Live Music at Our Annual Catered Festivals


Want to learn more about the music presented at the Festival? Every year the Festival features live music as arranged by Jim Casson, a well-known Fonthill professional drummer and percussionist musician who happens to be the son of Marilyn Casson, an original Festival Volunteer. Typically, on the Friday evening Opening Night, the music is energetic, engaging and wonderful. On Saturday the music is quiet background style, and on Mother’s Day Sunday, the background music tends to be a little more upbeat.

Now during the pandemic, we all find new ways to enjoy and experience art and music. If you look, "Art" is everywhere in everyday things. Even though this style of music may not have been heard at our previous In-Person Festivals, it is certainly appropriate for the online experience. Check out the following links:

"Dmitri" by The Reluctant Cosmonaut from the album "Ninety-Three Days". Jim Casson - piano, synth, gongs, composer, director available on iTunes and Bandcamp. This is an artsy, atmospheric piece that reflects the early days of the COVID-19 shutdown experience.

Here is another video that Jim Casson recorded with a group called 'The New Normal', which he is a part of. We invite you to's to a reggae beat and is called... “Six Feet Apart”...about the pandemic. Music inspired by COVID-19!!

This next one sounds more like what you might typically hear at an in-person Festival. This is from local musician Mark Lalama’s new project. Provided to YouTube by CDBaby Walk Me Home · Dizzy & Fay Walk Me Home ℗ 2021 Dizzy & Fay Released on: 2021-02-12 Auto-generated by YouTube.


​Since we do not know how long COVID -19 will continue to spread, we wish to keep artists, volunteers and the community of
people who enjoy attending the Annual Pelham Art Festival safe. As we practice social distancing and spend more time at home
to avoid spreading the virus, look for Facebook and Instagram posts showcasing the work of each artist on social media as we missed seeing them in person in May 2020 since the 2020 show needed to be cancelled. ​2019 was our last in-person festival.


The 33rd Pelham Art Festival in 2019

Pelham Art Festival 2019, the Premiere Southern Ontario Spring Art Festival held in the spacious Accipiter arena at the Meridian Community Centre, 100 Meridian Way, in the Village of Fonthill, Town of Pelham, Ontario is a must for art lovers; a show and sale of prestigious original fine art by artists and artisans who collectively present thousands of choices in a vibrant array of style, medium and message.

Opening Night Friday

Opening Night presents the first opportunity to find and purchase favourite pieces of artwork. Everyone enjoyed live musical entertainment at the 2019 Festival by the Khea Emmanuel Trio, jazz musicians with piano, bass and drums, sampled complimentary hors d’oeuvres catered and served by Welland's Rose City Kids, and enjoyed Niagara wines served in our Wine Garden.


The live musical entertainment continued with Carol Farrar, Niagara harpist. Saturday is "meet the artists" day and for enjoying artists demonstrations. Meridian Credit Union volunteers held a Children’s Scavenger Hunt for all the children, and the PAF committee welcomed everyone to participate in a Collaborative Art Activity. The attending Festival public and our artists, enjoyed a delicious a la carte luncheon in our Salvador Deli catered by Churchhill Natural Meats and Nature’s Corner Bakery and Cafe.


Sundays are a celebration of Mother's Day, the perfect day to invite Mother's to admire inspirational works of art and select the perfect piece just for her. It's the day to treat her to a fantastic Mother’s Day Brunch, catered and served by Churchhill Natural Meats and Nature’s Corner Bakery and Cafe in our onsite Salvador Deli. The Wine Garden remained open and singer-songwriter Robert Kilian on piano entertained the Mothers and their families. Art demonstrations, the Collaborative Art Activity and the popular Art Scavenger Hunt all continued to engage everyone.