After six exciting years, the New Hamburg Live! Festival of the Arts will cease to be.
We announce this with very mixed emotions – the six seasons of our festival have been full of amazing highlights. We have had the opportunity to present some of the finest entertainers and artists in Canada to our hometown New Hamburg audiences. We have also created a stage for local performers, authors and visual artists. We know of many local painters who have sold works because of our art show.
We have provided employment to local professional musicians, and we have also created opportunities for area choral singers to perform with entertainers like Ashley MacIsaac, Vicki St. Pierre, and Ken Whiteley.
We’re very proud to have introduced an incredible group of entertainers to New Hamburg – The Good Lovelies, Valdy, Laura Smith, John McDermott, Ashley MacIssac, David Francey, Quartette, The Canadian Brass, The Irish Descendants, Alex Pangman, the Elmer Iseler Singers, Mary Lou Fallis, Ken Whiteley, Essential Opera, The Factory Art String Quarter, Duo Percussion, and so many more.
We are thankful for everyone who has supported this community event – our board members, our corporate sponsors, our volunteers, our advertisers, and our audience members. We do not make the decision to discontinue the event lightly. However, costs continue to rise, while revenue does not keep pace. As a not for profit, we have no cushion of funds to fall back on if we were to have a money-losing season. We cannot take that chance.
Thank you for your support and all the positive comments we have received over the past six years. It has been fun!
The New Hamburg Live! Festival of the Arts was the winner of the 2010 Kitchener-Waterloo Arts Award for Best New Festival, presented by the Bank of Nova Scotia.