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Kempenfest support helps nurture homegrown talent

RBC throwing support behind festival’s emerging musicians showcase of Simcoe County talent at popular festival
Kempenfest general manager Louise Jackson is shown in a file photo from May 28, 2019, announcing this year's Kempenfest lineup. Raymond Bowe/BarrieToday

Kempenfest sets the stage for homegrown talent by showcasing Simcoe County’s emerging talent as RBC’s support continues to grow for Kempenfest.

“Nurturing growth in the arts in our own community and giving back is at the core of Kempenfest. With the support of RBC’s Emerging Artists Project and collaborating with the Ontario Musicians Cooperative Inc., we’re able to do just that,” says Louise Jackson, Kempenfest’s general manager.

“The exposure and confidence boost of performing live on stage at Kempenfest - one of Ontario’s ‘Top 100 Events’- could be that next career step for some of our emerging local musicians.”

Committed to supporting arts and culture in the community, Kempenfest collaborates with many local not-for-profit organizations and service clubs to create the vibrant weekend event, an approach that aligns with supporters like RBC.

This year, RBC is sponsoring Kempenfest’s main stage and has bolstered their support to include presenting Michelle Toro, Olympian and motivational speaker (main stage on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019), and supporting Kempenfest’s emerging musicians showcase that is being launched in collaboration with the Ontario Musicians Cooperative Inc. (OMCI).

OMCI’s emerging musicians add local talent to Kempenfest’s music experience on the Tim Horton’s Youth Village stage presented by JMS Law, daily on Saturday, Aug. 3 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 4 and Monday, Aug. 5, 2019 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.