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Sakawinow Music Festival is Dedicated to providing a weekend experience where everyone feels welcomed, Included, and repersented no matter you Race, Sexual Orientation, or Culture.

We will see you August 18th - 20th, 2023 for out first event.

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Sakawinow Music Festival Fundriaser

SAKAWINOW MUSIC FESTIVAL INC Presenting The Way Too Loud Crew . Come and support Sakawinow Music Festival by drinking beer, eating burgers and hotdogs, and dancing the night away. there will be 4 different local Live DJ'S, $5 drink tickets, and $5 hamburgers and hotdogs. Doors open at 6:00pm for food and drinks, Music Start at 9:00pm and will go till 2:00am. $10 advance, $20 at the door, 19+ event. Tickets available on Eventbrite

Silent Auction - with tons of sponsored items from local businesses there is something for everyone. Auction will start at 6:00 pm and go till 12:00 am. with it's own area and no ticket needed to bid in the auction, it is open to everyone to have a chance to Win.

To see items being auctioned make sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

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More Info

Sakâwînow Music Festival will be a first of its kind 3-day,
2-night world Culture/Music festival being held 15min West of Chetwynd, BC on
200 acres of beautiful farmland surrounded by Mountains, Nature, and access to
the Pine River. Our goal is to host the largest multicultural music and dance
event held in the Peace Valley with our inaugural event Sakawinow Music
Festival, held August 18th-20th, 2023.

What is it all
about?

(10am – 4pm) Multicultural Music and Dance –Multi cultural music
and dance from around the world to perform on our main stage, showcasing and
celebrating it. We are actively seeking representation from African, Māori, Hawaiian,
Native American, Latin American, and other cultures.

(4pm – 6pm) 15 Minutes of Fame – this will be reserved for up-and-coming
talent that will perform in 15 min segments, hoping to provide an opportunity to
perform for a large crowd and, giving a platform to new talent to promote
themselves.

(6pm – 2am) Modern Style Music Festival – DJ’s, EDM,
Hip-Hop, Rap, Rock, Pop.

What else will
there be?

Beer Gardens – we will have two beer gardens, 1 for VIP and
1 for General admission. No outside liquor allowed. Open 7pm – 2am

Over Night Camping – VIP and General, trailer and tent
camping

Children’s Area – bouncy castles and other childrens games that fun for the whole family

Vendor's – are vendor area is going to be a farmers market
style with lots of different artisans, and farmers selling fresh produce.

Food Trucks – there will be a food court with multiple
different food trucks with variety in choices from shaved iced to fire roasted pizzas.
Open 10am – 2am

River Access – There is access to the Pine River where
festivalgoers can swim, float, and tube

Traditional Activities – Some performers after there
performance like Teaching traditional Dancing and drumming for everyone to try
and learn.

Other Activities – we will also have activities like Yoga,
Drum Making, Beading, etc.

How it Began

May long weekend 2021, Clayton Wood, Russell Day, and I all decided we wanted to go camping at Williston Reservoir well the water was low, leaving a sandy beach, a nice lake for swimming, and a beautiful view of the mountains. We quickly realized we forgot our chairs, and we had more people coming to join us, so we came up with the idea to dig a circle in the sand for people to be able to use as chairs. We very quickly learned how much work it was going to be, so we changed the idea into a big bonfire pit. All 3 of us plus Sebastian Desjarlais, and Corbin Brown ended up building a 3 feet deep and 10 feet wide hole in the sand, we then filled the hole 15 feet high with drift wood. Well building the bonfire and all night long we had all kinds of music playing like Powwow, Rap, Hip-Hop, Country, Afro beats, and many more. As more and more people showed up or came from other campsites to join in on the bonfire, I started noticing how happy people were and loving the different genera’s of music playing. We then lit the bonfire at sunset, and with a purply-pink sky, surrounded by mountains, Nature, water, friends and music the dream for Sakawinow Music Festival was born.

Background is the bonfire

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About the Owner

Hello, My Name is Daniel Desjarlais and I’m the owner and founder of Sakâwînow Music Festival Inc. I’ve done a lot in my life and plan to do a lot more. I Started playing sports when I was 6 years old, I played Hockey, Lacrosse, and Rugby. I played hockey since I was 6 and still go to drop in when I can find the time. Lacrosse I played for only 3 years, but man did I love that sport. I played Rugby in Highschool at Fulton Secondary School in Vernon BC, I was more of a fill in as I mainly focused on Hockey and Lacrosse.

At the age of 12 I had joined the Army Cadets and quickly fell in love with all the survival training and target shooting that we did, I stayed in the cadets till I aged out at 19 a Chief Warrant Officer and the RSM (Regimental Sergeant major) of my Core. Near the end of my Cadet Career, I also entered a program called “Bold Eagle” which is an Indigenous basic military training program, but instead of staying in the military I decided to return to my Cadet core and age out before reapplying.

I never did end up reapplying but instead felling in love with Culinary Art’s (professional cooking) and decided to go to Okanogan collage in Kelowna for my Culinary Art’s and Management Diploma. where I ended up getting hired by Predator Ridge Golf Resort during the summers of 2016 – 2019 and Silver Grill at Silver Star Ski Resort during the winter months. Personally, I Enjoyed both jobs a lot we got to make everything from scratch, so I learned a lot of new ways of cooking, prepping, and the correct ways to make lots of different food. I also helped a friend open a restaurant in Vernon called “Spudz”, it did well until I ultimately had to leave back to Predator Ridge for the summer.

That winter I decided to go back home to Moberly Lake BC to try to bring my knowledge of cooking to the community and see the different opportunities that would present themselves. I have been back home now for 4 years, in that time I worked at the Moberly Lake Gold Course for 1 summer, West Moberly afterschool care for 1 winter, then the River House for 6 month’s before the Pandemic hit. I like to stay busy, so I was looking for a job during the pandemic and saw that Twin Sisters Native Plant Nursery was hiring packers, I went and applied and worked my way up to sales and marketing. I parted ways with TSNPN in Novemebr of 2022 so I can focous more on building my dream the Sakawinow Music Festival.

I have always had a passion for bringing people together to celebrate cultures and support local creators and business. I feel like building Sakâwînow Music Festival is going to be the best way for me to be able to support as much as I can in a fun and interactive way

Thank you for reading,

Daniel Desjarlais.

Sakâwînow Music Festival

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