2018 County Pop Festival Wrap and Thanks

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Saturday, April 28, 2018 - This is what it looked like when Miss Emily took the stage at County Pop 2018. The packed crowd inside the beautiful Crystal Palace were ready to see the long-overdue homecoming of local singer-writer Miss Emily, originally from Milford, now recording albums with members of The Tragically Hip! Headliner Elliott Brood capped the night with rousing performance that got the crowd on the feet, and the kids jumping in their capes! A perfect conclusion to a day filled with music, art, food and family.

 Elliott Brood closes the show at County Pop 2018 (photo by Bob Ullrich)

Elliott Brood closes the show at County Pop 2018 (photo by Bob Ullrich)

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: Elliott Brood (Toronto), Miss Emily (Kingston), Jérémie Albino (PEC), Lindsay Ferguson (Ottawa), Kashka (Toronto) 

Songwriter's Stage Artists: Siobhan Bodrug, Annelise Noronha, Grace Bongard, Dave Allen

Special thanks to Brent Bodrug, and Jeremy Kelly for running our Songwriter's Stage, doing sound and helping everything run on time! Thanks also to Craig Foster for being our second stage emcee. Big thanks to Yamaha Canada for providing all our second stage sound gear!

ART ON STAGE - Thanks very much to Suendrini for creating our 2018 Art on Stage installation. She uses recycled fabrics to create original pieces with environment theme. Meadow Life is the title of the installation she is created for our 2018 County Pop stageo. This year’s creation was her largest up cycled textile installation and will have individually handcrafted wildlife in their natural habitat. 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 Parsons Brewing, County Cider, Lighthall Vineyards, Kinsip Spirits, Honey Pie Hives, 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, Outside Music, Exclaim.ca, The Picton Harbour Inn, Frere Du Nord, The June Motel, Vintage Map Co, Books & Company, Humble Bread,  PELC, 91X Radio, County T-Shirts. Special thanks to the SOCAN Foundation for their financial support. The event was presented by Zunior.com.

 Siobhan Bodrug joins Miss Emily (photo by Bob Ullrich)

Siobhan Bodrug joins Miss Emily (photo by Bob Ullrich)

VENDORS - Thanks to all of food vendors including PICNIC Food Truck, Vintage Pizza Pie, Idle Wild PEC, Outlet Food Co, PELC Pops!,  The Shore Oysters, JK Fries, Chill Zone Desserts and more! Also thanks to our drinks vendors including Parsons Brewery, County Cider, Lighthall Vineyards, Honey Pie Hives, Kinsip Spirits, and Lemonade Dave.

STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS - Big thanks go out to the team that worked our front gate all day long including Jen Sills, Charles,  Sydney Ullrich and Helen Hawketts.  Much appreciation goes to our set up and tear down crew including Steve Mee, Jeremy Kelly 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 2018 event commercial. The kids area was sponsored by The County and Krista Dalby from Small Pond Arts, along with Susanne Larner, helped create a band of kids in cool handmade capes and face paint! Thanks to our friends from the ROC 'n Revue who staffed our new Little Rock Room. Thanks to Books & Company for selling tickets, and providing the folding walls (and Vicki Emlaw for getting them onsite). Thanks to Craig McMillan for selling merch. 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 Nella Casson as our official Sandbanks Music Festival Band Concierge, doing a great job to ensure the musicians had all the essentials.  Thanks to Humble Bread,  and PICNIC for providing backstage food for our artists.  Thanks so much to Sydney and Ruby Ullrich for creating our amazing 2018 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, Isabelle Patton, and Helen Hawketts for working behind the scenes for months to help get this event together.

Swag Bags - The first 50 groups/families at the gate got one of our handmade swag bags. Thanks to  Isabelle Patton from Books & Company who helped us gather treats from these great local PEC businesses:

PICNIC -> they made the cookies!
Books and Company
Magpie
City Revival
Gilbert & Lighthall
Kellys Shop
Pet Valu
Vintage Map Co
Zunior.com

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. 

 Kids love County Pop! (photo by Bob Ullrich)

Kids love County Pop! (photo by Bob Ullrich)

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, May 4, 2019 and we'd love to hear what you thought of the 2018 event, and what you might like to see next year. Feel free to post comments on our social media feeds anytime.

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.

On behalf of the full team at County Pop Music Festival 2018, thanks for coming and we hope to see you again in 2019! 

Dave Ullrich
County Pop Music Festival Organizer