Big names and local faves at Tri-port Music Fest

The rock and roll of Chilliwack and the Canadiana folk of Valdy will share top billing as the Tri-Port Music Festival returns.

CLUXEWE—The rock and roll of Chilliwack and the Canadiana folk of Valdy will share top billing as the Tri-Port Music Festival returns to its roots for its third annual appearance at Cluxewe Resort Saturday.

The festival, presented by Centerpiece Productions and Cluxewe Resort, will run from noon to 9 p.m. In addition to the headliners, it features groups that hail from the length of Vancouver Island and span a range of musical genres.

Along with the music, festival-goers can expect to find plenty of food and merchandise vendors, a beer garden, a kids’ playground and more.

Port Hardy singer-songwriter Richelle Andre will open the festival at noon.

The lineup also includes the jazz-rock fusion and improvisation of Victoria-based Coco Jafro; the pop-rock-blues songwriting stylings of Scotty Hills; the classic rock of Courtenay’s The Impalas; and the bluegrass-tinged folk of the Sugar Beetles, an international trio made up of performers from Canada and the U.S.

The diverse lineup is similar to the festival’s wide-ranging makeup in its debut summer, in 2011. Last year featured rock and blues performers, but promoter Dave Stevenson said he was interested in bringing in styles to attract a broad range of music fans.

Tickets are $30 for the day and will be available at the gate. For advance tickets, visit Cluxewe Resort or Cafe Guido in Port Hardy. Children under three are admitted free.

Sponsors include Seto’s Wok & Grill, The Port 1240AM and Providence Place Inn. For info, visit www.triportmusicfest.ca, email centerp1@telus.net or call Dave at 250-230-0776.