Saturday, September 17, 2016 - This was the scene from the Outlet Beach stage right before SLOAN started their epic set of fan favourite hits. A little rain was not going to stop this beloved Canadian band or the hearty crowd of music lovers gathered in beautiful Prince Edward County. The energy coming off the stage and the determination oozing from the crowd bound everyone together to create a night that will not be forgotten. It was amazing!
ARTISTS - A big thanks go out to all of our artists who performed as part of the show including headliner SLOAN, Limblifter, Snowblink, The Peter Elkas Band, Jim Bryson, Taylor Knox and Jérémie Albino. We received lots of very nice compliments about the mix of music so thanks for that too!
ART ON STAGE - Thanks very much to our Art on Stage installation provided by Suendrini. She uses recycled fabrics to create original pieces with environment theme. Her work for Sandbanks Music 2016 was entitled 'Blue' with a goal to bring awareness to issues around water. Learn more about Suen's work - http://suendrini.com.
LEAD SPONSORS - Our lead sponsors provide the financial support that helps us to keep our ticket prices down and we thank them for that! Our lead sponsors this year included FACTOR Canada, TD Bank, Re/Max Sean McKinney, Karlo Estates, County Cider, Beau's Brewing and The County.
FESTIVAL SPONSORS - Our festival sponsors help us make this event happen and provide the parts to make it work so well. We sincerely appreciate the support of The Regent Theatre, County FM 99.3, The Wellington Times, Bay of Quinte Tourism, Outside Music, Exclaim.ca, The Drake Devonshire, OAK Clothing, The Picton Harbour Inn, Frere Du Nord, Vintage Map Co, Books & Company, PELC, 91X Radio, County T-Shirts. The event was presented by Zunior.com.
VENDORS - Thanks to all of food vendors including The Drake Devonshire, PICNIC, Slow Taco, Slab Creek Pizza, The Shore Oysters, 10,000 Villages Coffee, Lemonade Dave, PELC Pops, The General wheelbarrow (!) and The Pink Lunch Pail. Also thanks to our drinks vendors including Beau's beer, Karlo Estates wine, County Cider, Empire Cider and Honey Pie mead.
STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS - Big thanks go out to the team that worked our front gate all day long including Emily and Maeve Cowan, Shana and Rob Cassista, Isabelle Patton from Books & Company and Helen Hawketts. Much appreciation goes to our set up and tear down crew including Nick Bolden, Frank Ullrich, Kate Ullrich, Darwin McGrath, David Bennett. Thanks to Albert Ullrich for making the Arduino-controlled LED Sandbanks logo, and Bob Ullrich for making the 2016 event commercial. The kids area was sponsored by The County and Krista Dalby from Small Pond Arts, along with Susanne Larner, led an superb team that made all the kids look like superheros with capes and face paint! Joel Yearsley from Kingston KSound provided the stage sound. Our backstage artist area was in the capable hands of Gabrielle Graham-Stevens as our official Sandbanks Music Festival Band Concierge, doing a great job ensure the musicians had all the essentials. Our DJ Stephanie Horak from Stories Behind The Songs created a great musical vibe all day long spinning songs in between every set. Thanks to Vicki's Veggies, Humble Bread and PICNIC for providing backstage food for our artists. Big thanks to St. John's Ambulance volunteers who were on staff all day long ready to provide support in the event of any emergency. Thanks so much to Ken Hudson from County T-Shirts for creating our amazing 2016 poster!
PARK STAFF AND FRIENDS OF SANDBANKS - The Sandbanks Park staff did a great job setting up fences, installing our new stage covering and generally preparing and closing up the event space. Meanwhile the Park Rangers were on hand to help all day long and make sure everyone was safe. The event itself serves to raise funds for The Friends of Sandbanks, and $1 from every ticket sold goes to The Friends. Big thanks to the park for hosting this event with their team under the direction Park Superintendent Robin Reilly.
FEEDBACK - We hope to do this again next year and we'd love to hear what you thought of the 2016 event, and what you might like to see next year. Please take a few minutes to feedback to just three key questions here:
We'll continue to post more photos in the coming days on social media using our event hashtag #sandbanksmusic and we encourage you to do the same.
On behalf of the full team at Sandbanks Music 2016, thanks for coming and we hope to see you again in 2017!
Sandbanks Music Festival Organizer