Patrick J. O’Connor: Lifelong Passion

Patrick J. O’Connor has been painting for 45 years. Be sure to stop by and see his unique and vibrant watercolor paintings.

When did you realize you wanted to be an artist?
The exact moment I knew I wanted to be an artist was in the 5th grade when I was doing a project using clay.

What inspired you to pursue your passion for art?
I was inspired by a watercolor demonstration in downtown Ithaca, New York.

Describe your art.
I think my art grabs people. I think it puts you in a place and time that you have been before. And I think my watercolors separate me from other watercolorists. If you see one of my paintings along with 100 other paintings, you would be able to pick mine out without a signature on it.

What feedback have you received from showcasing your work?
I have received nothing but positive feedback, mostly with a question of “How did you do that?”

What should attendees expect to see from you at this year’s Festival?
People should expect top-quality work.

What’s one thing that people may not already know about you?
I would like people to know that I have been painting for 45 years to get to the point that I am currently at and I am 57 years old. That is a long time.

Where/how can people purchase your work?
You can purchase paintings at the “Patrick J. O’Connor” gallery at 231 West Water Street in Elmira, New York or online at The telephone number is 607-483-4640.


Clinton’s Ditch: A blend of sounds that is truly American

Stage. Joe, Sean, Chris and Max of Clinton’s Ditch want us to “Dig” the Ditch Saturday, July 16 at 3:15pm at the Country Bluegrass Stage.

When did you realize you wanted to be a musical artist?
We have always been interested in music. All members of the band are self-taught on our current instruments, but have played various instruments since a young age.

What sparked that passion?
Great bands such as the Beatles, Pink Floyd, and the Grateful Dead, just to name a few.





When did you first start pursuing your passion/career?
We all have been in previous bands going back since 1997 that have played out professionally. Clinton’s Ditch formed in the fall of 2009 and has been evolving ever since. In 2010, we began playing a monthly show at Artisan Works, a 40,000 square foot art space in Rochester, NY. Since then we have been playing bars and parties around the greater Rochester region.



How would you describe your music?

Clinton’s Ditch seamlessly blends together elements of blues, rock, bluegrass, reggae, and folk to create a sound that is truly American. We play mostly original music written by two songwriters, and everyone chimes in on harmonies.

Where is your music featured and sold?
Our music has been spreading by word of mouth and by fans sharing our recordings. We have played throughout the Rochester area and as far as Geneseo and Fairhaven, NY. We also have music on our website,

What feedback have you received from showcasing your music and performances?
We consistently receive positive feedback from new listeners. Many claim we have a very unique and new sound yet adhere to a certain vintage appeal. One of our more memorable experiences was to be complimented by an 18-year-old Goth-rocker and an 80-year-old art lover at the same show!

What has inspired you the most and why?
We draw inspiration from everything around us … nature, family, friends and of course the music of other artists!

What projects are you currently working on?
We have several albums worth of original material. We recently recorded our first EP, and are looking into recording our first full length album in the fall.

What do you feel you will bring to the Canandaigua Arts and Music Festival?
We will bring a unique blend of American music that will keep your feet moving and your head bobbing!

What should attendees expect to see from your performance at this year’s Festival?
We don’t know what you’ll see, but we can guarantee that you will hear over an hour of original music that will keep you “Digging” the Ditch!

What’s something people may not already know about you?
We all grew up around Rochester, and wanted our name to reflect our local heritage. Clinton’s Ditch refers to one of our favorite fishing spots … the Erie Canal. NY Governor Dewitt Clinton broke ground on the Erie Canal in 1817. At the time, many people thought that it was an impossible task, and negatively dubbed the project “Clinton’s Big Ditch”. Time would tell.

What to Expect at This Year’s 2011 Canandaigua Art and Music Festival

Canandaigua Art & Music Festival in Historic Downtown will be held Friday July 15th, from 12pm-8pm, and Saturday July 16th and Sunday July 17th from 10am-6pm.

