Riverfest Elora 2016 stormed in the usually quiet picturesque village of Elora with a very successful eighth annual music festival spanning three days, on three stages with 52 bands.
The festival, which ran from Aug 19 to 21, feature headliners Walk Off The Earth, Chromeo and The Sheepdogs. Riverfest Elora festival manager Spencer Shewen estimated more than 4000 people each day attended this year’s event. Warm, summer weather satisfied those who came out to enjoy some great tunes. And to that, there was no shortage of great entertainment or food to eat with three stages taking turns hosting bands, plenty of vendors to shop festival and band merchandise to an array of unique craft wears along with enough food trucks to satisfy everyone.
Friday started off the festival with performances by seven bands including the Highs, Dear Rouge and headliner Walk Off The Earth. Saturday boasted 19 bands including The Zolas, Kardinal Offishall, Ivory Hours and Matthew Good. Saturday’s headliner Chromeo played to an energetic crowd who sang and jumped to every song even through the rain the started near the end of Chromeo‘s set. Sunday finished of the satisfying festival with 16 bands that quickly heated up the somewhat cooler day. Bands included Good For Grapes and Hey Rosetta! Twenty minutes prior to the headliner, The Sheepdogs, were to perform, crowds packed close to the stage with the chants and cheers for the band. With a relaxed but dynamic performance of favourites and hits, The Sheepdogs were a terrific, band to close the festival.
From the first chord of Riverfest Elora to the last, every person had their hands in the air clapping and screaming for each and every word sung by every band that performed. Cheers and applause also echoed through the festival grounds for all of the hardworking volunteers that help make this year’s Riverfest Elora 2016 and incredible success and one not to be missed next year.
All photos by Mike S. Fowler
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