Splash of Culture


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395 Mulock Drive P.O. Box 328 Station Main, Newmarket, Ontario
L3Y 4X7

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Thank you for an unforgettable Splash of Culture 2022,  be sure to check back next summer for the details, date and time for the 2023 Splash of Culture event presented by Mercedes-Benz Newmarket.

Splash of Culture 2022

Friday, September 9, 2022 | 7 to 9 p.m. 
Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) 
Free admission (registration not required) 

Join us for an evening of musical performances by very talented artists in a unique setting as we transform the Mercedes-Benz Newmarket Skating and Water Feature into a beautifully lit stage complete with a baby grand piano. Be sure to complete your summer with this memorable event. 

Registration is not required for this free event. Tables and seating will be available on a first-come, first serve basis.
Bringing your own seating is also permitted.  

Old Flame Brewery will be on site, with beer and wine available for purchase. Light food options will also be available (cash only). 

Performance schedule: 

  • 7 p.m. Charissa 
  • 7:30 p.m. Ryan Ainsworth, Manny De Grandis, Jesse Karwat, and Craig Riley

  • 8:15 p.m. Logan Staats 

Meet our Performers: 

Logan Staats 

Logan Staats is a veracious Mohawk singer-songwriter who was chosen from 10,000 hopeful contestants vying for a spot on the musical competition show "The Launch". Before an audience of 1.4 million viewers, Staats won, starting the breakthrough that would lead him to Nashville and Los Angeles, and to his single "The Lucky Ones" reaching number one in Canada and winning the Indigenous Music Award for best radio single. We are very excited to host Logan this year. Logan's powerful performance is rooted in honest storytelling and reflection. 

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Ryan Ainsworth, Manny De Grandis, Jesse Karwat, and Craig Riley 

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Glenn Marais is unable to perform at Splash of Culture this year. We are excited to welcome Ryan Ainsworth, Manny De Grandis, Jesse Karwat, and Craig Riley to play a roots rock set. 

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Drawing from her twin passions for Americana and classic Soul, Charissa weaves new, original stories that are at times gleefully hopeful, tearfully heartbreaking and always a perfect blend of modern and timelessness.

"I grew up listening to a lot of timeless music of various genres, but it wasn't until I was a little older that I started to really listen to the words," she says. "I've always been inspired by big soulful voices such as Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston. I'd have to say, my biggest influence is Stevie Nicks because of her poetic lyrics and that little bit of mystery she brings to her songs. She is an iconic strong woman who I truly look up to."

What ultimately drives Charissa is an unwavering vision to be herself.  She is right where she is supposed to be in this moment—setting out on a lifetime of making music that is sure to have a deep and lasting impact.

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