Over 100 Artists, Crafters & Exhibitors

Along with great musical performances, this year’s Canandaigua Art and Music Festival will feature a wide variety of art. Vendors will be set up along Main Street displaying their wares that will include artwork such as ceramics, pottery, jewelry, woodworking, painting, photography, gourmet foods, graphics, and print.


Musical acts will play at the main Commons Park Stage all three days of the festival. In its second year, the Country Bluegrass Stage will feature performers on Saturday and Sunday. Commons Park Stage is located on the corner of Coach and Main Streets and the Country Bluegrass Stage can be found next to Byrne Dairy.

The musical acts, booked by Rainbow Talent Agency, continue to grow each year. There are more than 20 bands performing throughout both stages, with incredible talent from around the Upstate NY region. Full schedule is below.

Kids Korridor

The Canandaigua Art & Music Festival features affordable family fun for all ages. Kids Korridor, located in the parking lot next to the Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce, offers hands-on activities for kids. Highlights include Wildlife Defenders, Hochstein School, Gadgets the Clown, Sand Art, Wax Hands and a Duck Pond with prizes. A complete schedule is listed below.

Event Sponsors:

The Canandaigua Art & Music Festival would not be possible without support from its sponsors. Sponsor revenue helps pay for free entertainment, kids korridor attractions and other festival related expenses. 2011 sponsors include: Bath Fitter, Canandaigua Magazine, Comfort Windows & Doors, Daily Messenger, Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, Premier Sunrooms, Soft Tub Express, WCGR 104.5FM and Wegmans.

Parking Information:

There are several free municipal parking lots located throughout the City ofCanandaigua. Lots can be found onWest Avenue,OntarioStreet,Mill Street, andBristol Street.

Art & Music Festival Blog

The Canandaigua Art & Music Festival blog highlights acts and artists in the weeks leading up to the festival. The blog, found at lets the artists and musicians answer questions in their own words. Each post is like a quick conversation with the artist; an easy way to hear a band’s playfulness, an artist’s dedication, a photographer’s perspective and get a sneak peek at festival vendors.

2011 Festival to benefit Downtown Canandaigua BID

Downtown Canandaigua Business Management Association, also known as “the Canandaigua BID,” is a non-profit organization created to promote, beautify and improve downtown for residents, property owners and merchants. Key projects include: Main Street Grant, Canandaigua Art & Music Festival, Downtown Hanging Baskets and the Summer Concert Series. The DCBMA is celebrating 20 years of serving the community and encompasses more than 100 properties and businesses.

For more information

Festival Website:

Festival Blog:
Festival Facebook:

Festival Phone: 585-394-0787



Kids Korridor

Friday, July 15

12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Duck Pond – prize every time

12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Face Painting by Elizabeth Abbott

12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Kid’s Plen Air Studio

12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Wax Hands & Sand Art

12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Wildlife Defenders Exhibit

Saturday, July 16

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Duck Pond – prize every time

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Face Painting by Elizabeth Abbott

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Kid’s Plen Air Studio

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wax Hands & Sand Art

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wildlife Defenders Exhibit

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Hochstein Instrument Petting Zoo

4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Gadgets the Clown

Sunday, July 17

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Duck Pond – prize every time

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Face Painting by Elizabeth Abbott

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Kid’s Plen Air Studio

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wax Hands & Sand Art

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wildlife Defenders Exhibit

12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Gadgets the Clown

Commons Park Stage

FRIDAY 7/16 Festival Hours NOON – 8pm Genre
12 Noon – 1:15 p.m. Troyka Rock Power Trio
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Clearly From Negligence Rock
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. iS Jam Trio
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Mark Cassara Band Jazz
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Blue Jimmy Roots Rock Country
SATURDAY 7/17 Festival Hours 10am – 6pm  
11:30 a.m. – 12:45p.m. The Goods Jam-Band/Groove Rock
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Wayward Son Acoustic/Pop/Rock
2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Beaumonts Alternative Indie Pop
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. John Cole Blues Band Blues
SUNDAY 7/18 Festival Hours 10am – 6pm  
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Doghouse Rock/Funk/Blues
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Marcangelo Perricelli Progressive Rock
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Electro Kings Blues
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tom Passamonte Blues/Rock

