What to Expect at This Year’s 2012 Canandaigua Art and Music Festival

Canandaigua Art & Music Festival in Historic Downtown will be held Friday, July 13, from 12pm-7pm, and Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15 from 10am-5pm.

The 2012 festival has new food, new artists and a new way to keep cool. Big Bear BBQ will bring pulled pork and other barbecue fare, India House adds Indian cuisine to the mix, Fat Cats Brooklyn Delicatessen will be there with Italian ices and new Canandaigua pizzeria Perri’s Pizza will be in the food section. There are new artists in almost every category, including a new Emerging Artists category for students. Kids will be excited to see the Roo Crew with the Wildlife Defenders who have a young kangaroo named Sheldon. The biggest additions to this year’s festival are misters from Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning, keeping festival-goers cool.

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, leather, fiber, painting, photography, and gourmet foods. New this year is an emerging artists category; an opportunity for student artists to display and sell their handiwork.

Music

Musical acts will play at the main Commons Park Stage all three days of the festival. Commons Park Stage is located on the corner of Coach and Main. Performances range from Bluegrass to Rock & Roll and feature incredible talent from the Upstate New York region. Full schedule is listed below.

Kids Korridor

The Canandaigua Art & Music Festival features affordable family fun for all ages. The Kids Korridor, located in the parking lot next to Byrne Dairy, offers hands-on activities for kids and live entertainment on the family stage. Highlights include Gadgets the Clown and Kindermusik. The Wildlife Defenders will join the action with their Roo Crew – a team that travels with a young kangaroo named Sheldon.

A complete schedule is listed below.

Food Vendors

With the festival’s wide variety of food vendors, you’ll be sure to find all of your festival favorites including fried dough, kettle corn, BBQ, fresh-squeezed lemonade, fruit smoothies, and fried Oreos. Joining the festival this year are: Perri’s Pizza, India House, Red Osier, Fat Cats Brooklyn Delicatessen and Big Bear BBQ.

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. 2012 sponsors include: BFS Direct, Comfort Windows & Doors, Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack, Premier Sunroom Solutions, Softub Express, Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning, Halco Heating, Bath Fitter, Canandaigua Magazine, Wegmans, and WCGR 104.5.

Parking Information

There are several free municipal parking lots located throughout the City of Canandaigua. Lots can be found on West Avenue, Ontario Street, Mill Street, and Bristol 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 www.canandaiguaartandmusicfestival.wordpress.com, looks behind the scenes at where artists, crafters, bands and even some of the food vendors got their start and what drives them to do what they do.

For more information

Festival Website: www.canandaiguaartfestival.com

Festival Blog: www.canandaiguaartandmusicfestival.wordpress.com
Festival Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CanandaiguaArtFestival

Festival Phone: 585-394-0787

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Kids Korridor

Friday, July 13

12pm-7pm Kindermusik

12pm-7pm Wildlife Defenders

Saturday, July 14

10am-5pm Kindermusik

10am-3:30pm Wildlife Defenders

11am-1pm Hochstein’s Instrument Petting Zoo

1:30pm-3:30pm Gadgets the Clown

Sunday, July 15

10am-5pm Wildlife Defenders

1:30pm-3:30pm Gadgets the Clown

Commons Park Stage

FRIDAY 7/13 Festival Hours NOON – 7pm Genre
12 Noon – 1:15 p.m. JAMRIC Acoustic Rock
1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Grand Canyon Rescue Episode Acoustic/Electric Americana
3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Dan Eaton Band Rock & Roll
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Mitty & the Followers Motown/R&B
SATURDAY 7/14 Festival Hours 10am – 5pm
12:00 p.m. – 1:15p.m. Brian Lindsay Band Roots Rock & Roll
1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Nevergreen Progressive Rock/Reggae
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Fools Hot Rock/R&B/Blues
SUNDAY 7/15 Festival Hours 10am – 5pm
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Footnote Jazz/Rock Fusion
1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Old Divide Bluegrass Band Bluegrass
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. MoChester Rock/Pop/Alternative

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.

