The 2014 Edge of the World Music Festival:

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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!


Click HERE to see a podcast of our headliners for the 2012 Festival!  FM Hi Low, Alseny Diallo and Kikeyambay, C.R. Avery, The Broken Mirrors, Road Engine Dreams, West My Friend, Aurora Jane,  and The Pernell Reichert Band.  Local headliners: Out of the Blue and Honey Brown!


EOTW 2012 is dedicated to the memory of long-time festival contributor, Joanne Hayward, and Cancer awareness.  Joanne was the driving force behind the iconic lantern parade and a lover of music.  In her honour, EOTW 2012 will be all about light, health, and dancing.


Headliners and featured performers for EOTW are nearly finalized. FM Hi Low, a huge hit at the 2010 festival, will be returning – fresh from rejuvenating their musical bliss in the hot Jamaican sun.   Alseny Diallo and Kikeyambay will be performing a energetic traditional West African drum and dance show unlike anything ever seen on Haida Gwaii before.


But the music won’t stop there.  Other performers are C.R. Avery, The Broken Mirrors, Road Engine Dreams, West My Friend, Aurora Jane, and The Pernell Reichert Band.


And that’s just the off island talent!  Local performers are sure to impress; Out of the Blue with Brock Storry are making their EOTW debut.  Honey Brown is back with new material and that same old magic.  More local performers to be announced soon, along with the rich and incredible talent of our traditional Haida dance troupes.


The Edge of the World Music festival has been entertaining audiences for many years. Featuring a wonderful mix of local talent and off-island guests, this festival has something for everyone.  Opening and closing with traditional Haida song and dance, EOTW music festival endeavours to bring a wide selection of musical acts – First Nations, world beat, electronica, blues, country, rock, reggae, and everything in between.  In addition to that, there are fringe performers, a children’s area, a great selection of food and merchandise vendors, and amazing workshops put on by the musicians and local talent for all to enjoy.


Time to check “Visit Haida Gwaii” off the bucket list.  Come experience the most memorable festival in Northern BC.  You won’t be disappointed.

2012 – In Loving memory of Joanne Hayward

Joanne and Germain ready the Lantern ParadeDedicated to Joanne Hayward, and cancer awareness, the 2012 Edge of the World Music Festival on Haida Gwaii promises to be full of light and amazing danceable music.  July 21st, 22nd, 28th, and 29th are your opportunity to make your own lantern to parade during the iconic lantern parade.  If you’ve ever wanted to make a lantern, this is your chance – OR if you have an old one that needs fixing, come on by.  Workshops are FREE.  Contact Germain (557-4240) to reserve your space. 10am to 5pm each day, 38 Jasper Street, Port Clements.  Everyone welcome!


It is with sadness that we will also be marking the loss of another long time festival contributor, Joanne Hayward.  Joanne, with her partner Germain, was the creative force behind the lantern parade, a parade that has become a unique symbol of our festival.  Joanne passed away from cancer suddenly this fall, and so it is in her honour that the 2012 Festival is dedicated. The lantern parade will go on, bringing light and magic to the festival for years to come.


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