The 2014 Edge of the World Music Festival:


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2014 Performers Line-up announced

We have an exciting roster of performers lined up for you this year!

For a list of this years line-up please visit the 2014 Performers Page ….

2014 DATES!!!!

The 2014 Edge of the World Music Festival on Haida Gwaii is happening August 8th, 9th, and 10th 2014 !!!


Stay tuned for more information !

What’s in store for August 9th, 10th, 11th !

With over 40 musical acts in the line up, there is something for everyone at the 2013 Edge of the World Music Festival.  Our state of the art mobile stage will showcase both modern and classic music for those fortunate enough to be dancing on the edge.


EOTW2013logosmlThe music will begin at 3pm on Friday, August 9th, when we will be honoured to once again have the Daughters-of the-Rivers-Gandlee Gujaalang Dancers of Masset opening three days of amazing music with traditional Haida songs.  Headlining this year are: The Boom Booms featuring the words of Ta’Kaiya Blaney, an incredible young woman whose passion for protecting culture, land, and sea reminds one of The Girl Who Silenced the World for Five Minutes (Severn Cullis-Suzuki). Also in the line up is the foot stomping sounds of Shred Kelly, The Queen of Loops and cultural ambassador from New Zealand - Mihirangi, and electro-folk renegade T.Nile. But that’s just the beginning.  We have Jasper Sloan Yip, Mip Power Trio, Flowshine, and Ssssnap rounding out our featured artists.  Then we have an enormous selection of off-island guests, talented musicians that just come for our hospitality and the experience of Haida Gwaii. There’s 18 of them coming this year, 18 unique acts ranging from indie-folk to rock n’ roll.  Finally 14 local acts round out this phenomenal line up; we got new rock, old rock, some ska and reggae with dash of R&B and Latin mixed in; and that’s just the description for our local headliner, Drive In!


The 2013 Edge of the World Music Festival is lovingly dedicated to Elizabeth Inkster, who kept the music going by offering up her own property to stage the event back in 1999.  Elizabeth was a talented singer and a gifted weaver.  Look forward to honouring her in creative and unique ways all weekend long!


Diverse, quality music, the annual lantern parade, quality vendors, Kids Zone and more – everything you’ve come to expect from the Edge of the World Music Festival on Haida Gwaii will be there for your enjoyment, plus a few surprises.  Buy your tickets now at  Don’t miss EOTW 2013, the biggest little festival on the west coast!


…. And if you stick around a few days longer, you can participate in the festivities surrounding the raising of the Legacy Pole in Gwaii Haanas National Park.  This pole, to be raised in remote Windy Bay, is to honour 20 years of co-management between Parks Canada and the Haida Nation in Gwaii Haanas National Park and World Heritage Site.  Visit for more information.


Janet Rigg

Festival Director and Press Coordinator 2013

Tlell, Haida Gwaii

EOTW 2013 Dedicated to Elizabeth Inkster

Some voices will echo for all time, as they are so unique among all others.  One such voice is that of Elizabeth Inkster.  Her love for music and amazing voice permeated the Haida Gwaii landscape for many years.  Elizabeth, along with five or six other local music lovers, invested their own money in the music festival when it first moved to Tlell in 1999.  If memory serves us, they didn’t lose any money that year, and the music festival has grown considerably in the ensuing years.


Elizabeth Inkster passed away on Christmas Day, 2012, after a short battle with colon cancer.  The 2013 Edge of the World Music Festival will be dedicated in her honour, with the broad theme of ‘voice’ guiding our planning.  We are saddened to lose yet another long time contributor to the music festival, but, once again, feel renewed in our dedication to always continue what these great festival pioneers began.  In that spirit, we are pleased to announce the we raised $1675.00 at the 2012 festival; which was donated to the Northern BC Cancer Fund here on Haida Gwaii.  This money will go towards supporting islanders battling cancer.


We are currently looking for 2013 logo submissions!  Artists, established or aspiring, are encouraged to submit a logo design by March 9th 2013.  A design that evokes a feeling of voice would be amazing, but all designs are welcomed and encouraged. One or two colour designs are preferable.  As with past years, the winning submission will receive a free weekend pass to the festival, as well as a t-shirt with their logo!


Planning is well underway for the 2013 festival, with volunteer positions rapidly filling up.  There are still a few available, however, and plenty of ways to get involved.  We are still looking for a Kids Zone Coordinator, Fringe, Promotions, Camping, and more…


Last year’s festival was another great success.  We are so grateful that locals and tourists alike come and enjoy the show and support our efforts.  It was particularly great to see local youth get involved in the production end of creating this festival.  I hope those youth who are still on island will get involved again (you’re ‘seasoned’ volunteers now!) along with anyone else who has an interest.


Musicians who come to our festival are so amazed by the spirit of Haida Gwaii.  They can’t believe the quality of food we offer (thanks Roberta Olsen!) and the quality of show that we put on.  I’d like to take this opportunity to thank, once again, the countless volunteers, businesses, local musicians, Haida performers, and festival patrons that make our Edge of the World Music Festival the gem that it is.

I’m COMING! But Where Should I Stay …?

There are a wide variety of places to stay in and around Tlell.  From camping to unique B&Bs on the beach, Tlell has everything.  Click HERE to see our accommodations page.  Limited space, so book soon!

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