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Oh, Artswells...

This past weekend was the Artswells Festival. Retreating to the interior and leaving thoughts of the bustling city, phone service, and internet connection far behind truly made the weeekend some kind of special. Brandon and I had a downright fantastic time playing as Lily of the Valley. For everyone who made it out to our set, thank you so much. I'll be sure to let you know when the audio recordings from our session are posted. For now, allow me to explain the images above:

Photo 1: Situated in the Cariboo District of central British Columbia is the town of Wells (population: 245). For the last 11 years, for one weekend in August, this small historic mining town has been taken over by some 2000 artists, musicians, and hippies to host the Artswellls Festival. It's an absolutley magical little place filled  with the kindest of folks. 

Photo 2: Brandon, Joe, and I met in Williams Lake and caravanned up. These Canadian boys sure to have a thing for Tim Hortons. 

Photo 3: A soft patch of grass, a blanket, the music schedule, Steinbeck, and a pair of sandals; everything I needed for a perfect afternoon.

Photos 4 - 5: Visiting the town of Barkerville was like stepping back into 1874. That little church may very well be my new favorite spot in all of Canada.

Photo 6 - 7: Artswells tent village. It was absolutely lovely camping beneath the night sky of the empty northern hemisphere. 

Photo 8: Blocktreat (aka: Brandon Hoffman) was simply amazing on Saturday night. With special guests Graham Serl on drums, Shawn Stephenson on guitar, and Shayne Avec I Grec reciting poetry, it was by far my favorite Blocktreat set yet. Nicely done Brando-Mando!

Photo 9: Coddlefish Foxtrotter was one of the many gems I stumbled upon at this festival. Something about the honesty in his stage banter and the sincerity behind the words being sung instantly drew me in. I've posted a video for you below.

And just like that it was back to the city for this girl. I'll return again next year, Artswells. Until then...


ps: Joe, I don't know how you escaped having your picture taken this whole trip... you sneaky fella, you.  

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