NEW FESTIVAL IN STANLEY PARK
ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL LINEUP
SKOOKUM brings an Eclectic Mix of Music, Food, and Art to Vancouver.
Vancouver, BC – Launching September 7th-9th in iconic Stanley Park, SKOOKUM will feature four stages of contemporary music with performances by some of the world’s most renowned artists, including notable International headliners:
FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
Other confirmed artists include:
Metric, Arkells, The War On Drugs, St. Vincent, Father John Misty, Blue Rodeo, Mother Mother, Chromeo, Bahamas, Stereophonics, Rodrigo y Gabriela,Cold War Kids, Greta Van Fleet, Dear Rouge, Buffy Sainte Marie, Matt Mays, Current Swell, Black Pistol Fire, Whitehorse, Matt Andersen, Said The Whale, Yukon Blonde, The Zolas, Hey Ocean!, Midnight Shine, Delhi 2 Dublin, Barney Bentall, The Julian Taylor Band, Crystal Shawanda, The Matinée, Belle Game, Little Destroyer,The Boom Booms feat Ta’Kaiya Blaney, William Prince, Shred Kelly, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Kelly Derrickson, Murray Porter, Mob Bounce, daysormay, Bitterly Divine, The Carnival Band and Zynth & Co.
SKOOKUM is being produced by Vancouver-based BRANDLIVE, in collaboration with Virgin Mobile. “This is the result of a conversation that began five years ago to create a more accessible, inclusive, and sustainable Festival. We feel this first year lineup reflects the spirit of what are trying to achieve in a way that also acknowledges the significant history of the location,” says Paul Runnals, Festival Director. “Virgin Mobile is excited to be part of SKOOKUM which celebrates food, art, culture, and of course music” says Kevin Campbell, Director of Brand Experience at Virgin Mobile.
The three-day event will feature over 50 stage performances, live and multimedia art installations; gourmet culinary experiences from some of Vancouver’s most acclaimed restaurants; pop-up and roaming entertainment throughout the weekend and tasting areas showcasing some of the best BC wines, locally brewed craft beer as well as select offerings from local area craft distilleries.
The Festival is situated on the shared territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, and BRANDLIVE is proud to be working closely with the Nations in staging this inaugural event. In doing so, the Festival is providing numerous opportunities for Indigenous musicians, chefs, and visual artists as well as an opportunity to inform and educate attendees on aspects of the their historical connections to the land.
One of the other features of this new festival is the spectacular Stanley Park location and its close proximity to the city. This, coupled with a comprehensive shuttle bus program, car and bike share partnerships, and multiple transit routes will ensure attendees can easily get to and from the Festival.
SKOOKUM is pleased to announce it will be the first ever Ocean Wise ® Life Event Partner in Canada, and this exciting partnership will help establish a new benchmark of sustainability for major events. Among the many initiatives that the festival will be undertaking are the elimination of plastic straws, bags and single use water bottles, use of 100% compostable packaging for all food vendors as well as industry leading recycling and composting programs. SKOOKUM has also partnered with Music Heals, a local charity which supports a wide range of music therapy services to communities in BC and across Canada, and the Stanley Park Ecology Society, which has a leading role in the stewardship of Stanley Park through collaborative efforts in education, conservation and research.
To learn more about SKOOKUM, including details about tickets and pricing, please visit: www.skookumfestival.com
BRANDLIVE produces a wide range of events throughout the region; from celebrity gala dinners and private events to themed Olympic pavilions to concerts and major festivals. Select highlights include the annual BC Children’s Hospital Crystal Ball Gala and Canada Day at Canada Place celebrations; the 2010 Winter Olympic Victory Ceremonies at BC Place; Alberta House, Vancouver House and Heineken Holland House at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Multiple Grey Cup Festivals, the annual Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks Festival, The “Whistler Presents” Summer Concert Series, Sarah McLachlan’s “Voices in the Park” and “Summer Sessions at Ambleside” fundraising concerts as well as their very own “Squamish Valley Music Festival” – which attracted over 350,000 patrons while generating an economic impact in excess of $150 Million dollars during its’ six year run.
About Creative BC
Creative BC is an independent society created and supported by the Province of BC to sustain and help grow BC’s creative sector (motion picture; digital and interactive media; music and sound recording; and magazine and book publishing industries). The society delivers a wide range of programs and services to expand BC’s creative economy, and is providing financial support to a wide range of BC music initiatives through the Live Music Fund. SKOOKUM gratefully acknowledges their support.
About Virgin Mobile Canada
At Virgin Mobile, you’re not a customer, you’re a Member and “Members Get” exclusive deals from awesome brands, a shot at VIP access and one-of-a-kind experiences. That’s on top of super-hot smartphones on a super-fast network with plans that have loads of extras built right in! And now eligible Members in Ontario and Quebec can say Hi to Home Internet with ultra-affordable pricing. Virgin Mobile Members and Canadians can do some good in their local communities by helping at-risk and homeless youth in Canada gain skills to get jobs with Virgin Mobile RE*Generation. Virgin Mobile Members can expect other notable perks to follow including a pre-sale for SKOOKUM tickets starting March 14th at 10:00 am.
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Photo Credit: SKOOKUM