Monday • August 11, 2014
As the Strumbellas danced Fernie into a frenzy, clouds of dust rose above the bustling crowd.
Further back where camping chairs and picnic rugs were hot property, young children watched and danced as the sun set on a magical summer evening in the Elk Valley.
Wapiti music festival started in 2010 and has grown to be a summer highlight for Fernie residents and visitors, serving up two fun filled days showcasing the best and freshest Canadian Indie acts. Combine this with spectacular mountain scenery, Fernie gives festivalgoers the ultimate Rockies festival experience.
In 2014 1500 people rocked out to Canadian Indie household names such as the Fast Romantics, Zeus and Good for Grapes.
Toronto group The Strumbellas had recently won the JUNO Award for Roots & Traditional Album Of The Year and were a highlight for many with their high-energy and infectious melodies.
Wapiti reflects Fernie’s family friendly ethos, allowing kids 12 and under free admission for both days allowing this to be a whole family experience. Kids had the time of their lives dancing, playing and participating in kids activities, not something you always see at music festivals.
When the day warmed up and a thirst-quenching beverage was in order the Fernie Brewing Company was on hand to satisfy needs in the beer department, adding some more local flavour to the event.
A huge thanks must go to all the organisers, volunteers and musicians for making the 2014 Wapiti Music Festival one to remember.