Celebrating 21 years!! Can you believe it?! Boy-oh-boy, do we have some exciting stuff lined up for all of you. We hope that you're able to come on down and celebrate both summer and community with us once again this year, June 17th & 18th!
With live music, food & drink, kid/family activities, silent auction, art projects, artisan market, beach lounge, magic and more, you're certainly in for a treat this year.
Friday, June 17
The festivities commence on Friday as we fire up the grill, open the bar, and kickoff with the first of 17 amazing and diverse musical acts gracing the gazebo stage, including: Leisure Club, Deep Sea Gypsies, The Choir, Zoubi and the Sea, Masala World Percussion, and DJ Waxstatic.
Saturday, June 18
We kick off Saturday with a pancake breakfast courtesy of the Fernwood Inn before commencing the Kidical Mass Bike Parade. The Field of Dreams will once again be providing some family-fun, and Senior's Tea is at the community centre for our more experienced patrons. Be sure to check out the Artisan Market with over 40 local vendors too!
The musical extravaganza continues with performances from Chance Lovett & The Broken Hearted, Tight Hair, Blackwood Kings, Johnny Dangus, Bučan Bučan, The Fernwood Coalition, Wise Child, Brothers in Farms, The Half Moon Shine, and Slim Sandy & the Hillbilly Boppers.
Thirsty? Hungry? Thirsty AGAIN?? We've got you covered with beer and soda from Phillips, cider from Merridale, and tasty bites being served hot off the BBQ! Benji Duke will once again assume the role of MC/spiritual guide for the festivities, with additional grooves being provided by DJ Coldbeef between sets.
This is shaping up to be one of the biggest and best FernFests yet, so we hope you can make it on down and join in this free summer solstice neighbourhood celebration!
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Tight Hair (Disco)
Hailing from Victoria, BC, Tight Hair are a bunch of disco-living misfits that utilized the power of Craigslist and roller skates to form an authentic disco band.
Fronted by two powerhouse diva vocals and backed by rasping saxophone, sweeping analogue synths and raucous guitar riffs, the 'Hair will send you back to 1975 and the days of Studio 54... more info
Interview with BLACKWOOD KINGS
Now five years into their lifespan, Blackwood Kings has proven to be one of the more unique bands to pop up in the Victoria BC scene. In spirit and ethos, they’re a punk band, but while contemporaries may lean towards buzz-saw-distorted guitars and shouted vocals, Blackwood Kings favour the reverb-laden upstrokes of ska and dub, producing a polit... more info
Bučan Bučan (Balkan Brass Party Band)
Bučan Bučan (boo-CHAN boo-CHAN), Victoria’s favourite Folk/Roots group in 2013 (Monday Magazine Awards), is a "high energy," "spontaneous," "not to be missed" Balkan brass marching band! Made up of a very colourful and talented collection of musicians playing trumpets, violins, clarinet, tubas, accordions, trombones and drums, Bučan Bučan ... more info
Deep Sea Gypsies (Blues Based Rock n Roll)
Evolving from Langford, BC. The Deep Sea Gypsies perform a lively set, driven by music from all decades. For some, the blues rock aspect is enough to encourage an encore. For others, the funky break downs have crowds raising their glasses.
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The Choir (Choir)
THE CHOIR IN CONCERT WITH KATHRYN CALDER
Victoria’s The Choir is a non-auditioned, community choir that sings all-original arrangements of pop, folk and indie music. What started as a small project based out of Larsen Music in early 2013 turned big in no time: 100 great people who love to sing their hearts out! The Choir has had a string of very fun and successful concerts, and performa... more info
The Choir Marks Its Third Year With Calder Collaboration
Zoubi and the Sea (Indie/Rock/Surf)
What is a Zoubi? She is a quirky, quiet creature raised in the woods on Hornby Island, BC. After performing the majority of the West Coast music festivals and opening for Jon and Roy, Tara Lightfoot, Rising Appalachia, Fortune Killers and Carmanah; Zoubi sought out a new adventure. In 2017, her unshakable passion for music brought her to Toronto, O... more info
Slim Sandy and the Hillbilly Boppers
Wise Child (Indie-Rock)
Victoria BC's indie-rock band Wise Child pulls together a dreamy combination of technical, melodic and honest music that reaches deep. With a touch of shoegaze, surf and pop nostalgia, chiming guitar hooks overlie soaring, washed-out rhythm guitar and synth. Wise Child's music will resonate with lovers of Land of Talk, Alvvays, and The War on Drugs... more info
The Half Moon Shine (Alt-country/doo-wop/surf rock)
When these four gals hit the stage, expect a heavy dose of endearing banter, a juggling act of trading instruments and magically appearing trumpets, and all the sweet harmonies you could ask for. They dance between genres from alt-country train beats, to classic doo-wop vocals, and twangy spaghetti western guitars, but the songs at their core are a... more info