August 2nd, 2024
August 4th, 2024

Owen Sound's 162nd Emancipation Festival

Speaker's Corner at Grey Roots

Owen Sound's Emancipation Festival, with Grey Roots Museum & Archives, invites you to a Speaker’s Corner event on Friday, August 2, 6-9 PM to celebrate 162 years of the longest continuous festival in North America.


  • Land Acknowledgement - Ben Heywood-MacLeod
  • Emcee - Cyrus Sundat Singh
  • Cyrus Sundar Singh's Messages to Ancestors
  • Artists' Rendition of Mary Taylor featuring Tony Miller, Susan Washington, Bonita Johnson deMatteis, Valerie Tillman, and Linda Johnson
  • Sharing Memories - live and video presentations
  • Comment and Q&A period
  • Rise Dance Group

Entertainment: Juno and Maple Blues Award Nominee Brooke Blackburn 

Appetizers will be provided and refreshments will be available. Space is limited. Purchase tickets for $25 in advance. Tickets will not be sold at the Grey Roots front desk.

For more information, visit, and find the Emancipation Festival on Facebook or Instagram.

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Speaker's Corner
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Gospel Sunday at Grey Roots

Gospel Sunday is a beautiful tradition of the Emancipation Festival, which we are thrilled to once again host in Moreston Heritage Village.
Join us on Sunday, August 4, from 12-3 PM for a memorable afternoon of gospel in a picturesque setting.

Entertainment by: David Sereda & Choir and Liberty Silver.

No admission or ticket fee is charged for this event. A suggested donation of $10 is welcome and appreciated.

PLEASE NOTE: No dogs are allowed at the gospel or on the grounds of the museum with the exception of service dogs. Thank you for your understanding.


Collage of Emancipation Festival attendees


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