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Barlow here for festival

National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians Maude Barlow is set to speak at this year’s Fresh Water Jamboree on Sept. 13.

The one-day music festival raises awareness about fresh water resources in Wellington County, Ontario and Canada. There will be  a  featured presentation by Barlow on the importance of fresh water.

The festival, which takes place from noon to 11 p.m. at the Riverside Park Bandshell, is organized by Be The Artist, a Guelph-based organization promoting musicians and environmental initiatives.

Between 2,000 and 3,000 people are expected to attend the event, which will feature vendors, crafters and information booths, as well as many local musicians, a news release said.

Among the performers in this year’s festival lineup are Shane Phillips, Ian Andrews and The Smokin’ Scoundrels, James Gordon, Glen Soulis, The Soles and John Layton.

Organizers will be looking for donations and volunteers right up until the event. Those that would like to be involved can get more information online at

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