Acres and Acres headline this summer’s festival which will also feature The Olympic Symphonium, Jon McKiel, The North Lakes, Abdominal and The Obliques, Morgan MacDonald, Laura Peek, and Margo Margo.
Adult (ages 17+) Admission is $19 in advance and $25 at the door. Family Passes are available for $45 (two adults plus two children age 16 and under). Children under the age of four are admitted free. Advance tickets are available through Eventbrite.com.
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About the Festival
The Bore Festival is lovingly named after the Tidal Bore that runs behind Hillsborough. The word bore derives through Old English from the Old Norse word bara, meaning a wave or swell. Tidal bores takes place twice a day during the flood tide and never during the ebb tide and occur in just a few locations worldwide. The Peticodiac River is one of those locations.
The Bore Music Festival was founded in June 2012 by Kelly-Sue O’Connor. Kelly-Sue is very passionate about her volunteer work with the Nature Trust of New Brunswick. She spends much of her spare time dreaming up fundraising ideas.
With her love of music and experience booking shows in Toronto and playing in bands, she decided to couple the two together and make a musical fundraising event. When she isn’t planning the festival she is conducting bird surveys and putting together a Friends of Grindstone Island stewardship for the Nature Trust.
This year’s festival will be in support of Nature NB and sending children from the Albert County area to their nature camps over the summer and to the local Kiwanis building in Hillsborough to help keep their doors open.
The Festival will be held in the Kiwanis Hillsborough Field outside of the Kiwanis building at 47 Legion Street in Hillsborough, NB. For more information visit their website at www.theboremusicfestival.com.
About the Artists
Crafting delicately arranged folk-pop that drips with bittersweet melodies, soaring harmonies, and an awful lot of passion, The Olympic Symphonium have been sharing their quiet world with us since 2005. They are and always have been a collaborative effort between three multi-instrumentalists, songwriters, and friends: Nick Cobham, Kyle Cunjak, and Graeme Walker.
After piecing together each of their first two albums from sporadic recording sessions stretched out over many months, The Olympic Symphonium opted for a change of pace. A much quicker pace. The band locked themselves away in a large, empty, secret location in Fredericton, free of distractions, with longtime engineer Brad Perry and gave themselves a week to record an album. Sketches of songs were prepared beforehand and then developed in the studio with all members being on hand at all times; a new experience for the Olympic Symphonium and one they feel has created a cohesive feeling for their third full length album.
This has been a big year for Acres and Acres. The band released their sophomore album Truth & Sky, charted on commercial and campus radio across the country (#1 on CFRC in Kingston and CKDU in Halifax), toured the Maritimes with a full band and string section, and sold out shows on their album release tour.
Based out of Halifax, the band consists of a duo of songwriters (Kris Pope and David Scholten), a killer rhythm section (Jordi Comstock, Ian Sherwood), and a talented composer and keys player (Ian Bent). For bigger shows, a string quartet joins the group, adding the lush layers found on the album.
On the edge of a golden river there is a small house filled with dark songs. Jon Mckiel makes music that rides that elusive line between feathery folk and a total sludgefest.
Charlottetown rock and rollers North Lakes build on the energetic alt-rock of their debut Cobra that earned them a 2011 Music PEI Award for Best Alternative Album with their new release, Grand Prix. With Grand Prix, the band has broadened their influences of ‘60s pop and garage rock. Through both vivid lyrical imagery and a colossal roar of musicality, the group emanates raw power on this record while driving their concise and well-authored songs.
The Toronto rapper Abdominal, best known for his extraordinary breath control and fun raps, doesn’t so much divorce himself from hip-hop as attempt an open relationship in his collaboration with The Obliques. A mix of folk, blues and country replaces the sampling and boom bap beats. Revitalized by a backing band — guitarist Andrew Frost and percussionist Colin Kingsmore — Abs is still rapping but with a smoother flow that sometimes becomes singing, while his band provide backing harmonies and hooks.
Morgan MacDonald is a songwriter from Nova Scotia. This past year he released and toured Back to the Wilderness, an EP produced by Paul Aucoin. Aucoin has worked with many of Canada’s top artists including John K Samson (The Weakerthans), Hayden, Cuff The Duke, and The Sadies.
Morgan finished his coast to coast EP release tour with a number of showcases including Nova Scotia Music Week, where he was nominated for Folk Recording of the Year. Recent collaborations with Jason Collett of Broken Social Scene have resulted in a number of new songs that will be included in Morgan’s upcoming debut album.
Laura Peek’s sophomore album, Key, sees Peek going solo and adding more layers to the foundation on which she builds her conversational narratives.
Peek turned heads with her pop song prowess on From the Photographs (2007), her debut album. Her video for “Stand Right There,” directed by Juno-winning Ante Kovac garnered more than 300,000 views on YouTube. She also toured Canada and the United States as a vocalist/ multi-instrumentalist with Buck 65.
Amidst the booming Fredericton music scene comes a fresh, young band by the name of Margo, Margo. With their folk/ pop roots, they bring a new light to an older genre. On the rise in the East Coast, they have wowed audiences across Atlantic Canada and wish to pursue their musical journey wherever it takes them.