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New festival Boots in the Creek brings country music to Stoney Creek 

The lively, twangy melodies of country music will be filling the streets of Downtown Stoney Creek this weekend. 

That’s because a brand-new festival – Boots in the Creek – is taking over a stretch of King Street East this Friday, August 18th from 5 pm to 11 pm and Saturday, August 19th from 11 am to 11 pm. 

Combining the rich heritage of Stoney Creek with great live country music, food, vendors, activities, and more, this marks the first-ever year for Boots in the Creek, which is presented in partnership with the Stoney Creek BIA.

According to founder and chair Daniel Trombetta, the decision to launch a free, inclusive, outdoor festival of country music was a passion project for the event’s nine core committee members. 

“Boots in the Creek aims to expose and entertain local tourists to the rich heritage of Downtown Stoney Creek, celebrate Canadian talent, and embrace country music,” says Trombetta.

To bring that mission to life, Boots in the Creek will feature a roster of a dozen Canadian country music artists, from cover bands performing familiar hits to emerging singer-songwriters who may become unexpected new favourites. 

Performances to expect for the opening Friday evening include headlining singer-songwriter Mackenzie Leigh Meyer, a two-time CMA Ontario nominee who recently performed at massive Canadian country festival Boots and Hearts, taking home the honour of Emerging Artist of the Year.

Also in Friday’s lineup are Angelica Appelman, who brings her love of ‘90s artists like Shania Twain to her own music stylings; Melissa Marchese, backed by the Gold Tone Collective for her own brand of pop-infused country; and Still the One: The Shania Twain Experience with artist Alyssa Dupuis summoning Shania’s one-of-a-kind spirit.  

Saturday’s lineup even bigger with headliner Tebey, a Platinum-selling artist born in Ontario and now residing in Nashville; Rich Cloke, a Stoney Creek native specializing in hooky pop-rock country music; Matthew Runaway of Perth, Ontario with his soulful original tunes; Six Nations singer-songwriter Jim Jacobs; the acclaimed bar band mainstays of the Darren Hancock Band; and The Strummers Union, an eclectic Hamilton-area band headed by Juno Award winner Tomi Swick and singer-songwriter Joel Guenther. 

Lovers of the classics will have plenty to enjoy on Saturday too, with acts like Epic Eagles recreating the catalogue of iconic rock band Eagles; and Coal Miner’s Daughter, a tribute to trailblazing country music veteran Loretta Lynn. 

On top of a hefty lineup of music, the festival will also feature numerous food vendors offering up street eats including Angel’s Wings, Devil’s Poutine; Raw Roots; Jamaican Patty Shack; Fore Stagione; Arabica Foods; Ole Gourmet; Heavenly Hot Dogs; StoHo; and the Stoney Creek Legion. 

It’s safe to say that Boots in the Creek will be packed with plenty to do, see, and taste for its inaugural festival; an event Trombetta says marks an exciting first for Stoney Creek. 

“For the first time ever King Street East will be pedestrian friendly from Lake Ave to Jones Street over the course of the weekend. This gives family and friends the opportunity to explore Downtown Stoney Creek freely, visit our local businesses, show some love to our vendors, enjoy some delicious food, take part in fun carnival games, and listen to incredible live music!” 

Boots in the Creek kicks off on Friday, August 18th from 5 pm to 11 pm and Saturday, August 19th from 11 am to 11 pm. See a full schedule on their website, and follow them on social media here.

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