The people behind the Squamish Constellation Festival are preparing to unveil a series of concerts that will take place throughout this winter in Squamish.
“We are making this Little Dipper series to help bring music, creativity and love back to Squamish,” said Patricia Heintzman, one of the Squamish Constellation Festival partners. “We hope to do them every two weeks at the Brackendale Art Gallery and possibly other venues throughout the year.”
The first show is scheduled for November 13 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and will feature two performers, Belflower and Luca Fogale.
“Belflower is an emerging local band, a really talented duo, who have a whole bunch of new music to release and so we thought, what better way to give them an opportunity than to open up for Luca. [Fogale],” she said.
Indie-folk soul, singer-songwriter Fogale, based in Burnaby, has performed all over the world, including Europe, the UK, Japan, Australia and the US. His music has been played around 60 million times.
Heintzman noted that tickets for the series are capped at 135 to be consistent with capacity guidelines. Additionally, she said there will be seats available for ticket holders and the series will require proof of vaccination.
Heintzman said this series has been in the works for a few years.
“We actually started this in January 2020,” Heintzman said. “And, unfortunately, the pandemic has brought this whole series to a halt, so it’s something we’ve been wanting to do for almost two years now.”
“As the COVID restrictions started to ease, we thought, well, let’s re-energize this opportunity, this idea. “
The first gig will be a big night for Alex Badger and Tim Creviston of Belflower in more ways than one.
It will also be the first in-person show that the duo have presented.
“We’ve never played a live show before. So this is our first, and it seemed like a good way to start. And we are big fans of Luca Fogale, so it’s very exciting for us, ”said Badger, singer of Belflower.
With the Vancouver-based band, she said performing in front of a local audience would be a “surreal” experience.
“Brackendale is a very special place,” Badger said. “I was definitely influenced by this when I was a teenager. This is where I started to write songs and kinda where it all started. So it’s really nice to come back.
Additionally, Badger said the lyrics for the upcoming album were largely written while she was in Brackendale.
“I was just going down by the river everyday and writing and that’s kind of how this album was born,” she said.
Although the album has yet to be released, Badger has said the songs from the concert will be a teaser for the new album in a way. In her final mixing stages, she predicted it would be released in the spring of 2022.
After the release, the duo plan to tour.
“We are planning on touring and playing local shows and hopefully having projects with more artists we love like Luca Fogale.”
Although Belflower and Luca Fogale are the only artists announced so far, Heintzman said he will keep an eye out for more announcements in the near future.
Regarding the Squamish Constellation Festival, Heintzman said the team are already stepping up their plans, despite a few lingering unknowns.
“We are fully in planning mode for 2022. Hoping to come back bigger and better than ever,” she said.
“We still don’t know if the pandemic will evolve in the wrong direction and various restrictions are coming back. So there is always a risk in planning this sort of thing. But we are moving forward with optimism.