Woman riding on the top of other participants at a festival

Last Minute Updates from Lovefest

Four days until Lovefest, at Linnaea Farm on Saturday August 12. 

Rex Weyler has a couple of updates:  

“One thing that’s new is Amber from Klahoose is going to sing us a couple of songs early on in the show.”

“The other thing, that I just heard from our community action bus driver. is that people can actually flag the bus down anywhere on the route between Manson’s Hall, Gorge Hall, and Squirrel Cove Store during the day. If you go out on the road in front of your house or whatever, or walk along the road, you can flag down the bus.”

The Lovefest Bus – submitted photo; this podcast opens with a short clip from  Adonis Puentes playing at the Harrison Arts Festival and closes with Brenda Hansen singing ‘Black Velvet’

The Lovefest bus will be making pick-ups at :

  • Gorge Hall – 10:30 AM, 11:45 AM & 1:30 PM.
  • The Squirrel Cove Store – 10:45 AM, 12:00 PM & 1:45 PM
  • Mansons Hall –  11:15 AM, 12:30 PM & 2:15 PM

Rides leave Linnaea Farm that evening at 6:00, 8:00, and 9:45.

“Also, we’ve got secure bike lockups, so if you ride your bike, that’s cool.  Parking’s limited at Linnaea. So we like people  to carpool, ride bikes, or take the bus. You can drive and park , but parking is limited along the road,” said Weyler.

“Cora is going to do the kids’ tent again. The kids tent was nice last year, because it’s a place for kids to hang out if they want, play games,  dress up, do art and so forth .Of course, our kids can run around. We’d love to have families at the Lovefest. It’s a family island community event, kids are welcome. There are family tickets available. If you don’t have your family ticket,  they’re still for sale at all the island stores, and tickets will be for sale at the Friday Market at Manson’s this Friday and of course at the door.”

“Family tickets are great.  Two adults and just all the kids you can bring, so if neighbor kids want to tag along and stuff like that, that’s okay. We don’t quibble about that.” 

CC: Are there any other changes in the lineup? 

RW: No, I think I’ve published the show:

  • Adonis Puentes, the Cuban band, really looking forward to them. 
  • Pierre Schreier and Adam Dobres, the fiddle player and guitar player,  were a big hit last year. They had everybody dancing and we love them so much we brought them back.  
  • Willow, the harmony singers from Quadra Island, are coming back.  
  • The Unfaithful Servants from Victoria with Dylan Stone and friends. 
  • Josephine Simpson, who grew up here on Cortes.  
  • Wiley Ferguson, who played last year, and was a big hit. 
  • Heather Wolf’s going to be here. 
  • Marianne Grittani, a Toronto singer who now lives on Salt Spring Island
  • and Hazel Lennox, who’s a singer, songwriter, storyteller. 

There are a bunch of local favorites like: 

  • Michael Keith,   
  • Jesse Roy 
  • Ali and his sitar playing friend are going to be doing a sitar tabla set. 
  • Jemma Hicken, 
  • Brenda Hanson  
  • Sachika and Dave Blinzinger,  
  • and Amber from Klahoose, 

“It’s going to be a great show, One thing I want to say is thanks to CKTZ Radio.  CKTZ has just been so helpful to us and has supported us through the years and is supporting us again this year. 

“As well as Linnaea Farm, bless their hearts. They make this space available every year and we really appreciate the community at Linnaea Farm for doing that. Klahoose has always been very supportive and Tideline has been supportive.” 

“Lovefest is really a full community event. It’s quite amazing the number of people that come together to make this happen every year, but it’s fun. It’s one great summer day.”

Rex has been watching the weather closely, “It’s a little rainy today, but it’s going to clear up on Thursday. There might be a little bit of rain Friday night, but  the weather looks good for festival day.” 

“So come on out, get your tickets. Tickets are still available at the stores.”

Lovefest is an all day event on Saturday, August 12, at Linnaea Farm. It starts at 11:00 AM and the last band is scheduled to finish around 9:15 PM but, typically, It might go longer.

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Top image credit: A festival – Photo by Joey Thompson on Unsplash

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