ABOUT RIVERFEST ELORA
Get ready for a full weekend of music, arts, food and culture!
Riverfest Elora 2024 is Friday August 16th, Saturday August 17th and Sunday August 18th in Bissell Park.
The festival, held along the banks of the Grand River, has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a backyard festival in 2009. After a pandemic hiatus, we are incredibly stoked to get back to Bissell for festival number 14 in 2024. Get ready for three days of art, food trucks, arts and craft vendors, community and of course, music!
Over the years, Riverfest Elora has brought an impressive array of musicians to the small town including City and Colour, The Flaming Lips, Carly Rae Jepsen, MGMT, Arkells, July Talk, Gogol Bordello, Chromeo, Metric, Blue Rodeo, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Reklaws, Walk Off The Earth, Talk, Charlotte Cardin, The Halluci Nation, Sam Roberts Band, Joel Plaskett Emergency, Maestro Fresh Wes, Wolf Parade, Alessia Cara, The Glorious Sons, The Sheepdogs, Monster Truck, Charles Bradley, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Bruce Cockburn, Hey Rosetta!, Feist, The Beaches, DJ Jazzy Jeff, k-os, The New Pornographers, Alice Merton, Mother Mother, Bruce Cockburn, Amanda Lepore, Shakey Graves, 54-40, Matthew Good, Bahamas, Sloan, Mix Master Mike, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Tokyo Police Club, Ashley MacIsaac, Dan Mangan, Yukon Blonde, Born Ruffians, Kardinal Offishall, Alan Doyle, Cuff the Duke, Wintersleep, Shad, Rawlins Cross, Kevin Breit, The Aggrolites, The Slackers, Danny Michel, and many more.
The festival was founded by Elora artist Marilyn Koop in 2009. Koop passed away in 2012 and the festival continues in her memory. Look for the giant green “M” canvas on the grounds throughout the festival.
Riverfest Elora meets on the traditional territorial lands of many Indigenous peoples. These peoples have been here since before our collective histories can recall. As an organization, we acknowledge that we are settlers on Turtle Island and are committed to fostering and repairing relationships with our indigenous communities, building upon past failures as partially outlined by The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
Elora sits on the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Anishinabewaki, Mississauga and Haudenosaunee peoples, all of which have acted as Stewards and Keepers of this land for generations.
We continue to reflect upon our biases and the true history of Canada, building our knowledge through partnerships and relationships with Indigenous groups in our communities. We acknowledge that there is always room for growth and we will continue to strive for greater Indigenous representation at our events.