Smithers 34th Midsummer Music Festival
June 30, July 1st and 2nd 2017!
Each summer, people from all walks of life gather in Smithers BC, to share a universal love of music at the Midsummer Music Festival. Created in 1984, a handful of music lovers envisioned the Midsummer Festival creating a family-positive musical event, now proudly the longest running music festival in Northern BC. We are proud to be welcomed to the Wet'suwet'en's First Nations lands in the heart of the breathtaking Bulkley Valley.
The Festival embraces all genres of music and each year hosts an eclectic mix of musicians performing all day and night on one of the four stages. We are fortunate to have world-class artists headline the festival every year.
The headliners for 2017 will be announced soon:
In addition to our headliners, Midsummer Music Festival showcases dozens of talented local and regional performers so we can discover fresh new music at the roots. We also offer exciting and entertaining activities for children- including crafts, games, and a stage that is dedicated to showcasing music for children.
This year’s Local and Regional Performers will be announced soon:
This year’s headlining Kids Performers will be announced soon:
The festival also includes a variety of interactive workshops put together by the musicians. There are several Jam Zones so please bring your instruments. Midsummer has a great selection of food and marketplace vendors, onsite camping, and is completely volunteer-powered!
Our festival is located at the Smithers Fairgrounds, watch for directional signs just east of Smithers on Highway 16.
The Festival features a fabulous family area that has a reputation for being interactive for parents and their children; it is a festival in itself. Some of the exciting things you can find at the Family Zone include arts and crafts, a feature Puppet show not to be missed, face painting, dress-up treasures, a rope maze, music, dancing, and a quiet play area.
The festival would not be possible without the generous time and skills offered by our volunteers. We are always looking for people who want to help! If you are interested in making the Midsummer festival a success, we will be very grateful for your time; four hours of volunteering will get you a day pass, 12 hours- a weekend pass, and at 24 hours you will be given a weekend pass with meals provided. Camping is not provided free for our volunteers; however a camping pass is only $10 per person for the weekend, and $20 per vehicle per entry. Visit www.smithersmusicfest.com for more information on the areas where you can volunteer and to fill out an application form.
On-site public camping is available starting at 10:00 AM on Friday, June 30th. Camping passes can be purchased at the gate and are $10.00 per person over 12 with an additional charge of $20.00 per vehicle per entry onto the grounds.
Campers under the age of 19 are required to camp with a parent or guardian.
Everyone is advised to bring photo identification.
Please leave stereos at home, and please bring your instruments to come Jam with us.
Bicycles are not allowed on the grounds.
This is a Glass-Free festival
No pets are allowed.
Midsummer Festival strives to keep our impact on the environment to the sounds of music spilling into the air. Therefore, we strongly encourage everyone enjoying the festival to consider actions for waste reduction and recycling. Please be mindful of the containers brought onto the Festival grounds and to try to keep packaging to a minimum. We try to make waste reduction efforts as easy as possible. There are many conveniently placed and well-labeled bins for compost and recycling (aluminum, plastic bottles, tetra paks, tin cans, and paper).
Food & Marketplace Vendors:
The festival has many great food and craft vendors available throughout the weekend. Enjoy an awesome meal, treat yourself to a delicious goodie, or buy a unique one-of-a-kind gift for someone in your life. There is something for everyone!
Youth Guitar Camp August 8 - 12, 2017
Adult Guitar Camp August 12 - 17, 2017
What are the youth and adult guitar camps and retreats all about?
Going to guitar camp is about you, your guitar and being “one” together. To do this with other people whom you may or may not know requires a sense of security or a “safe zone” where you can explore learning with or without others, and this is what we try to provide at our guitar camp. Staying at the camp for 5 days and nights with ONLY guitar camp participants and organizers gives you safe freedom to explore.
Camp Caledonia is situated on Tyhee Lake in Telkwa BC and provides a superb venue for guitar camps.
The location is inspirational to everyone who attends the camp. Situated right on the lake, the grounds are spacious enough to provide private or shared accommodation (cabins, tents, RVs), classrooms and common areas. Recreational activities include swimming (a lifeguard is provided for youth camp) and boating. All meals are included, with consideration towards special dietary needs, vegetarians, and meat eaters.
Our instructors have been instructing for years and provide professional lessons in a classroom setting. Spare time is planned so you can seek extra assistance with instructors or from others attending camp. We try to make your time at camp relaxing and stress-free so you can concentrate on the most important thing – playing your guitar!
We limit registration to 25 students so classes are small, instructors can provide one-on-one instruction, class materials (written lyrics and music) provided to students and no crowded atmosphere. Be sure to register early so you are not disappointed!
Special thanks to our volunteers!!!
Thank you to the Wet’suwet’en for supporting our festival, and providing our volunteers and performers with a traditional meal.
The Bulkley Valley Folk Music Society and Smithers Midsummer Music Festival would not exist if it were not for our committed volunteer team. We would like to thank the volunteer Coordinators, many of whom wear multiple hats in the BVFMS and Midsummer Music Festival:
2016 Coordinators were:
Richard and Lauren Alton