Music

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 www.canandaiguaartandmusicfestival.wordpress.com 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: www.canandaiguaartfestival.com

Festival Blog: www.canandaiguaartandmusicfestival.wordpress.com
Festival Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CanandaiguaArtFestival

Festival Phone: 585-394-0787

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

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

 

What to Expect at This Year’s 2010 Canandaigua Art and Music Festival

By Kelly Sabetta

This year’s annual Canandaigua Arts and Music Festival is almost underway, and is expected to be even bigger and better than previous years. The Festival, which will be held July 16th – July 18th, will feature not one, but two stages of musical talent performing for those who attend.

Similar to previous years, there will be a main stage, Commons Park Stage, where the majority of acts will be performing. Unlike previous years, there will now be a second stage, Time Warner Stage, which will only be active on Saturday July 17th and Sunday July 18th. The second stage will feature a Country and Bluegrass theme, and will continue to add to the Festival’s quality and diversity of music performances.

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

Carl Labate, Producer and Agent of Rainbow Talent Agency, is responsible for booking all of the musical acts and making sure they are a good fit for the venue.

“The bands must be a good quality act and very good at what they do,” said Labate. “This is our fourth year doing this and we now have a good waiting list of bands who want to play.”

Labate, who believes in providing opportunities for original bands who create their own material, makes sure he also provides the audience with a wide variety of music, different from year to year.

“This year is really exciting, because we’re adding a new stage,” Labate said. “This year you’ll hear some of the best bluegrass and country bands playing on that stage. And on the main stage, you’ll hear a great variety of bands, from jazz to rockabilly to Latin.”

Along with Rainbow Talent Agency, we must also thank Canandaigua’s Business Improvement District for putting this event together. This year with the expansion of musical talent and second stage for performances, people should expect to see more high-quality acts and vendors, and enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere.

“We were very impressed with the quality of artists who came in and were accepted, which benefits the community in numerous ways,” said Denise Chapel, Owner of Sweet Expression and Co-Owner of Mobile Music, with her husband Tim. “The festival helps our stores and restaurants during that particular weekend, provides great exposure for the community, and keeps people coming back,” Chapel continued. “It offers another outlet that residents can enjoy that’s free, and is always family-friendly.”

Whether you join the festivities for one day or all three, it’s guaranteed that you will enjoy the variety of music, vendors, and the friendly atmosphere.

“No matter what time of day people come, they are going to catch good, top-quality entertainment,” said Labate. “I refuse to have anything else.”

For those of you who plan on attending this year’s events and activities, festival hours are:

Friday, July 16th: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 17th: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, July 18th: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

To see this year’s musical acts, please take a look at the schedule of performances.

Friday, July 16th:

Commons Park Stage

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Sam & Levi

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.               It’s My Party

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.               Steve Grills & the Roadmasters

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.               NEVERGREEN

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.               Speak Easy Three

Saturday, July 17th:

Commons Park Stage

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.           Legacy

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.               Out of the Blue

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.               Dirty Bourbon Blues Band

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.               Matt Homan & The Bluegrass Disciples

Time Warner Stage

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Ruckus Juice Jug Stompers

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.               Josie Waverly

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.               The DixieKats

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.               Dang!

Sunday, July 18th:

Commons Park Stage

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lake Effect

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.               Bachata Jazz

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.               GRÜVOLGY

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.               Kristen Maxfield Band

Time Warner Stage

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.             The Skiffle Minstrels

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.               Gone Fishin’

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.               The McCarthy-Paisley Band

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.               Grand Canyon Rescue Episode

Thanks to All for a Great Festival!

Thanks to all who helped make this year’s Canandaigua Art & Music Festival a great success, including our Artists, Musicians, Food Vendors, Attendees, Merchants, Chamber Representatives, Volunteers, Suppliers and Staff Members who contributed to the success of this year’s event!

