Elk Run + Riot

Wapiti Music Festival Elk Run + Riot

Since forming in 2013, Elk Run & Riot have made it their priority to write songs that reflect who they are and where they live. For the alternative folk outfit, that environment is Alberta’s Bow Valley in the Rocky Mountains, whose natural wonders greatly inspired the group’s third full-length album, Animalia.

On the eight new tracks, Elk Run & Riot continue to refine their songwriting with AOR-ready arrangements—ringing guitars, soaring harmonies and heartfelt melodies. Using a live-in-the-studio recording approach, the creative core of Ryan Schepens (vocals/guitar), Andrew Cotter (vocals/bass/guitar), Brian Bailey (mandolin/bass) struck the perfect balance between their finely honed musicianship and the dynamic live performances that broaden Elk Run & Riot’s audience with each show.

The songs on Animalia are a mix of old and new. The band experienced a fertile writing period during summer 2017, while other songs date back to Elk Run & Riot’s beginnings, dusted off and given a facelift. It all came together during two intense days in September 2017 at Calgary’s Studio D, overseen by co-producer/engineer Steve Dierkens, who also provided drums along with Kent McRae. Lyrically, the songs tell stories of love, addiction, and everything in between that goes on in the trenches of the Bow Valley.ght.
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Carter and the Capitals

Wapiti Music Festival Carter and the Capitals

Carter & the Capitals are a high energy five-piece funk group from Edmonton, Alberta. Known for their signature, hard-driving sound, soulful vocals, and catchy instrumental riffs, the Capitals fuse the most danceable elements of the pop and funk genres. Since forming in 2015, the Capitals have been consistently building their audience throughout Western Canada with jaw-dropping live performances and earworm singles. They are in the process of recording their debut full-length album, eagerly expected in early 2018. The Capitals’ original material brings to mind artists such as Prince, James Brown, and Bruno Mars and never fails to pack the dancefloor.
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Lennan Delaney and Nathan Bishop MacDonald

Lennan Delaney

Wapiti Music Festival Lennan Delaney

Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia- traditional fiddling sensation, Lennan Delaney fuses traditional elements of both Scottish and Irish music into contemporary arrangements. Known for his infectious energy and passion on stage, Delaney has commanded listening audiences’ attention across the provinces of Canada, the US and Europe.

Lennan began his musical career at the age of 8, where he captured the attention of family members and house guests with his ability to learn scottish airs ‘by ear’ as well as by standard notation. By age 10, Lennan was performing to audiences of over 11,000 Celtic music enthusiasts, interviewed on CBC radio and had several recordings on the local media channels.

Though regarded as a traditional celtic musician through such US tours as Frank McCourt’s- Echoes of Ireland, and through the traveling European dance production, The Magic of Ireland, Lennan Delaney has proven to be more that just a Celtic fiddler player in the Performing Arts scene. With his warm mesmeric improvisation on mandolin and acoustic guitar he has collaborated with numerous multicultural music artists, mainstream top 40 performers and award winning musical groups in New England, the Maritime provinces, as well Southern Ontario.

Nathan Bishop MacDonald

Wapiti Music Festival Nathan Bishop MacDonald

A native of Glace Bay, Cape Breton Island, Nathan Bishop MacDonald is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist currently based in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada. He was a founding member of the popular Celtic band, Celtae, which toured out of Ottawa in the early 2000s. Nathan wrote or co-wrote all of the original songs on Celtae’s debut album, “No Regrets.”

His song "Merchant Marine" was the theme song for Paul Ciufo’s CBC radio drama, On Convoy and was also released on Avondale Records’ 2004 release, Singalongs & Shanties 2. MacDonald is a baritone singer who performs music on guitar, bodhran, and a variety of other instruments.
MacDonald has performed at major festivals throughout Canada including the Canadian Tulip Festival, The Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, The Regina Mosaic Multicultural Festival and more. He has also performed at prestigious venues such as the National Arts Centre, in Ottawa, The Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay, Cape Breton, and Centre Point Theatre in Ottawa.

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Nichole Yanota

Our 2018 artwork was created by Nichole Yanota.

Nichole Yanota

Raised in the foothills of the Sonoran Desert, Nichole has always been inspired by the brilliance of her natural world – the blossoming cactus a perfect coexistence of fragile and fierce. Using elements from nature as fuel for storytelling, she illustrates the woes and wonders of being human. She currently resides in the Canadian Rocky Mountains where she spends her days in the Artist Collective Studio creating paintings, illustrations, stamp carvings, and digital art.

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Nichole Yanota

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Ride Your Bike to Wapiti

Ride Your Bike

Check, Check, Check out our amazing Bike Check

Who wants to avoid driving cars in cramped hot parking lots?

Who wants to feel the air breezing through their hair when its 28 degrees out?

We got your back bike!

Did you know Wapiti offers an incredible bike check system?

Yes, you bet. Ride your bike to Wapiti and simply drop your bike at our bike check at the main entrance of the festival (you can’t miss it) with one of your trusty volunteers and go worry free into the festival. Our bike check is secure, you will be given a ticket voucher to claim your bike. Please, for the love of all music, hang on to this ticket and keep it safe.

Do you want to bike around Fernie after the festival?

Check out these awesome links:

Tourism Fernie Mountain Bike Trails

Bike Fernie Trail Guide