Kempenfest recognized in FEO’s Top 100 Festivals, and announce 2023 headliners!

BARRIE ONTARIO, March 15, 2023

Organizers of Barrie’s largest festival have announced their headliner concert series for this year’s annual Kempenfest – which takes place August 4-7, 2023 at Barrie’s waterfront. The announcement coincided with the festival being named to the exclusive Ontario Top 100 list published by the Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) organization at their recent annual conference in Niagara Falls.

Kempenfest’s Marketing Director Tom Aikins shares this year’s philosophy on music. “One of our objectives this year was to keep the music “fresh” meaning new bands that have not performed at Kempenfest in the past. The application deadline closed on March 1st with over 350 live performance applications. Our community is overflowing with great talent.”

This year’s headlining concerts will include performances by:

Finger Eleven, Vilivant, Falset, and Fortunate Losers – Friday, Aug 4th

Tom Cochrane, Harm & Ease, Bigfoots Hand, and Lyric Dubee – Saturday, Aug 5th

Jade Eagleson, Cory James Mitchell, Dayna Reid, and Mackenzie Leigh Meyer – Sunday, Aug 6th

Brian Neale & Northern Harbour’s Margaritaville Party – Monday, Aug 7th

Limited Early-Bird tickets for evening concerts are available now at

Kempenfest 2023 has two stages – the OLG Main Stage in the Rotary Beer Gardens, and the KOOL-FM Family Stage in the Youth Village, with over sixty hours of live programming between them.

Kempenfest’s Marketing Committee Chair Ashlea Growcott (who represents the Barrie Art Club on the Kempenfest organizing committee) was on hand at the FEO Conference in Niagara Falls to accept the FEO Top 100 award. “We are truly honoured to be named to such an exclusive list of festivals and events. To be recognized by our peers in the industry, for our hard work in producing such a large event, is both humbling and motivating for us to improve the festival even more.”

For the full list of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals & Events visit

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