Arts on the Fly festival in Horsefly offers something for all ages and tastes

While times may be subject to small changes the schedule for the Arts on the Fly festival in Horsefly this Friday and Saturday is set.

Doug Koyama performed at Performances in the Park last week and will be at Arts on the Fly this weekend.

Doug Koyama performed at Performances in the Park last week and will be at Arts on the Fly this weekend.

While times may be subject to small changes the schedule for the Arts on the Fly festival in Horsefly this Friday and Saturday is set.

Opening ceremonies are Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. featuring local elders, cowboy poetry and special programming.

There will be three stages running for pretty much continuous entertainment, with no waiting between sets, plus workshops in the Community Hall Saturday.

Arts on the Fly is an event the whole family can enjoy as indeed many talented children and youth are among the day and early evening performers. A Kids’ Zone activity area runs most of Saturday where children can play with toys or make a ukulele with local expert luthiers, or a didgeridoo to take home, among many other ongoing arts and crafts.

Vendors from all over the region will sell wares ranging from clothing and jewelry to paintings and baked goods. The entertainment showcase features a diverse group of music and dance acts — country, jazz, celtic, bluegrass, world-music, etc.

Friday, July 13

Main Stage

7:15 p.m. — Jesse Lebourdais, local favourite

8:15 p.m. —  Drum and Bell Tower, local favourite.

9:30 p.m. — Jungal, all girl roots-rock.

10:35 p.m. — Lunasea Dancers, circus troupe from Vancouver.

11:15 — Fish and Bird, roots/folk award-winners.

12:15 a.m. – Big Twang Daddy, local favorite rockers.

Friday, July 13

Side Stage

8 p.m. — Jessica Williams

9:15 p.m. — Nathan Mortimer.

Midnight — Amica.

Saturday, July 14


Saturday afternoon there will be three workshops offered in the Horsefly Community Hall between 1 and 5 p.m.

An a cappella voices workshop with Doug Koyama runs from 1 to 2 p.m.

An Irish dancing workshop with the Eire Born Irish Dancers runs from 3 to 4 p.m.

A Burlesque Sass Class with Barely Burlesque runs from 4 to 5 p.m.

Saturday, July 14

Acoustic Stage

Horsefly Fire Hall

12:30 p.m. — Christian Hoelderl and Troy Forcier, local favourites.

1:30 p.m. — Tim Readman, from his band.

2:30 p.m. — Doug Koyama, a cappella songwriter and singing instructor.

3:30 p.m. — Pharis and Jason Romero, bluegrass duo.

4:30 p.m. — Fish and Bird, roots/folk award-winners.

5:30 p.m. — Crossbow, harp-cello duo.

Saturday, July 14


Noon: — Jenny’s Jam, local bluegrass-folk ensemble.

1 p.m. — Calling April, youth band.

2 p.m. — Sam and Rowan, high school duet.

3 p.m. — Crossbow, harp-cello duo.

4:15 p.m. — Colin Easthope, local singer-songwriter.

5:15 p.m. — Marin Patenaude, folk and blues.

6:15 p.m. —  Linda McRae, former Spirit of the West member and country crooner.

7:15 p.m. — Danielle Savage, eclectic jazz/roots.

8:15 p.m. — Joey Only, outlaw country singer.

9:15 p.m. — Little Horsefly Country Band, with classic country songs.

10:20 p.m. — Tim Readman Band and The Eire Born Irish Dancers, with music to get everyone up dancing.

11:40 p.m. —Five Alarm Funk, Vancouver’s 10-piece funk powerhouse to continue the dance.

Saturday, July 14

Side Stage

12:45 p.m. — Georgie Pritchard.

1:45 p.m. — Josh Thornhill.

2:45 p.m. — Jason (Sonyia).

3:45 p.m. — Bernadette Ducharme.

5 p.m. — Braden and Trake.

6 p.m. — Kylie Gill and Andrew Zus.

7 p.m. — TBA

8 p.m. — Doug Koyama, a cappella singer/songwriter and vocal instructor.

9 p.m. — TBA

10 p.m. – Nick Carrier and Colton.

11:20 p.m. — LunaSea Fire poi, circus dancers from Vancouver.

Advance tickets are available online at, in Horsefly at Clarke’s General Store, or in Williams Lake at the Bean Counter and the Gecko Tree. Call 250-620-0592 or e-mail or


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