The First Annual Black River Music Festival

Thank you for a great first year!

August 4th to 6th, 2017 was the very first Black River Music Festival and a great start to what owners Judy and John MacDonald plan will be an annual adventure. There were amazing performances, talented performers, (mostly) cooperative weather, new friendships made, a few lessons learned, and a huge amount of support from the public, municipal and provincial groups, and especially the artists themselves.

A big thank you for everyone who gave a new music festival a chance – the public, the artists, and the community. Everything came together for a great weekend of music, excitement, and fun – we hope to see you at the 2018 Black River Music Festival!

Photos & Media

A few of the photos from a great weekend full of some amazing music!

Click here to view our growing photo gallery from the First Annual Black River Music Festival.

The 2017 Schedule

You may also want to check out the 2017 band lineup here.

The Lovelocks


Ray Mattie




Ryan Cook


Lisa Richard




Weekend Schedule

Friday Evening

5-615pm – John Curtis Sampson
630-745pm – Lee Boy
8-915pm – Lisa Richard

930-1045pm – McGinty
11pm-12:15am – Working Class Band
1230-145am – Jason Price

Saturday: Stage 1

12-115pm – Ivan Daigle
130-2:45pm – Cassie & Maggie
3-415pm – Ryan Cook
430-5:45pm – Pretty Archie
6-715pm – Hillsburn
730-845pm – McGinty
9-1015pm – The Lovelocks
1030-1145pm – Ray Mattie
12-130am – Matt Minglewood

Saturday: Stage 2

12-1pm – Nicholas Layes
115-215pm – MacFarlane’s Rant
230-330pm – Next Generation
4-5pm – Final Cut Trio
515-615pm – Shiretown
630-730pm – Jordan Musycsyn
745-9pm – Evelyn and County Slickers

Sunday: Stage 1

12-115pm – Nicolas Layes
130-245pm – Ty Wallace
3-415pm – Evelyn & The Country Slickers
430-545pm – Cassie and Maggie
6-715pm – Ryan Cook
730-845pm – Mike Bochoff
9-1015pm – JP Cormier
1030-1145pm – Hillsburn
12-130am – Pretty Archie

Sunday: Stage 2

115-215pm – Hal Bruce
230-330pm – Next Generation
4-5pm – Lee Boy (Solo)
515-615pm – Bob Naughler & Midtown Blues Band
630-730pm – Travis Hatcher
745-9pm – Big Fish

Matt Minglewood


JP Cormier


Cassie & Maggie MacDonald


Jason Price


Pretty Archie


Ivan Diagle


Our 2017 Sponsors

A big shout-out goes to all our sponsors for the First Annual Black River Music Festival – it was their generous support that made all of this possible!

Supported By:989 XFM

VIP Tent Proudly Supported By:
Atlantic Superstore

Silver Sponsors:

Boston Pizza

Bronze Sponsors:

Mother Webbs

Black River Music Festival: Ross Screenprint

Band Sponsors:

Beech Hill

Petro Can