Even though the weather and a few minor glitches tried to put a damper on the FireFly Acoustic Music Festival, it went ahead as planned. This year was bigger and better. With a little more planning and a lot less time, the FireFly Music Festival was under way, indoors in the Millet Agriplex.
Two stages, a bouncy castle, vendors, beer gardens, volunteers, musicians and fans filed into the Agriplex on Saturday, July 26, for a wonderful day of free entertainment. Local performers played through the day from 2:00pm until the wee hours of the morning, giving their time and support for the cause, and for the love of music.
The main head liner, Shane Yellowbird, had the audience in his hands. With people clapping their hands, singing along and dancing, he proved why he is the People’s Choice. After the performance, the fans had a chance to talk and have their pictures taken with Shane, the Cree-Canadian Country music singer/songwriter from Maskwacis.
The festival was dedicated to Mike Gauthier, who was a musician and a friend to all that knew him. When Mike passed away last year fighting a long battle with Thyroid Cancer, friends rallied together to put on this festival in support of Thyroid Cancer.
The four main founders of this increasingly successful festival are: Lisa Schoening, Vicki Pyle, Braydon Sinclair-Smith and Paul Coon. So, armed with a handful of volunteers, donations from local businesses, organizations and the public, this was the second year for the FireFly Acoustic Music Festival.
"The second annual Firefly festival was a huge success!" stated Lisa Schoening. Lisa reported that approximately 1,200 people came through the doors. The biggest success of all is the $2850 in donations to Thyroid Cancer Canada as well as $2,100 for the Millet Lion's campground.
Lisa also reported, "Everyone that attended had fun and we had no problems at all through the event. And for those of you who have not heard Councillor Peel's band, I suggest you do, they are amazing!