The Rise of the 'PEAK' Music Festival

The Rise of the 'PEAK' Music Festival


Cranbrook's Rotary Park hosts the 'PEAK' Music Festival on Friday, August 31st and Saturday, September 1st with 10 local bands schedules to entertain on the outdoor stage. There is NO admission and all ages are welcome.

The festival is a dream-come-true for the same volunteer group that organizes the very successful Summer Sounds concert series on Saturday nights, the Fisher Peak Performing Artists Society (FPPAS).

“This event promises to be a mind-blowing way to wrap up summer in the Kootenays and bring the people of Cranbrook and surrounding districts together,” said James Neve, FPPAS President.

The season’s triumph has been shared by the Fisher Peak Brewing Company, which has been providing refreshing craft beer, wine and coolers on-site at Rotary Park every Saturday during showtime. As many as 550 people have been turning out for Summer Sounds performances.

The ‘PEAK’ Music Festival will be the final weekend of their collaboration this year. Long-time concert attendee Corinne Friesen confirms, “This combination is magical – I love it and I’m so happy to see how well it’s being received!”

FRIDAY AUGUST 31st                 4 PM TO 10:30 PM

Mismatched Socks / 4 – 5 p.m. /  Folk, Country, Blue Grass

Lennan Delaney / 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. / East Coast Roots & Folk

Dawson Rutledge / 7 – 8 p.m. / Contemporary Roots, Rock

The Mehditations / 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. / Original Reggae


The Confluentials / 12 – 1 p.m. / Roots Trio

Sage Grass / 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. / Folk, Country, Blue Grass

Slow Joe Crow / 3 – 4 p.m. / Roots Trio

Oak Republic / 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. / Heavy Wood – Roots/Rock

Doggone Brothers / 7 – 8 p.m. / Blue Grass, Roots

The Black Diamond Band / 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. / Classic Rock

In addition to developing opportunities for many local performing artists, FPPAS has accepted artwork submissions from two young local contemporary artists, Mikayla Jones and Alexis Shuffler, to feature on their Festival T-shirts sold during the event, in their continuing efforts to transform the arts and culture in the South Kootenay.

The T-shirt artwork identifies the wearer as a ‘Peak Freak’ – one who attends, thoroughly enjoys and supports the festival’s fund-raiser. Proceeds from T-shirt sales go to further development of the performing arts in the South Kootenays with a percentage going directly to the design artists. Sidekick Stickers has donated the cost of the shirts to support the fundraiser.

The public is invited to follow suit by being generous, attend and spread the word.

Coveted full-colour T-shirts will be given to those who sign-up as a festival volunteer. Volunteer positions are limited and relate mostly to setup and tear down assistance. Those interested can sign up online at or email