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Anyone who hangs out in the area knows that Deer Lake Park is the place to be in the summer time. It seems every other weekend there is a major act coming to play in the beautiful, expansive setting Deer Lake Park provides. This summer the CBC is upping the ante for Burnaby concerts, however, with the Festival, an all-day festival running 10am to 10pm among the walking trails and scenic views that typify this urban oasis.

Last summer CBC’s music division took a leap launching the Festival in Toronto, but according to Mark Steinmetz, Director of Music Programming, the move west was always in the works. “Last year we held our Festival at Echo Beach in Toronto with the intention of moving it this year.” With the strong audiences for CBC Radio 2 and 3 in BC and the increased capacity at Deer Lake Park, the new venue was an easy choice.

Now, any seasoned music lover knows that the CBC isn’t hosting the only music festival in the area this summer. Sasquatch and Pemberton both boast prominent weekend-long festivals, and the Sasquatch Festival south of the border makes for a popular road-trip for locals. So the question arises, what is so exciting about this festival, in our own backyard? “There are several awesome aspects to this festival!” Says Steinmetz, lauding the talent first and foremost. Headlining are Juno Award winners Tegan and Sara, who “had a HUGE year and, as CBC Radio 2 favourites, booking them to anchor our festival was a no-brainer.” Another exciting aspect to the festival is the heavy representation of BC acts in the line-up. “It’s important to include local talent in the lineup,” continues Steinmetz, “CBC’s mission is to develop and expose local talent, so it’s only natural that a BC music festival would include BC acts.”

Among the local musicians joining Tegan and Sara on stage are Hannah Georgas, Belle Game, and Wake Owl. Plus, the festival will host the yet-to-be-picked winners of the CBC Searchlight competition winner – a huge opportunity for the winning band. “This is an example of how we develop emerging acts – a core part of what we do at CBC Music,” explains Steinmetz. “After the online competition, the winning band gets to show its stuff in front of thousands of festival goers… So, it’s a big win!” Big win indeed, and a special treat for concert goers. What greater joy could there be than seeing a local band playing their first giant festival? On top of the music, the CBC will be bringing some laughs to Deer Lake Park. “Another cool addition to this festival is ‘the Irrelevant Show’ – a comedy program heard on CBC Radio One,” reveals Steinmetz. Last year’s festival included ‘The Debaters’, another CBC comedy radio show, and according to Steinmetz, “people loved seeing a radio program do its show live. Comedy and music seem to go well together!” At the end of the day, this is a festival all about celebrating the music: “We elieve passionately in celebrating Canadian music making, and what better way is there to celebrate than hold our own festival?” Asks Steinmetz, finishing, “It’s going to be a great party!” We’re giving away a pair of tickets to catch the CBC Festival at Deer Lake Park on June 14. Here’s how to enter…

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