Sudbury, ON – Preparations for Northern Lights Festival Boréal 2015 are in full swing, as organizers prepare to announce an unparalleled lineup. The festival will return to Bell Park July 3-5. Organizers are so excited about the 2015 lineup that they have let a couple names slip out a bit early. Headliner announcements (along with the rest of the lineup) will come in April, along with other exciting news. That being said, NLFB organizers want you to know about two of the acts you are sure to leave the festival raving about. The programming theme for 2015 is ‘Collecting the World’, in part an acknowledgement to seminal folk and world music collector Alan Lomax, and the music he helped collect and document. His 100th birthday would have been in 2015.
Tying in directly with the programming theme, NLFB is thrilled to present Jayme Stone’s Alan Lomax Project this year. Stone has been called ‘the Yo-Yo Ma of the banjo’, and will bring with him a team of equally skilled performers. Focusing on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, this collaboration brings together some of North America’s most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle and re-imagine traditional music. The repertoire includes Bahamian sea chanties, African-American acapella singing from the Georgia Sea Islands, ancient Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes and work songs collected from both well-known musicians and everyday folk: sea captains, cowhands, fishermen, prisoners and homemakers.
Also reflecting the ‘around-the-world’ aspect of this year’s programming is 2014 Juno and Grammy nominee Adonis Puentes and his big-band Cuban ensemble. His fantastic original material draws upon the rhythmic soul of Cuban music, and is guaranteed to have everyone dancing! Adonis Puentes was destined to be a music star. Nominated as ‘World Music Album of the Year’ at the 2014 Canadian Juno Awards, Sabor A Café is his latest album and first collection of all self-composed original songs. “I have traveled the world singing. My mission in life is to share my music, giving people joy,” Adonis explains. “My new recording captures my poetic journey, my revelations and my maturing as an artist.”
These acts are the only official names on the festival lineup so far. The remainder of the lineup will be announced in April via an official media event and online. Until this time, NLFB’s Early bird Pass Sale continues with at least a 20% savings on weekend passes (reg. $85 adv.). NLFB is also offering a Student/Youth Weekend Pass. Students or those under 25 can purchase weekend passes for a special rate of $60 incl. HST online and at the NLFB office (I.D. presented upon entry). Passes are currently available online at www.ticketbreak.com/nlf and at various outlets throughout town (see website for details). Information about volunteering, vendors, sponsorship and more can also be found online as well.
Northern Lights Festival Boréal has long been known for high-profile musical acts, with a strong lineup of emerging talent, visual artists, and family activities. This summer’s festival takes place July 3rd-5th in Sudbury’s beautiful Bell Park, along the shores of Lake Ramsey. “Last year was a knockout lineup,” says Max Merrifield, Festival Director, “Make no mistake, we felt the enormous positive reaction to last year’s lineup, and will be taking it to the next level for 2015. Stay tuned.”
JAYME STONE’S ALAN LOMAX PROJECT:
Video ‘Lomax Project Documentary’
Video ‘Sabor A Café’