August 13, 2016 - Memory Lane Heritage Village

The Atlantic Canada Harmonica Festival is the only festival of its kind in Eastern Canada. The festival is a celebration of the harmonica and all who play it, regardless of musical preference or style.

Spend the day with musicians who love this unique and versatile instrument. If you have ever thought about playing the harmonica, this is the place to start. If you played one in the past and it's now gathering dust, we'll inspire you to start again. And if you're a regular player, you'll be happy to jam or share a tune with other professional and amateur performers.

We are excited to announce that Ottawa's Catriona Sturton will be joining us again! 

Catriona has taught harmonica at folk festivals, libraries, music schools and community centres across Canada.  She loves getting people started playing music and teaches beginner and intermediate students in her home studio in Ottawa, and around the world through Skype lessons.  An active musician, she has toured with and played alongside masters of the instrument in the United States, Canada and in Europe.

Catriona will be facilitating a workshop titled "How to Jam." Whether you want to go to an open mic, or to play along with musicians you love on record or with their YouTube videos, you’ll learn some practical tips that you can apply right away to feel comfortable and have fun. Catriona will be joined by fellow musician Birdie Whyte, who hosts a popular open mic in Ottawa.

This is a relaxing and intimate festival, held on the grounds and inside the historic buildings of the Heritage Village.

The festival ends with a two hour showcase concert featuring harmonica players from all musical genres, from Isle of Skye, to the Mississippi Delta.

See you there!