Warner Music Canada artist and 2011 Polaris Prize nominee Ron Sexsmith is one of many musicians who are uniting to perform at a concert protesting plans for construction of a mega-quarry in Ontario. Foodstock is taking place on Sunday, 16 October at Honeywood; a small farming community north of Orangeville, Ontario. Sexsmith will provide some of the musical fare at Foodstock, as more than 80 of Canada’s top chefs cook up a storm for an anticipated gathering of over 20,000 hungry people.
Other artists standing up to rock against the quarry include Cuff The Duke, Sarah Harmer and country musician Jim Cuddy. “Happy to lend a hand to people who are trying to preserve the sanctity of water and arable land,” says Jim Cuddy. “If a little music can help open some peoples’ eyes to the risks we are facing up here then I consider myself lucky to be able to help.”
The complete artist line-up includes Ron Sexsmith, Tom Barlow, Cuff The Duke, Hayden, Jim Cuddy, Sarah Harmer, The Loon Choir together with a string of buskers and other musicians.
Foodstock is a pay-what-you-can event. Buses are being organised to transport volunteers and attendees from Toronto, and a ride can be booked for $10 – details here. Car pools are also being arranged.
Further details about the event, including transportation, can be found on the official Foodstock info page, organised by No Mega Quarry.
© Brian Banks, Editor, Music Vice
Update, 12 October: Bare Naked Ladies have now been confirmed to appear at Foodstock, but without Ed Robertson.