Clem Chesterfield • Tin Constellations • Weathered Siding • Strange Happenings • China Cat Riders • Jon Mclurg • Anthea Fever • Teilhard Frost • Joey Wright • Emilie Steele • Matty McKechnie • Michael Duguay • Andrew Dillon • Graven • Suzanne Jarvie • Piner • Analogues of May • Princess Towers • Jukebox County • Steven Lambke • New Hermitage • Jenny Whiteley • The Ropes • Le Volume • Justin Bird • The OS Project • Rocky Roberts • Luther Wright • Geoff Marshall • The Millrights • Holy Wow • Stephen Stanley Band • The Songs of Steven Heighton • Michael Jerome Brown • Words on the Water: Pride Edition
Suggested per event or PWYC
Historically, the Garden Party has been a means of musicians supporting other endeavors. The past two years have deeply affected musicians capacity to work. This year all proceeds after expenses will go to the artists. The ticket prices are suggested, with no one turned away. Please feel free to contribute more if you are so inclined.
NINE DAYS OF LIVE MUSIC, GREAT FOOD, ART, AND COMMUNITY JOIN US FOR AN EVENING, A DAY, OR A WEEKEND
We’re transforming the Island’s historic hotel and waterfront, creating a home for sustainable, farm-to-table food by Chef Andrew Dillon, and music, arts, and community events in our totally renovated venues. Stay in the heart of Wolfe Island with our great room rates, and experience the “best burger in Frontenac County” and our award-winning Jerk Chicken!
GRAVEN (Matty McKechnie) is an independent folk-rock singer / song-writer from Ottawa, Canada. With 15 major releases under his belt and a perpetual passion for creating and sharing music, Matty is continually keeping busy throughout the pandemic with uplifting words and songs of support for his dedicated fan-base, which he has dubbed “Graventown” — a highly accepting and inclusive community which has become a safe-haven for anyone and everyone who wants to be their real-self without judgement.
Suzanne Jarvie's voice has been described as “seraphim-pure, reaching out and lifting your spirit often without permission.”, and her tunes tunnel into feelings and impressions that are the essence of her artistry, luminous rabbit holes that merge mysticism with reflections on life’s ups and downs that fans of Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan or Lucinda Williams would appreciate.
Thursday, June 23Rd
7PM Hotel Wolfe Island Waterfront Patio
Words by the Water Pride Edition
Bring us your stories, songs, poems... We'll give you a stage! Open mic for LGBTQ2S+ voices & experiences.
8PM Hotel Wolfe Island
Piner, Analogues of May, Princess Towers, Jukebox County
A packed night of great local talent and emerging artists!
PINERis a local singer songwriter from the environs of Skeleton Park. After living and attending school in Nova Scotia for the past few years, she is back! Piner writes songs that let her empathy and understanding take over, by stepping into the stories of others. She hopes that her songs will allow listeners to connect with the complexities of the greater human experience.
PRINCESS TOWERS Built out of friendship and folk-rock grooves, Princess Towers create songs inspired by everyday feelings and happenings in their neighbourhood. In recent years, the project has grown from band-leader Arden Rogalsky’s solo songwriting effort into a hub of diverse talents, featuring collaborators Liam Cole, Claya Way Brackenbury, Michael Broadhead, Dhyani Frost, Dylan Lodge, and visual artist Imogen Lapp.
JUKEBOX COUNTY's debut album, "Inner Space / Outer Space" was released in May 2021 on Wolfe Island records. His music draws from his experiences in the streets as a mental health crises worker, and his perseverance to overcome tribulation through groundation and connection.
ANALOGUES OF MAY (Sara Jarvie-Clark) is a first study into Sara’s expression as a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Drifting between the spirit of folk, chamber pop & psychedelic rock, her education in classical violin and her training as a theatre artist has heavily influenced her songwriting over the years. Her new album will be released with Wolfe Island Records in 2022.
Friday, June 24th
5-7PM Hotel Wolfe Island Waterfront Patio
Steven Lambke, New Hermitage
STEVEN LAMBKE Over his two decades in Canada’s indie-rock trenches, Steven Lambke has often thrived in supporting roles. A former member of soul-punk rabble rousers the Constantines, his seventh solo album trades straight-ahead country rock for joyful, junk-shop irreverence, reveling in his peculiarities while offering an unmistakably homey atmosphere.
NEW HERMITAGE is an ambient improvisational ensemble featuring Andrew MacKelvie, woodwinds; India Gailey, cello; Ross Burns, guitar; and Ellen Gibling, harp. All highly accomplished musicians in their own right, the quartet birthed in 2017 in Halifax, Nova Scotia out of their shared connection to Jerry Granelli and the Creative Music Workshop. Since then, New Hermitage has shared bills with artists such as revelatorycomposer/improviser Angel Bat Dawid, jaw harp innovator chik white, pi'pa virtuoso Liu Fang, and prolific noise explorer i d m theft able. Among their six live recordings are two performances with renowned bass clarinettist Jeff Reilly, one of which won Music Nova Scotia’s “Classical Recording of the Year'' award. New Hermitage’s first studio album, Unearth, was released in 2020 to much critical acclaim.
8PM Hotel Wolfe Island Waterfront Patio
Michael C. Duguay, The Ropes
MICHAEL C. DUGUAY Avant-garde gospel punk with an appalachian angle from this critically acclaimed composer and poet.
THE ROPES is the eponymously titled album from Hugh Christopher Brown, Jason Mercer, and Pete Bowers, grounded in the trio’s love of folk and soul artists of the early 70’s.
Saturday June 25th
9AM-1PM Hotel Wolfe Island WATERFRONT
Weekly Farmer's Market
The waterfront lot across from the Hotel Wolfe Island hosts the weekly Market at Wolfe Island Commons, featuring food, crafts, and more from local vendors and artisans.
