Westben Arts Festival Theatre
6698 County Rd. 30 N.
Campbellford, Ontario, K0L 1L0
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Westben …Experience Music in a Natural Setting
Nestled amongst peaceful hills on a 50 acre farm, 3km north of Campbellford, two hours east of Toronto, Westben’s primary performance venue is a custom-built, timber-frame barn. The Barn seats 400 and combines state-of-the-art acoustics with a rustic yet sophisticated atmosphere. On sunny days from June to August massive walls and doors roll away allowing music to waft over the surrounding meadow. Imagine sunshine, smiles and fresh country breezes while listening to everything from Bach to Broadway favourites, opera, jazz, folk, fiddle and world music!
In partnership with the Trent Hills Municipality, Westben moved into the Clock Tower Cultural Centre in downtown Campbellford in 2015. This newly renovated historic building is the new home of the Westben Centre for Connection & Creativity through Music, along with the year round Box Office, music library, costume storage and rehearsal rooms with an intimate performance space.
Westben presents 40 performances in 2018 at The Barn, The Clock Tower and other venues in the area. The Westben Jazz Fringe Festival in 2018 continues with performances at restaurants in Warkworth, Hastings and Campbellford and the Clock Tower Cultural Centre. The Barn will host 26 performances and over 200 guest artists from across Canada and Europe in 2018 with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Collin Mochrie, Sarah Harmer, Michael Kaeshammer, The Step Crew, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Montreal Jubilation Choir, Danel String Quartet with Marc-Andre Hamelin, and many other wonderful artists. In June the fully staged musical Joseph & the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat will star Adam Fisher with Kimberly Coulson-Dafoe and a community cast.
Westben is looking forward to presenting many more performances in the future featuring everything from Bach to Broadway favourites, opera, jazz, fiddling, comedy and world music. Westben’s Community Events will continue to develop year-round, including its Large Ensemble programs (e.g., the Choruses and the Wind Ensemble) as well as the growing number of life-long learning programs including the First-Friday Lunchtime Tick Talks. Community musicals and Christmas programs will also continue.