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Friendship at 2nd Base

Have met up with all these wonderful people on 2nd base every year for the last 10-12 years. It’s those friendships that are made that is a added bonus to all the good music we get to hear. Love our stanfest family

My Annual Staniversary

Every July we celebrate our ‘Stanniversary’. I’ve been going to Stanfest with a loyal group of Stan ‘lifers’ from PEI since 1999 – in 2004, we happened to camp beside a group of guys from Antigonish in the Acoustic Campground. Oddly enough in 2005, there they were, camped beside us again. By 2006, I figured we knew them well enough to suggest that they help us set up our camp as we had arrived late and they were all sitting back relaxing. One of those guys came over to help and by the end of the weekend we decided to take a chance and see each other somewhere outside of Canso… I never imagined I’d meet the love of my life wearing a winter coat in July with full rain gear but the rest as they say is history. Forty five years was the first song we danced to at…

I Met the Love of My Life

It was Stanfest 1999, a rainy night and the sky opened up and it poured so me and my friends took cover in one of the sound tents on to of the Hill by the Playground Area to wait out the rain, as did a group of Boys from New Harbour. We all talked and laughed trying to wait out the rain…. the rest is History almost 17 years later, almost 9 years married and two beautiful Children. Thanks to Stanfest for giving me the opportunity to meet the love of my life.

Dan MacDonald, Long Time Volunteer

For me the memories of StanFest goes back to year one, listening to John Allan Cameron, Grit Laskin, Paul Mills and others telling “Stan” stories. For all but that first year I have been a stage volunteer, working with the numerous acts and helping to make thing happen. What memories! Don MacLean starting American Pie and thousands joining in; Garnet Rogers getting a wonderful reception his first time on main stage; Scotland’s Shooglenifty break-dancing to Cape Breton fiddle tunes; Raylene Rankin hitting the high notes; Mongolian throat-singers trading vocal licks with Mike Stevens and Raymond McLain; 9-year-old Hunter Hayes standing on a green-room table and playing accordion during a daytime rainstorm; Michelle Wright gracefully signing autographs and kindly posing for pictures; an old rocker having a last toke before hitting the stage; Emi Sunshine, the little girl with the big voice. And I could keep going and going! Go there,…

What Stanfest Means to Mary Baker

Stanfest means great music. Great friends all having a wonderful weekend full of fun and excitement. Last years show was amazing!! We had the privilege of meeting people from many different places. Alan Doyle and the beautiful gypseys were my favourite part of the weekend. There were so many wonderful artists. Loved them all!! Can’t wait for this year!!

What Stanfest Means to Carol

Having spent a portion of my childhood summers in Canso, I come back yearly now as an adult with my children for best family get-a-way of the year! We love the stunning seaside landscape awash in days of nearly non-stop music! We always meet new people and see familiar faces. Having attended festivals from all across this country including the far North, this is one of my favs. It’s a sad day packing up the tents to head home leaving Canso as another memory, but we almost right away begin preparring for the next trip and we are utterly stoked for 2016!!