Perform at the Festival!
Essential performer information
This category is for groups who have an extensive background performing and recording. We usually look for high energy bands who are willing to do two sets during the 3-day weekend. We will offer you a performance fee, transportation to and from Haida Gwaii, comfortable billeting, and hospitality all weekend.
This is for performers who go to the festival for the experience of playing for a very appreciative audience on beautiful Haida Gwaii. These spots offer a small performance fee, but you are responsible for organizing travel to and from the islands. Visit bcferries.com, aircanada.ca, and pacificcoastal.com to check out your travel options. Once on island, we will transport you to and from the festival grounds, provide billeting, and hospitality all weekend.
Performers applying as a local (on-island) headliner should be experienced and provide some form of demo recording. You will be offered a performance fee, hospitality, and a good time slot in the program.
Local Artists - On-island performers, non-paid. The number of spots will vary from year to year. You will be offered a festival pass, dinner on the day you perform, and refreshments all weekend.
What to expect as a performer
You will be provided with a Performers Welcome Package upon your arrival. This package will contain everything you need to know about the festival and Haida Gwaii.
Hospitality is provided Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday. Hospitality offers fresh local food with a Haida Gwaii Flavour. Coffee, tea, water and snacks are available at all times.
The festival occurs at the Fall Fair Grounds in Naikoon Park and all performers are billeted throughout the community of Tlell. Billeting can be in someone’s house, in a cabin, at the Riverside B&B, or at the performers camping area just across the street from the festival grounds.
Transportation to and from your billet is arranged daily. Transportation from the airport or ferry is also provided on your arrival and departure day.
Impromptu jamming with other performing groups or local performers is welcome and encouraged at our festival.
Read the BC Musician article for a full account of what it’s like to perform at the edge. Written by Mike Southworth of Scatterheart.
Also, take a look at this video from the 2014 festival, produced by the Council of the Haida Nation Communications & Haida Media Network, shot and edited by 'Evil' Patrick Shannon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlmqi8jpRC4&feature=youtu.be
About Tlell & Haida Gwaii
Take time to explore the spectacular beaches in Tlell and the amazing hiking trails.
There is one store; The Crow’s Nest, located just south on Highway 16 that sells fruit, produce, dairy, snacks, local Richardson beef, local meats, and much, much more. There is a small liquor outlet that sells beer, wine, and spirits, as well as the post office. The Crow’s Nest is also home to the Raven's Roost, a great restaurant serving a variety of tasty delights.Visit Raven's Roost Facebook page for opening hours and menus.
There is NO bank machine in Tlell.
The weather on Haida Gwaii is variable. Be prepared for anything, all during the same day! Wear layers, it’s the best way to go.
There is no public transportation on Haida Gwaii, but if you wish to sight see, contact the transportation coordinator and it is possible that something may be able to be arranged.
Visit our local galleries, Sitka Studio and Crystal Cabin. A wide range of local art and gifts are available. You will also find Ernie’s Wood Carving on the same road. See the Art Route brochure for more information.