It’s bluegrass festival time in Iroquois


The second annual Galop-Canal Bluegrass Festival kicks off this Friday, June 15th in Iroquois and will last through until Sunday.

The weekend long event will take place, once again, at the Iroquois Locks, courtesy of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation.

While camping out for the weekend is an option, it is not a necessity for those who want to enjoy a little bluegrass music this weekend. 

The event provides music lovers with various ticket options including a weekend ticket or daily tickets. When accompanied by adults, children 16 and under are free.

Emceed by master of ceremonies Terry Joe Banjo, the festival’s entertainment will include the talents of popular bluegrass musicians including Dave Nichols & Spare Change, Grassland, Northwind, Hard Ryde, The Dusty Drifters, Grassy Fiddle Time, Concession 23, and Darwin & Gilles.

Sound system for the event will be handled by Shawn Markell of MK Music Solutions.

The weekend-long event will kick-off on Friday night at 5 p.m. when the Dave Nichols & Spare Change band take to the stage. The final set of the night will begin at 9 p.m. and will feature music by the Dusty Drifters.

Saturday is a full day of bluegrass with Grassland, the first band of the day, taking the stage at 10 a.m. 

Also on Saturday, there will be instructional workshops throughout the afternoon featuring guitar lessons beginning at 1 p.m., mandolin lessons at 2 p.m., banjo lessons at 3 p.m. and dobro lessons at 4 p.m.

A universal supper break will be taken from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday.

The final set of the day will begin at 9 p.m. with Hard Ryde.

And then on Sunday morning at 10 a.m., Dave Nichols & Spare Change will get things rolling with the first set of the day. 

Northwind will take the stage at 2 p.m. for the final set of the weekend.

For a complete timetable outlining when each band will take the stage, go to and click on the 2nd annual Galop-Canal Bluegrass Festival link.

In addition to music, the Bluegrass Festival will also provide opportunities to shop. Sharon Piche of Iroquois has organized an assortment of vendors who will be showcasing their wares throughout the weekend.

There will be barbecued food available, provided by the Iroquois and Matilda Lions Club.

Proceeds from the Galop-Canal Bluegrass Festival will go to the  Galop-Canal Revitalization project.

The project is focused on restoring the history of the area, keeping the shorelines clean, utilizing the beautiful waterfront, and welcoming tourists into the area. 

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