Island Mountain Arts presents the 2019 ArtsWells Festival , August 2 - 5

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Island Mountain Arts presents the ArtsWells Festival 2019

BC Day Long Weekend 2019 

August 2nd - 5th | Wells & Barkerville, BC | Lhtako Dene Territory

The ArtsWells Festival is thrilled to announce over 300 live performances, workshops and special collaborations by over 100 artists in 10 unique venues over 4 days in Wells and Barkerville on the BC Day Long Weekend, August 2 - 5, 2019.

There is something for every musical taste from the world music of master percussionist Elage Diouf and Mongolian modern rock/jazz band Namgar to the powerful hip hop of Snotty Nose Rez Kids and the 333 Collective feat. Kimmortal, JB the First Lady and Missy D. ArtsWells also has a healthy dose of traditional folk and roots music with legendary talent such as Linda McRae (formerly of Spirit of the West), Dan Bern and Kim Beggs, plus many artists who are pushing the boundaries of tradition like Rae Spoon, respectfulchild and Old Soul Rebel. Collaborations are at the heart of the festival and this year innovative violinist, Hannah Epperson will be working in residence leading up to ArtsWells with contemporary dancer Rebecca Margolick to create a special performance for the festival. We are also excited to welcome back renowned children’s entertainer Al Simmons. Al loved Artswells so much last year that he invited his good friend, “certified lunatic and master of the impossible” Tomáš Kubínek to join him in the fun. Please note that Tomáš’ fantastical vaudevillian show is not for kids. In addition, festival goers can check out the latest in play development from the Sunset Theatre, as we share the work of the Sunset Exploration Series with a play reading by Nicolle Nattrass.

ArtsWells also offers many workshops over the course of the weekend including such things as Swing Dancing and Fundamentals of Hoop Dance, plus learning opportunities like Leadership & Reconciliation with Laurent Isadore, Youth Poetry with Peter Paul Van Camp and Consent Culture with our harm reduction team Good Night Out Vancouver. ArtsWells is also excited to welcome Jane Aurora who will be leading a Producer’s Lounge designed to encourage more women and non-binary artists to learn music production skills.

 The festival kicks off Friday night with a Welcome Ceremony at the Community Hall followed by the annual Rainbow Pride Parade led by parade marshall Ms. Fondle and musicians Baby Face Brass and puppets and clowns from all around. Everyone is welcome to dress up in their favourite frock and celebrate the beauty and diversity of the community.

Full line up for the festival is available at as well as listed below:

333 Collective: Kimmortal, JB the First Lady, Missy D, Airik Clark, Al Simmons, Ali McCormick, Babyface Brass, Banjoman, Bemya Nymh, Blackberry Wood, Blocktreat, Bob Campbell, Bruce Horak, Burlesque Anonymous, Chris "Sandman" Sand, Close Talker, Company B Jazz Band, Corwin Fox, Dan Bern, Dan Parsons, Daniel Mckell, Danny Bell and His Disappointments, Dave Soroka, David Roy Parsons, DJ Kookum, Django's Jewels, Doug Cox, Dr. Suzanne Steele, DruiZ, Edo Alfredo & Danilo Moreno, Elage Diouf, Fallsway, Fox Glove, Grampa Groove, Hannah Epperson , Happenstance! The Circumstantial!, High Society, Hope, Hujune, Hush Hush Noise, Improv Shmimprov, Interstellar Jays, Jason Camp and The Posers, Jeff & Capri, Jeff Andrew, Jeremy Loveday, Jesaja Class Illusionist, Jody Peck, Jozy, Kaleidos, Kasandra Mae, Khari Wendell McClelland, Kia Kadiri, Kim Beggs, Kitty & The Rooster, Kyla Churchman, Land Line, Laurent Isadore, Leaf Rapids, Linda McRae, Lyndsay Wills, Madeline Terbasket, Maiya Robbie, Mamarudegyal, Martin Comtois, Mary Matheson, Michelle Mitschrich, Mip, MNGWA, Mourning Coup, Ms.PANIK, My Band, Namgar, Naomi Shore, Nimkish, Nora Curiston, Old Soul Rebel, Orit Shimoni, Peter Paul Van Camp, Poly Hatchet, Rae Spoon, Rebecca Margolick, respectfulchild, Road Waves, Ross Douglas, Saltwater Hank, Samson's Delilah, Sarah Burton, Sarah Wheeler, Selina Martin, Shadow Sail Theater, Shawn Stephenson, Sideways Sideshow, Simbiyez Wilson, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Sssnap, Sunset Exploration Series feat. Nicolle Nattrass, Tavis Weir, The Alkemist, The Brain Porter, The Melawmen Collective, The Party on High Street, The Rail Birds, This Way North, TJ Dawe, Tomas Kubinek, Tracy McNeil, Tullara, UNPACKED: a memoir of checked baggage, Uschi Tala, Valour & Tea Theatre, WARLESS & Yael Wand.


The ArtsWells Festival and Island Mountain Arts are grateful to operate on the traditional and unceded territory of the Lhtako Dene, part of the Dakelh Nation.

Early Crow Tickets & 1st Release Tickets have now SOLD OUT! 

2nd Release passes are $175.00 & are available now from 

Children 12 years and under are free and new this year all pass holders receive free entrance to Barkerville Historic Town, as well as, a $15 merchandise voucher to spend at the Festival Merch Booth. Camping sold separately.


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