Off and Running | Harrison Festival Society

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  • At the Harrison Festival, we are still running! Along with the distanced live events we are producing throughout the summer, we have asked 9 different solo artists and groups to perform a few songs for us for these special videos. Some of these are artists who have graced our stage before, while others have yet to perform here. We’ve put together a varied program of great music to help get you through the Covid times! Here is to the summer, to our community near and far, and to the performing arts!

    Stayed tuned for a series of three videos. Each video will feature three artists performing 2 songs dedicated exclusively to the Harrison Festival and the people of Harrison Hot Springs.

    One thing that unfortunately has been lost since this pandemic began has been the opportunity to verbally acknowledge the land on which the Festival gathers and is based out of. Even though the video contains performances from across Canada, we would still like to acknowledge the land on which it has been compiled and produced.

    We would like to acknowledge the sacred land on which we gather, as the unceded territory of the Sts’ailes Peoples.

    Performers include Doug Cox: Doug Cox is a longtime friend of the Harrison Festival, having performed here numerous times in various formats. His musical path was fomented in the blues, in which he honed his skills as a young bottleneck slide guitar player.

    Boyd Benjamin & Kevin Barr: Known as the “Flying Gwitch’in Fiddler”, traditional fiddler and commercial pilot Boyd Benjamin comes from a long line of fine Gwitch’in musicians. As Boyd says, “my grandfather Peter Benjamin was a fiddler.

    Kevin Barr is called the troubadour of the Yukon, singing his folk, bluegrass, and country style of music, along with stories of love and life.

    Maria Dunn: A true preserver of the spirit of folk music, twice Juno-nominated Maria Dunn is often compared to Woody Guthrie for her keen social awareness and her melodic, unvarnished songs about the lives of working men and women.

    If you would like to donate and support the festival, please click here. 

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