Music festival becoming bigger and better

  • Jul. 4, 2011 9:00 a.m.

Submitted by Janet Rigg-In just over a month from now, the music at the edge begins. As many of you may know, the festival director and the artistic director just welcomed the arrival of their second child, a perfect (by our estimation) baby boy – Ewan Pieter Rigg-Denooij. However, that minor distraction won’t detract from our dedication to bringing you the most memorable festival to date.There are some changes happening at the edge that you should know about. In an effort to make our festival more self-sustainable, we have been forced to raise ticket prices this year – the first time in many years. However, you still have a chance to purchase tickets at last year’s prices – by going to one of the following fine establishments now and purchasing your advanced ticket: SuperValu, QC Visitor Centre, Crow’s Nest Café, Bayview Market, and Masset Grocery (adult weekend pass is $50, family weekend pass is $100).Although the price is increasing, you will be getting more for your money. This year, we have so much off-island and local talent lined up to perform that we have had to extend the festival hours. Entertainment will begin at 10 am on Saturday and Sunday, rather than noon. Not only that, but there will be very few repeat performances. No longer will Sunday be a re-run of all the acts from Friday and Saturday. This year, Sunday is its own amazing show, a relaxed country-bluegrass vibe culminating in the one time only performance of award winning aboriginal artist Wayne Lavallee. But don’t think about just coming on Sunday! On Saturday afternoon Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson will be performing songs from her new CD, and The Odds, of recent Vancouver Canucks House Band fame (though in no way responsible for the riots) can only be enjoyed as they close Saturday night. But wait, no – you can’t just come Saturday and Sunday – if you miss Friday, you miss The Percy Williams Orchestra, who will be starting the show, and the Bob Bullechuk tribute, featuring many of your local island favourites – and you know you can’t miss that.With all that action happening all weekend long, and no time to miss, why not camp rather than commute back and forth? Ah, yes, Misty Meadows campground does fill up fast, however this year your festival organizers have managed to come to an agreement to allow on-site camping! There will be camping allowed in the field near the entrance to the parking lot, and a row of parking available for RV campers. The fees and regulations are the same as they are for Misty Meadows – $16 per night, per site. We are allowing up to four campers per site, with at least one adult per site. This camping will also be first come, first serve, but you will be the closest to the action and won’t miss a thing!I know what you’re thinking – sounds fun, but what if I can’t afford it? Well, always remember that if you volunteer a mere eight hours of your time, then the cost of your festival weekend pass is entirely refunded. There are many places you can volunteer, and many are rather fun. Visit our website, www.edgefestival.com, to register your name for volunteering. Then report to the EOTW hub tent on the festival weekend to find out where you can lend a hand. While you’re online, check out the schedule of performers, visit their webpages and watch their youtube videos. Then be there festival weekend, and let the music begin ..

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