Wolfe Island Music Festival on the horizon

The celebration of homegrown, up-and-coming talent returns to Kingston’s backyard

Bahamas performing at the Wolfe Island Music Festival in 2014.
Journal File Photo

What started out 17 years ago as a party on a dock has grown into the intimate and
beloved music festival on Wolfe Island.

The non-profit Wolfe Island Music Festival (WIMF) boasts four shows on the evening of August 7 and a main stage lineup all day August 8.

This year’s headliners include indie rock bands Constantines, Operators and folk musician Hayden.

Others performing artists, which span several genres, include Taylor Knox, The Elwins, The Kodeines and many more.

This year, festival-goers can take an express ferry straight to the village.

Virginia Clark, artistic director of the festival and manager of The Grad Club, said the boat ride to the island will be an event in itself.

“We really want to encourage people to take the boat that’s exclusively for the festival,” she said.

“It’s going to have refreshments, treats and music. It’s going to be loads of fun.”

In the past, people have camped out on the island for the weekend of the festival. Everything you need is already in the village, Clark said, which means you’ll just need your tent and sleeping bag.

Clark said she values the atmosphere of the festival most of all, which has remained intimate year after year.

“It’s really relaxed and laid back event. It’s not too crazy at all, like a lot of big festivals,” she said.

“That feeling of intimacy is important. The island is the perfect place for that — it feels like a friend’s backyard.”

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