Where is Goderich?
The Huron Harp Fest is located on the shores of Lake Huron, in beautiful Goderich, Ontario. Often called the “prettiest town in Canada,” Goderich is located roughly 225km west of Toronto.
Where does the festival take place?
Workshops take place at Goderich District Collegiate Institute, 260 South St., Goderich. Evening concerts take place at The Livery Theatre, 35 South St., Goderich. Both locations are fully-accessible one-level buildings.
Where can I stay?
Goderich boasts many hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts to meet all your accommodation needs. Please contact Tourism Goderich for more information. The site also has information about restaurants and local attractions.
In 2019, a Comfort Inn will also be opening in Goderich.
Can I rent a harp?
Harpsicles are available for rent at the festival. Please book when you register. Other harps are available for rent from The Harp Nest. Please contact them directly.
Will there be secure storage for my harp at the school?
Yes, there will be a supervised harp corral where you can leave your
well-labelled harp (and music stand) during the festival. You can drop
it off Friday evening so you don’t have to lug it to your B&B or hotel
room. (Time to be confirmed.) All harps must be removed by 1 pm Sunday.
Will there be a chance to just play my harp with other people?
In addition to Sharon’s “Join the Jam” session on Saturday afternoon, There will be opportunities for playing with others in a casual way during the weekend.
Harp jams will be led by our own Sharon Johnston who has lots of experience making the music fun for all. It doesn’t matter if you are new to the harp, or an accomplished musician, you will be able to join in at your comfort level.
Music reading is not required, you can come with your own suggestions or follow Sharon’s lead. Here is a short list of possibilities but at a harp jam, anything goes!
Brian Boru’s March
Eriskay Love Lilt
In the Jungle
Song of the Chanter
Long long Ago
John Ryan’s Polka