shine – so bring weather appropriate clothing and be prepared for a great show. In the rare event the show gets cancelled because of extreme weather there is no refund.

  • Q

    What if I lose my tickets? Can I get a refund?

    A

    No. There are no refunds on tickets; treat them like cash. You must present your physical ticket in order to get a Festival wristband and gain entry to the site. The fact that you purchased a ticket is not enough.

  • Q

    If I have a change in plans can I get a refund?

    A

    No. There are no refunds or exchanges on tickets; treat them like cash.

  • Q

    Can I purchase daytime tickets in advance?

    A

    No. The ‘day only’ tickets (do not include feature evening shows) are only available at the gate and are valid only for the day purchased. Single day+ evening (‘All Day’ Passes) can be purchased in advance once the lineup has been announced.

  • Q

    Is there a children’s, students or seniors ticket price?

    A

    Children 10 and under are free (maximum 3 children accompanied by a ticket-bearing adult), but all others pay the regular price. NLFB is examining the possibility of a student/youth pass.

  • Q

    How can I pay for tickets at the gate?

    A

    Tickets can be purchased by cash, debit/Interac, Visa and Mastercard. American Express is not accepted. There is an ATM on-site where patrons can withdraw cash as needed.

  • Q

    Where can I buy tickets?

    A

    • On our website
    • A&J Home Hardware (469 Bouchard St., Sudbury)
    • Garson Home Hardware (3098 Falconbridge, Garson)
    • Gloria’s Convenience (469 Bouchard St. Sudbury)
    • Hanmer Home Hardware (Old Highway 69, Hanmer)
    • Jett Landry Music (1119 Lasalle, Sudbury)
    • NLFB Office (19 Grey St. Suite 3, Sudbury)
    • Old Rock Roastery (212 Minto, Sudbury)
    • Second Ave. Home Hardware (366 2nd Ave N, Sudbury)
    • Walden Home Hardware (Regional Road 24, Lively)
    • Laurentian SGA (935 Ramsey Lk. Rd. SCE-212, Sudbury)

     

  • Q

    When will tickets go on sale?

    A

    Festival passes will be available here. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE NOW! Occasionally, NLFB offers earlybird deals on passes during the winter season. Contact the NLFB office to inquire.

  • Q

    When will this year’s lineup be announced?

    A

    The lineup is traditionally announced in early April. Check the performers page for updates.

  • Q

    What are the dates and hours of festival?

    A

    The 2014 festival will take place July 4th, 5th and 6th. Friday from 5:00 pm until 12:00 midnight, Saturday and Sunday 12pm until 12:00 midnight. Entertainment also traditionally continues off-site at the Townehouse Tavern into the later hours of the night.

  • Q

    I am a performer. How do I participate in the festival?

    A

    Please submit your application for the festival by sending a link to your Electronic Press Kit (SonicBids, Website, MySpace, etc) to artistic@nlfbsudbury.com. In the interest of saving paper and costs to the artist… please do not send in a paper and CD submission package. If asked to perform at the festival, the artist will then be required to send in a recording. Local artists should read about the 2011 Meltdown.

  • Q

    Where can I stay in Sudbury when attending the festival?

    A

    We recommend that you use one of our accommodations sponsors. Not only do these local hotels, hostels and B&Bs generously support the festival, but they also offer discounts to festival attendees who need somewhere to stay during the festival. For details on specific rates, please contact the hotel directly or check their web sites for more information.

    Cambrian College Residences  ♦  Quality Inn  ♦  Millwood Bed & Breakfast

    Camping is not available on-site however the nearest available campgrounds are:

    Mine Mill Campground  ♦  Carol’s Campsite