A Century In The Making!

The biggest stage of the year. And we get to open it.

     For a hundred years strong, one summer festival has defined Sault Ste Marie above all others, celebrating the beauty of community and togetherness. And now, as we look forward to the Rotaryfest centennial, I am beyond proud to share that I've been invited to open the festivities! Joined by a trio of immensely talented musicians, I'll eagerly take to the main stage at 6:00 PM on the evening of Thursday, 13 July 2023. In addition to this concert, some more exciting news will be coming your way, so be sure to stay in touch! While I cannot thank the Rotary Committee of Sault Ste Marie enough for this incredible opportunity, I must acknowledge that absolutely none of this would be possible without all of your love and support. This night belongs to all of us!


With gratitude,

Mike Haggith

I mentioned a full band. Let's meet them.

Brandan Glew -  Percussion

Chris Nielsen - Lead Guitar

Jacob Quarrell - Bass Guitar

Mike Haggith - Vocals

Brandan Glew - Drums and Percussion

With a thunderous presence and an overly angelic voice, Brandan Glew takes his place behind the drums as an integral part of this year's backing band. Having worked alongside Haggith since the release of his 2015 album The Warrenside, Glew's unwavering support and remarkable percussive skills have been the backbone of their musical journey. Together, they formed an unstoppable force as members of The Din, a successful alternative rock group from the friendly confines of Sault Ste Marie. Prepare for explosive beats and captivating vocals as Glew injects his signature style, amplifying the already extraordinary sound that surrounds him.


Chris Nielsen - Lead Guitar

Fueling the fire with blistering riffs, Chris Nielsen emerges as the dynamic lead guitarist of this year's backing band. A true icon of the Sault punk rock scene, Nielsen's stage presence has captivated audiences for years, most notably through his explosive performances with A Dire Setback. Renowned for his awe-inspiring technical prowess and a strong penchant for theatrics, Nielsen brings an irresistible blend of attitude and passion to the group. Prepare for a night to remember as Nielsen ignites the stage with an enduring display of skill and sonic mastery.


Jacob Quarrell - Bass Guitar

A cornerstone of this year's backing band, Jacob Quarrell is a familiar face within the Sault music scene. Known for innovative original stylings and creative compositional arrangements as heard on his solo record Small Town Troubles, his endeavors have also led to incredible live performances with groups such as Bad Chug and Jupiter Marvelous. Stepping onto Stage One with a bass guitar and a keen performer's intuition, Quarrell promises to add an unforgettable element to an already memorable night.


Mike Haggith - Lead Vocals and Rhythm Guitar

Of course, no Mike Haggith concert would be complete without yours truly. Learn more about Mike, the stories behind the material on the concert set list, and so much more down below!


All the important stuff. Quick and easy.

WHO Mike Haggith with Brandan Glew, Chris Nielsen, and Jacob Quarrell
WHERE Rotaryfest Stage One, Clergue Park, downtown Sault Ste Marie
WHEN Thursday, 13 July 2023, 6:00 PM

Alternative. Indie. You'll find it all right here.

     Mike Haggith is an original alternative/indie recording and performing artist, residing in the growing city of Barrie, Ontario. At thirty-one years old, Haggith is best-known for his distinctive musical delivery, complimented by heavily introspective lyrics. Writing largely from personal experience as a therapeutic outlet, his discography has traced the ups and downs of relationships, life events, and the hardships of living remotely. His latest record, Bridges, takes this approach to new heights. In addition to these efforts, he hosts monthly livestreams on Facebook featuring other independent artists, and reviews albums on Mike's Spin, a  YouTube-based series.

"Amazing sound quality accompanied by great writing equals an album that you and everyone around you can appreciate"

-Next Album Please

"The album is a fantastically welcoming work of art"

-Welcome To The Gig

"[The record] is a call to build bridges between the gulfs that seemingly separate us. We all have more in common than we think"

-Bad Gardening Advice

Don't just take their word for it. Hear for yourself.


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