Music will fill the air Labour Day long weekend

By Contributor
May 21st, 2013

There’s a new festival coming to Rock Creek this Labour Day long weekend  called the Ponderosa Arts and Music Festival. The event is meant to showcase artists and musicians from Western Canada and attract people from all over to enjoy the amazing beauty of the Kettle Valley.

Ponderosa Festival will take place on Friday, August 30 through Monday September 2, 2013 with musical performances on the Saturday and Sunday (August 31 & September 1). Musical genres will vary between folk, indie rock, electronica and funk. Some of this years bands include Gold & Youth (Vancouver), Bend Sinister (Vancouver), Humans (Vancouver), and Close Talker (Saskatoon). The event is meant to be an open air festival with camping accommodations adjacent the festival grounds and the Kettle River.


In addition to music, Ponderosa will be showcasing works from local artisans and businesses. The intention is to provide artists of all kinds with exposure to their craft.


You’ll be sure to find food vendors cooking up a storm at this year’s event. A variety of delicious foods will be available to tickle every type of taste bud.


The main stage lineup has been announced and can be viewed by visiting the Ponderosa homepage at ponderosafestival.com. More bands will be performing on the “Open Mic” bandshell stage but are still to be confirmed. In total, it is anticipated that over 20 bands and DJs will be performing at this year’s event.


Tickets for the event are currently on sale and can be purchased through the organizers directly or online. Weekend passes are priced at $125/person and include:

  • full access to the festival grounds all weekend long;
  • live music for two days;
  • 3 nights of camping along the beautiful Kettle River: and
  • free parking

And for a limited time, weekend pass prices have been reduced to 4 tickets for $400.


The creators and organizers of the Ponderosa Festival are Kris Hargrave and Kia Zahrabi. The two presently live in Vancouver but spent most of their years growing up in the South Okanagan. The idea of putting on the festival came to them in the summer of 2012 after a camping party at Kia’s dad’s farm in Oliver.


In order to help promote the event we have been sending this short description to media groups such as yourselves. If you would be willing to post another article in the Boundary Sentinel we would really appreciate it 


— contributed