Juno award winners lined up for Tweed Shindig Aug. 12

Classified lead singer.
Photo credit: Chris Must
Posted on: August 9, 2017


Chris Must

Up and coming talent from both the east and west coasts of Canada are coming to Smiths Falls Aug. 12 for the second annual Front Yard Shindig hosted by Tweed.

The outdoor concert, to be held on the front lawn of the Tweed site at 1 Hershey Dr., will be headlined by Mother Mother, an indie rock quartet from Vancouver, and Halifax-based hip hop artist Classified. Organizers say other surprise musical guests are expected to join in on the fun.

The event gets under way at 2 p.m.

West Coast indie rockers Mother Mother.

Photo credit: Chris Must.

West Coast indie rockers Mother Mother have long been one of Canada’s most celebrated live and studio acts. The band has earned a host of acclamations and three Juno nominations for its powerful shows and quirky yet poignant lyrics. A five-member outfit headed by siblings Ryan and Molly Guldemond, the group traces its roots to Quadra Island on the British Columbia coast. Since forming over jam sessions by the Pacific Ocean over a decade ago, Mother Mother has released six studio albums.

Based in Enfield, Nova Scotia, Classified has won two Juno awards, 10 East Coast Music Awards and five MuchMusic Video Awards over the course of a 25-year career as a rapper and producers. He recently released his 15th studio album, entitled Grateful. Born Luke Boyd, Classified comes from a maritime town of fewer than 5,000 residents.

Tweed Inc. is operation by Canopy Growth Corp., one of Canada’s largest licensed medical cannabis producers.

The shindig is being promoted as an alcohol and tobacco-free event, but those with a medical cannabis license will have access to an on-site vaping lounge.

The site is wheelchair accessible, with paved entry points, and the concert is being held on a lawn with level entry points. Accessible washrooms will also be available.

Tickets to the event are $30 each, which covers the costs of the two headlining artists and a number of other acts and attractions. Special discounted tickets are being offered to residents of Smiths Falls. Email shindig@tweedmainstreet.com for information.

Camping for out-of-town guests is available at Lower Reach Park, and may be arranged by emailing heritagehouse@smithsfalls.ca.

This article was first published in the August issue of Hometown News. For more articles from our August issue, pick up a print copy at a local retailer or read our digital version.