Audition Night – Mount Forest
Where: Mount Forest Sports Complex, 850 Princess St, Mount Forest, ON N0G 2L3
When: 7:30pm – 1:00am
Mount Forest Fireworks Audition Night 2018
The cultural scene in Mount Forest is definitely rising, and nothing better represents the rich musical talent here quite like the Mount Forest Fireworks Festival Audition Night Concert. For a good time and a swinging night at winter’s lowest point, “it’s hard to beat this February blah buster.” Says Fireworks Committee Chairman Dave Sharpe, who is pleased to see the multitudinous support for Mount Forest’s established and up-and-coming talents in local music.
The concert was held on February 24th, 2018 at the Mount Forest & District Sports Complex. The event was generously sponsored by Maclean’s Brewing of Grey County. They undoubtedly and had a large hand in much of the merrymaking of the evening, and offered yet another taste (so to speak) of the local crafts and talents that this area has to offer. The main event, however, was the audition for the opening acts for the Mount Forest Fireworks Festival performer’s stage this July.
The Local musicians really put on a great show. Some were lifelong musicians, and others were quite new to the scene, but if they represent a cross-section of the talent that is in this area, then there is no doubt that there is a strong musical scene here in Wellington, Grey and Bruce County.
The first act up was a burgeoning singer/songwriter Eric Leigh, who moved the crowd in all directions with some soulful original songs and classic favorites like Billy Joel’s Sweet Caroline. The Second Band, the Rifters tore up the show with all sorts of classic rock and pop favorites, showing off their talent, range and ability to groove with any style of music. Third up was the Aaron Muir Band, composed of seasoned country music veterans. I am told that they are well known in this area, and it is for good reason. The finale of the evening was a Cara Smith solo performance. Her powerful vocals and stage presence filled the room. The Cara Smith Band will be headlining the performer’s stage at the fireworks festival this July.
Events like the Audition night give local artists a chance to perform and gain exposure, giving them a chance to be heard by more people is what the fireworks festival is all about. Promoting our area’s culture and heritage is one of the main motivations for the fireworks committee, as they are currently applying for a federal grant that would help the Fireworks Festival grow into a larger summer attraction, which would draw in more visitors into Mount Forest every year, and in turn, grow the businesses and community. The best part is that during this growing process the musicians can benefit from increased exposure; and all the while, be providing the most important part of our area’s identity: a rich artistic culture.
The Mount Forest Fireworks Festival Audition Night audition night was a rippin’ good time and the fireworks committee thanks, everyone who came out in support of the cause. Be sure to keep your schedule free on July 20th, 21st & 22nd and come out to see these amazing local performers and the grand & spectacular fireworks display.
– Witten by Michael Portelli
– Photographs by Michael Portelli