Tashlyn and Ola (last names unavailable) show off their fancy face painting at last summerâs Discovery Coast Music Festival in Bella Coola.
By Susan O’Neill
Has cold and snowy February weather got you dreaming about outdoor summer fun? Well, you’ll be happy to know that the Discovery Coast Music Festival directors are already working hard to plan this summer’s 12th annual festival in Bella Coola on July 23 and 24.
The line-up is still developing, but you can look forward to more of the award-winning music you’ve come to expect: lyrical and avant-garde folk singing, Arabic/French fusion, Plains Cree Hip Hop, old-timey string band, and Afro/jazz fusion!
One festival slot is dedicated to showcasing a local musician.
To apply, artists need to fill out a simple application, available at the Valley’s Career Centre, and mail it along with a recent demo and any promotional materials to: Artistic Director, DCMF, Box 858, Bella Coola, BC, V0T 1C0.
Submissions must be received by April 15.
This is a competitive process and all decisions will be made by the artistic director, with preference given to artists playing original material.
The festival encourages repeat submissions.
Some festival ticket prices are going to increase in 2011, but children 12 and under will be free.
Advance tickets will be available until July 16. A weekend pass will also be available at the gate.
The price changes will bring the festival prices more in line with similarly sized festivals.
Be assured that Discovery Coast Music Festival still remains one of the best, if not the best, music festival bargain in the province.
If you want to get involved to help bring to life one of Bella Coola’s signature community events, contact Susan O’Neill at 250-799-5618. For details about the performers and the festival schedule, watch for future articles, or check out bellacoolamusic.org and the festival’s event page on Facebook.