The PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls is an award-winning festival that takes place in multiple small venues across Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province. What started as a small idea has grown to become an international force, bringing talent from across the world to picturesque PEI for locals and tourists alike to enjoy.

The festival has spawned festivals in Ontario and Australia, showcasing the dynamic talents of world-famous groups in small venue settings.


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The Ontario Festival of Small Halls is about sharing a love of music in a beloved place. Brought to you by the Team Behind Bluesfest, the Festival of Small Halls brings exceptional Canadian musicians to small venues across Eastern Ontario.

Every small community has one: a treasured building that brings people together for town meetings, yoga classes, bingo games, local theatre, white elephant sales—and the list goes on.

These buildings have rich cultural histories and countless stories to tell. No two are alike. During the festival, communities across Eastern Ontario will throw open the doors of their small halls for an unforgettable night of music. Some of Canada’s best musicians will step off the big stage and hit the scenic back roads to perform in legions, schools, churches, or town halls. They will receive a warm, small-town welcome from communities of music lovers who are eager to show off their treasured halls and their hospitality, all in the name of excellent music.

Small Halls festivals are popping up around the world. What started in PEI has spread to Australia, and now to Ontario. The Festival of Small Halls is proud to join this international community dedicated to showcasing first-rate music in intimate venues.

The Festival of Small Halls is about sharing big music in small, cherished places. It’s about settling into the heart of a community, and then experiencing music with heart.


Festival of Small Halls AustraliaThe Festival of Small Halls Australia is a series of folk and contemporary acoustic music tours that pairs an international artist with an Australian group and sends them on the road to play in small halls in communities across Australia. The acts are chosen for the quality of their music, and for their ability to connect with audiences. Every night of the tour is hosted by volunteers in rural communities. The Festival of Small Halls Australia is a way of exploring the country and its culturally-rich community halls in the name of great music, hospitality, and fun.