Music festival fast approaching

  • Jul. 2, 2012 9:00 a.m.

Submitted article–Mix beats, rhythms, great vendors, lanterns like never before, and that Haida Gwaii magic, and you’ll have another fantastic Edge of the World Music Festival.This year, it’s easier than ever to get your discounted advanced tickets – Just go to our website, www.edgefestival.com, and buy your tickets online! EOTW has joined the modern age. Click and buy through the secure services of PayPal. Tickets will be available online at a discounted price ($50 adult weekend pass, and $100 family weekend pass) only until August 1, when they’ll still be available online, but at the gate price ($60 adult weekend pass, and $120 family weekend pass). Discounted advanced tickets will also be available at the QC Visitor Centre and the EOTW booth at the fall fair.There are still lots of ways to get involved in making this festival the most memorable. The most rewarding may be to attend one of the two free lantern making workshops offered in honour of Joanne Hayward. Germain will be putting on these free workshops on July 21 and 22, and July 27 and 28- 10 am to 5 pm, in Port.Let’s make this the biggest and most incredible lantern parade ever, a tribute to Joanne who was such a guiding light for so many of us. Check our website for more details. Register now to save your space!A few coordinator positions have been left unclaimed – not many, mind you – so if you want the glory and recognition, along with hospitality service all weekend, contact Janet to get involved. Is that not enticing enough? Did I mention you get invited to the VIP pre-festival garden party where you can shmooze with our musical guests, you get to sit in the exclusive director’s tent (great in the sun or the rain) and that the incredibly talented Roberta Olson of Skidegate is providing the hospitality this year? Yeah, I thought that would be more appealing.Our next meeting is July 7 at the Alaska View Lodge (Stage Cabin) at 4 pm. Potluck and dance party for a slew of birthdays to follow.Interested in the production end of putting on a music festival? The sound and lights are what truly make our musicians shine. This year there’s an opportunity for locals to take part in this side of the festival. If you have experience with light, sound, being a stagehand, or wish to gain some experience in these areas, contact Mike Hennigan, 559-8015.Don’t forget the hilarious Adopt an Outhouse competition! If you are an organization or a business, this is your perfect captive audience. All you have to do is decorate the outhouse and keep an eye on it for the weekend. It’s a creative and endearing way to reach your audience and spread your message. Perhaps you are looking for a more traditional way to spread your message? There is still space in our full colour program for advertisers. Program rates are very reasonable, and the program reaches over 1,500 patrons of the festival (and, of course, people hold on to the programs forever as a keepsake for the best weekend of their lives!) Contact Janet through our website if you wish to advertise, via outhouse or program.Who’s playing? FM Hi Low, with their beat boxing, reggae grooves; Alseny Diallo and Kikeyambay, an energetic traditional West African drum and dance show; C.R. Avery, The Broken Mirrors, Road Engine Dreams, West My Friend, Aurora Jane, Maria in the Shower, Liron Man, Dave Soroka, Dr. Fishy, and The Pernell Reichert Band.Local highlights are fresh tunes from Honey Brown, the ever-so-popular sounds of Out of the Blue, and possibly the last EOTW performance for Air Kanada! Returning favourites are White raven / T.Wlls Unplugged, Harmonie Rose Trio, Kevin Husband, Dub Jackson, Rip Tyde, and, health permitting, the Percy Williams Orchestra.You don’t want to miss this festival. Get your tickets now, dust off the dancing shoes, and come join the magic.

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