BC Summer Music Festivals

Well folks most of the main summer music festivals have launched their line up so its time to start researching which summer music festivals you're going to this summer. The listing below (researched by Jason Lane, www.laner.ca) includes most of the summer music festivals in July and August in Western Canada.
Today though I particularly wanted to draw your attention to two festivals:
Keloha: Based right here in Kelowna they just announced their line up this week (http://www.castanet.net/news/Entertainment/115103/Keloha-lineup-announced ) and their tickets go on sale today:
http://www.keloha.com the early bird tickets are only $99 for over 30 bands.
Ponderosa Festival: This one is a bit of a wild story. Two lads Kris and Kia originally thought they were planning a back yard orchard party but it grew in scope and scale to the point that last year they launched a professional 3 day music festival in Rock Creek. 
I connected with them last week to hear about how it all came together:
It takes a ton of work to create and produce a festival so hats off to them for pulling it off for a second year. Tickets are on sale now and its also only $99 for the three day early bird pass which incluces camping and parking. 
A neat side story that didn't come up in my interview with them was that their arts component is handled by Kelowna-based artist named Mimi Moylan who did an amazing painting for them last year on site and is handling artistic direction this year. She has some work up in Chai Baba if you want to get a feel for it, or mimimoylanART.com
For an idea of what the festival will look and sound like here is a video shot at their fest last summer:

Ska Fest  – Victoria, BC (July 1 – 5th, 2014)
Calgary Stampede  – Calgary, AB (July 4 – 13th)
Gatzke Orchards Music Festival  – Oyama, BC (July 4-6, 2014)
Steamboat Mountain Music Festival  – Edgewater, BC (July 5, 2014)
Keloha  – Kelowna, BC (July 11-13th, 2014)
Rock the Shores  – Victoria, BC (July 11 – 13th, 2014)
Oliver Sunshine Festival – Oliver, BC (July 11-12, 2014)
Vancouver Folk Festival (July 18-20, 2014)
Wild Mountain Music Festival - Hinton, Alberta (July 18-20, 2014)
Fusion Festival - Surrey, BC (July 11-20, 2014)
Starbelly Jam - Crawford Bay, BC, July 18-20, 2014
Armstrong Metal Fest  – Armstrong, BC (July 18 – 20, 2014)
Pemberton Music Festival  – Pemberton, BC (July 18-20th, 2014) < Returning after 5 year absence!
Mission Folk Festival  – Mission, BC (July 25-27th, 2014)
Center of Gravity - Kelowna, BC (July 25-27th, 2014)
Rock of the Woods Music Festival  – Cowichan Valley, BC (July 25-27th, 2014)
Calgary Folk Festival (July 24-27, 2014)
Motion Notion  – Golden, BC (July 24-28th, 2014)
Unity Music Festival- Solcan City, BC (July 25-27th, 2014)
Enderby Arts Festival  – Enderby, BC (July 26, 2014)
Calgary International Blues Festival  – Calgary, BC (July 28 – Aug 3rd, 2014)
Wanderlust  – Whistler, BC (July 31st – Aug. 4th, 2014)
Pickathon  – Portland, OR (August 1,2 and 3)
Arts Wells  – Barkerville, BC (Aug. 1-4th, 2014)
Boonstock  – Penticton, BC (Aug. 1-3rd, 2014)
Rockin the Fields  – Minnedosa, MB (Aug.1-3rd, 2014)
Routes & Blues  – Shuswap, BC (Aug 1 – 14, 2014)
Kaslo Jazz Etc. – Kaslo, BC (August 2-4, 2014)
Invermere MusicFest: Waterfront Music Festival  – Invermere, BC (Aug 3, 2014)
Canmore Folk Fest  – Canmore, AB (Aug. 3-5, 2014)
Rockin’ River Musicfest  - Mission, BC (Aug. 7-9th, 2014)
Wapiti Music Festival  – Fernie, BC (Aug. 8-9th, 2014)
Shambhala Music Festival - Salmo (Aug. 8-11th, 2014)
Live at Squamish - Squamish, BC (Aug. 8- 10th, 2014)
Peachfest - Penticton, BC (Aug. 6-10th, 2014)
Edmonton Folk Festival (August 7-10, 2014)
West Kelowna World Music Festival  – West Kelowna, BC (Aug. 23rd)
Princeton Traditional Music Festival (2014 TBA)
Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival - Salmon Arm (Aug. 15-17th, 2014)
Komasket  – Vernon, BC (2014 TBA)
Serenity Performance Arts Centre  – Birch Island, BC
Ponderosa Festival  – Rock Creek, BC (Aug. 22-24th, 2014)
Sturgis Canada  – Merritt, BC (Aug, 21st – 24th, 2014)
Otalith Music Festival -  Tofino & Ucluelet, BC (Aug. 22-24th, 2014)
Bumbershoot  - Seattle, WA (Aug. 30- Sept. 1st, 2014)
Dave Matthews Band Caravan  – George, WA (Aug. 30- Sept. 1st, 2014)
StokeFM Mountain Music Festival  – Revelstoke, BC (Sept 20, 2014)

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Ryan Donn is a singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, and Councillor at the City of Kelowna

I love creating songs, which have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

In the past few years, I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, and others.

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