Hundreds will swarm to Haida Gwaii this weekend for the Edge of the World Music Festival.
The festival has taken place for approximately 30 years in different forms, moving to Tlell in 1999 where it has remained. This year, festivities will start on Friday, Aug. 8 and run until the evening of Aug. 10.
Edge of the World is a mixture of on and off-island musicians, both those who have had mainstream success and fringe artists, a children’s activity area, workshops, as well as food and merchandise vendors.
This year’s headliners are Canadian rock group Bidiniband, Vancouver-based Delhi 2 Dublin, whose primary style is a fusion of Bhangra and Celtic music, Vancouver-based Indie-Electro-R&B group Dirty Radio, Canadian finger-style guitarist Don Alder and Said the Whale, an indie rock band from Vancouver.
This year’s Haida Gwaii headliners are Air Kanada, who play everything from rock ‘n’ roll, blues and punk, to Top 40 pop hits and hip-hop, as well as Honey Brown, playing original, rhythmic music inspired by Haida Gwaii with blues, Latin, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll.
Other Haida Gwaii performers include Out of the Blue, Drive-in, Kevin Husband, Joe Hyder, Old Massett’s Tluu Xaadaa Naay Dancers, Sandra and Ivan Rose, 88 in Shanghai/Peter Douglas, Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, Tough Racket, GiG, the Andy Spiller Group and Jonny Hanuse.
There is some onsite camping, however space is limited. Festival-goers do have other options, as there are campgrounds near by and a number of bed and breakfasts on the island, all listed on the festival’s website at www.edgefestival.com.
Additionally, tickets prices and purchases for the whole weekend, or daily admission can be sought on the Edge of the World website.