The third annual Live at Squamish music festival has wrapped up for another year. Multiple stages, a silent disco, a bazaar, vendors and promotional exhibits, and several beer gardens kept thousands entertained Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday.
The highlights on the first full day were the Charles Bradley (the Screaming Eagle of Soul) who played the Garibaldi Stage and The Tragically Hip who rounded out the evening on the main Stawamus Stage.
On Sunday the temperature dropped, the sun was masked by clouds, and winds funneled through the valley. Bikinis from previous days were covered up, high-waisted short shorts were traded in for jeans, and sweaters were a must come evening. The cool air did not discourage any festival goers who were warm enough from dancing in place during acts like Kathleen Edwards, The Airborne Toxic Event, and Mother Mother.
The Airborne Toxic Event
Our highlight on the Sunday was definitely the Motown Tribute to Nickelback. A group of guys who became internet-famous when they released a motown-style cover song of How You Remind Me last year.
They were flown in by Live Nation specifically to play in Squamish and had actually never played a live concert gig before. The audience in front of the Garibaldi Stage was modest, until they started playing. Everyone singing along, dancing, and realizing just how much fun this act was.
Ever humble, they thanked the audience for supporting them both online and off, as well as their Kickstarter campaign to license the songs for an album. Keyboardist Scott Bradlee said on stage that he couldn’t believe this project started out in his basement, and look at them now.
Later on while Mark Farina did a two hour set on the Garibaldi Stage, City and Colour was the finale on the Stawamus Stage. Teasing rain drops fell every few minutes as the plaid and jean clad group played for a beach ball-bouncing crowd.
City and Colour
All of the acts seemed at ease on stage, bantering with the crowd as though they were enjoying the fresh air, mountain vistas, and dreamy valley scenery as much as the rest of us.