Organizers of Squamish Constellation Festival (July 22-24, 2022) have announced multi-Grammy and Juno Award-winner Sarah McLachlan will be headlining the event’s return after the festival had to take a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
Constellation Festival 2022 with Sarah McLachlan
“The live music industry has suffered greatly over the past two years, and for a festival still in its infancy like Squamish Constellation Fest, the impact has been profound,” said Sarah McLachlan, who will be performing in the last slot of the weekend on Sunday, July 24. “We all need opportunities to gather and celebrate and this festival embodies what we’ve been missing: community, love, and togetherness – I am so excited to be a part of it.”
Festival organizers are equally pleased with the pairing and are taking this opportunity to launch its first Kickstarter campaign (live as of Thursday, December 16th at 12:00pm) with rewards that include a select number of cocktail hour meet and greets with McLachlan, autographed memorabilia, weekend passes and more.
“We really could not be more ecstatic,” said Tamara Stanners, partner and co-founder of the festival. “We already have so much love for Sarah that when she agreed we were over the moon. It’s made rebounding from a couple of really tough years so much easier.”
The three-day music and art festival in the heart of the Sea to Sky Corridor had an incredibly successful launch in 2019, with artists including Bahamas, Jessie Reyez, Serena Ryder, Halfmoon Run, and A Tribe Called Red. Plans to announce a full line-up in March of 2020 were stymied when COVID-19 quickly brought the live music scene to a grinding halt. “That definitely hurt us,” added Stanners. “When you are getting a new festival off the ground you expect a few years of uphill efforts before you can stand on firm ground financially. We had a lot of incredible momentum and positivity after our inaugural festival that we hoped to build on despite the immense challenges the pandemic presented.”
The full artist lineup is expected to be released in March, 2022. Organizers assure that if you had a ticket for the 2020 festival which was cancelled, your ticket will be honoured in 2022.
In the meantime, they are hosting smaller, intimate shows through the Little Dipper Concert Series. The next one of those is January 22, 2022 with Said the Whale at the Brackendale Art Gallery. Follow the festival on Instagram and Facebook for all the latest news and updates.