37th Townshippers’ Day festival unveils line-up of local performers

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Cutline: The Knowlton Academy Choir, featuring elementary school children from every grade, will open the 37th Townshippers’ Day festival with the national anthem on September 17 at the Brome fairgrounds.


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Cutline: Two of Us are tuning up their guitar, bass and beat box to preform country-folk and pop songs at the 37th Townshippers’ Day on September 17. They are one of ten local performers ready to entertain visitors at the Brome fairgrounds.




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37th Townshippers’ Day festival unveils line-up of local performers


BROME, September 8, 2016 –  Local and regional performers have always been a large part of the family-friendly Townshippers’ Day festival and information fair. A slate of homegrown talent will crown the 37th annual festival, taking place this year on September 17 at the Brome fairgrounds.

“Since 1979, Townshippers’ Day has showcased the incredible talent that we have within our English-speaking community, while sharing our unique creativity and heritage,” said Rachel Hunting, Executive Director for Townshippers’ Association. “We are very proud at the continued support and involvement that allows us to continue celebrating and preserving our past contributions to the region while highlighting how vibrant and involved we are today.”

Elementary school children from the Knowlton Academy Choir will help start the 2016 festival with a charming short performance that will bookend the festival’s opening ceremonies and annual community leadership awards at 10 a.m.

Other performers include Foster Grit, Gail Klinck and Keith Whittall, The Random Chance Band, Double or Nothing and Two of Us. Celebrating their 20th anniversary, the Knowlton Harmony Band, who opened the festival in 2015, will close it with a splendid concert. On another stage, members of the Rainbow Country Cloggers and Brome Squares will alternate shows throughout the day.

Townships Expressions, an initiative of Townshippers’ Association to help support and promote local artist, will host a special event at the Fairview building starting at 1 p.m., featuring the launch of Ross Murray’s novel A Hole in the Ground. Along with a performance by Déjà Two’s Julia Rohan and France Lepitre, the event will feature a special announcement that will appeal to emerging, established or aspiring authors or visual artists. Light refreshments for those who RSVP with Cathy Turner at ct@townshippers.org.

Aside from local performers, the festival will showcase the host community of Brome. A heritage bus tour will give visitors a chance to explore several historical sights as it takes them into Knowlton for a free visit to the Brome County Museum where they can catch the Frost Village Band and try their hand at making heritage crafts such as candles and birch bark baskets.

Organized by the Town of Brome Lake and Townshippers’ Association, in collaboration with Brome Village and West Bolton, the free festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday September 17 and will feature other great activities, inflatable farm and petting zoo for the kids and a day of food and family fun. Parking $2. This festival is family friendly but not pet friendly, thank you for leaving your pets at home!  Details at TDay.ca or call Townshippers’ at 1-866-566-5717.

Townshippers’ Day is made possible with the generous support of partners including Canadian Heritage, CBC, the Sherbrooke Record, CASS, CJMQ 88.9 FM (The Qube), Global Excel Management, Ville de Lac Brome, Stanstead Journal, Député de Brome-Missisquoi Pierre Paradis, Député de Saint-François Guy Hardy, Député de Sherbrooke Luc Fortin, Caisse Populaire de Brome-Missisquoi, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and the Corporation Municipale du Village de Brome.

About Townshippers’ Association

Townshippers’ Association is a non-profit, non-partisan community organization that has been serving the English-speaking community of the historical Eastern Townships since 1979. For more on the Association and its activities, connect online at Townshippers.org or contact Townshippers’ in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen, 819-566-5717 (toll free: 1-866-566-5717) or in Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd. 450-242-4421 (toll free: 1-877-242-4421).



Corrinna Pole
Communications Officer, Townshippers’ Association
819-566-5717 (toll free 1-866-566-5717), ta@townshippers.org


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