Wapiti’s new stainless steel cup!

Stainless Steel Cup

Stainless Steel Cup

The Wapiti Festival Music Society is pleased to announce it has received a shipment of reusable high quality stainless steel cups from Glogg World Ltd.

“These absolutely gorgeous cups are made from 100% recycled steel in the land where stainless steel was invented,” said Randal Macnair, Wapiti Music Festival beverage garden coordinator.

Macnair spotted an article about how Glastonbury Music Festival in England would be using British-made reusable stainless steel cups at their festival in 2016 and forwarded a link to the Wapiti organizing team.

“We want to reduce the waste from and improve the sustainability of Wapiti which is why we’ve purchased a beautiful and durable cup for beer and cider,” said Wapiti president Kevin McIssaac. “Thanks to the generous support from Fernie Brewing Company’s (FBC) ‘Cheers to Charity’ and a partnership with United Steel Workers (USW) local 9346 could make the move to a more sustainable cup. This couldn’t have happened without the support of our many community partners and the folks in the UK as well. Thanks to Glastonbury’s leadership in sustainability Wapiti is able to be the first festival to bring these cups to Canada.”

“As soon as we heard about this initiative we knew we wanted to be a part of it,” said Alex Hansen, President of USW 9346. “The cups are spectacular and I’m looking forward to enjoying a few tasty pints at Wapiti next weekend!”

“It really makes us happy to support Wapiti and see the funds we raised on their behalf go to the great use of improving sustainability at an already much-loved Fernie event,” said Murry Pask, president of Fernie Brewing Company.

Wapiti is also pleased to announce that beer and cider service will be 100% waste free this year as those who choose not to purchase a reusable steel cup will be able to use compostable cups.

“Thanks to the Regional District of East Kootenay’s recently launched municipal composting pilot and our improved recycling, composting, and waste management systems we will be able to keep all the cups out of the landfill this year,” said Ryland Nelson of Wildsight and Wapiti’s Waste Management Coordinator.

Fernie Brewing Co – Cheers to Chariy

Fernie Brewing Co Cheers To Charity

Big shout out to the fantastic crew at Fernie Brewing Co. Wapiti Music Festival Society is the most recent beneficiary of their Cheers to Charity program. Some of them are pictured below with the fabulously good-looking, and ridiculously hard-working Wapiti crew. Cheers to you Fernie Brewing Co!

Make sure you drop by the beverage garden at Wapiti and high-five the Fernie Brewing Co crew for all their support.

Local Artist // Keri Lehr

Kari Lehr

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).

From Left to Right: 2011 Vanessa Croome, 2012 Brina Schenk, 2013 Michael Hepher, 2014 Vish Purgass

This year we’ve gone to Crowsnest Pass artist, Keri Lehr. Keri’s work is all over town. She’s a regular at the Arts Co-op on 2nd Ave. Some of her work is being featured in July at the Fernie Arts Station.

Keri’s Bear Series is what first caught our eye. We asked to license her piece “Cinnamon Bear” for promotion of Wapiti this year, and she very graciously agreed. Her image is what you see on the posters plastered around town, and will be featured on Wapiti merchandise this summer.

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Kari Lehr
Kari graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1987. She focused her career on illustration for almost 20 years while living in Calgary and raising her three children. In 2004 she and her family moved to the Crowsnest Pass and it is in this inspiring mountain environment that she now pursues her own art. Kari’s work explores themes relating to womanhood and our connection to the natural world and each other.

“I am endlessly captivated by the textures and layers which are found not only in the landscape, but which comprise our relationships with each other and the mental and physical environment in which we live. In this enetic society, I cherish the quiet solitude I oen feel in my community, which allows room for peaceful contemplation. Through my work, I seek to find that still, quiet place in consciousness which allows us to feel connection to each other and the natural world.”

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Cinnamon Bear

I have always been fascinated by bears; they fill me with a curious sense of wonder and delight mixed with dread. Living in a mountain community, there are many opportunities to see them, and when summer rolls around and the tourists stream through our community, I am always reminded of the excitement I felt (and still feel) while on holidays in years past, with the possibility of a bear sighting always around the next bend in the road or trail. Painting bears allows me to both relax and have fun with paint and colour; I love to paint them as portraits with an almost human-like quality and connection to the viewer.

Find out more about Kari and see more of her amazing art on her website karilehrart.com

Fernie Art Expo call for Submissions – CLOSED

Art Expo Call for Submissions

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Laura Nelson Painting

Wapiti Aesthetics Director, Laura Nelson along with the Fernie Art Expo Committee are pleased to announce a Call for Entries for the Fernie Art Expo. Artists are invited to create an original acrylic painting on a supplied metal panel. Apply now, only 15 spaces available for this first submission!

Imagine your Art displayed outdoors at the Wapiti event August 12-13 in Annex Park

This is a fabulous opportunity to have your art work seen by thousands of festival goers.

  • Your contact details would be made available with the art piece for the audience to learn more about you and your art;
  • Materials supplied to weatherproof your painting;
  • Your artwork in the outdoor park ambience with ample space for art appreciation;

You have a chance to win!

  • 1st prize of $200 judged by a panel of jurors
  • A people’s choice award of $100 will determined by votes from Wapiti event visitors.

Winners will be announced at the Wapiti on Saturday August 13th.

Entry guidelines

Each prospective artist is requested to send an email to drawingbuddies@gmail.com with two pictures of previous work, or a link to their website, as well as a description of their proposed work for the Art Expo. The artists will be contacted when selected and provided with materials. Please note that the expo will be presenting the works, but artists retain ownership of any submitted material.

Email drawingbuddies@gmail.com for more information.

Kids at Wapiti // TD Kids Tent

Contact Us

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.