2018 ArtExpo

2018 Wapiti ArtExpo All Artists

ArtExpo2018 is now set up and ready to go for Wapiti!

Yet another year of great art created by our talented local artists.

Votes will be collected via onsite ballots during the Wapiti Festival and the Wapiti peoples choice award of $200 will be announced this Saturday at 6 PM at the main stage.

After Wapiti the ArtExpo will be moved to the Arts Station for display during the August Wednesday Socials on Arts Station Square. This allows more people to see the art and have the opportunity to vote online for their favourite!

Online voting is now open and will stay open until August 29th, 7 PM. The online artwork favourite and an additional $200 prize will be announced on August 29th after voting closes.

Use this link vote online.

What is Brasshop?

Chantel, Artistic director at Wapiti chats with Danno O’Shea
Band leader and drummer of My Son the Hurricane! (2 min read)

My Son the Hurricane Interview
My Son the Hurricane is coming WEST!

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!

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.

2018 Wapiti Artwork

Nichole Yanota

Nichole Yanota


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

Who is Wapiti Music Festival?

Wapiti Society

Wapiti is a non-profit organization. We began this journey in the fall of 2010.

There is a board of directors and a society of members that work year round. Year-round meetings are gathered around craft beer, delicious cheeses, and sometimes several orders of scrumptious hot wings.

Wapiti Music Festival Society Board of Directors:

  • Kevin McIsaac
  • Pierre Dupont
  • Paul Michael
  • Casey Brennan
  • Chantel Vincent

You can find this brood on Wednesdays at a local Fernie pub discussing and planning all while beaming with pride. Because Wapiti grows and grows from the hearts of passionate volunteers who just really give a damn about bringing good music to good people. It’s really that simple.

“Everyone who works on Wapiti is just so cool and hip, hahaha, actually no, we are mostly a bunch of nerds, but it’s all so ironic that it makes us truly authentic. These nerds know how to throw a party! – A very well run and organized party haha!” – Chantel Vincent, Artistic Director.

Wapiti Volunteer
Photo by Kyle Hamilton

Maybe you would like to join us? Reach out to us!

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