Westben

Season 2022

Westben’s 50-acre farm in Northumberland Country, near Campbellford, two hours east of Toronto near Peterborough, will once again be filled with live music, smiles, laughter and in person audiences.

WESTBEN, located in Northumberland County, 3km outside the beautiful rural town of Campbellford in Trent Hills, 40 minutes from Belleville and Cobourg and 30 minutes from Brighton, just announced its 23rd Season of Live Concerts opening July 1st, 2022. The month-long festival will feature over 70 artists and twenty-five concerts of classical, broadway, jazz, folk, pop, fiddle, rock, opera, and comedy. New this year is spoken word by Peterborough’s Poet Laureate Sarah Lewis from Curve Lake First Nations, From his home on the Yendinaga Mohawk Territory, David Maracle brings to life the ancestral teachings of the Haudenosaunee People through magnificent stone carving and music around the Westben Campfire.  Musicians Natalie MacMaster, Joel Plaskett, William Prince and Eve Parker Finley will perform on Willow Hill and Ofra Harnoy, Barbra Lica, Carol Welsman, Karina Gauvin, Queer Songbook orchestra, Brian Finley, Mary Walsh, and Canadian Brass will be featured in The Barn.  The broadway revue ABBA Mia will have you dancing in your seats in The Barn and on Willow Hill.  The campfire series features Sarah Lewis and David Maracle hosted by Alderville First Nations Chief Dave Mowat and Suzie Undgerleider and Julian Taylor hosted by Ken Tizzard

But Westben is more than just great performances, it is an unforgettable experience.  Gourmet picnics on the meadows curated wine and beer selections from the Milk Shed, pre-concert chats, guided nature walks on a neighbouring Nature Reserve and a chance to relax by the pond all make Westben a unique place to be. “Westben is where music comes to life amidst breathtaking nature,” says Westben Co-Founder Donna Bennett.

Westben is located on a 50-acre farm and the original venue, The Barn, seats 400 (pre-COVID) and has doors that roll open onto a beautiful meadow. It was designed to bring nature into the Westben concert experience.  In 2021 Westben removed the first section of seats and put in movable ones to allow flexibility and social distancing.  New circulation fans were installed and with the doors open it feels like an outdoor experience.  Wanting to offer their audience even more freedom of the outdoors, in 2021 Westben created two new outdoor venues.  Willow Hill is a natural grassy amphitheatre located north of The Barn by the pond and the grand willow tree.  Audiences bring their own chairs and enjoy the music getting even closer to the beautiful nature. The new Campfire venue, created by Westben volunteer Doug Keene, is an intimate space with music, stories and campfire treats such as smores and baked brie.  “Watching the sunset while listening to music around the campfire is unforgettable,” states Donna Bennett

During COVID Westben kept connected with its communities through its Digital Concerts at The Barn series which continues to feature monthly premieres that are free to the public.  The archive of concerts, podcasts and behind the scenes footage can be found on Westben’s new interactive Digital Venue, Westben’s YouTube channel and main website westben.ca.

Tickets are now on sale to Members until January 31 and to the General Public on February 1st. Become a Member today to get priority seating. Book online at westben.ca or call the Box Office at 1-877-883-5777.

Join us at Westben where music comes to life amidst breathtaking nature.

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