Ready to thaw out those winter blahs?


ICE JAMNow in its third year, Riverfest Elora’s sister fest, Ice Jam, features an all Canadian lineup with a full day of performances from celebrated acts such as alt-rockers 54•40, alt-country legends The Sadies, hip hop heroes Grand Analog, Kitchener-Waterloo folk-rockers Safe As Houses, the infectious, soulful stylings of Guelph’s Joni NehRita and local songstress Madison Galloway.

This year, Ice Jam will be held at the same location as the summer festival, along the banks of the Grand River, under a big heated tent in Bissell Park, right in the heart of Elora. The tent will be in the east parking lot of park, near the walking bridge.

You are encouraged to enjoy winter activities that the park has to offer by bringing along your skates, playing in the snow and strolling along the river.

And it wouldn’t be a true Riverfest party without an after-party downstairs at the Elora Legion (110 Metcalfe St.). We’ll be throwing a bash there with the talented WILLA after the show. After party tickets are $10 and are available at Ice Jam and at the door downstairs at the Elora Legion. After party will start at 11:30 pm. 19+ event.


Ice Jam tickets are $40 (plus applicable taxes and fees) while children 10 and under are free. Tickets available here.


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Ice Jam FAQs


General FAQs

Q: Where is Ice Jam 2016?

A: It’s in Bissell Park, 127 Mill St. E on the banks of the Grand River in Elora. Here’s how to get here.

Q: How do I get into Ice Jam once I’m at Bissell Park?

A: Ice Jam will take place in a heated tent in the east parking lot near the walking bridge. You can enter the grounds by walking down the hill beside the Grandview Gas Bar. The parking lot will be pedestrian only.

Q: Where do I park my car?

A: THERE IS NO PARKING ON SITE. There is limited space for those with disabilities on a first come, first served basis. Parking is available on the side streets surrounding Bissell Park and in downtown Elora. There is a large parking lot located by the old Little Folks factory, located across from the LCBO when entering downtown Elora.

Q: Will any weather cancel the fest?

A: Nope. Snow, slush, rain, or shine, we are on. It’s a winter festival for goodness sakes so bring on the flakes!

Q: When do the gates open?

A: 3 pm. Scroll up to read the full schedule.

Q: Will there be an ATM on site?

A: No. There are several banks in town with ATMs. Bring cash!

Q: What is the Ice Jam hash tag?

A: #icejam16

Q: Where is the Ice Jam after party?

A: At the Elora Legion (110 Metcalfe St.), of course featuring Vancouver’s WILLA. Tickets are $10 and will be available at Ice Jam and at the door of the after party downstairs at the Legion. After party starts at 11:30 pm. 19 and up.



Q: Where can I get tickets in advance?

A: You can get them online here, as well as at Ashanti Elora (8 Mill St. W) and Bread Bar Guelph (105 Gordon St.).

Q: Is there re-entry once I have entered the grounds and received my wristband?

A: Yes.

Q: Do I have to print my ticket?

A: Tickets do not need to be printed as they can be scanned from phones.

Q: I want to bring my kids. How much will that cost me?

A: Children 10 and under are free with a paid guardian. However, in order to get their wristband, they will need to be with their paid guardian at the festival gate (who must present their ticket). Children 10 and under will not be given a wristband if they are not accompanied by a paid guardian.

Q: Will there be tickets available to purchase at the gate?

A: If tickets are available at the gate, it will be announced on our Facebook and Twitter pages beforehand. Tickets purchased at the gate will be CASH ONLY. Best buy them beforehand though!

Q: Where can I get tickets to the Ice Jam after party?

A: At Ice Jam and at the door of the after party downstairs at the Elora Legion. They are $10, cash only. After party starts at 11:30 pm. 19 and up.


What to/what not to bring

Q: How should I dress?

A: Warm! Though the concert is taking place in a heated tent, it will be outdoors and we don’t want anyone getting cold. Long johns, toques, mittens and winter coats are all encouraged. You can always take layers off if you need to.

Q: Can I bring my pet to Ice Jam?

A: Unfortunately, no pets are allowed at the fest. Service dogs are most welcome!

Q: Can I bring in my skates?

A: No. There is a skating rink on site which you are more than welcome to skate on, but you’ll have to leave your skates out of the concert area.

Q: Can I bring a seat? Will there be seating provided?

A: It is a standing concert, so there will be no seats. If you need a seat or have a disability, get in touch with and we can work something out.


Food & Drink

Q: Can I bring in any food or drinks?

A: No outside food or drink allowed. Sorry! There will be food vendors on site.

Q: Is there alcohol available for sale?

A: Yes! Our friends from Wellington Brewery, Pommies Cider and the Elora Brewing Company will be serving on site. You’ll need a Riverfest mug too!

Q: Do I need an Ice Jam/Riverfest mug for my purchased alcohol?

A: Why, yes, yes you do! All alcohol will be served in our signature Ice Jam/Riverfest mugs. Mugs will be available for purchase on site for 5 dollars. You can also bring your mugs from Riverfest! Other mugs will not be accepted.

Q: Will there be non-alcoholic hot drinks?

A: Yes. They will be served up by our friends from Ashanti Elora.

Q: I’m hungry. Will there be anything to eat?

A: Of course. There will be food vendors at the fest providing a variety of options, including offerings for those with dietary restrictions and requirements.


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