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Time to Rock the Porches Again!

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Porch Fest is set to light up the South East Hill once again!

August 24, 2023

The porches will sing once again this year as Porch Fest returns to the Southeast Hill in Medicine Hat for a one-day event hosting 13 groups or artists performing on August 26, 2023. This event is the brainchild of Rob and Shannon Pape, who were inspired by a similar event in Ontario, PorchFest promises to be an unforgettable day of live music, community bonding, and artistic expression.

Imagine strolling through a neighbourhood adorned with historic homes and picturesque boulevards, where the sounds of local performers fill the air. PorchFest takes the concert experience to the great outdoors, as local artists set up their instruments on front lawns and porches, serenading audiences with their melodies. This event truly embodies accessibility, openness, and inclusivity – inviting everyone to revel in the joy of live music in a refreshing outdoor setting.

Rob Pape shares his excitement: "PorchFest is designed to be as inviting and inclusive as possible. It's a unique opportunity for Medicine Hat residents to embrace live music in a way they haven't before. The Southeast Hill comes alive with families, friends, and couples, all sharing smiles and happiness."

As the sun graces the sky with its warmth, you're invited to embark on a musical journey. From lawn chairs to delectable snacks, bring along your essentials for a day of auditory delights. Don't forget to bring your furry friends along to enjoy the festivities as well. And here's the best part – PorchFest operates on a donation-based system, ensuring that the magic of music reaches everyone.

The 2023 PorchFest Medicine Hat Schedule: A Melodic Marvel

Get ready for a day of harmony as the 2023 PorchFest schedule unfolds! With the weatherman predicting a delightful 28°C on Saturday, there couldn't be a better time to immerse yourself in the local talent that Medicine Hat boasts. The best part? It's all free!

Throughout the day, you'll have the chance to explore various performances, hopping from porch to porch in a symphony of sounds. The generous donations collected at each porch are distributed equally among all the performers, supporting the thriving local music scene.

Navigate the Musical Landscape with the Interactive Map

To ensure you don't miss a beat, PorchFest has prepared an interactive Google map that pinpoints the location of each porch and the time slot for each artist's performance. This handy tool guarantees you won't miss any of the musical magic that PorchFest has in store. Grab your friends, family, and fellow music enthusiasts and embark on a melodious adventure!

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to immerse yourself in the magic of PorchFest. Mark your calendars for August 26, 2023, and join us on Southeast Hill for a day of musical unity, community connection, and pure artistic bliss. Let the melodies sweep you away in a symphony of joy!

Remember to use #medicinehat and #medhat to share your PorchFest experience with our vibrant community. See you there!


11 - 12pm | Jack Humeny | Evangelo's Music

12 - 1pm | Netty Mac | 20 4 St SE

1 - 2pm | Eileen Wotschell | 527 Belfast St SE

2 - 3pm  | Karli Frances & Tanner Fox | 390 Aberdeen St SE

3 - 4pm | Riverside Band | 443 Aberdeen St SE

4 - 5pm | Gypsy Road | 506 Aberdeen St SE

5 - 6pm | Alicia Bigras | 520 Belfast St SE

6 - 7pm | Cannonball Knights | 326 7 St SE

12:30 - 1:30pm | By Chance | 482 11 St SE

1:30 - 2:30pm | Kyle Church | 358 12 St SE

2:30 - 3:30pm | Gary Christensen | 837 4 Ave SE

3:30 - 4:30pm | 13th Avenue | 488 9 St SE

4:30 - 5:30pm | Greg Herman | 306 7 St SE

5:30 - 6:30pm  | Derek Hintz | 407 13 St SE

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