Portaging Riverfest by Brad Copping

A canoe disco ball is coming to Riverfest! Join exhibiting artist Brad Copping at the Elora Centre for the Arts (across the street from Bissell Park) Saturday morning August 19th at 10:45 a.m. before the festival grounds open.

Brad will be discussing his current solo exhibition Setting Afloat on a River in Spate and the Mirrored Canoe Project in the Minarovich Gallery. Listen to him speak about his artist in residency at the Canadian Canoe Museum and his experience paddling Reflections, a 16’ cedar strip canoe of mirrored glass, 135km through the canals and waterways linking the Lommel Glazenhuis in Belgium with the National Glass Museum in Leerdam, Holland.

Immediately following the artist talk, Copping will be portaging his canoe of mirrored glass to Bissell Park and setting afloat on the Grand River. Those interested in participating in the portage are invited to bring their canoes or kayaks to the gallery. Join the artist on the river and then watch from the water as the mirrored canoe sculpture is hoisted above the riverbank at Bissell Park to light the night for Riverfest. A canoe disco ball!

Those interested in participating in the portage are invited to bring their canoes or kayaks to the gallery for 10:45am. For the latest updates, hit attending on the Facebook event.

Twilight Zoo and the Mushroom Forest by Tim Murton

These amazing illuminated monsters, creatures and whimsical plants are why fine artist Tim Murton has been dubbed “The Monster Guy.”

Tim started the Twilight Zoo in 1996 as Halloween decorations for the kids. Featured on Martha Stewart’s Halloween Special in 2011, these wire and paper sculptures have become a regular part of the Elora landscape every fall.

Tim adds to the Zoo collection every year and as the menagerie grows so does the number of people visiting to see them. The sculptures have become a fixture at Riverfest over the past few years and are back for another year by popular demand!

Take a trip around the grounds and try to find them all!

Dancing Riverfest with the Maine Body Boutique

The Riverfest Elora Dancers will be making appearances on stage at various shows throughout the festival. Download the Riverfest Elora app to get notifications on when and where they are going to perform.

The dancers are a group of six pre-professional performance artists from Bar Harbor in midcoast Maine and are between the ages of 12 and 16.
Chosen by audition for their talent and motivation to use their art to better the world, they’ve trained in: contemporary dance, improvisation, composition, aerial arts, yoga and Pilates.
The Riverfest Elora Dancers have trained under the direction of Europe-based professional dancer and choreographer, Sachi Cote. They are thrilled to have been awarded scholarships by the festival to dance at such an event, gaining invaluable experience as young performers in such a worldly context.

The Conundrum

The Conundrum is an iconic Canadian musical instrument that has proven its cross cultural attraction over and over again. Every time the instrument is presented to the public, the admiration and excitement for the Conundrum is palpable; it brings together strangers in a deep and visceral experience that people remember about an event and carry with them into their daily lives.

Nothing builds bridges between seemingly different people in the way that making spontaneous music together does. Like the Conundrum does. Come find it inside the Kitras Art Glass Pavilion.


#MermaidsHatePlastic by Benjamin Von Wong

Benjamin Von Wong is notorious for documenting his intrepid adventures and epic photography.

His hyper-realistic art style captures the hearts and minds of viewers in a fusion of special effects and innovative concepts specifically designed to go viral and drive conversation. Benjamin’s background in engineering gives him a unique edge for creative problem solving, where technical challenges become friendly competition.
Fueled by his passion to connect with people, he has an affinity for sharing engaging stories in novel ways. He is currently focused on conservation and social impact projects.
These images by Benjamin Von Wong will be displayed at #RFE17 courtesy of Lumichrom Inc.