We're back for 2018! July 26, 27, and 28th in downtown Squamish
That's a wrap folks! Thanks Squamish for making the 2017 Squamish Wind Festival a huge success!
We couldn't have done it without our amazing volunteers and crew of support! Please take time to take a look at our 2017 Partners and give thanks to these awesome supporters of community, arts, and culture!
We've planed a TON of family-friendly events for Wind Festival this year. Our friends at Brennan Park Recreation Centre will be hosting a Kids Zone on Saturday, July 29th from 11AM until 3PM in Junction Park.
We'll have ton of activities from a skipping rope station, bubble blowing, hula hoops, a big tic tac toe game, bocce ball, potato sack races, parachute games and even a tug of war to top things off. How does that sound!? In addition to the Kids Zone, there will be local food trucks, free cookies from Nesters Market and free coffee from Starbucks Squamish.
Brennan Park will also have an info table with their fall program guide available and some info about the remainder of their summer programs as well.
Aside from the A-list musicians and bands you see inside Rolling Stone Magazine flying around in private jets and driving fancy cars, it can be difficult for musicians to find the funds for their records and tours. Luckily for Canadian artists, The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings was set up to help alleviate some of these financial struggles. FACTOR is a private non-profit Canadian organization dedicated to the development of the Canadian music industry and performers nationwide. Based in Toronto, FACTOR has a full office with more than 20 employees that work tirelessly to help jump start Canadian musicians' careers and ensure the Canadian music industry thrives. Financial support from FACTOR gets distributed throughout the year to Canadian recording artists, songwriters, artist managers, record labels, music publishers, distributors, and event producers. The funds for the grants come from the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Music Fund, and from Canada’s private radio broadcasters
FACTOR funds all kinds of initiatives for Canadian artists and businesses from the production and licensing of sound recordings by Canadian artists and music companies to artist marketing and promotion, touring and showcasing, producing videos, and creating digital content. FACTOR is also a major supporter of regional music events nationwide including The Squamish Wind Festival. FACTOR's contribution to the Canadian Music Industry allows for musicians, companies and events like The Squamish Wind Festival to thrive. Without FACTOR's support, many musicians would not have the ability to help fund their own musical projects and tours that can help jump start their careers!
Next time you listen to a new Canadian record you just bought or an old favorite album of yours, take a look inside and see if you can spot the FACTOR logo somewhere, we bet you'll find it! We are very proud to have FACTOR on board as a partner for the 2017 Wind Festival and can not thank them enough for their support.
Are you a Canadian musician looking to take advantage of this AMAZING funding opportunity put forth by FACTOR? Check out www.factor.ca for more details!
Don't miss out on the Squamish Wind Festival running from July 27th to 29th in Junction Park.
The Squamish Wind Festival caught up with Diane Rudge, a local artist who will be doing an art installation for Wind Festival. Check out our interview with Diane and some photos below!
Born in Toronto, ON, I moved out to the West Coast almost 10 years ago and haven't left! I've lived mostly between Vancouver, Squamish and Whistler, and just recently moved to Ucluelet, BC to set up a collective Art Studio, The Den. (www.theden-studios.com). It has only been in the past few years that I started working as an artist full-time. I worked in retail and had my own business for a few years and was looking for a creative outlet when I discovered my passion for the textile and fibre arts. I quickly embraced this new creative lifestyle, sold the business and dove headfirst into the art scene!
Wind Festival Installation
For my installation, I will be creating a number of items that will be hanging from the trees in the park and hopefully include a few elements that can be interactive with the viewers. Because I work with various forms of fiber I will try to incorporate a few different styles of my work into this installation. I would also like to try and capture movement in the piece as well and incorporate the wind theme as much as possible.
What do you like about art?
I love how with art there are no rules, and there is no right or wrong. The possibility to create is infinite, with that in mind it pushes me to explore further with my work.
Why is art important?
Art is important whether you are a professional or a hobbyist, it is a sense of expression, and I find it is always better to let your feelings and creativity out than keep them in.
What type of arts and culture do you want to see in Squamish?
I would love to see more of a shift and focus on the arts and culture in Squamish. Squamish is home to so many talented creatives, but it can often feel lonely there… if there was more of a hub for artists to come together and more events to showcase the arts scene I think it would really benefit the community.
If you could do 1 art discipline what would it be?
I don’t think I could do just one art discipline, I would hate to limit myself to only one thing.
What do you define/think of art as?
I’m not sure you can define art it is very different for each individual. But for me, I think it is maybe a form of communication; it is a part of my emotions, my feelings, my logic… it is another way of thinking and expressing how I’m feeling, and who I am.
Can art be adventurous in your opinion?
Art can absolutely be adventurous whether that be physically; you’re outside creating and interacting with the world or it can be adventurous in the sense that you are alone in your studio doing a little self-exploration with your work.
What is your favorite moment that involves art and/or culture?
Being able to enjoy other artists work. I love going to a gallery or show and experiencing what art can evoke from you. I also loving being on the flip side of that, showcasing my work and see another's reaction or interpretation of my work… sometimes good sometimes bad, its all apart of the experience of creating.
What is your favourite childhood memory interacting with arts and culture?
When I was a kid I was a bit of an introvert but on the weekends I would go to this pottery studio and paint. All different types of ceramics, whatever the potter created I would show up to paint. When I think about those memories now, what I loved most was that it was a space where I could connect with other like-minded humans. We wouldn’t always be really social but just being in the same room with similar folk was enough. The creative energy in the room was what I was showing up for.
Looking for some fun and interesting activities to do in the area while you're in town for the Squamish Wind Festival? Check out our friends at Tourism Squamish for everything Squamish! Squamish has tons of activities for the whole family right in our back yard, from rock climbing, and mountain biking, to art shows and live music. Below are some of Tourism Squamish's MUST DO activities in Squamish for summer 2017. Click on the headers for more info!
Make sure to drop into The Squamish Adventure Centre during your visit for all things tourism. There you will find information, ticket sales, maps and delisious coffee and snacks to fuel you on your adventure! Squamish Adventure Centre is located at 38551 Loggers Lane located along the Sea to Sky Highway.
Hours: Daily 8:00 am-5:00 pm
More info at: http://www.exploresquamish.com/
We have a brand new website and look for 2017 ....
We're working hard on this years line up and event schedule! Stay tuned for some BIG announcements in the coming weeks.
Getting excited for 2017!