North Country Fair: Family Friendly (all weather) Solstice Fun

by • May 20, 2017 • Alberta, Current Issue, Front Page, Music Festivals, Read Online, Venues1579

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The North Country Fair is a family friendly summer solstice celebration, located in the beautiful Driftpile river valley.

Since 1978, the Lesser Slave Lake North Country Community Association (LSLNCCA) has invited music and nature lovers to celebrate the summer sun surrounded by the boreal forest. The sun barely sets and the music plays until dawn.

North Country Fair serves up a unique variety of music and workshops from across Canada and around the world. Gracing this years’ stage, Juno winner, William Prince is sure to inspire with the melodic baritones of his brand of country rock. Juno nominated Ten Strings and a Goatskin, hailing from P.E.I., blend pop and world rhythms in a maritime tribute.

This years’ international delights include crowd favourite Tom Richardson, from Australia and The Entangados, from Argentina, whose blend of clowning and folk rock is bound to please. Sure to keep the party going, sassy Swedish pop rockers The Magnettes combine Swedish pop sensibilities, with a bold in your face attitude.

As always, North Country Fair loves to showcase talent from Alberta’s vibrant music scene. Among others, joining us in 2017 are: songwriter extraordinaire Bill Bourne, avant-garde rocker Tzadeka, soulful Celeigh Cardinal Band, hip-hop duo Kemo Treats and electronic post-punkers Concealer.

Featured from around the country are the highly anticipated, Pack A.D.and the poetic and powerful Birds of Chicago. Bridging the gap between pop and her traditional indigenous influence is Iskwe.

Music is not the only fare at this extraordinary event! Enjoy a delicious meal at the food vendors, stroll through the artisans alley or relax at a yoga class. North Country also has a diverse variety of workshops, from flint knapping to yoyo making; tai chi to hula hooping and poi. You can go on a nature walk, try out a slack line or even join a ukestra! So don’t forget your ukulele!

The North Country Fair is a great place to kick off your shoes, revel in the solstice sun and enjoy an eclectic blend of genre defying music. At any given time, multiple generations can be found sitting by a fire, sharing stories and song, meals and memories. Be sure to bring your guitar or horn as only live music is allowed at The Fair. You are even likely to find a fire-side jam.

After 39 years, North Country Fair’s dedicated following of volunteers and supporters has evolved to create a truly amazing experience. A celebration of summer and song, nature and freedom, the spirit and energy of caring for the land and each other is electric and infectious. Prepare to be inspired! And don’t be surprised when you arrive and are welcomed by big smiles and a friendly greeting, “Happy Fair.”

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