Small Halls celebrates festive season across the Valley

OTTAWA REGION – Get festive in small halls across Eastern Ontario. The Ontario Festival of Small Halls is bringing big names in music to even more special places this holiday season.

The festival is growing its holiday offerings, while presenting 13 shows leading up to Christmas opening with two Juno-nominated artists, the undeniable musical talent of Royal Wood, as well as the Fortunate Ones known for their dynamic live performance and unforgettable harmonies. The Festival is also delighted to bring back Còig, one of Atlantic Canada’s premiere traditional groups, with driving tunes, haunting songs and infectious energy during explosive performances. Newfoundland’s own, The Once, will again fill beloved halls with their modern indie folk take on the holidays – with fun stories thrown in for laughs and good measure.

Small Halls is also at the big hall in partnership with the National Arts Centre, presenting extraordinary evenings of music, featuring A Winter’s Night with Donovan Woods and The Opposition, Skydiggers & Basia Bulat and the legendary, Matt Andersen and Friends with special guest appearances by Terra Lightfoot, William Prince and Joey Landreth.

“These holiday shows are a chance to gather together, celebrate community and dive into the season’s festivities,“ general manager of the Ontario Festival of Small Halls, Kelly Symes said, noting this is the fourth year of bringing holiday-themed performances to beloved venues and the biggest series yet.

Symes said the cherished halls and brilliant Canadian artists create an unforgettable festive experience during this heart-warming time of year. Take a break from the holiday hectic and get cozy as we celebrate comfort music and the warmth that special places can bring when discovering new music and reveling in authentic award-winning Canadian artists.

Friday, Nov. 29

Royal Wood – Joshua Bates Centre, Athens

Fortunate Ones – Almonte Old Town Hall

Saturday, Nov. 30

Royal Wood – Marble Arts Centre, Tweed

Fortunate Ones – Seeley’s Bay Community Hall

Sunday, Dec. 1

Fortunate Ones – Merrickville United Church

Friday, Dec. 6

The Once – St. John’s United Church, Brockville

Còig – Delta Old Town Hall

Saturday, Dec. 7

The Once – DACA Centre, Dacre

Còig – Manotick United Church

Sunday, Dec. 8

Còig – St. Andrew’s United Church, Pakenham

Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14

A Winter’s Night with Donovan Woods & The Opposition, Skydiggers & Basia Bulat – National Arts Centre

Friday, Dec. 20

Christmas with Matt Andersen and Friends with special guest appearances by Terra Lightfoot, William Prince & Joey Landreth – National Arts Centre

Tickets are on sale now. Please visit or call 613-402-1425 for more information or to purchase.