Arts on the Fly fundraiser in Vancouver
It was barely a month ago that I visited Horsefly, BC for the first time. Turning off Highway 97 at 150 Mile House and heading East, I rounded the bend by the General Store about 45 minutes later. Across the street, sitting outside the Community Hall by the Horsefly River, was Brandon Hoffman, Artistic Director for Arts on the Fly. He spent the whole morning touring me around the community, introducing me to locals and musicians, and getting me excited to preview Arts on the Fly for FestivalSeekers.
Unfortunately, it was announced this morning that Arts on the Fly would be cancelled. Scheduled for the weekend of July 14-15, with wildfire evacuation orders in the Cariboo still in place, highways closed, and communities displaced, organizers have decided not to move forward with the festival this year.
“It is with a heavy heart that we must cancel this year's festival. Although Horsefly has power again, evacuation orders in the Cariboo are still increasing, and highways throughout the region are still closed. Our hearts go out to our friends and family affected by the wildfires, and to the firefighters working around the clock. Stay tuned for instructions to receive a refund for your ticket. We thank you for your ongoing support.”
Not even 12 hours later, the artists that were supposed to perform at the festival decided to rally in support of it.
“Due to the fires raging up north in the Cariboo, the beloved Arts On The Fly festival has sadly been forced to cancel this weekend. Many of the artists who were booked to play there are from Vancouver, and so we figured what better way to honour the hard work the folks at AOF put into this year's festival than to move the party to the Wise Hall this Saturday!”
If you want to hear some of the great independent artists that were going to play Arts on the Fly while also supporting those affected by the BC wildfires, you can do so this Saturday, July 15th in Vancouver at Wise Hall.
Wise Hall (1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver)
Saturday, July 15, 2017. Doors 6:30pm, music at 7:00pm
Suggested donation of $15-$20 at the door
The show will feature the following acts:
JASPER SLOAN YIP
KHARI WENDELL MCLELLAND
KITTY & THE ROOSTER
Everyone is encouraged to wear their festival attire - create a mini Arts on the Fly right in Vancouver to show your support. Blankets, tents, snacks, good people and good vibes.
While there is devastation of unimaginable measure in the Cariboo right now, the artists, performers and festival-goers that were ready to get together for Arts on the Fly are just as ready to get together to support a community in need. Bring your dancing shoes, bring your smiles, and bring your support for Arts on the Fly on Saturday.
If you cannot attend, you can still support those affected by the wildfires by donating to the Canadian Red Cross’ appeal here.
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