MusicFest News

News, updates and important announcements direct from MusicFest HQ.

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Ever wonder how and why the music festival line-up comes together?

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Interested in applying as a vendor at Vancouver Island MusicFest? Want to volunteer with us? Our vendor and volunteer pages now include the 2014 application forms.

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The 3rd part of a wonderful series on MusicFest lack of local Funding written by Scott Stanfield at the Comox Valley record ~ thank you Scott!
Just to set the record straight and to be fair to our founders, Edwin Grieve was not a founding member.
The original 7 were Wendy Knudson, Diana Paige, BettyAnne Hampton, Jane Gilchrist, Dale Grahman, Sam Lennox and one more fellow whose name we have yet to confirm.

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Here’s a great wrap up of MusicFest 2013 from filmmaker, Gary Prendergast

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And the winners are………Congratulations to our raffle winners.

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Did you happen to leave something behind at the festival? Contact us and we can check to see if it was turned in.

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Bringing their breathtakingly beautiful harmonies back to the Vancouver Island MusicFest this year are the Wailin’ Jennys after many years away. They’re yet another example of how a great music festival attracts and returns great performers.
We tracked Jenny’s co-founder Nicky Mehta down in Winnipeg in June.

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With one week to go before the 2013 Vancouver Island MusicFest, it was time to talk to Executive Producer/Artistic Director Doug Cox about the second consecutive sold-out festival, another impressive line-up, new features including Twilight in The Barn and much more.
Here’s a wide-ranging 30-plus minutes with the guy who leads the incredible team which makes it all happen year after year.

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Comox Valley Farmers Market will move to the parking lot of the CV
Sports Centre on Vanier Drive for the July 13th market only.
With the growing popularity of VI MusicFest and the CV Farmers Market, organizers of both
events worked together this year to help alleviate some of the problems with traffic and parking
that happen when nearly 13,000 people converge in one location.
“It was important to find the best possible solution,” said VI MusicFest Production Manager,

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It’s not every day one gets to hear an Appalachian folk music take on an 18th century English Romantic poet, but then it’s not every day one gets to hear the Martha Redbone Roots Project.
MusicFest Sunday, however, brings you three chances to hear Martha’s infectious, glorious voice adding new meaning to roots, folk and blues.
We caught up with Martha Redbone in New York City.

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There is great joy and celebration to be heard in the music of Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi, also known as “Tuku music”, but his latest album – incredibly, his 60th – marks the tragic loss of his son Sam in 2010. We caught up with Oliver on tour in Louisiana, where he spoke about the challenges of mixing celebration with pain.

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The full performer schedule is now available online.

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You might recognize him from the classic 1972 film Deliverance, or RoboCop, or any one of dozens of other movie and TV roles, but there’s a lot more to Ronny Cox than his acting. In fact, it was his musical talent that helped to launch his film career. A great storyteller, Cox joined us from his cabin in California with thoughts on the movie that changed everything and the music that means even more.

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Online public camping is sold out

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Day Passes will be available for purchase online only May 15th

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You know you’ve made it when…

Vancouver Island Brewery creates a special Ale for Vancouver Island MusicFest 2013.

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Friday – July 12
The Wailin’ Jennys
Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits
Guitar Heros w Albert Lee, Amos Garrett , James Burton, David Wilcox
Kris Kristofferson
Walk Off The Earth

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Saturday – July 13
Ariana Gillis
A Curva Da Cintura featuring Toumani Diabate
Indigo Girls
John Hiatt
Blitz The Ambassador

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Sunday – July 14
The Fretless
Martha Redbone Roots Project
World Famous Headliners
Mary Chapin Carpenter & Marc Cohn
Nomadic Massive

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The Fretless bring their high-energy string thing to the Vancouver Island MusicFest for the first time in 2013, but the group already has strong ties to the Island and the Comox Valley.

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With two albums already under her belt, Ariana Gillis will be making her first trip to the west coast for this year’s Vancouver Island MusicFest.

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It wouldn’t feel like MusicFest without him. Amos Garrett is back again this year, rightly featured in a Guitar Heroes collaboration on the mainstage with Albert Lee, David Wilcox and James Burton. Dan MacLennan tracked him down at his home in High River, Alberta in February.

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Vendor applications are now available for download

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Thinking of camping at MusicFest this year? Online registration will be available as of March 1, 2013

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It took a little more then 48 hours for the first series of Vancouver Island MusicFest 2013 tickets to sell out.

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Super early-bird weekend passes are just $119 while they last.

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Matt Andersen is coming back to the Vancouver Island Music Festival and bringing songs from his “dream” album Coal Mining Blues.

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BettySoo returns once more to the Vancouver Island Music Fest.

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How does a Prairie girl become Queen of the Swamp Blues?

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To keep things exciting, VIMF has added some final musical touches to the 2011 roster with the addition of Eccodek and Vonda Shepard.

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The countdown is on – and visions of the 2011 Festival Magic are dancing through the heads of music lovers everywhere. 2011 weekend passes go on sale Wednesday December 1st at ticket outlets across Vancouver Island. The first 1000 weekend passes are ONLY $99 and then the regular early bird price kicks in.

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Vancouver Island MusicFest is blessed to have many talented friends who use their incredible skills and abilities to capture the magic of VIMF each and every summer.

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Day Passes are also on sale NOW for Vancouver Island MusicFest 2010. Friday Night is only $69. Saturday or Sunday Full Day Passes are only $89!

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Check out our list of community ticket outlets (including ALL Thrifty Foods locations) and save on service charges and shipping fees right up until June 30th.

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