The Kids Korridor was busy all weekend long

The Kids Korridor was constantly busy, despite the threat of rain, which never came

 

Dianne Dengel painted her lovable characters onsite

Renowned artist and scultpor Dianne Dengel painted her lovable characters onsite

 

The Crowds were steady throughout the weekend

The Crowds were steady throughout the weekend

 

For some of the Artists, Crystal Creations, exhibiting is a family event

For some of the Artists, such as Crystal Creations, exhibiting is a family affair

 

For local attractions, such as Ganondagan and Sonneberg Gardens, the Festival was an educational opportunity

For local attractions, such as Ganondagan State Historic Site and Sonneberg Gardens and Mansion, the Festival was an opportunity to share insights and information

 

The Festival offered many unique exhibitors

The Festival offered many unique products

 

Attendees enjoyed non-stop exceptional entertainment

Attendees enjoyed a variety of non-stop exceptional entertainment

 

Everyone was glad that the rain held off all weekend

Everyone was glad that the rain held off all weekend

 

Exhibitors came from near (Finger Lakes Jewelry, Canandaigua)...

Exhibitors came from near (Finger Lakes Jewelry, Canandaigua)...

 

...And Far (Hudson River Inlay, Hudson Valley)

...And far (Hudson River Inlay, Hudson Valley)

 

Karen Miller, artist for Wick-edly Sent's Karen Miller line found time to paint landscapes at the festival

Karen Miller, artist for Wick-edly Sent's Karen Miller line found time to paint landscapes at the festival

 

Works by local artists and photographers, such as Dewey Fladd, were popular

Works by local artists and photographers, such as Dewey Fladd, were popular

 

The Canandaigua Chamber helped visitors discover Canandaigua and find lodging throughout the Festival

The Chamber was on hand to help guide visitors throughout the Festival

 

Spanky Haschmann's Big Band Orchestra swung the festival to a close in style!

Spanky Haschmann's Big Band Orchestra swung the festival to a close in style!

 

See you all next year on July 16-18, 2010!

A great Festival, right to The End!

 We look forward to seeing you next year at the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival on July 16-18, 2010!

All photos courtesy, Carol White Llewellyn, Finger Lakes Travel Maven. 

History of the Canandiagua Art and Music Festival

Each summer, Canandaigua residents look forward to the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival, started over 20 years ago by the Canandaigua Business Improvement District (BID) .

Nicole handles BID's events and marketing

Nicole handles BID's events and marketing

To establish the event as one of Canandaigua’s premier festivals,  BID brought it in-house and hired seasoned event organizer and marketer Nicole Mahoney to run it.  Nicole also handles marketing, events, merchant liaison and promotion of the Business Improvement District.

Nicole began her career out of high school when she went to work for her father’s business, Roc Communications Car Stereo on West Ridge Road  in Rochester. 

“I discovered I really enjoyed event planning.  I organized in-car stereo competitions called ‘Sound Offs,’  where car stereos are tested for sound, installation and decibel level.”

From there, Nicole worked with Beau Productions, organizing Rochester’s Annual Air Show, the Charlotte Carousel and Harbor Festival,   Rochester’s Lilac Festival and other events.   She  rose to Executive Director at Beau Productions.

About the time her first daughter was born – she has four, ranging in age from 7 months to 10 years old – she decided to do freelance event management.

She had such success working with Canandaigua’s Business Improvement District on a freelance basis, they hired her and, in 2006, she took over organizing the Annual Canandaigua Art & Music Festival. 

New developments have made the festival spectacularly popular

New developments have made the festival spectacularly popular

Today, the Art & Music Festival is one of Canandaigua’s most popular events.

“We’ve really enhanced the festival and it now focuses only on Downtown Canandaigua.  We get between 100 and 150 exhibitors,  Our art show is now juried which has really raised the quality.  Jury members review the applications looking for variety in the work as well as the price points.

“One thing we’ve done to differentiate ourselves from other shows is to bring in music  hired by a talent agency.  We get some terrific performing artists!

“And It’s very family-friendly.   We have the Kids Korridor with a performance stage and lots of activities.  Each year it changes, and we’ve offered everything from a petting zoo and face painting to an interactive music program offered by Hochstein.”

The Canandaigua Art & Music Festival is free to attendees so it draws a great crowd!