Wapiti

Wapiti Music Festival Society is cancelling the 10th Anniversary Wapiti Music Festival scheduled for August 7th and 8th in Fernie, BC. Due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic and in light of the statements of the Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry regarding not lifting the order against mass gatherings, the society has concluded that for the safety of all involved cancellation is necessary.

It may be March 1, and the snow is still flying but many of us have our eyes set on summer! A big part of summer in Fernie is Wapiti Music Festival. Voted Best Cultural Event in the 2018 Fernie Fix: Best of Fernie Survey, this event not only brings a variety of exciting Canadian music to our backyard, it creates such an energetic and positive vibe for all in attendance and most importantly, a strong sense of community.

What do a cup, a T-shirt, a chair, and a board have in common? They’re sure to be high notes at your next summer outing, Wapiti included.

What is it about live music that we love so much? With the advent of Spotify, we have any music we want at our fingertips.

Event Date: 
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Time: 
9:00pm

He's known by many names. Undisputed God of First Chair. The Great Man Himself. Owner of That Snowboard Shop. G$. The Cool Older Dude From The Runs. To most of you, he's G-Money. One of the most epic characters to be found in Fernie. It's even rumoured that he journeyed to the edge of the world, waved hello to Jack Sparrow, and survived to tell the tale.

Wapiti Friday marks the 70th birthday of this utter legend, and The Royal is gonna celebrate in the only logical way - a barnstorming rowdy punk rock show at The Royal featuring the #2 band in Fernie, The Runs. 

Event Date: 
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Time: 
11:00pm

The Northern is stoked to get these boys down for their Wapiti after party. 

Edmonton-based Altameda (æl-tah-MI-da) formed out of a recording session for singer-songwriter Troy Snaterse, but quickly became a group effort to create something bigger. Despite the four- piece finding their roots in various genres, they felt compelled to blend their individual styles with the influences that shaped their earlier years. During the sessions for the group’s debut LP, Dirty Rain, it was clear that the band felt a chemistry that only arrives through shared experiences.

Event Date: 
Friday, August 10, 2018
Time: 
11:00pm

The Northern's Friday night Wapiti Music Festival after party is hosted by John Jenkins' Smalltown Revival from Gold, BC.

Showtime starts right after the festival.

John Jenkins’ Smalltown Revival, a Two-Man Trio Show, Two guys, close your eyes it’s a band. Roots, Rock, Blues, Funk and Folk. Rooted in the heart of smalltown life and based in Golden B.C, with John Jenkins on vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, harmonica, kick drum, foot snare and hi – hat , and Jackson Baker on bass and vocals.

When you hear “mountain town,” arts and culture isn’t normally the first thing that comes to mind. Over the last eight years, the Wapiti team has been a beacon for another dimension to our community.

Events of all types are on the rise in Fernie, thanks to the many volunteers and organizations putting the time and effort into putting them on. Here are the hot items of 2017, that you won't want to miss in 2018!

Gold: 
Wapiti
Silver: 
Griz Days
Bronze: 
Wednesday Concert Series

The seventh annual Wapiti Music Festival took place over the weekend amidst one of busiest summers on record for Fernie BC.