DAN MANGAN, DARCYS & REUBEN AND THE DARK TO PERFORM AT THE HAYLOFT DANCEHALL
This summer, beloved Canadian indie label Arts & Crafts will bring some of the best of its roster to Prince Edward County, one of Ontario’s most celebrated vacation hot spots.
Fresh on the heels of Field Trip, Arts & Crafts’ downtown music festival and the unofficial kick-off to the summer, the label has curated a series of concerts on the picturesque island two hours east of Toronto to keep music fans busy until the fall. The series will take place in the refurbished barn-turned-venue, Hayloft Dancehall, nestled on the southern tip of the county beside Sandbanks National Park.
The series, running from June to August, will include performances by synth-pop duo Darcys, kicking the dance party off with retro-tinged tracks like “Miracle” from their latest album Centerfold. Two-time JUNO Award-winning songwriter and honey-voiced, folk crooner Dan Mangan will perform fan favourites and test out new material planned for his follow up to 2015’s Club Meds. Finally, Reuben And The Dark will close out the summer with the soaring pastoral folk-rock from his 2014 debut Funeral Sky.
Ontario's Prince Edward County (PEC), long known for Sandbanks Provincial Park, has become a tourism hot spot as the VQA's newest wine appellation and, more recently, a cultural hub with stalwart Toronto venues The Drake and The Dakota opening new ventures in the region. Only a 2.5 hour drive from Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa, PEC is a weekenders paradise with countless wineries, crystal blue waters, diverse dining experiences, and a variety entertainment options. Listed as the only Canadian location on Travel + Leisure's Best Places to Travel in 2015, adventurers can easily fill a memorable weekend.
“Prince Edward County is one of the most magical places I have ever experienced,” says Arts & Crafts label manager Cameron Reed. “ Since my first visit years ago I’ve been thinking about how to bring the singular music of Arts & Crafts to one of our country’s most spectacular backdrops. We’re elated to partner with The Hayloft for this summer series.”
“The Hayloft Dancehall has been a rite of passage for PEC residents for over 45 years,” notes Dakota Tavern co-owner, Shawn Creamer. “Everyone has a story. Myself and my partner Shannon Kohlmeier, along with Trisha Cook took over the venue in 2014 with a commitment to offer guests the best live music experience in the County. Every night feels like an intimate Barn Party for you and your closest 200 friends with your favourite artist playing 2 feet away.”
ARTS & CRAFTS X THE HAYLOFT
A summer concert series in Prince Edward County
Friday, June 23 - Darcys
Friday, July 14 - Dan Mangan
Friday, August 18 - Reuben And The Dark
Doors at 8pm, Shows at 9pm
Tickets $25 - $40 available at hayloftdancehall.com
ABOUT ARTS & CRAFTS PRODUCTIONS
Arts & Crafts is a premium, music-focused artist services company, offering expertise as an independent record label, management firm and publisher worldwide. Founded in 2002 by Jeffrey Remedios and Kevin Drew with the release of Broken Social Scene’s You Forgot It In People, Arts & Crafts has grown into one of the most influential voices in independent music, pioneering a boutique full-service business model for the music industry. Arts & Crafts is home to well over 100 releases from over 60 artists. For more information visit: http://arts-crafts.ca