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You are here: in praise of SappyFest and Hillside Festival

Sue Carter Flinn

The theme for this weekend’s SappyFest may be “everybody knows this is nowhere,” but in reality, the music festival has put a giant “you are here” arrow on Sackville, New Brunswick. Started in 2006 by local music label Sappy Records (musician Julie Doiron, artist Jon Claytor and label chief Paul Henderson), the fest is one […] More »

An ode to the magical moments in Canadian music festivals

Mason Wright

When an unknown band called Shark Attack appeared as a headliner on the lineup for the 2011 edition of Sappyfest, Julie Doiron thought it was strange even for the little rock festival she helped found in Sackville, New Brunswick, in 2006. “I was looking at the program Thursday night—festival starts on Friday—and I was like […] More »