17 Vancouver Area Bands at Squamish Valley Music Festival

Dec 19 2017, 11:34 am

This weekend, the Squamish Valley Music Festival is back and bigger than ever, featuring headliners Eminem, Arcade Fire and Bruno Mars.

One of the most highly anticipated festivals in the country is expecting up to 35,000 guests a day, most of which will enjoy at least one Vancouver band. Make sure to catch some local talent while enjoying one of the most beautiful festival venues.

Vancouver-Based Bands at Squamish Festival

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Squamish Valley Music Festival is back this year & bigger than ever. The highly anticipated festival is expecting up to 35,000 guests a day, most of which will enjoy at least one Vancouver-based band.

  • Topless

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    Multilayered synth, bass lines & catchy guitars run Topless through a gamut of electro, dance & pop hits. Their shows are full of theatrical content including costume, dance, glitter, props & more.

  • Mounties

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    Mounties, the composite musical home of Hawksley Workman, Ryan Dahle, & Steve Bays first met in 2009 & evolved from a group hug into a spectacular improvised 2-week recording session 3 years later.

  • Shad

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    Shad is a critically-acclaimed MC, regarded for his humour, honesty and intelligence. He won the 2011 Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year. 

  • Oceanographers

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    Following the release of their debut album ‘Thunderous Goodbyes,’ The Oceanographers went on to win 2013’s Cellar Launch Project and 99.3’s FOX Seeds competition. 

  • Expendable Youth

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    Expendable Youth are a duo based out of Vancouver comprised of Matt ExYouth & Jimmy Escobar. They’ve come to be known and respected for their love & mastery of club music that spans every genre.

  • SJS (Slow Jam Sundays)

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    Since its inception in the summer of 2012 SJS has been throwing events and has grown from a small night with a few friends to one of Vancouver biggest, most sought after parties.

  • MGH!

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    For the last 10 years MGH! has been producing independent live music as well as club and festival events for local and touring acts. MGH! is working on a new event venue too.

  • The Matinee

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    The bands 5 members have known each other since high school, throwing everything they have into each record. They also deliver a great live show.

  • Sleepy Tom

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    Vancouver’s Sleepy Tom crafts genre-busting beats that seep into your head and water log your brain. Don’t be fooled, his energy is anything but sleepy.

  • The Zolas

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    After debuting with Tic Toc Tic in 2009, The Zolas are now known across Canada. The Zolas continue their legacy of postmodern pop armed with poetic lyrics.

  • Felix Cartal

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    First noticed by MSTRKRFT and Steve Aoki, his records quickly gained popularity and have been used in sets by Diplo, Laidback Luke, Hardwell, Congorock and more.

  • We Are The City

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    We Are the City’s restless sense of artistry has led them through years of self-discovery as they strove for their creative peak. 

  • Head of the Herd

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    Head of the Herd has recently completed their 2nd record & have found their stride. Their debut single "By This Time Tomorrow" hit #1 on the national rock charts & got them on tour with Guns n’ Roses.

  • Good For Grapes

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    An original and talented six-piece group with an array of harmonizing voices and instruments, this folk/alternative act has been gaining momentum ever since they stepped into the music scene.

  • Rykka

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    With the release of Kodiak, Rykka has retired her acoustic guitar in a clear departure from her busking roots. In its place are grungy guitars, dirty synths & a feisty attitude that’s hard to ignore.

  • Cityreal

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    Cityreal has garnered solid critical acclaim & has toured relentlessly across Canada, USA & France, captivating audiences & sharing stages with K’Naan, Ice Cube, Ghostface Killah, Tech N9ne & others.

  • The Courtneys

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    All-girl trio The Courtneys, deliver a special blend of fuzzy slacker pop that draws comparisons to Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr. and The Clean.

  • Louise Burns

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    According to Louise Burns, the spirit animal hovering above her new album is a Foxx. A John Foxx, to be precise, UK synth pop pioneer who fronted Ultravox in the late ‘70s. 

Squamish Valley Music Festival 2014 Ticket Information

The event is also expanding its use of an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) enabled wristband system. Ticketholders will receive their RFID wristband via registered mail in the weeks leading up the event and must register online to activate it. The RFID system will allow for smoother, more efficient access at gates, faster processing for all onsite transactions and will allow Festival staff to better assist guests.


  • Single Day Pass: $149 plus fees and shipping
  • Weekend Pass: $250, $295, $325, plus fees and shipping
  • VIP Pass: $599 plus fees and shipping
  • MUSICBOX Package: Exclusive private suites with 20 VIP weekend passes
  • Parking Pass: $125 for the weekend
  • Children (12 and under): FREE (when accompanied by a full paying adult; proof of age required)


Camping is sold by plots and one camping ticket gets you one 10′ x 12′ plot and four Camping wristbands specifically assigned to that location. Each camping plot is $350. On-site premium camping is $1,000 and gets you one 15′ x 15′ plot, four camping wristbands and one parking pass.

Camping passes do not give access to festival grounds: festival passes must be purchased separately.

For more information on Squamish Valley Music Festival 2014, visit the official event website: http://www.squamishfestival.com/


  • GPS Address: 39641 Loggers Lane, Squamish, BC
  • Number of parking spots available ($125 for the weekend):
    • 3,000 within walking distance
    • 6,000 in other areas with shuttle bus service to the festival site
  • Bus Shuttles:
    • Price for a return ticket on the Vancouver to Squamish shuttle: $50
    • Price for a return ticket on the Whistler to Squamish shuttle: $50
  • Price for bike valet: FREE
    • Number of bike parking spots available: 2,000


Feature Image: Jeremy Jude Lee