Cornwall ON – Jason Setynk had a busy day between helping bring in the music for the Farmers’ Market in Downtown Cornwall Ontario yesterday morning and then zooming to Sk8fest in Alexandria. He’s seen pictured performing here by Cornwall’s hottest photographer Jason McNamara who also was covering the event.
Acapellics Anonymous also performed.
Here is Jason Setnyk’s coverage of the day:
Saturday morning was the first ever Cornwall Farmer’s Market Music Showcase. The downtown Farmer’s Market has had music entertainment before, but never a full concert of musicians. The rain stayed away, and over a hundred people checked out the festivities happening at the Farmer’s Market. The continuous flow of live music and entertainment attracted passer-by’s, and musicians brought their own fans, friends, and family along for the free out door concert.
Mark MacDonald and Keegan Larose video excerpts
Mark MacDonald accompanied by friends and family played a stellar opening set of folk music. Liz Leduc played a great instrumental set of classical guitar. Geneviève Lacroix was unable to play due to illness, but my sheer chance, Kenn Taylor was at the market buying vegetables, and music host Jason Setnyk, who was so impressed by his set at Rock for Charity, recruited him to play a short set. Keegan Larose and Matthew Atchison played another fabulous set, and Atchison joined Craig “Lones” Loney for his set right after. Lones who use to be in a local metal band, is now rocking hard on the acoustic guitar. Chris Lavoie finished the show with a short-set, but his talented guitar playing was a real crowd pleaser to those in attendance.
Donations to musicians were then donated to the Ontario SPCA of SD&G, the donation will be officially made at the next Rock for Charity on September 10th at Café Connectionz. Jason Setnyk who hosted the show has been selling Cds at recent shows. Ewen McIntosh has donated 50 Cds of his band The Crofters, to sell for $5 each at shows – and 100% of the money goes to charity. Setnyk has sold 35 Cds at Rock for Charity, WaterFest, and the Cornwall Farmer’s Market. Money raised has benefited Baldwin House, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the money raised at the Farmer’s Market is going to be donated to the OSPCA.
There was a second concert Saturday afternoon in Alexandria. The seventh annual Sk8fest had lots of loud live bands, and skate board ramps. Hundreds descended to the Glengarry Sports Palace to enjoy the sports and cultural festivities. Skateboarding promotes exercise, and lots of youngsters were on hand getting physically fit and having fun.
Bands to hit the stage Saturday were Be the Saviour, In Despair We Rise, In Order to be Born, Slyde, The Charlestons, The Nads, Four Stroke, Inshina, I Emperor, Red October, and Dark Days or Fair.
Slyde at Sk8fest 8
Mat Drouin who stood in as drummer for Dark Days or Fair did a outstanding job, especially being in the band for only about a week. Dan Gadbois who was the drummer of Fathom Ties, was in the audience to support his friend Drouin, and he even loaned Drouin his drum kit for the Sk8fest. I Emperor traveled the farthest, all the way from Toronto to play Sk8fest. Matt Levac who was in a bunch of Cornwall bands back in the day was happy to play close to home again. While Jeff Netwon who was in Hail to Thee, and now in Be the Saviour was pumped to be playing his first ever Sk8fest.
Dark Days or Fair at Sk8Fest 8
The Sk8fest is a benefit for the second phase of the Skate park in Alexandria. Local business owner Alain Lauzon is contributing to his community by raising the funds to build the infrastructure that will improve the quality of life for many young people, and give them a recreational outlet that also encourages exercise.