A soft drizzle graced us for most of Friday, but that didn’t dampen the mood. Haida Gwaii does not shy away from the rain! The day just got better and better with Honey Brown rocking it out, Barefoot Caravan blowing us away, and Wareless was just out of this world. The quality of our off-island guests was amazing, so even the rain couldn’t keep people from staying to enjoy the show. Air Kanada, finally headlining, despite frontman Cav Alton being unable to attend, did not disappoint. Then we went into the Bidiniband, such classic talent, then to Dirty Radio and into our headliners Delhi to Dublin! What a surprise when Dirty Radio hit the stage! Their music and rhythms and danceable beats hit the right chord, and got everyone going crazy. Delhi to Dublin rounded out the evening so nicely and, although the rain started coming down quite strong, the dance floor was packed! Their amazing mix of fiddle and Punjabi music was an incredibly enticing combination. Saturday started out quite wet and just got wetter, including a torrential downpour while Honey Brown played! But just when we thought all was lost, that the festival might be ruined, the rain let up and it got a little bit warmer, just in time for our amazing headliners to come back on stage. Don Alder amazed everyone with his incredible guitar talent. Saturday night ended with Dirty Radio after an incredible performance by Said the Whale, who got everyone into the mood to dance. The night was young, and the party kept going – we know everyone had a great time, but also want to remind everyone to be respectful of our neighbours, of the land of Haida Gwaii, and to always watch out for your friends and make sure everyone is safe.
But what a true gift for Sunday morning when, surprise, the sun showed up! We were graced by the Edge of the World Music Festival’s first gay pride parade, as well as an anti-Enbridge flash mob the day before, and the kids concert put on by Tereza Tomek and Angela Roy
Dirt Radio killed it Friday and Saturday night!
. They had eight local children write their own songs to perform on the big stage Sunday morning. If you missed it that’s too bad, but hopefully those kids will be back on stage as future local performers. Sunday was relaxing and lovely as we all sat back and absorbed a little bit of sunshine and a lot of the great music that we’d been enjoying (although slightly wetter) earlier in the weekend. We also enjoyed the interactive art display inspired by Candy Chang and put together by Haida Gwaii Voices. Many great thoughts and sentiments came out in such an artistic way!
EOTW was another huge success put on by a huge amounts of support from the local communities amazing volunteers. This year Brock Storry, Charlie Robertson, and Greg Williams worked tirelessly to make the sound perfect and the show flow seamlessly. An extra haaw’a to Greg for going with Roeland to pull crab traps Sunday morning so we could feast Sunday night in true Haida Gwaii style. Roberta Olson wowed our guests as always in the kitchen! I am always so grateful and so astounded by the huge amount of work our hard core volunteers put into making this festival happen. Without their dedication it would never happen, it would never work, and we would all be a little less richer in the concert experiences that we can have on Haida Gwaii.