Owen Sound is Canadian city known for its beauty, natural landscape, and strong sense of community. The city of Owen Sound is the county seat of Grey County, in Southwestern Ontario. With a population of 21,000, the city of Owen Sound is considered a small city.
The city of Owen Sound is located at the mouths of the Sydenham and Pottawatomi Rivers, on an inlet of Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, giving the city a striking quality. Owen Sound City was incorporated more than one hundred fifty years ago. Particular events, like for instance a 10-day Homecoming, were held in the year 2007 to celebrate.
The City of Owen Sound was named a Cultural Capital of Canada in 2004, and during the year 2005 became a National Communities in Bloom champion. Owen Sound City hosts numerous cultural events, such as the Festival of Northern Lights (a Christmas lights festival) and the Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival. Established in the year 1977 and held every month of August, Summerfolk attracts more than 4,000 visitors annually to Kelso Beach Park on the Georgian bay shores. The folk festival is well-known for its crafts and high quality performances. Musicians like for instance Valdy, Leahy, The Rankins and Natalie MacMaster played there before being commercially successful. Gowan, Rik Emmett, Bruce Cockburn, Stan Rogers and Blue Rodeo are among the more popular names to have graced Summerfolk stages. The Main stage features a memorial to Stan Rogers.
Professional live concerts and theatre are popular in Owen Sound City. The Owen Sound Little Theatre owns the city's 400-seat Roxy.The Youth Theatre Coalition is likewise active, presenting concert, musical and theatrical productions run by youth, for youth. A Novel Marathon is the city's fund raiser for the Adult Literacy Program of the Owen Sound and North Grey Public Library.