April 14 Dance with Garage195 and Friends

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: galianomusicfestival.wordpress.com. 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.

More Local Music. Nostalgic Voices

I’m starting to think that Galiano has a year long Music Festival going on – albeit intermittently. There is the long standing Galiano Concert series; many events are held at the South and North Halls, at the Rod and Gun Club; and many events are held at private houses and businesses. Not least will be the (we hope) Second Annual Galiano Music Festival.

This page is primarily about the Galiano Music Festival, and as such its focus is local music. By local, I mean music made on Galiano firstly by musicians with close connections to Galiano and then musicians with close connections to the other Southern Gulf Islands.

At the First Annual Galiano Music Festival I claimed that we all needed to develop a local listening consciousness. You know, Think Global Act Local, which gave rise to the Eat Local, Buy Local movement. Well it’s time to add the Listen Local movement. Sure the Rolling Stones made lots of  great songs, but they have enough money now. It’s time to support our local musicians. Listen local. Put the Nostalgic Voices concert on your calendar. All local musicians.

September 8 & 9, 7 PM at the South Community Hall. Tixs at Galiano Island Books.


If anyone out there has a musical event coming up, with music played by Galiano island or Gulf Island musicians, let me know through the contact page and I’ll post it here. And on Face Book.

Listen Local. The First is A Memory. Next up 2.

On behalf of all us us who rather impulsively desided to go for it (not knowing at all what it would mean) I’d like to thank all the people who made the 1st annual Galiano Music Festival  possible. We know there were previous Music Festivals, and without them to forge the path there wouldn’t have been this one. But this is the one that becomes annual. (Famous last words. But intensions count.) You can see the list of sponsors and volunteers who made the music happen here Sponsors and Volunteers. Without them we would have been a plane without wings. With their support, we flew.

Thanks also goes out to all those who braved the smoke and the heat to form the most necessary, enthusiastic audience. And last but not least, we want  to thank the musicians themselves without whom the whole exercise would have been pointless. With them we rocked.

We have learned a lot about the process of getting together to make music in a festival setting. Sure, mistakes were made, and a few tempers were tested. But over all, the day was amazing. I can say that for everything that seemed to go wrong someone immediatly stepped up out of the blue and said, “Hey I can fix that.” But then, that is the magic of Galiano. Mostly people danced and sang along and a few beers were imbibed. What more can we ask for other than to do it again and again.

I hope you heard some musician  you hadn’t heard play before and were suitably impressed. And as I trust you were, I recommend that you stayed tuned to this website because there will be more and better things on the way.


count down

Sixteen Days until the Music Festival, and the Fiesta, and we still do not have a picture for Garage195, unless we are to assume that the players are spirits that cannot be seen. But we do have this tantalizing glimps of the life of sound that envelopes this ellusive band.

We hope they are a little more present on the big day. See you on August 5th, 2017. Music starts at 11:30. Beer graden opens sometime around then. Throw a gumboot. Eat food. Bliss out. Don’t get sunburnt. Bring water. Sunscreen. All that stuff.


One of the main working ideas for The Galiano Music Fesitval was that we wanted to celebrate local talent (and local in this case meant the Gulf Islands). There are many personal and business connections between the islands, and there are many connections between artists.

Pages from the Oak Tree,

comes fresh from winning the Battle of the Bands, which was held a few weeks ago with bands representing many of the Gulf Islands. Pages is coming from Pender island to play for us on Aug. 5th.

Starting as street performers in Victoria, Pages from the Oak Tree are something between Louisiana Blues and Eastern European old time. Bringing a Baltic twist to a warm folk sound and covering it in a heavy dose of foot stomping rhythm and heart warming harmonies. These three folks blend six instruments into a macabre sing-a-long and pour it over a waltzing old-time mosh pit.

Don’t miss them. Scheduled times of performance will appear on the website the day before the event.