Wind Festival blows into Squamish 

Also in arts news: Bard in the Barn tickets on sale

The Squamish Wind Festival. Photo by Tara O'Grady Photography
  • The Squamish Wind Festival. Photo by Tara O'Grady Photography

Last year, Squamish's Wind Festival for the Arts drew a record 4,000 people downtown for music, workshops and even a little shopping at the artisan market.

This year, the free event is back and bigger than ever, running from July 18 to 20 in Junction Park.

On Thursday, July 18, there will be a "special edition" of the weekly Amped in the Park performance for emerging musicians and performers from 7 to 9 p.m.

Then on Friday, July 19, check out Movie Under the Stars from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. for a free outdoor screening. Finally, come back on Saturday, July 20, for a jam-packed schedule that includes musical acts Jon and Roy, Old Soul Rebel, John Welsh & Los Valientes, Norman Foote and Ira Pettle.

There will also be face painting, a kid's zone, food trucks, balloons and live painting on site.

Put on by the Squamish Arts Council, you can also check out a live carving demonstration, make a eucalyptus wreath and screen print a t-shirt (BYO-t-shirt).

The Locals Corner will also feature Squamish musicians Matt Blackman, Will Ross, and Cat Madden.

For more visit squamishwindfestival.com.

Bard in the barn

Last year, Renata Zablotney, head of A Bird's Work Theatre Company, and the drama teacher at Pemberton Secondary School, brought a taste of Shakespeare to the Downtown Community Barn with the comedic parody, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).

The premise of the production was a group of actors attempting to cram all 37 of Shakespeare's plays into one show.

The Bard in the Barn concept is returning this year on Aug. 3—with a bit of a twist. This time, it will take place at the Pemberton and District Community Centre from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

While details on the show are still to come, tickets are on sale now for $22 on Facebook by searching Bard in the Barn...Hall.

The event will also double as a fundraiser for the Pemberton Farmers' Market.

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