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Event Archive - FernFest 2018: Kutapira, The Victoria Cuban All-Stars, Tight Hair, Boomshack, Grapefruit is Impossible, Stel, The Fernwood Coalition, Tan and Hide, MYLA, Slim Sandy and the Hillbilly Boppers, Haley Blais , The Spliff Personalities, Savard, Pim Slick'ns, Vic High R&B Band, Brass, Fifth Street

Sat. June 23rd 2018 - Sat. June 23rd 2018 Fernwood (NRG) Community Centre (All Ages)
9am - 10pm doors at 5pm
Presented by: Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group
Join friends and family in Fernwood Square and the Vic High field for a two-day community celebration of music, art and community. FernFest is Friday, June 22nd from 5-10pm and Saturday, June 23rd from 9am-10pm.

On Friday evening, June 22nd from 5-10pm, Fernwood Square is transformed into a music festival with local bands, a BBQ and Phillips Beer and Merridale Cider.

On Saturday, June 23rd, the festival will kick off at 9am with a by-donation breakfast in Fernwood Square. Then, kids and families can move right along to decorate their bikes for the Kidical Mass Bike Parade that tours the neighbourhood. Saturday afternoon offers a diversity of activities with a 30+ local Artisan Markets, Kid’s Stage, kid’s activities, a cardboard castle, walking tours, interactive art projects for all ages, a Non-Profit Hub, Senior’s Tea, Silent Auction and a Market Stage. Live music, a BBQ, and beverages will be available in Fernwood Square from 12pm-10pm with a diverse line-up of amazing musicians and performers including multiple dance crews, a spoken word artist and music that ranges from bluesy Americana to R&B to disco to world beats!

Please join us for this free festival that celebrates Fernwood and beyond this Summer Solstice!

Make sure to check out our full Program Guide to know what time and where everything is happening.


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Kutapira (Afro-Cuban/West African rhythms)

The Vancouver-based five-piece all-percussive ensemble, Kutapira, blend traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms with the melodies of Zimbabwean and West African folk and popular music. Kutapira can often be heard busking on the streets of downtown Vancouver, attracting a crowd with their frenzied high-energy brand of Afro groove. The members Jeremy Bryant, ... more info

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

Boomshack (Latin/Funk/Jazz/Reggae/Ska)

Just dance. Those two words have been the driving force behind Boomshack since the beginning. Aiming to straddle the line between what is pop and what is hip, everything from rock and reggae to jazz and latin can be found in their music so long as it gets toes tapping and feet moving. Boomshack got its start in the summer of 2013. This is when the ... more info

Slim Sandy and the Hillbilly Boppers (Old-timey music)

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Rockabilly trio from Victoria more info

Savard (Soul, Electronic, Jazz, hip-hop)

Short Bio With Kady Savard's super soulful voice, killer MCing and live scratching from DJ Bobby Aarsen, growling sax of Thomas Wolvansky and smooth jazz guitar stylings of Tyler Lieb. Savard will transport you into the classic era of hip hop in the 90s with some killer freestyle skills and great chemistry on stage. more info

Vic High R&B Band

The Vic High R&B Band are the students in Vic High’s “rhythm and blues career preparation program”. For nearly two decades Vic High Teacher/Director Eric Emde has been taking fledgling musicians and transforming them into amazingly sophisticated R&B pros performing the timeless tunes from Motown and Memphis. You will never see 20+ musicians... more info