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’s set to return, however, from July 22nd to 24th in 2022. Sarah McLachlan is the headlining act for the festival this year.
Squamish Constellation Festival
The Vancouver region’s newest major music festival takes place in Squamish, BC, which is about an hour outside Vancouver. Its dates in 2020 were going to be July 24th to 26th, but the festival was cancelled altogether because of COVID-19. The event is running once again in 2022 from July 22nd to 24th.
Up until 2015 there was the Squamish Valley Music Festival which happened in August. It got cancelled in 2016, however, and hasn’t taken place since. In its place, the Squamish Constellation Festival started up in 2019. This year’s event is going to be its second edition.
The first annual Squamish Constellation Festival took place on the weekend of July 26th to 28th in 2019. It featured over forty bands including Jessie Reyez, Serena Ryder, A Tribe Called Red, Dear Rouge, The Boom Booms and other groups.
The festival takes place in Hendrickson Field at the Logger Sports Grounds in Squamish which is also where the Squamish Valley Music Festival used to take place until it got cancelled in 2016.
Diverting over 90% of the waste it produced from going into landfills, the new event claimed to be the largest zero-waste festival in British Columbia in 2019. Hopefully it’ll be able to do the same again in 2022.
Festival Dates and Ticket Prices
The second annual Squamish Constellation Festival is scheduled to take place on the weekend of July 22nd to 24th in 2022. Tickets went on sale April 8th. Prices for this year’s edition range from $280 to $500 for adults and are around $80 to $90 for children under the age of 13.
The festival runs from 2:00 to 11:00 pm on the 22nd and from noon until 11:00 pm on the 23rd and 24th. For those who want to stay at the festival site the whole weekend there is a designated campground available just a few minutes away. You can have up to four people staying at each campsite at a cost of around $380 to $490.
The 2022 Lineup
The biggest headliner at the festival this year is Sarah MacLachlan, one of the most successful Canadian artists of all-time. She is the main event on July 24th. The top-billed acts on the previous two days are the Juno Award-winning rock band July Talk and Grammy-nominated R&B and soul band Black Pumas.
As of mid-April there is not an exact order that each act is perfoming in, but they are separated by day. Below is the full lineup for the 2022 festival.
Friday, July 22nd, 2022
- July Talk – an alternative rock Juno Award winning band from Ontario.
- Lights – a pop and electronic music singer who is a Juno Award winner.
- Dear Rouge – this musical duo wrote their latest album while living alone in a winter cabin.
- Yukon Blonde – a rock band from Kelowna that released its latest album in 2020.
- Moontricks – a blues duo from the Kootenay mountains that crosses into multiple genres.
- PIQSIQ – these two Inuit artists perform traditional songs using the ancient throat style singing.
- JESSIA – a pop artist from Ucluelet who released her debut record in 2021.
- Blonde Diamond – a futuristic band from Vancouver who are expected to release their first album soon.
- Fake Shark – a Vancouver pop band who have been performing for around 15 years.
- Mauvey – a Ghanaian-Canadian artist who makes alternative pop music.
Saturday, July 23rd, 2022
- Black Pumas – an American soul band that was nominated for a Grammy in 2020.
- Black Pistol Fire – a rock duo that began in Toronto before moving to Texas.
- Andy Shauf – a multi-faceted performer who plays several instruments.
- Whitehorse – this folk rock band is made up of a real-life husband and wife duo.
- William Prince – a Juno Award winning folk and country singer from Winnipeg.
- Haley Blais – a Vancouver native who began her career recording songs in her bedroom.
- Hotel Mira – an alternative rock band from Vancouver that began while its members were still in high school.
- Ashleigh Ball – a musician who has also had a voice acting career.
- LowDown Brass Band – a percussion group from Chicago with plenty of power in its music.
- Hyaenas – an indie rock band formed during the pandemic by experienced musicians.
- Coastal Wolf Pack – a traditional Coast Salish song and dance group.
Sunday, July 24th, 2022
- Sarah McLachlan – one of the best-selling Canadian artists ever, she’s won multiple Grammy and Juno Awards in her decades-long career.
- Ocie Elliott – a Juno Award nominated folk duo from Vancouver Island.
- Jarvis Church – an R&B artist who also serves as a producer for various artists.
- Terra Lightfoot – a folk rock singer who released her latest album in 2020.
- Teddy Thompson – an English rock musician who mostly performs in the UK.
- Iskwē – a Cree Métis singer and songwriter who blends multiple music styles.
- Daniel Wesley – a rock musician from White Rock who has been active for over 15 years.
- Old Soul Rebel – this duo infuses First Nations and African American culture into their rock music.
- Pharis & Jason Romero – a Canadian folk duo who have won three Juno Awards.
- Miesha and the Spanks – a rock duo from Alberta who just released their latest EP.
- Skye Wallace – a punk rock artist from Toronto who has released four albums.
- Out East – a local band from Squamish who released their debut EP in 2020.
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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