Sloan, and Fefe Dobson will join Hollerado in headlining SesquiFest, a free, five-day festival in London, June 29 – July 3.
Ontario’s own Fefe Dobson will perform on June 30, Best of Ontario Day at the festival. The singer, song writer, and actor has four albums to her credits, and her work on Stuttering won her acclaim at the Much Music Video Awards in 2011 and Canadian Radio Music Awards in 2012. She also has Juno Award nominations among her credits.
Sloan will take to the stage in the evening on July 2. The band has one Juno award, for best alternative album of the year One Chord to Another - 1997, nine Juno nominations for such awards as best single and best rock album of the year, and has 11 albums to it credits.
SesquiFest will be located in downtown London and feature more than 50 musical acts, food trucks, free family activities, Ontario craft beer, and SESQUI, the touring virtual reality projection dome. The festival is organized by the City of London, Canada 150 London, and the London Heritage Council, and will bring our community together to celebrate and commemorate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation.
Throughout the festival the virtual reality dome, SESQUI, will show a 360 degree virtual reality film HORIZON that will take viewers on a journey across Canada. The dome will be positioned in the Budweiser Gardens parking lot, and London is the second stop on the SESQUI tour after it opens in Toronto.
SesquiFest will have programming and activities for visitors of all ages, available throughout the day. Learn about the best of what London has to offer with the Explore Tent, filled with interactive displays and hands-on and animated exhibits from local museums, heritage sites, programmers and cultural organizations. Located nearby will be Pop Up City showcasing various City services and initiatives including activities and displays for kids and where everyone can learn how more about local government.
“SesquiFest will bring our community together to celebrate all things Canadian,” said Mayor Matt Brown. “London is teeming with culture, and I am truly pleased that our local musical acts, artists, restaurants, brewers, shops and more will all be highlighted during our celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.”
“I’m proud we’re celebrating our country’s 150th Birthday with talented Canadian musicians! This festival is such a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our heritage as well as our local community,” said Deb Matthews MPP, London North Centre.
Each of the five days of SesquiFest will be programmed around a different theme:
- Thursday, June 29 – Talbot Street Takeover will spotlight the best emerging local musical talent.
- Friday, June 30 – Best of Ontario Day will highlight the achievements of one of Canada’s founding provinces with Ontario food, music, art, and so much more.
- Saturday, July 1– Canada 150 Day will create a massive Canada Day celebration set to the backdrop of the Harris Park fireworks.
- Sunday, July 2 – Centennial ’67 Day will look back to Canada’s Centennial with francophone acts, Montreal-based artists and performers, and a Caribbean Block Party.
- Monday, July 3– Best of London Day will close SesquiFest, giving Londoners a chance to show off our amazing local creativity, innovation, and talent.
Applications from Ontario craft beer vendors, Ontario food trucks, and Ontario artisans and vendors are still being accepted for SesquiFest.
SesquiFest is made possible with support from Ontario 150 and the City of London. To learn more about this event, visit canada150london.ca/SesquiFest.