Grand Manan is a curious place. It’s the kind of spot you’d live in if you enjoy organizing your day around the tides and/or ferry schedule, have ever considered opening a care home for retired pirates, are completely indifferent to the ripeness of avocados, and don’t mind the occasional bit of vigilante justice. So logically it’s the perfect place for a music festival (except for that bit about the avocados).
Now in it’s 8th year, Summer’s End Folk Festival is the appropriately curious music festival designed to bolster the arts community in just such an equally curious place.
“Summers End Folk Festival […] was started with the hopes of being the basis of many ongoing opportunities and beginnings in the arts community on the Island. At the heart of the festival you’ll find two things, a love for good music as well as the people of this community. This is our way of trying to do something positive and beautiful within the community,” explains the festival organizers in their online manifesto.
The festival spans two days between August 18th and 19th, attracts anywhere from 400 – 600 attendees, and can boast having brought in past performers like Daniel Romano, Julie Doiron, and Joel Plaskett. The festival also mentions that all this takes places in an intimate setting just steps from the ocean, as one tends to be on Grand Manan.
Here’s the line-up for Summer’s End Folk Festival 2017:
Grand Theft Bus, The Weather Station, Old Man Luedecke, Mike Trask & The Derealization News Can, David R. Elliott, John Southworth & The South Seas, Keith Hallett, Ariel Sharratt & Mathias Kom (Of The Burning Hell), and Mama’s Broke.
Summer’s End Folk Festival takes place August 18-19, 2017. Two-day passes are currently available online. Single-day passes will be available later this month. No guarantees for or against pirates. Bring your own avocados.