Catch the Gooderham spirit

by Chris Drost
Get ready to grab your lawn chair, umbrella (for sun or rain) and your dancing shoes, because the Gooderham Music Festival is taking place on Saturday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Robert McCausland Memorial Community Centre’s bandstand, located at 1043 Community Center Road.
The Gooderham Community Action Group (GCAG) is excited to bring you a mix of six different bands, something for everyone to enjoy with this third installment.
“This is my first music festival and I am really looking forward to it,” said Deborah Rohr, member of the GCAG.

Following a greater turnout than expected for Canada Day festivities, CGAG chair, Denise Winder, is anticipating lots of people coming to the music festival.
“We have hired a professional sound person which makes a huge difference,” Winder said.
“The event is free for families, but we will have a donation bucket, if people wish to help out. There will be a silent auction, food trucks, CD sales for some bands and the very popular Gooderham T-shirts with Catch the Gooderham Spirit message. The T-shirts are selling for $25,” adds Winder.

The line-up includes some well-known local bands such as Not Responsible from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Ragged Company from noon to 1:30 p.m., Bill Black from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Jeff Moulton from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Rockin’ Bobs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and the Recycled Teenagers from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
“We are thrilled to once again be invited back to this great summer event. The Gooderham Music Festival has been growing over the past few years and represents a wonderful cross-section of music for all to enjoy. Come on out and let the small-town heart beat of summer rock your soul and put some dance back into your pants,” says Jimmie 3 Sticks from the Rockin’ Bobs, representing band members Paul, Michael and Brian.

The festival will be happening rain or shine. Please bring your own chair as chairs cannot be removed from the community centre.
All the sponsors have not yet been finalized but the group is expecting assistance from Highlands East in the form of a cash donation and help with taking away the garbage.
Signs will be posted on the median about a week before the event. Watch for posters and radio ads coming soon. For up-to-date information visit