New music festival coming to the waterfront

Published on August 4, 2014
Hey Rosetta will release a new album Oct. 21. The band will feature some of its new music during Harbourage music festival Aug. 30.

A new summer festival is dropping anchor on the St. John’s waterfront.

Harbourage will combine music and art and will be held at St. John’s harbour Aug. 30. An impressive lineup of musicians, including Hey Rosetta!, Matt Mays, Elliott Brood, Repartee and The Novaks’ Mick Davis with his newest band, Thin Love, will fill out the music roster.

Eastern Edge Gallery on Harbour Drive will open two new exhibits as part of the festival. “Play Against,” is a large-scale video projection piece by Los Angeles-based artists Jeff and Gordon. “Cloud Ascension” is a community-driven collaborative performance with a St. John’s connection by Toronto artist Mikiki.   

Festival organizer Lorne Loder said in a news that his idea in creating the festival was to bridge the style gap between the George Street Festival and the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival. He describes Harbourage as a “contemporary, indie celebration.”  

“With so many popular and incredibly talented rock musicians in this province alone, let alone the rest of the country, we thought it would be great to show them off in a festival dedicated specifically to them,” Loder said in the release. “Awesome contemporary music and visual art, mixed with the historic and iconic status of our harbourfront. It’s going to be an exciting and unique event.”

If the idea floats, Habourage will take place on the waterfront every year. The specific location is the Fortis parking lot at 50 Harbour Dr., with space allotted for bar and food truck areas, as well as a VIP section.

Tickets are on sale now, and range from $49.50 for regular admission to $99.50 for VIP admission, which includes special access to the venue, a premium viewing area for the show and the best selection of food and beverages. All taxes and service charges are included.

The day of the show, regular admission tickets will be $55.50. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting