If you’d like to play on a porch this summer or have someone else play on yours, the time is now to sign up for Vankleek Hill Porchfest 2018.
Registration for both performers and porches for Porchfest closes on May 31 and the event is already looking to be a smash for 2018, with more people already signed up than in previous years. Organizers are thrilled with the response so far for the event, which is scheduled throughout Vankleek Hill on July 21.
“It’s pretty neat because we’ve got about 80% of performers from previous years returning and a whole bunch of new ones who just came to us – we didn’t have to go looking for them,” says Vankleek Hill Porchfest founder Ken Duff.
The May 31 registration deadline is necessary to give organizers time to match up performers with porches, set schedules and print out flyers and maps for the event. And while numbers are up already, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for more porches and musicians.
“As of today (May 15) we have 22 porches and 32 performers, so that’s a pretty good balance,” Duff notes. “We have some locations which will have two groups on them at different times so it should match up pretty well.
“But we could still use more porches – particularly on Mill Street – to fill out the roster. And with that, we could always fit in more musicians or other performers. It’s very important to register so we can work everything out.”
Porchfest also relies heavily on volunteers, who will be providing information and manning water stations throughout the day. While he has been pleased with the number of volunteers who have stepped forward so far, Duff notes the event can still use more, particularly given the size of this year’s Porchfest:
“You can never have too many volunteers. This is definitely going to be the biggest and best Porchfest we’ve ever had so we can always use more volunteers.”
Musicians and Porch owners can register for this year’s event through this link: http://porchfestvankleekhill.ca/registration/. Just fill in the form and you will be contacted about scheduling and porch availability. If you have a specific porch lined up please indicate it in the comments.
You can check out the 2018 Porchfest Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/vkhporchfest/
Press Contact: Reid Masson 613-306-2055, [email protected]