Hannah Thomas Sets the Stage for a Free Summer of Songs with Annual Dock Music Concert Series

Hannah Thomas plays her third annual Dock Music Series now through July 24, 2022

Canadian pop artist Hannah Thomas sets the stage for a summer of songs in Stratford with the return of her third annual Dock Music Concert Series — starting this week! Shows run every Sunday at 7:00 pm now through July 24th in front of the new Tom Patterson Theatre along the Avon River.

Hannah’s smooth and powerful vocals captivate audiences. This season, her stunning performances will be complemented by guest performers, themed shows, and duets with her father, Dale Thomas — featured on her recently released seasonal album, Christmas Don’t Be Late.

With the setting sun’s magic golden hour as a stunning backdrop, Dock Music takes place atop a special mural by local artist Claire Scott.

“She painted an incredible mural displaying the combination of music, art, and community, and how it brings us all together,” Hannah explains.

The inspiration behind the video for “Just Sing” art direction takes a page from Hannah’s ethos for the event.

“This summer concert series began in 2020 when the community needed a boost of happiness,” the 19-year-old multi-award-winning singer and performer shares of the ever-growing event. “With that, I’m looking forward to another summer of wonderful music on the Avon River this year.” 

Thanks to premium sponsors Danna Nicole, Tradition Mutual Insurance Company, Neumeister Motors, and many other generous local sponsors, the weekly hour-long concert series is free to attend.

Watch the “Just Sing” video below and learn more about Hannah Thomas via our mini-interview.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Hi everyone, I’m Hannah, a 19-year-old pop/contemporary singer from Stratford, Ontario. I began my career in Musical Theatre at The Stratford Festival of Canada and several surrounding theatres and shifted my focus to pop and contemporary singing in my mid-teens. I have performed at countless festivals, competitions, and shows over the years, with my favourite being the Magna Hoedown Showdown, where myself and a group of top 10 finalists opened for Canadian musician Alan Doyle.

I was recently nominated for Young Performer of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards for my album “Christmas Don’t Be Late,” produced by Canadian Folk artist Dayna Manning.

This Fall, I am headed off to school in Toronto to study music, specifically vocal performance, along with songwriting, arranging, and engineering. These days, you can find me every Sunday at 7 pm, hosting my Dock Music concert series and performing to a crowd across the water on the Avon River.

What’s the best part of living in Stratford, ON?

The best part of living in Stratford is everything! I love the selection of restaurants we have and all of the events and activities happening in Stratford year-round. We have amazing parks, theatres, and coffee shops. I enjoy where I live in Stratford, as I can easily go paddleboarding or kayaking on the Avon River right in our own backyard. No matter what season, there is always something fun to do!

Tell us about the idea of the Dock Series? How did it start?

I began Dock Music in the Spring of 2020 (during the pandemic) to bring some happiness to the community. I was singing in my basement one day and decided to move outside, and the response from people was incredible. I had no idea it would grow into an annual concert series enjoyed by the community and visitors. I finish every show with a song called The Prayer, which has really affected and resonated with people over the last few years.

Who was the first singer to knock you sideways?

Celine Dion. She is amazing!

What’s the one album by a Canadian artist that everyone should have in their collection?

Changes, by Justin Bieber

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