It's been three years and people are still wondering, albeit with less hope, if the Pemberton Music Festival will return. There are grumblings for both sides of "maybe" and in the mean time, everyone's missing out on all the great conversations that they should be having about festivals that actually are coming.
Each year, Sea to Sky is graced with a series of temporary stages, jerk chicken stands and pitched tents, both metaphorical and figurative.
Anyway, this is Pique 's guide to what's coming, where and when.
Brackendale Bluegrass Festival - Friday, May 6 & Saturday, May 7: Come hither for two nights of old time traditional bluegrass at the 9 th Annual Brackendale Bluegrass Festival. It's been very popular with Squamish locals and attracts people from Whistler and Vancouver. It's for anyone who enjoys music for the craft and not for its disposable superficiality. Ke$ha fans need not come.
There will also be a slow-pitch jam on Saturday at noon for anybody and everybody who wants to jam. It will be totally open, so bring your banjo.
Where: Brackendale Art Gallery
Cost: $20 per night or $35 for two nights. $10 for kids 12 and under.
Artists: Friday: Tantalus Pass and Backspin; Saturday: Scattered Coals, Half Fast Stringband and Viper Central
Whistler Week of the Blues - Monday, May 16 - Sunday, May 22 : It's a whole week of the blues! That's a long time to be blue, but never fear, Patient Music Fan, the week will not be ruled by men pining away for the women they've done so wrong. No, there's enough versatility in this year's line up to keep the blues fans happy and the casual fans just a little more interested. There will be ticketed and free shows happening at venues all over the village. For a full schedule visit www.whistlerblues.com , and look for more in-depth coverage in next week's Pique .
The week will also include blues workshops for musicians of all levels wanting to learn the techniques for bleeding one's soul through the guitar/harmonica/what-have-you. Each of this year's artists will teach a class, so if you're planning to learn the blues, you might as well learn from the best/bluest/bluesiest.
Where: Various venues
Cost: Tickets for shows are varied and range from between $30 and $75. Members of the Mountain Culture Collective Radio Society receive discounts on all shows. Membership costs $20.