Beach boogies down with annual music fest
Contributed photo Hailey Reese will sing her new single “Hustler” at this year’s Wasaga Beach Fest on Saturday, June 22, 2013.
WASAGA BEACH – Lebanese-Canadian pop and R&B singer Massari is the main act at this year’s Wasaga Beach Fest.
The festival, now in its eighth year, will take place this weekend at Beach Area 1, starting at noon both Saturday and Sunday
The free festival features events for all ages, with a variety of urban pop and retro-’70s and ‘80s bands ,and a Children’s Fun Zone. There will also be food stands and lots of local flavours to sample.
“It is a fun family event at the greatest location in the world with a beautiful summer, a beautiful beach, and great music,” said Lido Chilelli, the event’s producer.
Chilelli said the organizers are anticipating the event will draw thousands of people.
“We are expecting a big crowd this year,” he said.
He said in past years the response has been “overwhelming” and people say they enjoy it as a good way to start the summer season in the Beach.
Chilelli said the event is also a great way to prepare for Canada Day weekend, which is the following Monday. He said there will be a lot of Canadian flags handed out.
“Me and my friends listen to Massari, so I’m so excited,” said Hailey Reese, a pop singer who is opening for the Juno nominee who recently won the Sirius/XM Indie Award for dance artist of the year.
The 17-year-old singer/songwriter from Guelph will be perform six of her own songs, including her latest released this month, Hustler.
Reese says the song is based on her own experiences and is a pop song with a bit of “country twang.”
She said she was inspired by Taylor Swift’s and Cher Lloyd’s method of telling a story through song.
“This is my first big concert since I wrote my own songs, so I’m so excited to show everyone what I’ve been working on,” said Reese.
She said it is a bit nerve-racking to introduce her own songs, but she is comfortable with the performance part as she has been on stage since she was two years old.
Reese has performed charity events to advocate against bullying because she says she was personally affected when she was younger.
She said she hasn’t been to the Beach since she was a child, and is looking forward to returning.
Bridge Six kicks off Saturday’s events at noon, followed by EverGlo at 1:30 p.m., Guest DJ’s at 3 p.m., then a return of EverGlo at 4:30 p.m., and at 6:30 p.m. is God Made me Funky. Reese performs at 8 p.m., and at 8:30 the main act Massari takes the stage.
At noon on Sunday the festivities start up again with the Toronto All-Star Big Band, at 2 p.m. is Danny Marks, and finishing off the event is Carpet Frogs from 4 until 6 p.m.
More information can be found at http://wasagabeachfest.com/.