What to Expect at This Year’s 2010 Canandaigua Art and Music FestivalCountry Bluegrass Stage

SATURDAY 7/17 Festival Hours 10am – 6pm  Genre
12 Noon – 1:00 p.m. Brian Tomaszewski Folk/Bluegrass Banjo
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Goodness Country
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Clinton’s Ditch Americana
4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Little Mountain Band Original Rock/Folk/Funk/Jam
SUNDAY 7/18 Festival Hours 10am – 6pm  
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Alysia Groth Classic Rock/Country
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Boots n Shorts Bluegrass/Jam/Americana
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Flint Creek Country
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Vassar Brothers Polyethnic Funkgrass


CFN: 5 guys who make beautiful music together

Clearly from Negligence is a pop group of 5 guys who draw their inspiration not only from classic pop bands, but also from Rochester’s music scene, and they are on their way to becoming a national hit. Check them out at Commons Park Stage Friday, July 15 (2011) at 1:45pm.








How did you get your start in music and what do you play?
All the guys were into music at a young age. That has continued into high school.
Alex plays drums and a bit of guitar, and he’s been working on the bongos lately for some of our acoustic endeavors.
Luke plays sax in the school band, plus guitar, songwriting and vocals for CFN.
Marc plays violin in the school orchestra, plus guitar in the school’s jazz band.
Danny plays sax in the school jazz band and for CFN, plus he’s a monster on keys, and now he’s playing some guitar, too.
Ryan is going to take his bass talents all the way to Eastman school of music next year, where he’ll play double bass, just like he did in high school orchestra and for Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Of course, he handles the bass work for CFN.

How would you describe your music?
Our sound is straight pop, drawing inspiration from The Beatles, Coldplay, Keane, Arcade Fire …

Where is your music featured and sold?
You can find all of our music and some video on our website: Our CD and singles are available on our site and via iTunes for download. We also have some t-shirts on our site. You can find the CD at House of Guitars and Record Archive in Rochester, NY.

What feedback have you received from showcasing your music and performances?
Having been named one of the Top Ten Teen Bands in the country by SchoolJam USA and invited to play at Disney this year has probably been our most noteworthy accolade. However, we’ve won a lot of battles of bands, been invited to play live on a number of radio programs, and Rochester’s Democrat & Chronicle featured us recently. However, the best feedback is when we hear from new fans who have stumbled upon us and write to tell us how much they appreciate our music. That’s always the best feedback.

What has inspired you the most and why?
Being from a music town like Rochester, it’s inspiring to have so many people in the community who are musicians, or who have an appreciation for music and actively seek out new listening experiences. That makes for a vibrant music community, and it makes us want to be a contributing part of it.

What are you working on now?
We just got out of the studio at the House of Guitars, where Bruce generously donated time and space, and with his encouragement we’re releasing a new single soon. We collaborated with a producer, Sam Conjerti, at Bruce’s urging to create a song that’s a bit edgier for us but maintains the pop hook and sensibilities we love. We’re very excited about this song, and we hope our fans are, too. Stay tuned …

What will you bring to the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival?
We will bring youthful exuberance matured with age … whatever the heck that means. We’re still kids, but we think we’ve got a pretty well-honed sound.

What can we expect from your performance this year?
From our live performances, fans should expect our best effort to give them a great musical experience. Of course, it’ll help if they’ve got a funnel-cake with a lot of sugar on it!

What is one thing people don’t already know about you?
is an emerging magician and recently joined the Sea Cadets.
Luke is a baseball pitcher and had the lead in the high school musical.
Marc is a skateboard instructor.
Danny plays about 6 different instruments.
Ryan will attend Eastman School of Music to perfect the double bass, and he also performs some solo acoustic guitar regularly.
So, we’re an eclectic mix of guys, who play beautiful music together . . . we hope.