15 MUST-SEE MUSICAL ACTS PLAYING THE SQUAMISH CONSTELLATION FESTIVAL THIS SUMMER
Get to know these 15 acts on our MEET THE LOCALS SPOTIFY PLAYLIST HERE!
From July 22 to 24, outdoor stages overlooking glacial vistas come to life with some of the best musical performances in Canada. From the lineup to the curated artisan market to camping under the stars, it’s easy to see why Squamish Constellation Festival is one of Canada’s best music experiences. With the fest nestled in between Vancouver and Whistler in Squamish, BC, it’s the perfect chance to see some of the most spectacular artists from the region. Fans are coming from far and wide to see these acts from beautiful British Columbia.
Sarah is known and loved as one of Canada’s most celebrated singer-songwriters with over 40 million albums sold worldwide. Her angelic lyrics and vocals paved the way to numerous Juno and Grammy Award wins leading to her induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
If you’re into dreamy guitars, energetic drums, and intimate vocals, you’ll love Blonde Diamond. As soon as they hit the stage, you’ll be immersed in their vibe summed up by their tagline: what the ’60s thought the future would sound like. The band has made waves across the world, through Canada, Europe, Australia, the US, and India, sharing bills along the way with icons like Portugal. The Man, Broken Social Scene, Bishop Briggs, Chromeo, Mother Mother, Dear Rouge and many, many more.
With clever lyricism and monster hooks, Fake Shark is universally appealing and individually relatable all at once. You’ll definitely want to dance as their limitless indie pop takes over. Think groove heavy indie rock, cutting lyrics and a plethora of interesting voices.
Hotel Mira serves up anthemic, rock ‘n’ roll energy, sharp hooks and memorable melodies. Their influences range from Nirvana to Frank Ocean, Queens of the Stone Age to Tame Impala, with a little Led Zeppelin and Dirty Projectors in the mix. With stories of relationships, growth, and the modern struggle to live in one’s own mind, this infectious project is impeccably crafted.
Vancouver-based JESSIA started singing before she could talk, and at age two, had already charmed a crowd at the local legion. After struggling to find her place in a sometimes-cruel industry, everything changed for her in 2021 with the massive success of “I’m Not Pretty”. Fuelled by TikTok popularity, the 2021 Juno winner of Breakthrough Artist of the Year is coming into her own as a songwriter, as well as singer, and is one of the most inspiring artists on the rise.
Coastal Wolf Pack
Tsatsu Staqayu translates to Coastal Wolfpack and the group brings together a young group of Coast Salish people from across the Coast and Fraser Valley. With band members from Musqueam, Nanaimo, Kuper Island, Cowichan, Tsartlip, Skway and more, they share that they come from different homes, but from one creator who brings them all together to sing and dance as one. Performing for the people brings happiness and joy to their hearts as they sing, dance and pray for each and every one of us that are here today.
You may know Dear Rouge as the Juno Award-winning, Vancouver-based alt-rock band featuring the powerhouse duo, Drew and Danielle McTaggart. You may also know them as the masterminds behind Fake Fame, which grabbed the title of No. 1 alt-rock song in the country. See them live and you’ll understand why they’re booked again and again across the continent.
Haley Blais’ self-deprecating, self-loving balladry has won her a legion of social media fans of her and her bedroom pop anthems. Her lyrics riff on the joys and banalities of the everyday, radical acceptance, and manifesting a world where you feel proud of yourself and who you’re surrounded by.
Embodying the energy and ferocity of hyaenas themselves, the indie rock band Hyaenas effortlessly blends fun, catchy hooks with a queer feminist view on acceptance, love, witchcraft, and social justice. Drawing inspiration from ‘80s icons The Go-Gos to modern day indie darlings Warpaint, you’ll be able to feel the electricity from their on stage chemistry.
Navigating alternative, indie, electronic, and dance music, Lights makes boundless pop, speaking her heart musically and her mind lyrically. This Canada-born disruptor has garnered four Juno Awards, including 2020’s Dance Recording of the Year for the platinum “Love Me” with Felix Cartal. She has sold out on multiple continents and powered collaborations with Travis Barker, deadmau5, Kaskade, Steve Aoki and more.
You might be one of the 5 million people who have streamed Moontrick’s breakout single, “Home”, and live, their infectious vibe and unmistakable rhythm offer clear proof that originality and passion are where it’s at. The beautiful Kootenay mountains are their home with their timeless sound capturing the essence of their rugged roots.
The Victoria- based duo Ocie Elliott are the makers of dreamy music meant for nights under the stars and long drives with no destination. As breakout YouTube stars, they launched a series of covers from the backseat of their SUV, performing intimate renditions of Elliott Smith, Gillian Welch, John Prine, and Simon & Garfunkel. They’ve since racked up more than 15 million combined streams and received acclaim from American Songwriter, PopSugar and more as their star continues to rise.
Old Soul Rebel
Bold, upbeat, immense and soulful only starts to describe the cutting-edge sound of Old Soul Rebel. The powerhouse duo, coloured by brass and driven by drums, puts a brand-new shine on soul and rock ‘n’ roll. Named “one of 11 best new bands” by CBC Radio Canada, Old Soul Rebel is one of the many up and coming bands in Canada keeping diversity alive.
Best buds Jon Allan and Adam Ravalia create unique, groovy, and emotive dream pop as Out East. Based in Squamish and originally from the East Coast, their most recent release channels the vast array of emotions associated with being so far away from home during the pandemic’s rollercoaster ride.
Yukon Blonde never stops reimagining what live music and performance can be. They emerged in 2010 as a guitar-heavy rock band and have been experimenting ever since. With a stop in ’80s pop, the Vancouver-based five-piece band then ditched their guitars (mostly) in favour of synths and drum machines to build danceable, multi-dimensional soundscapes. With their fifth release, Vindicator, Yukon Blonde rewrote their story again, dousing keyboard melodies and relaxed grooves with psychedelic hues that are both playful and expansive. Each iteration packs an exceptional live show.
These are just some of the brilliant acts you’ll see at this year’s Squamish Constellation Festival from July 22 to 24.
Get to know these 15 acts on our Meet The Locals Spotify playlist here