More Acoustic Jam

Time to limber up the old strings, the tuba, the what have you, the vocal chords, and/and or the ears (all acoustic, every level of ability). The fall/winter season of The Galiano Festival Society’s Acoustic Jam starts next week, Friday September the 7th. Doors open at the South End Community Hall at 6:30PM for setting up chairs, easels, and instruments. Songs start no later than 7:00PM. There are books of fifty familiar songs, but you can bring your own song to lead. Words and chords are preferred by most all people. Songs stop at 9:00 and we clean up until 9:30. $5 at the door. Everyone welcome. Join the fun. More dates in the fall/ winter season: Friday September 7th, , Saturday October 20th, Friday November 2nd,Friday December 7th. Doors open at 6:30. All at the South hall. Dates in 2019 to be announced. Hope to see you all there.


The Big Ask

Today, a couple of old guys, and a few not so old guys, finished putting up the stage for the Second Annual Galiano Music Festival. Check out the list of volunteers that have donated their time:

they are all instrumental in helping the festival to be a success. But here is the ask: we still need to fill one shift selling beer at the beer garden from 9:00 PM until we run out — or 10:00-ish o’clock PM which ever comes first. And we need one or two people to sit at the main gate to give out information and sell T-shirts from 12:00 – 2:00PM.

Meanwhile, Dirk and I will be down at the Lions field tomorrow (and maybe Thursday morning) at 9:00AM to put some finishing touches on fences and things. We do like company.

One way or the other, we hope to see you at the Festival/Fiesta on Saturday August 4. 10:00AM until 11:00PM. Contact Arnie Bell. I’m in the book. Thanks.

‘Eat Local, Buy Local, Listen Local.’

This is It and what we need

The Galiano Festival Newsletter

Hi All,

The Galiano Festival Society (GFS) crew is getting ready to present the Second Annual Galiano Music Festival. It happens in tandem with the Lions’ Fiesta on Saturday August 4, 2018. The Lions’ parade starts in front of the garage at 10:00AM and reaches the Lions field at about 11:00AM. And then the music starts. This year we have a great mixture of home grown talent, talent just moved to the island, and talent that is connected to the island through family and friends. To see the complete line up check the Performers and Schedule 2018 page. The Schedule of times will be posted soon.

And now the ask: if you would like to help in any way – we need beer servers, beer ticket sellers, information people at the front gate, and T-shirt sellers, all on the day. But we also need people who can help set up tents, and fencing in the week before the event. We also need carpenters to help build the stage starting on Sunday or Monday the week before the Festival.

Also if you want to help the GFS shepherd the Festival, the Acoustic Jam (to reconvene in September) and a few other events throughout the year, we would be really pleased if you considered joining the GFS as a board member. We need people to fill these roles in the society: fund raising coordinator, volunteer coordinator, and we need a few more people (two or three heads are better than one) in each of these areas – publicity, food, stage, security. More things might be listed as we note the need. You can sign up to volunteer on the Contact page or phone Arnie at 2811.

The other really important ask is of course for money. Donations are really really appreciate, and we will shortly have new T-shirts for sale. See the Swag page. There is a long list of expenses that we have to cover, sound equipment, technicians to run the sound, insurance (maybe), food for the musicians, ferry fares for the off island musicians, etc. etc. Note that the musicians are all donating their time. We hope in the future to raise enough money to pay them. The mantra here is that if you want a world of music, “Listen Local.”


Benefit Dance and Acoustic Jam

Less than two weeks until the Benefit dance for the Health Care Centre and the Galiano Music Festival. Boogie to Garage195 and Friends. Saturday April 14. Doors open 7:00PM. Music starts at 7:15. Until 11:00 ish. Finger food and Beer wine, cider, pop. South End Hall. By donation.

And less than three weeks until the First Acoustic Jam. See the ACOUSTIC JAM page on the top menu for an explanation of what an acoustic jam is. Everyone welcome to sing, play, and listen. South End Hall. Friday April 20th. Doors open at 6:30 for set up (bring your music stand and enough music for others to share). Music starts at 7:00PM until 9:00. By donation.

April 14 Dance with Garage195 and Friends

poster by Lindsay Williams

A benefit dance for the Health Care Clinic and Galiano Festival. At the South Community Hall. Doors open at 7:00. Write it up on your calendar.


And then the Galiano Festival group (we’re not yet a society), the people responsible for the coming Second Annual Galiano Musical Festival on August 4, 2018, will be sponsoring Acoustic Jams.

Second Annual, 2018

The idea of doing a second Galiano Music Festival is daunting and exciting. Last year the whole process was exhilarating. It took a few months of planning and a week of physical work (building the stage and setting up the tech). This all happened alongside the Lions setting up their Fiesta — on which we hitched a ride; and of course, we can’t forget all those musicians who donated their art for our enjoyment.

Our core group wants to make the Festival as permanent fixture on the island, and hopefully, to extend it, in some form, throughout the year. To do that we are going to have to form a society in order to raise funds both for the society and for other worthy causes — the Lions, the Health Care Society — and to pay musicians in the future. Garage195 is making a few noises about doing a fund-raising dance early this spring. We’ll see how that goes.

This year there are a few more tasks we have to do to make our festival a success. We need a cover/tent for the stage (beg borrow or buy). We cannot use the one we were loaned last year. We need some lighting so the musicians can play later into the evening. We also need volunteers: a bookkeeper, a secretary, a food coordinator, a musician coordinator, a volunteer coordinator, T-shirt salespeople, welcoming table info people, carpenters, etc etc. As these things go, volunteers are always needed. You can contact us through the FaceBook posts or from the website: Musicians who are interested in playing at the Festival can contact us the same way – although I have to stress that we may not be able to accommodate everyone who would like to play at the summer Festival this year, but we hope that throughout the year we will be able to hold many other concerts/dances in the island’s four (5?) public venues. And so, we would like to make a list of everyone who plays music on the island whether classical rock root jazz, fusion etc. Let us know you are there.

If you are interested in helping with all the diverse tasks that need doing, you would be welcomed for the inaugural meeting of Galiano Music Festival 2018 — at the meeting room in the library, on Saturday 27 th January, 4- 6 pm. If you can’t make it, let us know that you are out there.

The Festival will be on Saturday August 4th.