In October, the Arts on the Fly Festival Society had its AGM, and we are incredibly excited to announce that Arts on the Fly Festival 2017 will be going down July 14 and 15 in beautiful Horsefly, BC. After taking a year off, our returning volunteers are feeling refreshed, and we have plenty of new recruits for 2017.


The current team includes:

Reina Barnes – Director,

Assistant Treasurer

Marla Barrett – Treasurer

Oliver Berger – Director

Troy Forcier – President

Matt Granlund – Director

Brandon Hoffman – Artistic Director

Ingrid Kallman – Director

Katherine Kleine – Director

Brent Morton – Director

Marin Patenaude – Artistic Director

Ray Robert – Director

Caleb Sanders – Director

James Still – Secretary

Mike Upton – Vice President

We are now accepting applications from performers, volunteers, and vendors. To apply, or for more information, visit artsonthefly.com or follow us on Facebook.



Although taking the summer of 2016 off, the Arts on the Fly pulse has been going strong in the form of the Safety Meeting winter concert series. With artists like Dada Plan, CR Avery, Pharis and Jason Romero, Shred Kelly, Sam Tudor, Leathan Milne, and Colin Easthope consistently delivering fantastic performances to sold-out crowds in the first two seasons, we are busting with excitement as we prepare for season three.

We’re not quite ready to announce the entire line-up, but mark your calendar for the 2017 season kick-off: on January 13 and 14, we’re hosting two nights with Marin Patenaude and the Follow Through, with special guest Kym Gouchie.

Marin is no stranger to the Cariboo. Aside from being past president and a current artistic director of Arts on the Fly, she has won the hearts of the community as a musician and with her work at the Potato House. This will be the first time her band The Follow Through has played to the hometown(ish) crowd of Williams Lake. This is the same band (mostly) that backed her up when she opened for Sarah McLachlan at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre earlier this year. With or without the help of her band, Marin’s music is crushingly beautiful. I, for one, can’t wait to hear this stellar group of musicians in the intimacy of the Central Cariboo Arts Centre.

Also returning to the series on January 13 and 14 is Kym Gouchie. Kym comes from the LheidliT’enneh Nation near Prince George. She is a mother of four and grandmother of six. Kym combines elements of traditional, folk, and country, and is nothing short of a force of nature. We can’t wait to have her back in the neighbourhood.

Join the Safety Meeting Facebook group at fb.com/groups/safetymeetingwilliamslake to stay up to date with the series. Plenty more news from Arts on the Fly coming soon.




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