The Road To Sawdust City Music Festival – cAbiners

Photo Credit: Lynne Dupuis

This August long weekend (August 3-5),  Gravenhurst, ON is the place to be. Of course, I’m speaking of the 2nd annual Sawdust City Music Festival. In an effort to showcase some of the great talent taking part in the festival, we are doing a series of interviews throughout the next few weeks. We started things off with Samantha Martin of Samanta Martin & Delta Sugar, who will headline the Music On The Barge show on August 5. Today we had a chat with Nothern Ontario folk duo, cAbiners. The duo will perform on Friday, August 3 at The Oar at 5:30 pm.

What are some things you think make this specific music festival great?

We love how the small town feel makes way for a really unique, intimate, and memorable experience. Last year passing Jim Cuddy walking down the Main Street was pretty darn awesome! Gravenhurst is so beautiful and seems to be always providing a picturesque backdrop. We also love how this festival takes you around town to cool locations, namely the historic Opera house, the Sawdust City brewery, trendy restaurants, a park with a floating stage, and the art gallery to name a few. The local support for this event from residents, cottagers, and business owners is felt by festival goers making it a real shared experience.

If you were to headline a festival and create your own lineup, who would you choose?

Hmmm, this is a really tough one, so many directions we could take! So why not make a Canadian dream team of huge headliners? So here they are Alanis Morrisette, Blue Rodeo, Sloan, Daniel Lanois, WOTE… with a special invite to Sir Paul McCartney 😉

If you could pick a place to have your own music festival, where would it be and why?

On a CNR train! With cars having different setups for intimate shows and experiences all while travelling together with the artists and festival-goers across this great country of ours! Starting right in Halifax and experiencing some great East Coast music, on through Quebec to enjoy some of our French artists, and so on, not ending till Vancouver! Different bands could also be set up at stops and stations along the way giving performances in their hometowns. You could buy tickets to go all or only part of the way. Okay…now this has to happen! All aboard?

Explain your performance in five words or less.

Acoustic Duo. Harmonies. Authentic Connection.

Are there any other major dates or festivals you would like to mention for upcoming shows?

We are really excited and lucky as a fairly new-on-the-scene band to have such a cool lineup of summer music festivals like Sawdust City, Rock on the River, and the Smoke N’ Spurs Festival. We also constantly play special events and cool venues so we invite people to find us on social media to come check us out!

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