Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Seven Sundays in Gage Park Returns for a Second Season

Sonic Unyon is pleased to announce the second annual Seven Sundays in Gage Park Festival.

The public is invited to attend Seven Sundays, a free annual music concert series taking place every Sunday in July and August at the George R. Robinson Bandshell in beautiful Gage Park.

Bringing together a mixture of music genres, a variety of cultures, cool movies, and some of Hamilton’s best food trucks, Seven Sundays aims to bring the Gage Park community together for an evening of family-friendly fun and entertainment.

July 6: This year we are opening Seven Sundays with a new experience. Centre Français, in cooperation with Seven Sundays, will present Francofête 2014, a day long francophone festival.

July 13: A second unique experience, in cooperation with the Matapa Music and Arts Organization is the Hamilton World Music Festival. This is a three-day event, taking place July 11-13. As part of the festival, Seven Sundays will present a cross cultural collaboration featuring Zal Sissokho (Senegal), Terra Lightfoot (Hamilton), Trinity Mpho (Bostwana), and Tomi Swick (Hamilton) on the Sunday evening.

July 20: The Silver Swing Big Band is a 19 piece swing band ensemble that has been performing since 1993 and was a crowd favourite last year.

July 27: Edmontonian Eamon McGrath has a range that takes him from country and western to punk, often within the same song. Opening act Slates completes our Edmonton twin-bill. Their 2014 album is produced by the legendary Steve Albini (Nirvana, The Stooges).

August 3: Our special Kids Day will feature a headline performance from Hamilton’s The Human Orchestra as well as a performance by the highly regarded Spleit String Orchestra. In addition to their performance, the Spleit String Orchestra will be offering children the opportunity to try a variety of instruments, including brief lessons. The evening will conclude with a showing of The Lego Movie. Bring your own Kragle.

August 10: Over the past year, the HPO Brass Quintet, composed of core musicians of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, has performed for various festivals and school audiences throughout the Hamilton region. We are honoured to have them join us for a special performance. The evening will conclude with a showing of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.

August 17: Twin Voices is an indie electro-folk project with roots in the Ottawa Valley and wings in Saskatoon and Montreal. Laura Beach crafts a dark and lovely sound with live looping of violin, voice, percussion and guitar. Her performance is equal parts stunning simplicity and playful complexity. What began as a return to her roots in acoustic folk music has morphed into a driving, dynamic sound composed of multi-layered instrumentals and haunting, soaring vocal lines.

Our headlining artist is to be announced. The award winning documentary, Twenty Feet from Stardom, will show at 9pm.

August 24: Closing Seven Sundays in spectacular fashion, our last week will offer the best in alt-folk/Americana with a twin bill starring Hamilton’s Dinner Belles and Toronto’s Oh Susanna. The dynamic live performances of both acts are sure to be a highlight of the summer festival season. The Coen Brother’s masterpiece from 2013, Inside Llewyn Davis, will close the festival at 9pm.

Short form Schedule

July 6 - Franco-fête 2014
July 13 - Hamilton World Music Festival featuring a cross cultural collaboration between Zal Sissokho, Terra Lightfoot, Trinity Mpho, and Tomi Swick.
July 20 - The Silver Swing Big Band (7:30pm)
July 27 - Eamon McGrath (8pm) and Slates (6:45pm)
August 3 - The Human Orchestra (8pm) and the Spleit Children’s Orchestra (6:45pm). The Lego Movie (9pm movie).
August 10 - HPO Brass Quintet (8pm) Opening Act TBA (6:45pm). The Grand Budapest Hotel (9pm movie)
August 17 - TBA (8pm) Twin Voices (6:45pm). Twenty Feet from Stardom (9pm movie)
August 24 - Dinner Belles (7:30pm) and Oh Susanna (6:15pm). Inside Llewyn Davis (9pm movie)

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