By Scott Crocker
Axis Mundi Staff
Axis Mundi Harvest, the first in a biannual festival cycle launching in Revelstoke this September, has released its jam-packed event schedule for the three days of the festival, September 18-20, 2015.
On Festival Friday you can catch a free concert at Grizzly Plaza in downtown Revelstoke, featuring bluesman Sherman TANK Doucette, followed by the roots rock reggae of Buckman Coe, all while enjoying a bevy in the beer garden. Or take in the Radical Reels Film Tour showing at the Performing Arts Centre at 7 pm. Later on, attendees can take in a music crawl happening at seven different venues throughout the city centre, with performances from artists like Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra, The Walkervilles, Rodney DeCroo, Rachelle van Zanten and more.
Saturday daytime, take in the Axis Mundi Adventure Market on Mackenzie Avenue (closed to traffic during the festival weekend). The Adventure Market will showcase adventure sport gear and services alongside non-profit-run information booths. Sport demos and street performances, like a kid-interactive telling of the Stone Soup tale or the Kid’s Drumming Workshop with David Thiaw, add to the mix. Down the street you’ll be able to find local, organic and healthy foods and handcrafted goods at the Revelstoke Farm and Craft Market at Grizzly Plaza. Workshops and lectures in venues around the city are also part of the Saturday daytime fare. Festival attendees can catch Adham Shaikh and Buckman Coe in the Electro-Acoustic Shakedown Workshop and walk to other performances happening at different venues around the city. They can get inspired by speakers like mountaineer and survivor Jamie Andrew or Olympic medalist and motivator Chandra Crawford. At the end of the day, attendees are invited to share in a ‘by donation’ community meal in aid of the Revelstoke Soup & a Smile program and the Community Connections Food Bank. Enjoy delicious Stone Soup and a bun, prepared by the Revelstoke United Church volunteers before heading to Revelstoke Mountain Resort to take the gondie up to the Revelation Amphitheatre, for the Teens’ and a Women’s Devil’s Club Challenge race. Then, settle back for a full night of live music with superstars, Walk Off The Earth, headlining an amazing show.
Sunday daytime, the Adventure Market continues with more sport demos, up the street from the Hundred Mile Harvest Food Fair at Grizzly Plaza. The Food Fair features food from regional producers from within a 100-mile-ish radius of the festival. An epicurean extravaganza, expect an atmosphere where festival-goers and foodies can sample, learn about and purchase the many amazing products the region has to offer. An edible mushroom walking tour and preservation demo is also part of Sunday’s appetizing action. Workshops and lectures continue on Sunday. Catch Ashley MacIsaac up close and personal in the Trad to Rad workshop with Baskery or take in the amazing Nyundo School Road Show in an inspirational gospel performance at the United Church. Get motivated by speakers like extreme skiing legend Greg Hill or inspired by environmental activist Severn Cullis-Suzuki’s talk Coming Back to Earth: Charting a Course Through the Transition. At the end of the day head up to RMR, for the Men’s and Kids’ Devil’s Club Challenge race then get ready for an electric evening with music by Australian superstars Sticky Fingers, headliner Ashley MacIsaac and electro funk duo The Floozies, whose high energy music will bring it all home.
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By Scott Crocker