Gravenhurst, Ontario’s Muskoka Music Festival is excited to share that they’ve been selected by the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce to be the new owners and operators of the legacy event Dockside Festival of the Arts. Miranda Mulholland, Founder & Artistic Director of the Muskoka Music Festival saw this as the perfect opportunity to integrate music in a significant way to the already popular artisan village and celebrate the past and future of Gravenhurst down by the wharf as well as downtown.
Operating Dockside, which has been running for over 25 years, and Muskoka Music Festival as sister festivals will make the third week of August the crown jewel of summer in Muskoka.
“We are so thrilled to work hand in hand with the Gravenhurst Chamber on this exciting transition… We are excited to take over the stewardship of the legacy of Dockside and to bring a diverse array of incredible artisans to Gravenhurst as well as continue to showcase top local and international musical talent. We look forward to working with our community partners and our regional colleagues to make these events huge successes for everyone.”
Says Sandy Lockhart, Executive Director of Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce,
“We are delighted that Miranda Mulholland and the Muskoka Music Festival have been selected to take over the Dockside Festival of the Arts. The Chamber of Commerce wanted to be sure this legacy event would be handed off to someone who would understand how important it is to our community… With Miranda’s deep Gravenhurst roots and her team’s experience operating a very successful event in our community, we have every confidence Dockside Festival will thrive as part of the Muskoka Music Festival family.”
Dockside Festival of the Arts & Muskoka Music Festival:
August 19 – 21, 2022 weekend
Dockside will run:
Friday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Applications for musical talent, food vendors, and the artisan village will open in January. Stay tuned for more details on the Muskoka Music Festival programming.
Muskoka Music Festival (formerly Sawdust City Music Festival) is a boutique 3-day multi-venue festival that takes place in Gravenhurst, ON annually in August. The festival was founded in 2017 by Miranda Mulholland, and over the years has featured performances at the Opera House, evening shows at the Sawdust City Brewing Co. Saloon, Songwriters’ Circles, Music on the Barge, Free Sunday Kids Zone, a vendor village in Gull Lake Rotary Park, performances at the Oar and Arts At The Albion, VIP Experiences, and Write It, Track It, Play It Songwriting Initiative.
Dockside Festival of the Arts, since 1991, is a celebration of summer in Gravenhurst with 100 artisans, gourmet food, music, family fun, and more. It takes place at Muskoka Wharf Special Event Park. One hundred incredible artisans, live music from our sister festival, Muskoka Music Festival, great activities for families, tasty food, and drinks!
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I grew up in Alberta, but spent most of my life in British Columbia – I also spent a lot of my summers in Britain as I was lucky enough to have immigrant parents with the capital to go visit our relatives. The amount of time I spent overseas makes it hard for me to say I feel fully Canadian, but it does make me feel typically Canadian as so many of us have mixed parentage. My parents defined another divide in me as I feel inexorably pulled to both science and the art; my father being a doctor and my mother being a school teacher. I studied both in university and now work on making healthcare software during the day, then write/read/draw/paint/dance in my evenings. My global wanderings, my education, and the fact that my appetite for media could be described as ‘voracious’ means my frame of reference is pretty varied. It’s hard to say that I have a favourite music genre, rather I am always seeking sounds that convey a sense earnestness an honesty.
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