Smiths Falls to end Canada 150 on a high note

Juno award winning roots artist Jenny Whiteley will headline a year-end musical Jamboree Friday, Dec. 29 at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 hall in Smiths Falls. Photo submitted.
Posted on: December 20, 2017

Chris Must

As 2017 draws to a close, Smiths Falls is planning a final Canada 150 celebration and a musical gift to the community.

Juno award-winning musician Jenny Whiteley will headline an afternoon and evening of musical entertainment on Friday, Dec. 29 at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 hall.

Winner of two Juno awards, for her first and second albums in 2000 and 2003, Whiteley is a Toronto native who now lives in Elgin with her husband and fellow musician Joey Wright. She was also nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award this year for traditional album of the year.

Wright, a multi-instrumentalist who has contributed to recordings by many artists including Sarah Harmer, has recently released a new album entitled Country, Music. He was nominated for a Juno award in 2008.

Organizers are also planning to feature performances by Amanda Jordan, Tom Watson, Ali McCormick and Freddy Dixon. Guests will be backed by a four piece band including keyboards, pedal steel guitar, bass and drums, and will play from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. following the open mic segment.

Jordan, 21, is a country singer-songwriter who has been playing in public since she was five. McCormick is a folk artist dubbed “The Lioness of Lanark.” She has taken her music to venues across Canada.

Also on the bill is Andy Mason, who was among the performers to play at Lower Reach Park on Canada Day this year. Mason, a former member of the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young tribute band Four Way Street, is an award-winning First Nations singer, songwriter, actor and multi-instrumentalist.

Smiths Falls resident Freddy Dixon, a country and rockabilly singer and songwriter, is a member of the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame. Highlighting a career dating back to the 1960s, he was inducted in 2000 as entertainer of the year.

The jamboree will start with an open mic segment from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The jamboree is the final event in 2017 of the On the Roll music series. This series of Canada 150 events was funded by a federal grant with financial support from the Town of Smiths Falls.

Guests can take advantage of refreshments supplied by Café Whim and the Royal Canadian Legion Women’s Auxiliary.

Tickets are $20 and are being sold through Eventbrite. A link can be found at

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