Land Acknowledgement

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Kempenfest acknowledges the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg people, which include the Odawa, Ojibwe, and Pottawatomi Nations collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy. We also acknowledge the Wendat Nation (Huron) who occupied these lands prior to the middle of the 17th century.

We are dedicated to honouring Indigenous history and culture and recognize the enduring presence of Indigenous peoples on this land. We are committed to moving forward in the spirit of reconciliation and respect with all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit People.


Our Partners are Simply the Best

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Media Partners

Without these great folks, Kempenfest would be the world’s best-kept secret. Instead, our media partners play a critical role in promoting the festival to hundreds of thousands of people. Whichever is your go-to favourite for news, information, or music – you’ll be kept up to date on what’s happening at Kempenfest.

Live Concert Partners

Music is such a major part of Kempenfest with nearly 50 hours of programming between two stages. We thank our key partners in making this all possible.
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Government and Industry Partner

An event the magnitude of Kempenfest could not be possible without tremendous support at all levels of Government – from the City of Barrie and Tourism Barrie, to the County of Simcoe and the Province’s Regional Tourism Organization RTO7, the Trillium Foundation, Festivals and Events Ontario to our national Armed Forces at Base Borden. Our community is strong and vast – and we thank all of our government and industry supporters.

Our Not-For-Profit Organizers

An event the magnitude of Kempenfest could not be possible without the non-profit groups who organize and staff the festival. They are the heart and soul of Kempenfest, and sole beneficiaries of the funds raised through exhibitor fees, food sales, sponsorships, and so much more. And when we say they are the beneficiaries, it’s our community who benefits! Nearly every dollar raised at Kempenfest is poured back into the community through the hundreds of projects these groups support.

Official Suppliers

An event the magnitude of Kempenfest could not be possible without the contributions of these not-for-profit groups, who help organize and staff various aspects of the festival. They are the heart and soul of Kempenfest.


Thank you for your support.

Kempenfest has been truly blessed by some of the most incredible partners we could ask for. The cost to present a major festival like Kempenfest have surpassed a half million dollars this year. And the only way to keep Kempenfest free to attend (except for the evening concerts) is by relying on the generous support of our partners. Many of them are here on site throughout the weekend, so when you see them – thank them – for helping Kempenfest thrive for over 51 years.

Looking to be a Kempenfest Sponsor? Learn more on our Become a Sponsor page.