PEAK Music Festival revived by Trust grant
The 2022 ‘PEAK’ Music Festival scheduled for Friday, September 2 and Saturday, September 3 will be infused with funding from the Columbia Basin Trust.
Since it’s 2018 debut in Cranbrook, this annual performing arts celebration has been well received as a crescendo of the outdoor music season by area artists, citizens, and visitors. The festival’s theme focusses on a rich variety of Kootenay performing artists like a harvest festival celebrates the bounty of the growing season.
Its name, ‘PEAK’ Music Festival, came from that mindset – to proudly display a smorgasbord of the talent who call the Kootenay their home. The event inspires community pride and contributes to the development, awareness, and value of the arts. Besides live music, it has involved dance and art exhibits, and managed to adapt to the initial onslaught of pandemic restrictions by presenting on four consecutive Saturdays in 2020.
The festival is organized and facilitated by volunteers of the Fisher Peak Performing Artists Society (FPPAS), a non-profit also known for the free community Summer Sounds concert series at Cranbrook’s Rotary Park each Saturday of July and August.
FPPAS President Stephen Knowles expressed how important the funding is after having to cancel the 2021 event in late August after months of planning. “Our volunteers and performers dedicate a lot of time to prepare and organize this two-day community music festival. Pivoting, adapting, and restarting an event of this size is hard on everyone. Funding from The Trust has revived and energized our team and artists. This year’s ‘PEAK’ Music Festival is going to be an incredible event for Cranbrook and the surrounding area.”
The line-up usually includes a few invited guests from other parts of Canada to foster networking opportunities for local artists and add to a diverse and positive experience for the audience.
It’s not too early to get involved. Volunteers and performance-ready artists are encouraged to register HERE.
While registration does not guarantee a slot in the event, it may increase a performer’s online visibility with a listing on the K-LINK (Kootenay Performer Directory) that is included and free for Kootenay-based performance-ready artists.
Lead image: A look at the 2019 PEAK Music Festival. Photo by Murray Hayward