Sunfest rebounded from its early end Friday with a day of cheery performances on Saturday

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Sunshine brought smiles back to Victoria Park on Saturday.

Sunfest picked up where it left off Saturday after the festival was brought to an abrupt halt by a thunder storm Friday night.

Festival-goers couldn’t wait to get back to the festivities, making their way to Victoria Park early in the afternoon on Saturday. Foot-traffic moved slowly through the rows of artisans and food vendors and the relaxed mood was met by Saturday’s early afternoon performers.

Monsoon got the day started with a mix of Indian ragas and Western jazz on the South Stage around noon. Performers followed on three other stages shortly after.

Tara Kannangara kept an audience of hundreds in the Jazz Village laid back with her early afternoon performance. It was her debut performance as a leading artist at Sunfest. Her audience basked in the sun and grooved to the vocals and trumpet playing of the Juno-nominated artist.

Kannangara said she too enjoyed the laid back nature of the afternoon.

“Everyone is incredibly kind. I’ve had people come up to me and talk to me casually. Its not so much like that in Toronto,” said Kannangara.

Following Kannangara on the jazz stage was Barbra Lica and her quintet who kept the high mood with an upbeat and happy performance of classical jazz.

Kannangara performs again in the Jazz Village at 6:15 p.m. followed by Lica for a second time at 7:30 p.m. who will play the final jazz show of the night.

The final acts of Saturday night, Bixiga 70 and DakhaBrakha, hit the two main stages at 10:00 p.m. The Brazilian and African influenced Bixiga 70 will close down the Creemore Stage with a high-octane, instrumental dance performance. At the TD Bandshell the Ukrainian DakhaBrakha will give London a show featuring everything from punk-pop to traditional Ukranian music.

Sunfest comes to a conclusion Sunday. Musical acts start as early as 11:30 a.m. in Victoria Park.

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