Music lovers will want to make their way to Tlell on Haida Gwaii during the first weekend of August for the Edge of the World Music Festival, with the 2011 offering promising to be bigger than festivals of years past.
Traditionally the gates for the festival have open later in the morning on Saturday and Sunday, but this year they open at 10 a.m on both Saturday and Sunday to accommodate the additional performers.
Another change this year that reflects the growth in the festival is the timing of performances – in the past people who missed a headliner or band on Friday or Saturday could catch them again later in the weekend, but that is not the case this year. For example Saturday night headliners The Odds, who were most recently the house band for the Vancouver Canucks, will be wrapping up the festival on Saturday night with their only performance of the weekend while a tribute performance to long-time festival volunteer and performer Bob Bullechuk can only be seen on Friday
However, one thing that hasn’t changed this year is that the festival will showcase a mix of both on and off-island talents with five headliners and nine featured artists joining well-known local acts that include the Percy Williams Orchestra, the Harmonie Rose Trio, Rip Tyde, Air Kanada and more. Closing out the festival is Wayne Lavallee, Best Male Artist from the 2010 Aboriginal Music Awards.
Also returning to the Tlell Fairgrounds this year is a wide range of vendors and fringe activities that range from a dance-music-poetry drama called Salmon Dance to a puppet show to bubbles and stilt walkers.
The alcohol and drug free nature of the Edge of the World Music Festival, which runs from August 5 to August 7 this year, ensures a family-friendly event. For more information on the festival, including a list and schedule of performers, visit www.edgefestival.com