The Traditional Music Festival presents music that comes out of communities where people participate in music-making. The Festival tries to provide this sense of participation by remaining intimate. Performers are close to the audience and invite them to participate by singing along or by dancing. The ultimate participatory experience at the Festival is the Shanty Session under the gazebo in Veterans’ Square. Shanties are songs that were sung by sailors on tall ships. The songs helped sailors work in rhythm and gave them extra oomph while raising sails or hauling in the anchor. Shanties were led by a shantyman, an experienced sailor who knew the right rhythm for each job. Shanties also had simple choruses that were easy to learn and sing so that everyone could join in.
The Shanty Session is just one of the events taking place at this year’s Festival. The best thing about it is that it’s free – no admission is charged. It’s run entirely by volunteers including the musicians.
Admission is FREE. Events are held on several stages in the centre of Princeton and begin on Friday evening with a public street dance and an Irish ceili band. Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday there's a potpourri of concerts, workshops, and jams.
This event is primarily for and about the performers. Traditional Music lacks venue in the west, so players, singers, dancers, and fans are willing to travel in order to meet up. Professional performers are making personal sacrifices in order to be here, but the many people who come just to listen attests to the unique value of this event. For those new to the Festival please have a look at the Our Story page to learn about how it started and what Traditional Music means to us.
Nestled among rolling hills of ranchland, the little town of Princeton is the gateway to the Okanagan. About 300 km from Vancouver, it is the first town after Hope along the Crowsnest Highway. Summers are hot and dry - just what we like for our festival which takes place mostly in the streets.
In addition to the sponsors, this festival is primarily supported by hard work and artists who perform for free. However, we aim to pay for artist's meals and at least part of their transportation costs. Please consider contributing in order to help maintain this important cultural event.
You can support the continuing operation of the festival by buying a $10 membership.
Every year we need a stage crew, MCs, office staff, and many other important helpers. If you want to be part of this exciting event in this way, please let us know. firstname.lastname@example.org
We encourage the sale of food, crafts, art, and more at the Festival. Please contact the Vendor Coordinator. email@example.com
Funding for the Festival comes from donations, as well as grants
Town of Princeton, the
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, the Province of British
Columbia, and the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program of