'PEAK' Festival opens opportunities through partnerships

Abundant Kootenay talent is set to be showcased in the all ages, live music event to celebrate local music diversity and development.

“We strive to promote and support the progress of local performing artists. The ‘PEAK’ Music Festival provides an incredible opportunity for performance refinement, networking and increasing fan bases,” stated James Neve, FPPAS President.

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Peakfest’s select acts will deliver their best performance on the park’s outdoor stage in the heart of the city. Friday’s line up begins at 3:30 p.m. with acoustic duo The Confluentials, followed by the sonically powerful trio Leather Apron Revival, blues/rock specialists Band of Brothers, and West Kootenay retro blues/funk veterans, Sax Drive.

The celebration continues Saturday opening at noon with the rock/blues/reggae fusions of The Few and carries on with the young folk/pop talent of Mismatched Socks. Renowned jazz violinist Velle takes the stage at 3 p.m., then come the boogie tunes of the Usual Suspects, the rockin’ blues dance band Baker Street Blues and the big finale with Five Alarm Funk. Refreshing craft beer, wine and coolers sales will be provided by the award winning Fisher Peak Brewing Company on-site during the festival and several food mavens will serve a variety of their delicious specialties. It’s the last weekend before school starts and an opportunity for a fun family ‘stay-cation’.

As a bonus attraction, Cranbrook Arts has accepted an invitation to exhibit artwork in the park featuring local artists. This event should be very positive for Cranbrook and connect attendees with the arts & culture of the area.

A festival like this would normally have a significant price tag for tickets were it not for the commitment of volunteers and the partnerships created with the City of Cranbrook, the Columbia Basin Trust and the Government of Canada, Department of Canadian Heritage.

“Our government is proud to support festivals that showcase our communities, our diversity and the incredible talent of Canadian artists,” said the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism. “I am delighted that the Fisher Peak Performing Artists Society—a first-time funding recipient—will benefit from this investment under the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program. I would like to thank the Society and the many organizers, artists and volunteers who helped bring this festival to life for all to enjoy.”

Creative BC has also stepped in to help with expanding the festival in multiple ways. ”Creative BC is proud to support ‘PEAK’ Music Festival, a wonderful festival that celebrates the diversity and talent in the Kootenay’s creative community. Through our Amplify BC Live Music program, Peakfest will showcase great headliners and local musicians,” said Robert Wong, Vice President of Creative BC.

The ‘PEAK’ Music Festival will give Cranbrook much to be proud of and involvement is encouraged. Those interested in volunteering can sign up online or email fisherpeakperformingartists@gmail.com