10AM Hotel Wolfe Island Balcony
Le Volume is the latest project from the Juno-Award winning Jenny Whiteley and Joey Wright. They'll start the Saturday by serenading the Market at Wolfe Island Commons from the balcony of Hotel at 10AM while you gather your produce, baked goods and coffee!
Music critics have compared Jenny Whiteley's striking vocals and songwriting to Emmy Lou Harris and Lucinda Williams, raving that she “swings effortlessly from black-hearted back-porch Americana to Laurel Canyon country”.
10AM-4PM Wolfe Island Gallery
Visit the Wolfe Island Gallery — a curated fine art and fine craft gallery collectively run by a community of visual artists and friends living on or associated with the Frontenac Islands.
1PM Hotel Wolfe Island Waterfront Patio
The OS Project
The OS Project is the work of Frost/Mercer — Jason Mercer and Teilhard Frost (and the usual suspects), playing unusually ecumenical funky global-folk-groove with influences from Appalachia to Africa and beyond.
2-6PM Hotel Wolfe Island Waterfront Patio
Rocky Roberts, Luther Wright, Geoff Marshall
ROCKY ROBERTS, touring guitar technician for the likes of Neil Young, Wilco, Patti Smith, CSN&Y, Paul Simon, Lucinda Williams, Nils Lofgren, and My Morning Jacket, brings his own rootsy sound to the stage with the help of his Wolfe Island musical family.
LUTHER WRIGHT's music revisits the classic country stomping-grounds, from the weepers to the two steppers, with satire, originality and frankness.
GEOFF MARSHALL showcases his old-school country tunes that are simultaneously timeless and current, drawing on his wry sense of humour and abundant musical chops in equal measure.
7PM Hotel Wolfe Island Balcony
The Mill Rights
THE MILL WRIGHTS recently finished recording their debut self titled album, set for release this summer on Wolfe Island Records. The album features 13 original songs crafted from the foundations of rock, reggae, country, folk, and blues. True to their roots, the songs ebb and flow through tales of mystery and magic, to fiery righteous rock anthems, and heartfelt narrations of the human experience.
8PM Hotel Wolfe Island Waterfront Patio
Songs of Steven Heighton, Stephen Stanley, Holy Wow
STEPHEN STANLEY is best known from his many years as a founding member, lead guitarist and vocalist with the vibrant alternative rock band The Lowest of the Low. After many song hits, years of touring and sharing the stage with the likes of Billy Bragg, Bob Mould, The Violent Femmes, The Jayhawks and Lloyd Cole, a gold record for their “genuinely timeless album” (Exclaim!) Shakespeare My Butt, Stanley is back on the music scene with his own band, The Stephen Stanley Band, and an internationally acclaimed record Jimmy & The Moon, (2017). Stanley is currently finishing his band’s next record.
HOLY WOW has a dreamy Canadiana fashioned from America's psychedelic coast and its weird and swampy bayous. It is pop music about bewilderment and joy that has just enough of a candy sheen to cover its own muddy tracks. Holy Wow is Kevin Bowers, Adam Hodge & Daniel Woods.
SONGS OF STEVEN HEIGHTON Steven Heighton, beloved member of the Wolfe Island Records family, passed away on April 19, 2022, after a sudden battle with cancer. Already an award-winning author of eighteen books—novels, poetry, short stories, essays, and a memoir, Steven released an album of original music in 2021. We'll be remembering Steven this evening through his words and music.
Sunday, June 26th
10AM Hotel Wolfe Island Waterfront Patio
Jazz Brunch with Joel Williams and Friends
2PM Hotel Wolfe Island Waterfront Patio
Michael Jerome Brown
Three-time Canadian Folk Music Award winner, Recipient of the Blues With A Feeling Award at the 2020 Maple Blues Awards (with 35 nominations since 1999), Five-time Juno Award Nominee in both the Roots/Traditional and Blues categories, Kerrville (Texas) New Folk Finalist — Michael Jerome Browne is a multi-instrumentalist, a songwriter, and a living encyclopedia of American Roots music.
"Browne is probably—if not positively—one of Canada's most significant musical exports; a finger-picking stylist with a hugely talented and nuanced delivery." — Iain Patience, Elmore
"Arguably the finest acoustic blues artist in this country" — The Globe and Mail
6PM Hotel Wolfe Island Piano Room
Garden Party Salon hosted by Jenny Whiteley — POSTPONED
Unfortunately, this event won't be happening today, but it will be rescheduled for some time in the coming weeks.
Music critics have compared Jenny Whiteley'sstriking vocals and songwriting to Emmy Lou Harris and Lucinda Williams, raving that she “swings effortlessly from black-hearted back-porch Americana to Laurel Canyon country”.
GARDEN PARTY SHOPPING
Fishtale Shop is the best place to get CDs, Vinyl, T-shirts from Wolfe Island Records and other local music artists!
Located at 1245 Main Street, next to the Hotel, Fishtale is a lifestyle shop that carries a unique assortment of housewares, jewellery, apparel & accessories, focusing on Canadian makers and carrying quality local products.
The Wolfe Island Garden Party is happening in beautiful Marysville, on Wolfe Island, Ontario, a short (free) ferry ride from Kingston. Note that the ferry is currently docking at Dawson's Point, 4.6km from Marysville.
A free shuttle between the dock and Marysville will run weekends until July 1, and daily during the summer. The last shuttle leaves Marysville at 7:10 pm. No pets allowed on shuttle, service dogs welcome.
The Hotel Wolfe Island may be running their own late-night return shuttle... stay tuned for details!