Local bands focus of Iron Horse lineup

Local country music band Small Town Girls, consisting of (clockwise from front left) Hannah Van Maele, Delaney Blake, Haley Van Maele, Jillian Van Daaelen, and Cassie Van Maele, will be playing at the Lynn River Music and Arts Festival in Simcoe and Sand Hill Park, east of Port Burwell, on August 3; followed by the Iron Horse Festival of St. Thomas on August 17, and the Car Show and Movie Night, a fundraiser for Tillsonburg's Annandale National Historic Site sponsored by MyMotors.ca Tillsonburg, on August 24. (Contributed photo) jpg, TN

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The lineup for the St. Thomas Iron Horse Festival main stage, August 15-18, is full of local talent.

Board executive Terri Sinclair said organizers wanted to showcase what St. Thomas and surrounding areas had to offer in terms of musical entertainment when they chose the lineup.

Small Town Girls, from the Tillsonburg-Langton area, is a band consisting of five teenage girls and will perform Saturday night.

“We chose them because they’re teenage girls and they are just up-and-coming and we like their music. They’re country,” Sinclair said. “They’re opening our country day on the Saturday.”

“Thunderstruck, the Friday night headliner, has been at the festival many times over the last 25 years and has been a crowd favourite,” Sinclair said. “All our bands are within Southwestern Ontario.”

Sinclair said it was important for the acts to remain local to give them a chance to showcase their talent.

“We like showcasing the local talent, in and around (St. Thomas), and helping them get their name out,” Sinclair said.

St. Thomas musician Aaron Allen will be headlining the Saturday night.

Malichi Male, a former mayoral candidate and St. Thomas musician, will be performing on Thursday night, as well as serving as host for the whole weekend.

The Iron Horse Festival will take place from Aug. 15-18 in downtown St. Thomas.

For more information, go to ironhorsefestival.com.


The Small Town Girls set up their merchandise table at the 2019 Norfolk County Ram Rodeo. From left are Jillian Van Daalen, Delaney Blake, Hannah Van Maele, Cassie Van Maele and Haley Van Maele. (Chris Abbott/Tillsonburg News) jpg, TN



Small Town Girls, who have opened for Brett Kissel in Barrie and North Bay, played at the Lynn River Music Festival stage on Saturday, August 3 , their fourth year at the Simcoe festival, and then later that day at Sand Hill Park, east of Port Burwell.



MyMotors.ca – Tillsonburg recently announced Small Town Girls will be special guests on Saturday, August 24th at the 2nd annual Car Show and Movie Night in Tillsonburg, a fundraiser for Annandale National Historic Site. STG will play a one-hour live set starting at 7 p.m. A free event open to the public, the car show and movie night at 7 Rouse Street West begins with the car show from 5-8 p.m. ($10 per car show vehicle, registration begins at 4 p.m.), followed by the showing of American Graffiti on an outdoor screen at dusk. Food and vendors from 5-8:30 p.m. Spectators welcome, bring your lawn chairs.