The schedule for the 2020 festival is under construction.
Friday August 7th
Saturday August 9th
Morning Jam in the beverage garden
( Free for all pass holders )
*bands and times subject to change
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Some come just for the food trucks! Ain’t no festival unless the Vendor Village is 100% on point!
We hand pick through hundreds of applicants for only the best. Aside from our killer sound systems, our food and beverage game will blow your mind.
Wapiti Vendor Village has a variety of global fare that is Instagram ready! Pair it all with a local craft beer or BC VQA wine. Hot damn!!
Weekend Passes for Wapiti are $89, we always sell out so now it the time! Kids are free and seniors are $5. (Kids still need a pass, so grab that at checkout too.)
See you this August in Fernie BC
Chantel, Artistic director at Wapiti chats with Danno O’Shea
Band leader and drummer of My Son the Hurricane! (2 min read)
Chantel: What is the music style of MSTH?
Danno: Well, we call it brasshop…tons of horns, multi drummer, multi singer…it’s a dance floor starter for sure. It’s like voltage enhance Lawrence Welk without the lime green suits. Ha!
Chantel: What kind of a performance do you aim for and why should people come out to see you all play at Wapiti?
Danno: We try and be the most intense, booty-shakin’, stage exploding band most people have ever seen. It’s 6 horns, it’s crazy drumming and it’s a light show all with the two wildest front people you’ve seen. So often people of all ages tell us they have never seen anything like it. That’s the kind of yelp review we’re looking to make each night on tour! We have literally carried each other off stage after shows because everyone is trying to outdo each other going buck wild and crazy. Just come dance mmmkay?!
Chantel: Where is the band from originally and how many dates are you touring this summer?
Danno: We’re from Niagara! It’s beautiful there and we’ll be on the road 75-80 dates. This is “The Shape of Funk to Come” Tour and it stretches 10 provinces and 8 states.
A final thought: This is a band of friends who feel like a family, a group that smiles a ton on stage, and a group that is hanging out before and after the show because we love each other and love the life we have touring and playing music. You’ll see it, you’ll hear it and we promise you that you’ll feel it.
My Son the Hurricane plays Wapiti Saturday, August 11th at 9:45 pm. Find them on Spotify and YouTube until then!
Kids are very much welcome at Wapiti. Wapiti truly is an all family event.
Here is what you need to know:
1. Kids 12 and Under are FREE – Youth pricing ages 13-18 is $49 for a Weekend Pass, tax is included.
2. Clean drinking water is available on site. Please bring empty plastic or metal water bottles. Also don’t forget the sunscreen.
3. Parents, be aware of the Elk River and the Duck Pond. Both could be hazardous and children need to be supervised.
4. Shade tents and Umbrellas, please set up shade tents and umbrellas along the back “wall” of the festival grounds. You will see the signs. No umbrellas or tents in the middle of the field.
5. TD Kids Tent! Thanks to the wonderfully kind and generous local staff at the TD Bank, the TD Kids Tent is OPEN SATURDAY 1-4pm. Crafts are provided. All Children must be accompanied by an adult.
6. Make sure to check out some of the interactive sculptures around the festival made by local artists.
We started a tradition at Wapiti a number of years ago. Instead of our logo and poster art on the festival shirts, why not create an opportunity for a local artist to design the shirt and pay them for their time. Every year the shirts and tanks sell out, so I believe this can be called a complete success! Here are some past shirts I have been keeping in my Wapiti tickle trunk. (Mind the wrinkles).
This year we tapped local artist Aidan Lindsay for her perspective. I’ve always chatted with her at Wapiti, so I knew she was already a fan of the festival. I caught up with her at her adorable house in the Annex (perfect walking distance to the festival she noted).
Chantel: Tell me a little bit about your history with creating art? What kind of artist are you?
Aidan: Well, I started painting in grade 12, nature has always inspired me. I paint with acrylic on canvas, so that allows me to get a bit abstract with the pieces, which I really like to do. This year I have a show at the Fernie Wellness Centre, so that’s been exciting. I’ve always been interactive in the art community as well, I’ve done the body paint comp and the dumpster art project.
Chantel: So what’s your story Aidan? How did you land in Fernie?
Aidan: I came to Fernie in 2007 to ski and like most people here I got stuck ha ha. I did leave for school, for a bit, then I made my way back and now I work at Teck. I’m in permitting in the environmental department.
Chantel: I’ve seen you at Wapiti before, are you a fan?
Aidan: Oh yes totally. Wapiti is awesome. It’s so small-town and quaint. You know everyone and everyone is just pumped. I don’t always know the bands that are playing but that’s the cool part because you discover new music and come out a fan of them.
Chantel: So you have been working on the 2015 merch shirt, tell me more deets!
Aidan: For sure! Well, I wanted to stick to the elk theme, and the setting. The three sisters are in there! I also wanted to keep it simple and clean. I added in some musical notes just to round out the elk-music-festival theme. Haha there was a lot of trial and error with this project. I think I’ve got everything fully represented on the shirt.
Aidan’s art is currently on display at The Fernie Wellness Centre on second ave. Also, she recently completed a stunning mural on the back of a local second ave business. www.aidanlindsay.ca
Her two dumpster art projects can be seen behind Freshies and behind the Royal!