The Squamish Valley Music Festival was cancelled years ago. In its place, Vancouver’s newest music festival is the Squamish Constellation Festival in July.
The festival didn’t happen in 2020 and 2021 because of COVID-19. It returned, however, from July 22nd to 24th, in 2022. Sarah McLachlan was the headlining act for the festival that year.
The festival returns as a one-day event on September 30th, 2023. It also has a new name: the Squamish Harvest Moon Festival.
Squamish Constellation/Harvest Moon Festival
The Vancouver region’s newest major music festival takes place in Squamish, BC, which is about an hour outside Vancouver.
The first annual Squamish Constellation Festival happened on the weekend of July 26th to 28th in 2019. It featured many bands including Jessie Reyez, Serena Ryder, A Tribe Called Red, Dear Rouge, The Boom Booms and other groups.
Its dates in 2020 were going to be July 24th to 26th, but the festival was cancelled altogether because of COVID-19.
The Squamish Constellation Festival was back again in 2022 from July 22nd to 24th. Performers that year included July Talk, Black Pumas, Sarah Mclachlan, Lights, Black Pistol Fire, Ocie Elliott and more.
In 2023 the event has rebranded to the Squamish Harvest Moon Festival with more of a focus on country music. The 2019 and 2022 Constellation Festival’s took place in Hendrickson Field at the Logger Sports Grounds in Squamish. The new Harvest Moon Festival, however, takes place at the Railway Museum of BC at 39645 Government Road.
Festival Dates and Ticket Prices
The first Squamish Harvest Festival takes place on September 30th in 2023. General admission tickets for adults range from $39 to $69 depending on how close to the event date they’re purchased. Children ages 6 to 12 cost $29. VIP tickets cost between $129 and $159.
The festival runs from 2:00 to 11:00 pm. The event takes place outdoors and runs regardless of the weather so make sure to be prepared if it looks like it could rain!
The 2022 Lineup
As of the end of August, not many names performing at the 2023 event have been released. The artists who have been confirmed are Rayland Baxter, Cameron Whitcomb and Sara Beth.
The biggest headliner at the Constellation Festival in 2022 was Sarah McLachlan, one of the most successful Canadian artists of all-time. She was the main event on July 24th. The top-billed acts on the previous two days were the Juno Award-winning rock band July Talk and Grammy-nominated R&B and soul band Black Pumas.
Below was the full schedule for the 2022 festival.
Friday, July 22nd, 2022
- 2:55 pm: Fake Shark – a Vancouver pop band who have been performing for around 15 years.
- 3:30 pm: Mauvey – a Ghanaian-Canadian artist who makes alternative pop music.
- 4:10 pm: Blonde Diamond – a futuristic band from Vancouver who are expected to release their first album soon.
- 4:50 pm: JESSIA – a pop artist from Ucluelet who released her debut record in 2021.
- 5:35 pm: PIQSIQ – these two Inuit artists perform traditional songs using the ancient throat style singing.
- 6:20 pm: Moontricks – a blues duo from the Kootenay mountains that crosses into multiple genres.
- 7:05 pm: Yukon Blonde – a rock band from Kelowna that released its latest album in 2020.
- 7:50 pm: Lights – a pop and electronic music singer who is a Juno Award winner.
- 8:50 pm: Dear Rouge – this musical duo wrote their latest album while living alone in a winter cabin.
- 9:50 pm: July Talk – an alternative rock Juno Award winning band from Ontario.
Saturday, July 23rd, 2022
- 1:00 pm: Coastal Wolf Pack – a traditional Coast Salish song and dance group.
- 1:30 pm: Hyaenas – an indie rock band formed during the pandemic by experienced musicians.
- 2:15 pm: LowDown Brass Band – a percussion group from Chicago with plenty of power in its music.
- 3:00 pm: Ashleigh Ball – a musician who has also had a voice acting career.
- 3:45 pm: Hotel Mira – an alternative rock band from Vancouver that began while its members were still in high school.
- 4:30 pm: Haley Blais – a Vancouver native who began her career recording songs in her bedroom.
- 5:15 pm: William Prince – a Juno Award winning folk and country singer from Winnipeg.
- 6:15 pm: Whitehorse – this folk rock band is made up of a real-life husband and wife duo.
- 7:15 pm: Black Pistol Fire – a rock duo that began in Toronto before moving to Texas.
- 8:30 pm: Andy Shauf – a multi-faceted performer who plays several instruments.
- 9:45 pm: Black Pumas – an American soul band that was nominated for a Grammy in 2020.
Sunday, July 24th, 2022
- 1:30 pm: Miesha and the Spanks – a rock duo from Alberta who just released their latest EP.
- 2:15 pm: Skye Wallace – a punk rock artist from Toronto who has released four albums.
- 3:00 pm: Old Soul Rebel – this duo infuses First Nations and African American culture into their rock music.
- 3:45 pm: Iskwē – a Cree Métis singer and songwriter who blends multiple music styles.
- 4:30 pm: Pharis & Jason Romero – a Canadian folk duo who have won three Juno Awards.
- 5:30 pm: Teddy Thompson – an English rock musician who mostly performs in the UK.
- 6:30 pm: Terra Lightfoot – a folk rock singer who released her latest album in 2020.
- 7:30 pm: Ocie Elliott – a Juno Award nominated folk duo from Vancouver Island.
- 8:30 pm: Jarvis Church – an R&B artist who also serves as a producer for various artists.
- 9:30 pm: Sarah McLachlan – one of the best-selling Canadian artists ever, she’s won multiple Grammy and Juno Awards in her decades-long career.
About the Squamish Valley Music Festival
The Squamish Valley Music Festival was a massive event featuring contemporary music and attracting over 100,000 people. It ran from 2010 until 2015 and took place at Centennial Field, Logger Sports Grounds and Hendrickson Fields (so pretty much the same as the Constellation Music Festival, but over a bigger area).
Attracting over 100,000 fans, the previous festival featured three days of concerts by major international bands of all genres, along with national and emerging West Coast talent.
Check out the Squamish Constellation Festival website for more details about the event.
For more information on things to do in the summer in the Lower Mainland, check out the following:
- June Events Calendar
- July Events Calendar
- August Events Calendar
- Vancouver Festivals and Events
- Free Vancouver Summer Concerts
- Free Vancouver Outdoor Movies
- Vancouver Summer Activities
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