Acts on the main stage tonight include artist/filmmaker/storyteller Gary Oker, singer/songwriter Bobby Richards, poet Marilyn Belak, and the Sweetwater Ramblers. Headlining the main stage will be Kinnie Star, an acclaimed singer-songwriter from Calgary.
The entertainment on the main stage continues Saturday at 4 p.m. with The Revolution Sonics, The Party on High Street, Sorrow’s Bend, Folky Strum Strum and Gordie Tentrees, just to name a few. A Chinese Lion Dancing demonstration – a traditional dance where the performers mimic the movements of a lion – is scheduled for 10:30 p.m.
Festival-favourites Mamaguroove will conclude the evening with their unique blend of musical genres and energetic stage show.
Sunday afternoon will see Kinnie Star and Gordie Tentrees return to the main stage, and as a special treat, the festival concludes with a “musicians jam” led by East Coast artists Acres and Acres.
There will also be artists performing in the more intimate setting of Albert’s Loft – a converted barn on the Mattson’s farm – throughout the weekend. That is where the screening of the film, “Weibo’s War,” about the ongoing conflict between Wiebo Ludwig and his family from Hythe, Alta., and the oil and gas industry. Director David York will be taking part in a panel discussion following the screenings on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Out in the farmyard, there will be a stock dog demonstration, a biodiesel workshop and a hula hoop workshop throughout the weekend.
Camping spaces are available at the farm.
Advance tickets can still be purchased for $50 at the Rolla Store; at Read's Books, Peace Photographics and the Art Gallery in Dawson Creek; at Whole Wheat and Honey or Patch Java in Fort St. John; or at the Rabbit Hole or the Centre for the Creative Arts in Grande Prairie. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate for $60 for the whole weekend, or $40 per day.
For more information on the Sweetwater 905 Arts Festival, including a full schedule of events and directions to the farm, visit www.sweetwater905.ca.