We are excited to be celebrating 16 years of fun and music with people from all over Vancouver Island and beyond. This unique festival was visualized at a group home gathering of people with special needs and special abilities 20 years ago. I was playing music at a weekly music session that had been started in 1996 after the Glendale institution closed its doors.I saw sooo many talented people with special needs over the years, that I was inspired to create a venue where all could enjoy their performances.
Together with the help from the Lions Clubs of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, professional musicians, many, many volunteers and community businesses, we were able to create a festival that has bridged gaps between communities , created lasting friendships, brought families together, and made the world a little brighter for all of us.
This festival is not just for people in the special needs communities to enjoy. We invite everyone to bring their families to this heartwarming, uplifting enlightening event.
We have a band stage with upcoming new talent as well as professional bands to keep the grounds hopping, a karaoke stage , as well as a gazebo stage in the rose garden where you can relax in the shade of the fruit trees and listen to soloists, duets and easy listening performances while sipping on a cup of tea and nibbling on home made treats.
Come and join us, bring your sunscreen. Spend a day with us and I am sure you will agree after you leave that it was one of the best days you and your family have ever spent together.
See you there!
Shelley Smiley Vaags
"This is the most important festival I play every year, and I look forward to it, and would NEVER miss it." - Wayne, Montgomery County
View this short clip for a glimpse into the festival.