Summer concerts at Red Wagon Winery


‘Without Willow’ playing to a full house at Little Red Wagon Winery in Shawville.

Aidan Belanger

CLARENDON – When the weather warms up, locals and cottagers alike are searching for some summer fun in the Pontiac. If you’re a fan of good food, great wine and entertaining live music, look no further than the Little Red Wagon Winery in Shawville. They host music events year round, but due to the recent lift in restrictions, they were able to book a full line-up for the summer season. Owner Jennifer Dale-Judd told the Journal “We try to bring a mix of local entertainment and seasoned professionals to the area to share with our audience.”

If you’ve visited the winery before, you know the intimate experience of wining and dining in the cozy space. Gathering dietary restrictions beforehand, they offer two different supper options to choose from before the shows; you can attend the shows without enjoying dinner, as well. “We draw music loving locals but also people from Ottawa, Pembroke, and about an hour outside the area in all directions.

The artists don’t ask for huge covers so it makes everyone’s trip worthwhile.” Dale-Judd said.

So far, the winery has hosted 10 talented musicians, including Juno nominated artist Madison Violet. Dale says they are still basking in the afterglow of a stellar performance. Still to come on the lineup are a duo from Ireland, seasoned jazz artist Suzie Vinnick, and Allysann Foehring, a young folk singer from the Wakefield area. In August, gifted storyteller David Francey will be back at the winery for a second time. The supper portion of the evening is already sold out but a few spots remain to hear him. Duo Jocelyn and Ellen will be visiting from the West Coast to play, with Traditional Fare and Ruckustodian rounding out the month. The winery already has multiple acts booked late in the year as well, including the great Ian Tamblyn, Mia Kelly, Ray Harris and many more.

The musical styles of these incredible songwriters vary but often lean towards traditional and folk styles.

“As always, we are a vineyard and winery first so selling wine is always on our mind; but, we obviously love music so this has become the perfect way to introduce people to our wine as well as enjoy many
great shows!” Dale-Judd told the Journal.