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NEWS RELEASE          For release June 25, 2008

Music galore at the 150th celebrations

Southampton, Ont., June 25, 2008 -- It's not just an anniversary, it's a four-day music festival, too, at Southampton's 150th Anniversary Weekend, Aug. 14-17, 2008. There's folk and roots on Thursday night, rock on Friday night, jazz on Saturday afternoon, and country and bluegrass on Sunday afternoon.

The Big Band Dance at Town Hall on Saturday night features the always popular Stardust Big Band. For the same $15 ticket you can step next door to the Arena and take in Sapsuckers and the Greg Deckert Band, headlining the 150th Anniversary Dance.

Musicians are all drawn from the rich music culture of the Southampton area. It's an unprecedented chance to hear local talent like Flashback, Bearcats, Waterside, Jim MacDonald, and the Southampton Jazz Band.

The place to be for music fans is the Heritage Village around Southampton's flag, at the foot of High Street. Two stages will be set up: the Royal LePage DC Johnston Realty Stage inside the Heritage Tent, and the Bruce Telecom Stage on Millard Blvd. Other music locations are Town Hall, Arena and Fairy Lake.

For more, contact Steve McMillan, 519-797-1177,

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150th Anniversary Music Lineup


Thur. Aug. 14

5 pm, Heritage Tent, Royal LePage DC Johnston Realty Stage. Opening ceremony.
-- First Nations Drummers.
-- Piper. Michael Smith.

6-11 pm, Heritage Tent, Royal LePage DC Johnston Realty Stage. Music at the Flag.
-- 6-7 pm. Community Jazz Band. Kent Boys, 797-5549
-- 7-11 pm. Celtic/folk/roots.
-- Waterside
-- Steve Wilson


Fri. Aug. 15

1-5 pm, Millard Blvd., Bruce Telecom Stage. Music on High. -- Local bands. To be announced.

7 pm, Fairy Lake. Band concert

7-12 pm, Heritage Tent, Royal LePage DC Johnston Realty Stage. Music by the Flag.
-- Flashback
-- Bearcats

8:30 pm, Sunset Piper at the Flag, Michael Smith

8-12 pm, Town Hall. Teen Dance. Steve McMillan, 797-1177
-- Local bands. To be named.


Sat. Aug. 16

12:30-6:30, The Flag, Bruce Telecom Stage. Jazzy Afternoon.
-- Noodle Factory.
-- Chantry Centennaires

5 pm, Arena Annex. Beef Bash BBQ Dinner
-- Community Jazz Band. Kent Boys, 797-5549

8-11 pm Big Band Dance. Town Hall. Licensed. Steve McMillan, 797-1177
-- Stardust Big Band

8:30-1 am 150th Anniversary Dance. Arena. Licensed. Donnie Matheson, 797-1171
-- Sapsuckers
-- Greg Deckert Band


Sun. Aug. 17

1-5 pm, The Flag, Bruce Telecom Stage. Country and Bluegrass Music. -- Late Nite Radio -- Jim MacDonald

7 pm, Fairy Lake. Closing ceremony -- Community Band. Kent Boys, 797-5549


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 2008 marks 150 years since Southampton was incorporated as a village on July 24, 1858. Celebrations culminate in the 150th Anniversary Weekend, Aug. 14-17, 2008. For more about Southampton's 150th Anniversary, see

  To see all 150th anniversary events, pick up the Events Flyer at the Chamber of Commerce and at various locations around Southampton, or visit

  The Southampton, Then and Now calendar is available at selected locations, listed at

 See the summary of 150 years of Southampton history (1816 to 1993) at


The Southampton 150th Anniversary Committee is composed of volunteers and is a sub-committee of the Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce. As a steering committee, it plans events and works closely with local groups and businesses, which run their own 150th anniversary events along with their regular programming.

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