Downtown Orangeville Presents
Music in the Park
Saturdays in July
Alexandra Park (behind Town Hall)
11:00am to 12:30pm
“Friends, sunshine, music floating on the breeze – that sounds like summer to me”
Join us for Music in the Park, every Saturday in July! Pack a picnic blanket to stay awhile, or hum along while you shop the Farmers’ Market on Second Street.
Check out our amazing line-up!
July 2nd - Emily Gilbart & Bruce Ley
Emily is an indie folk singer/songwriter who just released her second EP, ‘From the Road’, and is doing a tour of Southern Ontario this summer in connection to the EP, which will include a performance at the Hillside Festival in Guelph. She was selected as a finalist in the Toronto Blues Society’s Talent Search and was part of the Developing Artist Program with Folk Music Ontario in 2019 as well as a finalist in the Youth Discoveries Program at Summerfolk 43 in 2018. She is pursuing studies in music therapy, while continuing her love of live performance.
Bruce Ley – guitar
Born in Hamilton, Bruce is a man of many talents having enjoyed a long and steady career. A regular on television for many years, he played piano for both The Tommy Hunter Show, and The Ronnie Prophet Show. He has also worked with many Nashville artists including Don Everly, Chet Atkins and Brenda Lee, who was mentored by Patsy Cline. Bruce composed music for Sesame Street, the Polka Dot Door, has written scores for many television dramas and was nominated for a Gemini for best dramatic score. He scored “The Painted Door”, a film that was nominated for an Academy Award. Over his eclectic career, he made his mark in the blues field as lead guitarist and singer in the award-winning Trouble and Strife Blues Band and in the jazz world, his Bruce Ley Trio is much sought after. Bruce moved to Mulmur 15 years ago to open up his recording studio on his 80-acre farm. He plays with both Leisa Way & The Wayward Wind Band, and Larry’s Kurtz blues band, Trouble & Strife. Bruce’s blues influenced recording “The Peacock, the Deer and the Moon” is available for your listening pleasure. For more information, go to bruceley.ca
July 9th - Heather Katz
Heather Katz has been part of the Ontario music scene for many years, performing at clubs and festivals. Known for her powerful voice, BB King said, “Her voice is very unusual, I believe the more you hear it, the more you want to.“ She has been honoured to perform with artists such as James Brown, Solomon Burke and BB King. Whether folk, R&B, blues or jazz, Heather adds her soulful voice and the song becomes her own. As the co-owner of Broadway Music in Orangeville, Heather has become the go-to person for ukuleles in Ontario, and serves customers as far away as Yellowknife . Heather has led the Blue Skies Ukulele Orchestra for several years, as well as presenting workshops at The Midland Ukulele Festival, Harbourfront and the Royal City Ukulele Festival.
July 16th - Falcon Jane
Falcon Jane is the musical project of singer-songwriter, Sara May, who creates peacefully powerful alt-folk music that feels equally grounded and ethereal. Originally from Orangeville, Ontario, the band has gone on to play venues and festivals across Canada. Their 2020 critically-acclaimed album, “Faith” was described by Toronto’s Exclaim! magazine as “May’s faith in her feelings is responsible for much of the album’s greatness, making it better the more you listen to it”.
Andrew McArthur is a multi-instrumentalist and music producer from Orangeville, Ontario. For the last eight years he has been a core collaborator and performer in the band Falcon Jane. Andrew released his debut full-length album, “Warez”, in 2019, and followed it with an EP in 2021 called “Brush.
July 23rd - Nicholas Mustapha Trio
Flowing between genres of jazz, Latin, pop, musical theatre and Rnb, Nicholas Mustapha creates a unique and interesting blend of flavours to create a unique performance. Nicholas has taken many roles within the community. Including performances at the Orangeville Blues and Jazz festival, Revival 1863 and assistant musical director for Theatre Orangevilles young company performances. In 2021 Nicholas received the Gordon and Anne Wragg Scholarship to attend Humber College’s music program and his group “Tonefusion” were finalists at the Toronto Undergrad Music Festival 2021.
July 30th - Ryan Grist with Stan Chang & Charlie Cooley
Saxophonist Ryan Grist has been a musical presence in Orangeville for over two decades and is the Artistic Director of the Orangeville Jazz Society, a founding member of the Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival and was most recently seen performing with Soul Collective on the TD Broadway Stage. Ryan played with Stan & Charlie at a workshop for the ODSS music department and had so much fun – he decided to do it again! Ryan recently completed his Master’s in musicology and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at York University. He teaches woodwinds privately and gigs as much as possible. ryangrist.com