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Hats off to Paul: Northern Lights Festival tips the hat outgoing artistic director

Musicians wanted for concert event this Friday at The Townehouse
Incoming Northern Lights Festival Boréal artistic director Max Merrifield (left) is among those honouring former artistic director, Paul Loewenberg at a Nov. 11 tribute at The Townehouse Tavern. Supplied photo

Northern Lights Festival Boréal organizers will be throwing a celebration in honour of their former artistic director, Paul Loewenberg on Nov. 11 at The Townehouse Tavern.

The evening will be a diverse musical revue from some of Sudbury's finest players and songwriters. Roots, rock, soul and a few surprises can be expected. It is designed to honour Loewenberg's contribution to the festival and celebrate the artistic vision and the  programming choices he has made over the years, through each festival lineup. 

Loewenberg dedicated 17 years to Sudbury's longest-running music festival and NLFB, although he will be transitioning into new roles within the festival. 

Stepping in as the new artistic director is Max Merrifield, the current executive director of NLFB. 

"I've learned so much from Paul and my dad, Scott Merrifield," said Max Merrifield, "I'm excited and honoured to able to put this knowledge to use and lead the artistic direction of the organization. We have a ton of exciting surprises coming, so stay tuned!"

The event will be held at The Townehouse Tavern on Nov. 11. Music will be starting at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover going towards the house band.

On the bill are Kevin Closs, Brian Dunn, Matt Foy, Chuck Roberts, Mitch Houle, Darlenya, Silvertongue and, of course, Paul Loewenberg.

NLFB has a call out for musicians with close ties to Paul to come and play a few tunes or be apart of the rhythm section. 

If interested, contact NLFB via email at [email protected].

The NLFB team will on the scene selling early bird tickets for the 2017 festival. Tickets can also be purchased at


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