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Fashion, music and beer to enliven downtown this summer

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Journal Staff

The Powerboat festival may be gone, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be anything to do this summer in downtown Sarnia.

Sarnia Fashion week is returning for its third year on June 24, said co-founder Meghan Dibrita.

“It is kind of like a social and fashion event,” she said “We’re trying to bring a fashion presence, because there’s not that many places to go and get dressed up.”

The 19-plus event will see Lochiel Street closed for the evening and to showcase a series of fashion shows, dance performances and a live concert at the end of the night.

“We’re trying to promote as many local businesses as possible,” she said.

“Fashion stores, all the dance teams are local, the food is local — even the artist,” she said of Sarnia native and Canadian Country Music award winner Eric Ethridge.

Tickets are $35 and include the concert. Further details can be found at

An event for music lovers follows the next month when Beats on the Street will once again take over the Julia Street parking lot beside the Refined Fool Brewery.

The outdoor event the weekend of July 21-22 will bring together bands, DJs and local food vendors.

“It’s just a party,” said Nelson Mella, a.k.a. DJ Phatfingers, one of the founders who will also perform on the Friday.

“We’re trying to bring people downtown to come hang out and have a good time.”

The music starts 6 p.m. on the Friday with several DJs taking the stage. Saturday will see a variety of local acts take the stage starting at 1 p.m., including That Dirty Racket, The Gypsy Flats and Marty Oblak.

Proceeds from the 19-plus event will support St. Clair Child and Youth.

Tickets are $10 in advance and available at the Refined Fool Brewery.



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