Harrison gears up for fest

It’s an explosion of music and art on the beach of Harrison Lake.

How good does that sound?

It’s an explosion of music and art on the beach of Harrison Lake.

How good does that sound?

The 33rd Harrison Festival of the Arts July 9-17 offers an intimacy not possible in larger venues.

From lively Cajun music to rockin’ Desert Blues to soothing Hawaiian music, it’s a way to travel the globe musically in nine days, as well as experiencing stunning visual and literary arts, theatre, a large market, and more.

The lineup includes performances by Louisiana Cajun band Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, blues harp legend James Cotton, new Irish traditionalists Beoga, Hawaiian group Hapa and the Desert Blues of Etran Finatawa.

Evening Concerts are the only ticketed events at the Festival and seating in the Memorial Hall is limited.

For the price of a $2 festival button sample a smorg of music on the beach, from Latin, Pop, African, to Roots and Celtic. A special collaborative project called New Directions featuring young aboriginal performers Leela Gilday, Kinnie Starr, Diyet, Diga and Cris Derksen.

Stroll the juried Art Market, under the tents on the lake front during weekends. The Beating Heart: Spirit of Sts’ailes is a visual art exhibit featuring artists of the Chehalis First Nation and a wide variety of traditional and contemporary work. The 33rd Harrison Festival of the Arts July 9-17 www.harrisonfestival.com or 604 796-3664 or visit the Ranger Station Art Gallery.