Southside Shuffle brings full slate of Canadian talent to Mississauga this weekend

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Published September 10, 2021 at 7:54 pm

The Shuffle Demons will perform at the Southside Shuffle

While jazz and blues are on the menu, organizers of Mississauga’s Southside Shuffle say a return to normalcy will also play a big part in the jazz and blues festival this year.

This weekend the Shuffle will see live performances again at Memorial Park in Port Credit after the event was exclusively a virtual affair in 2020 because of COVID-19.

“We were bound and determined not to do another virtual event this year,” said Kristine Kane, chair of this year’s festival. “I think people are tired of virtual. They need live music.”

And live music is what they will get during the three days of the festival that begins tonight and runs through Sunday.

A full slate of performances will begin on two different stages featuring such acts as Bywater Call, Everyday People and the Downchild Blues Band as headlining acts.

Other featured performers are the Shuffle Demons, Miss Emily, the Durham County Poets, Corey Diablo and Suzie Vinnick, among others.

And while normalcy is the goal, it won’t exactly be business as usual.

Several COVID-19 protocols will be in place including limited ticketing for some of the events. As well, there will be no Street Shuffle along Lakeshore Rd. and the popular vendor market will also be absent.

Kane said the absence of these aspects of the Southside Shuffle will be missed, but added there should be more than enough music in the park to keep people satisfied.

“Our line-up is solid,” she said. “This year it is 100 per cent Canadian with a lot of talented people who know how to put on a good show. Audiences won’t be disappointed.”

Single day passes cost $15 and a weekend pass is $35.

The complete schedule of events can be found here.

 

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