Summertime Music Festivals

Growing up on Vancouver Island, my virtual backyard wasn’t synonymous with music festivals, but a lot has changed in the last decade or so. The hot summer months call out to music lovers from all points of the globe and draw them to our Island oasis for a number of fantastic festivals.

This summer’s various line-ups, as always, cater to a wide variety of musical preferences. Here’s what you can expect over July and August.

Vancouver Island MusicFest
Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds, Comox Valley – July 8-10, 2011
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    One of the Island’s longest running music festivals, the Vancouver Island MusicFest has gained a worldwide reputation for featuring some of the most astounding sounds anywhere. This year’s festival features David Crosby, Arrested Development, Holly Cole and the March Fourth Marching Band. A full roster can be found here. Tickets start at $149 for adults before June 30th.

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The Kulth Music Festival
Coombs Rodeo Grounds, Coombs – July 16-17, 2011
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    New to the music festival circuit is the Kulth Music Festival taking over Coombs for a weekend in July. The eclectic mix of artists includes Stars, Ron Sexsmith, Current Swell, Memphis and Funk the System. One-day tickets start at $70 online for adults and are also available at a number of shops across the Island and the Lower Mainland.

The Filberg Festival
Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park, Comox – July 29-August 1, 2011
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    A staple of my summer, the Filberg Festival features much more than music but has become legendary for filling its concert stages with phenomenal talent. This year’s Filberg Festival includes Barney Bentall, Dustin Bentall Outfit, Mae Moore, Michael Kaeshammer and local favourite Sue Medley. One-day tickets are $15 at the gate or can be purchased in advance for $13 online or at Vancouver Island Thrifty Foods locations.

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Big Time Out
Cumberland Village Park, Cumberland – August 12-13, 2011
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    One of the hottest places to be in August – in every sense of the word – is the Big Time Out. Each summer it takes the village of Cumberland by storm and brings with it a flurry of music to rock you with. This year’s line-up is still receiving its finishing touches, but already confirmed are Bedouin Soundclash, Brasstronaut, Boom Booms and Beats Antique. Stay tuned for more to be announced in the coming weeks. Two-day early bird passes are a bargain $85, so grab yours quickly!

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A few things to remember:

  • Most festivals don’t allow pets, so leave Fido at home.
  • Summertime is a hot time so bring plenty of water in your reusable bottle and fill up at tap stations.
  • Pack some snacks but also take advantage of tasty food vendors that will be available. Take your garbage with you!
  • Sunscreen is a must. Wear lots and apply often.
  • Camping is abundant so pack a tent and get the scoop on whether or not your preferred music fest has camping spots available – most do!
  • Carpooling with friends is a great idea to cut down on congestion and give the environment a hand.
  • Most of these events are family-friendly so leave the liquor at home.
On September 11th I’ll be participating in the BC-SPCA’s Paws For A Cause fundraiser – for the fourth time! Please considering donating to this extremely worthwhile cause and offering support to Jordy and I! Click here to read more.

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