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Music Fest fun for whole family

Music Fest fun for whole family

During the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver the Odds were the house band at Canada Hockey House.    Photo submitted

A few of the bands from off Coast include The Odds, Toy Zebra, and the Mop Tops (Canada’s best Beatles cover band).   


The Second Annual Highway 101 Musicfest at the fully refurbished Pender Harbour Lions Park on July 19, 20, and 21 promises to provide a weekend of family fun. At this incredibly green and lush site, workers are preparing the grounds for what will prove to be one of the best events of the summer.

Two large stages have been carefully constructed. The main stage is located on the larger field and bank below the soccer field. The second stage is smaller but can be viewed from the beer garden. Producers Lorne Jones and Heather Brown have been working diligently to make sure that everything has been taken care of so that this weekend is a great success.

“Heather and I both agreed right from the start we wanted this to be a family event, so please bring the kids as there will be a children’s play area,” said festival producer Lorne Jones.

Jones grew up in Roberts Creek and played his first festival in 1970.  “I’ve never forgotten how fun and exciting that was, and I’d like to bring some of that excitement back from those times to families today,” he says.

The festival boasts a great lineup of artists.  Saturday will centre around rock and roll while the theme on Sunday will be gospel and country. Friday evening offers a mix of the two genres.

Local bands include Bits of String, Brothers in Farms, Sinmobile, and many more. A few of the bands from off-Coast are The Odds, Toy Zebra, and the Mop Tops (Canada’s best Beatles cover band).

Merchandise, craft and food vendors on site will add to the festival atmosphere. Only ticket-holders may be in the campsites or on the grounds. (Campsites are limited; call Heather after 6pm at 604-740-1859 to register.)

For a full list of artists and ticket information, check out the festival website at


Jim Dorey

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