Saturday, May 6, 2017 - This is what it looked like when Bill and Joel Plaskett finally took the stage at County Pop 2017. The rain was falling outside but the packed crowd inside the beautiful Crystal Palace were ready to witness a unique musical dream of a father-son combo that was years in the making. Playing songs together and with their backing band The Mayhemingways, the Plasketts took us on a trip through songs new and old. A perfect conclusion to a day filled with music, art, food and family.
ARTISTS - A big thanks go out to all of our artists who performed as part of the show across two different stages including:
Main Stage Artists: Bill and Joel Plaskett, Terra Lightfoot, Luther Wright and The Wrongs, The Weather Station, Moon Sugar
Songwriter's Stage Artists: Jeremy Kelly, Astrid Young, Ella Jade, Siobhan Bodrug
Special Thanks to Chris Loane for running our Songwriter's Stage, doing sound and helping everything run on time!
ART ON STAGE - Thanks very much to our Art on Stage installation provided by Suendrini. She uses recycled fabrics to create original pieces with environment theme. Her work for County Pop 2017 was entitled 'Long View Wonder' which was inspired by the golden James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and honeybees with their honeycomb hives, it places a spotlight on the scope and depth of the informed scientific consensus based upon truths that will echo for generations. Learn more about Suen's work - http://suendrini.com.
LEAD SPONSORS - Our lead sponsors provide the financial support that helps us to keep our ticket prices down and we thank them for that! Our lead sponsors this year included McKinney Re/Max, Parsons Brewing, Karlo Estates, County Cider, and The County.
FESTIVAL SPONSORS - Our festival sponsors help us make this event happen and provide the parts to make it work so well. We sincerely appreciate the support of The Regent Theatre, County FM 99.3, The Wellington Times, Bay of Quinte Tourism, Outside Music, Exclaim.ca, The Drake Devonshire, The Picton Harbour Inn, Frere Du Nord, Vintage Map Co, Books & Company, Kinsip Spirits, Mix 97, PELC, 91X Radio, County T-Shirts. The event was presented by Zunior.com.
VENDORS - Thanks to all of food vendors including Pizza Via, PICNIC, The Shore Oysters, and Lemonade Dave. Also thanks to our drinks vendors including Parsons beer, Karlo Estates wine, County Cider, and Kinsip Spirits.
STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS - Big thanks go out to the team that worked our front gate all day long including Jen Sills, Tammy Thompson, Sydney Ullrich and Helen Hawketts. Our front door greeter was Nicola Crenna. Much appreciation goes to our set up and tear down crew including Nick Ullrich, Steve Mee and all our front gate team. Thanks to Albert Ullrich for making the Arduino/Bluetooth-controlled County Pop logo, and Bob Ullrich for making the 2017 event commercial. The kids area was sponsored by The County and Krista Dalby from Small Pond Arts, along with Treese Moore, helped create a band of kids in cool handmade capes and face paint! Joel Yearsley from Kingston KSound provided the stage sound, along with help from Rich Taylor. Our backstage artist area was in the capable hands of Sheila Hughes as our official Sandbanks Music Festival Band Concierge, doing a great job to ensure the musicians had all the essentials. Thanks to Humble Bread, Pizza Via and PICNIC for providing backstage food for our artists. Thanks so much to Ken Hudson from County T-Shirts for creating our amazing 2017 poster! Thanks to AVNK Security from Peterborough for helping to make sure the event was safe and secure. A big thanks to Lisa Lindsay, Richard Lightfoot and all the facilities staff at the Crystal Palace for their support before, during and after the show. A tip of the the hat to Chris, Sam and the Parsons team for hosting a gathering at their brewery after the event. Thanks to Lori Farrington, Emily Sanderson and Helen Hawketts for working behind the scenes for months to help get this event together.
Swag Bags - The first 100 groups/families at the gate got one of our free natural cloth swag bags. Thanks to McKinney Remax for their sponsorship of the bags, and Isabelle Patton from Books & Company who helped us gather treats from these great local PEC businesses:
PICNIC -> they made the 'County Pop' cookies!
Books and Company
Prince Edward Bird Observatory
Gilbert & Lighthall
Humble Bread -> they made the bagels!
Vintage Map Co
Please support these businesses and thank them personally for their support of live music in Prince Edward County. Thanks also go to Frere du Nord, Kinsip Spirits and Vintage Map Co for providing additional bonus gifts for our artist swag bags.
Prince Edward Learning Centre- The event itself serves to raise funds for Prince Edward Learning Centre, and $1 from every ticket sold goes to support the great work they do for literacy and education in The County.
FEEDBACK - We plan to do this again next year on Saturday, April 28, 2018 and we'd love to hear what you thought of the 2017 event, and what you might like to see next year. Please take a few minutes to feedback to just three key questions here:
We'll continue to post more photos in the coming days on social media using our event hashtag #countypop and we encourage you to do the same.
We've got a few 2017 County Pop t-shirts left and we're selling them for cheap!
On behalf of the full team at County Pop Music Festival 2017, thanks for coming and we hope to see you again in 2018!
County Pop Music Festival Organizer