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Emancipation Festival OWEN SOUND

Join us in celebrating the journey of our ancestors within the Underground Railroad’s most northerly safe haven – Owen Sound. Bring your family and friends for a historic weekend of music, art, cultural food, storyboards, crafts, children’s games, speakers, literature, exuberant camaraderie & ambiance.


Speakers’ Forum – Friday, August 1st - 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. - Grey Roots
Reverend James Lawson – Confidante to Martin Luther King
Karolyn Smardz Frost – Author: I’ve Got a Home in Gloryland - 2007 Governor General’s Award Recipient
Bonita Johnson deMatteis – Owen Sound Author, Artist & Black History Cairn Designer
Eugene Smith – Musical Interludes

146th Emancipation Picnic – Saturday, August 2nd – 1 – 9 p.m. - Harrison Park
Musical Showcase – 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Liberty Silver – 2-time Juno Award Winner
Opening Act for Bob Marley, B.B. King, The Temptations, Harry Belafonte, Maya Angelou, Natalie Cole, Jeffery Osborne, Gladys Knight, Cameo, SOS Band, Oscar Peterson
Michael Dunston, Eugene Smith, Bobby “Dean” Blackburn, Van Dixon, Lance Anderson & “Blackburn” – “a stunning array of musical expression”
(Opening Ceremonies: Owen Sound City Band & Ontario Guild of Towncriers)

The 3rd Annual Emancipation Art Show – Grey Roots Museum & Archives
Celebrating Fine Art, Sculpture, Fine Crafts and Film
July 18 (Grand Opening – An evening of art, music, and dance.) to August10th

BME Church Gospel – Sunday, August 3rd – Owen Sound – 2p.m. to 6 p.m.
“Exuberant, Exhilarating, and Exciting”

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