As the sun slides behind the horizon at the end of a warm summer Wednesday evening, the buildings of downtown Fergus cast long shadows over the streets and people begin to gather along the paved path of the Riverwalk that winds behind the downtown shops, along the flowing waters of the Grand River.
That’s when you’ll hear it. Music. Guitars being tuned and microphones being tested, perhaps a few cymbal crashes or the shake of a tambourine. The small stage is set for big talent in a venue that is as uniquely charming as the venue itself. This free concert series offers an intimate gathering under the expanse of the summer night sky. This is Twilight at Templin Gardens.
The momentum builds as friends gather, neighbours and new comers emerge from pathways, streets and the bridges that lead to the Riverwalk, beckoned by the sound of music and the promise of a relaxed night out on the town, literally. How awesome is this?
Nestled near the historic limestone stairs that lead to the water is the beautifully manicured public grounds known as Templin Gardens. Art and nature are together in this place, abundant with flowers that scent the night air, and sculpture that adds to the scenery. The sound of the river flowing over the rocks below provides a relaxed background, just enough to set the mood.
The Handmade Market features the craftsmanship of local artisans, inviting the crowds to browse the merchandise, meet the artists and learn more about the community. There is so much talent here.
As the stars begin to twinkle, musicians take the stage and Twilight at Templin Gardens comes to life, bringing everyone together for this uniquely Fergus event.
This year’s lineup includes:
July 4 – Shannon Kingsbury
Singer-songwriter and harpist Shannon Kingsbury is a passionate member of Guelph Canada’s vibrant arts scene. As performer and composer, she has collaborated with renowned artists across various disciplines and genres. Kingsbury’s vibrant live shows have been presented at theatres, festivals and intimate venues including: Hillside Festival, Guelph Jazz Festival & Nuit Blanche, River Run Centre, Guelph Dance Festival and numerous galleries and museums across Ontario.
July 11 – Northland Rail Service
Northland Rail Service is a bluegrass trio with Dave Pike on lead vocals, banjo, and guitar, Keenan Reimer-Watts on fiddle, and Taylor Esch on the “middle” – a cello that he’s rebuilt to play like a bass. On stage, their energy is contagious as they tear through old-time and bluegrass classics and originals with glee. Their three-part harmonies round out the sound and harken back to the good old days. As seasoned live performers, they’ve toured across Canada, and performed at multiple festivals big and small.
July 18 – Callistro Trio
This folk trio is renowned in these parts for their beautiful three-part harmony, musicianship and lyrical interpretations of Canadiana folk, old standards and original music too, featuring the talents of Tricia Brubacher, Julie Corey and Peter Balka.
July 25 – Kaleb Nolan
August 1 – Nick Gush and Pam Davies
August 8 – Albannach
Don’t miss this chance to catch the renowned performance of Albannach, a dynamic group of performers with high energy that makes this Scottish band welcomed fan favourites in Fergus.
August 15 – Broadway Draws
Relax. Unwind. Kick back. Enjoy the show. It costs you nothing but time and this is the best way to spend your Wednesday nights with friends for the Twilight at Templin Gardens.