Raina Douris

Raina Douris

Friday + Saturday host

Raina Douris will be taking a break from hosting her early morning radio show in the big city to host the Main Stage in the small village.

If you’ve been to Riverfest before, Raina’s no stranger … it’s her fourth year hosting so she’s basically an honourary Elorian (just ask her about drinking 50s at the Legion.)

Oh and you’ll probably be able to find her shooting confetti during Hollerado‘s set on Saturday too!

Barb Evoy

Barb Evoy

Saturday + Sunday host

Barb Evoy is a local radio/TV host, professional speaker, business owner and politician. She fits everything she loves to do into every day … but she’s quick to note that “family, friends and community come first.”

As a local, she’s super excited to see The Boo Radley Project perform because “they’re from home and represent the sounds and energy that we collectively offer both here in CW and here at Riverfest.”

Her favourite part about Riverfest? “It’s developed it’s own energy … like all the greatest annual music festivals … that glows with friendship, music, and community.”

Lana Gay

Lana Gay

Sunday host

Lana Gay is a longtime music journalist and radio broadcaster. She hosts the afternoon show on Indie 88 every weekday from 2 – 7 p.m. and returns to Riverfest for her second year as a host!

She’s proud to hail from Leamington, ON where she was raised on Motown music and Hungarian food (an underrated combo, really.)

She can’t wait to sing along to Sloan, hear the stunning voices of Jenn Grant and Hannah Georgas and end the night with the wild party that Gogol Bordello brings!

Liam Grier

Liam Grier

Saturday + Sunday host

Liam Grier is an aspiring musician, who in the past year could be found hosting open mics or busking on the streets of Elora and Toronto.

Last year, he interned with the Riverfest team, overseeing the after parties and making sure they ran smooth. We are thrilled to have him back.

He is looking forward to seeing My Son the Hurricane and Odd Years (both for the first time!) and Hollerado (again!).

Leon Obrascovs & Emmett Watters

Leon Obrascovs & Emmett Watters

Saturday hosts

Laurel and Hardy. Porgy and Bess. Diana and Dodi. You can easily add Leon and Emmett to that list of dynamic duos.

The two Boo Radley Project members (and D’Youville alumni) will be taking the stage as a hosting team again, holding things down in The Koop Tent Stage all Saturday afternoon.

They wanted me to tell you “this crazy Kong just digs these tunes” and the top acts they are looking forward to seeing are DJ Jazzy Jeff, Gogol Bordello, Odd Years and Monster Truck (“You don’t mess with the truck.”)

Howie Southwood

Howie Southwood

Friday + Saturday + Sunday host

Howie Southwood has long been a driving force behind Riverfest (his late wife Marilyn Koop founded the festival nine years ago.) In that time, he’s held pretty much every job there is at the fest: musician (he plays drums with Rawlins Cross and many other bands), stage builder, driver, handyman.

But Howie’s perhaps best known at Riverfest for his extraordinary emcee abilities. He’s manned a mic for the fest for many years now … quick with the quips and sure to put a smile on your face while speaking on stage pre or post festival set.

He’s looking forward to seeing Shred Kelly and Sloan. His words? “Mmmmmmm. I don’t know. I love live music, or you can make something up.”

Haydn Watters

Haydn Watters

Friday + Saturday + Sunday host

Haydn Watters is a journalist who works in Toronto but his heart is here in Elora, his hometown. He has been helping out with Riverfest since day one and is now one of the organizers, overseeing artisan alley, the fest’s social media/digital presence and yes, the MCs!

He plays percussion in the band The Boo Radley Project and once went to North Korea and a Carly Rae Jepsen concert on the same day.

He is most excited to see Gogol Bordello drench Bissell Park in red wine and for B.A. Johnston to hock loogies onto the floor of the Shepherd’s Pub.

Odario Williams

Odario Williams

Sunday host

Odario Williams is the frontman for the Toronto hip-hop collective Grand Analog. You might have caught them rock out in the Koop Tent Stage last summer or make us all howl like wolves at Ice Jam 2016.

You can also hear Odario on-air every Friday on CBC Radio’s q, dropping the hottest new releases each week.

He’s looking forward to seeing Pocket Dwellers do their thing. They were his introduction to Toronto when he first moved there from Winnipeg.