Cover Photo: Nicole Wolfe
In a day and age where there are so many music festivals from coast-to-coast, it is an accomplishment to see that Mattawa Voyageur Days is one that will be celebrating it’s 20th year this July 28-30, 2017. Canadian Beats did our first coverage of the festival last year and it is one we are looking forward to attending again this year. This intimate northern-eastern town, known for their many large wooden statues depicting local historical figures, has a character all its own and its residents are the catalysts to making this event the success that it is known for.
“We really never had any time-line set or how this would progress. We just knew that we wanted to offer a fun event for everyone to come and enjoy Mattawa and what our community has to offer”says Jacques Begin, Chair for Mattawa Voyageur Days.
Mattawa Voyageur Days has by far surpassed all thoughts and dreams of the Committee’s expectations, with amazing community events and activities and one of the strongest music line-ups of any festival anywhere in its days. But what Mattawa Voyageur Days also accomplished was putting our small town of Mattawa on the Provincial, and national, map for visitors and for those in the music industry.
To stir up a little nostalgia from the first year of the festival, they are doing a “Classic Rewind” bringing back many of the same bands. The Saturday July 29, 2017 line-up will include Holly Woods & Toronto, The Darby Mills Project (Headpins lead singer), Prism and Trooper.
“We are so fortunate to have the 3 bands that kicked off year 1 reunite and come play year 20 and back together on the Mattawa Voyageur Days stage. Plus the Friday night new country and special presentations…this is a total WOW !!!”, Begin continues.
For Friday July 28, 2017, New Country Rock night, will see Dan Davidson and The Road Hammers. Two acts that know how to get the crowd on their feet! There will also be a special guest, Stomping Taw Connors, son of legendary Stomping Tom Connors, who will perform an hour of his father’s greatest hits after dedication ceremonies of the new Big Joe Mufferaw Statue.
Sunday July 30, 2017 will be Mattawa’s Tribute to Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations featuring Little Bones (Tragically Hip), Green River (CCR) and the best Eagles cover band out there, Hotel California.
Weekend wristbands are now on sale at all area Scotiabanks and Caisse Populaires, online at voyageurdays.com as well the Mattawa Travel Information Centre for $50.00.