Greenstock is back, and better than ever, bringing more than a dozen bands to the Rockwater stage, and amping it up with visual artists and Cabaret Calgary.
With nearly 20 artists all together in the same room, it would be impossible not to enjoy a solid 12-hour night of music, art, dancing, and creative spirit.
The Rockwater sports two stages that will bring the talent of bands like Average Gypsy, The Steadies, All Hands on Jane, The Slinkies, DJ Wakcutt, Lanny B, The Staggers and Jaggs, The Still Spirits, The Lunch Ladies, Yan and Chris, Dust on Crust, and Filthy Humans.
Visual artists will share their own specially-curated space, with displays and live painting from Kathleen Erin Artistry, Arielle Schleichkorn, Kathleen Watt, Rachel Cowan, Jdash9, and Tiffany Netuka.
Dancing the night away, Cabaret Calgary makes the trip for a truly inspirational and amazing show of talent.
“We’ve upgraded from a full volume to a volume and a half,” says one of the volunteer organizers Pablo Euphoria, adding that Greenstock has received an extension on the evening, keeping the bar open and playing music until 4 a.m. that night. “Last year the basis was from the locals for the locals… This year, we’re trying to go bigger, better, harder.”
The wide range of music brings local artists onto the same stage as bands from Vancouver to Calgary and as far away as Saskatoon.
“There are some (artists) that haven’t been here, and there are some that keep coming back and bring their friends,” volunteer Jeanine Thiel said. “Everyone has very, very different styles. Arielle with her face painting stuff is going to be awesome too.”
Bringing all of that talent into one venue began as a way to celebrate 4/20 three years ago. What began as an event called “Spring Cleaning, Get Your Weeds Out,” morphed into what became Greenstock last year. With marijuana legalization in Canada, the herb is now celebrated at the annual event, but the volunteers who organize Greenstock say they aren’t advocating marijuana use.
Greenstock took a family friendly turn last year, and parents brought their kids out to enjoy the music and activities offered. That trend continues this year, as minors are allowed at the Rockwater until 10 p.m. There will be face painting and colouring available for kids of all ages.
Each year, Greenstock continues to grow with the help of key volunteers and organizers.
“Without the help of our dear friend Pat (Legare) we wouldn’t be able to make it. He’s another music enthusiast,” said Thiel.
Greenstock takes off on Saturday, April 20 at the Rockwater, with music beginning at 4 p.m., rocking the night away until 4 a.m. Entry is by donation, which goes to supporting the artists who came together to make the show a possibility.
Updates about the show and links to the artists are available on the Facebook page Greenstock Music & Arts Festival.