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A new music festival will feature Squamish talent


The event will be a celebration of Sea to Sky musicians.

The Squamish Music Festival specifically designed to showcase local Sea to Sky talent is back.

The local festival will feature various musical acts on September 3.

crazy catthe festival organizer, said it was a multi-band festival concert with a focus on Squamish talent.

Last year, Madden and a few other musicians hosted an event called Squamish Soiree.

“This year we decided to rebrand The Local Fest because we think it fits our ethos a bit better,” Madden said. “But yeah, so basically it really comes out of the frustration of not having a place to play and not having more big events in town, more big festivals.”

In addition to the COVID lockdowns shutting down many live events, there’s also the ongoing issue of not having dedicated arts space year-round.

The O’Siyam Pavilion helps keep up with demand during the summer, but when bad weather hits, it’s hard to find a good place to listen to live music.

“What this talent is desperately, desperately crying out for is a big all-purpose performance center or something to do with that on bigger stages, where we can not only promote our local artists, but attract great artists,” said Madden said.

“We have the potential here to be a touring destination for the biggest artists in the world. Your backdrop is the [Stawamus] Chief. It would be an amazing space, and it would bring so much culture and art to this city.”

However, like many things in life, money is a driving force.

She said one of the goals of the festival is to get attention and hopefully the money will follow.

“If we can bring attention to the fact that this is the kind of town where cool events like this happen, the investment will come,” Madden said.

In the long term, she said the festival hopes to become a breeding ground for local artists to grow and take to the next level.

The lineup features 11 acts, including new talent.

That includes artists like Sarah Hutch, who Madden says is making her stage debut.

“She’s got this massive voice that captivates people incredibly,” Madden said.

Another newcomer, Samurai smokes is making waves on the Twitch streaming platform, despite only picking up a guitar three years ago.

Seasoned Veteran WillRoss will also be there.

“We also want to show everyone his quirky side, because he’s phenomenal,” Madden said. “And it just keeps getting better.”

The three main acts are Uncle Strut, Phat-Taxi and city ​​of rain.

Uncle Strut is a four-piece band that plays surf-indie rock with irreverent humor.

Phat Taxi plays funky soul music that is sure to get people dancing.

Finally, Rain City will be ready to conquer after finishing a tour with a dark funk-jazz rock vibe.

“You just can’t look away, basically,” Madden said.

“When you’ve played on tour and you play every day, you’re tight. And so we’re really lucky to have them at the end of the tour when they’re going to be just amazing.”

In addition to music, there will also be other attractions. Pinball Sea2Sky will set up arcade games, Squamish Circus will be there, as well as a few microbreweries to offer refreshments.

The 19+ event will take place from 2-10:30 p.m. on September 3 at Junction Park and O’Siyam Pavilion. Tickets are available at tlfsquamish2022.eventbrite.ca