The Board and Staff of Prince George Folkfest Society (PGFFS) are delighted to announce that Coldsnap Coldstream 2021 was a resounding SUCCESS! From January 29 to February 6, music lovers from across Canada and the world experienced the best of BC music in the comfort and safety of their own homes. With the world still in turmoil due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were able to bring people together in spirit with the shared love of live music. We respectfully and gratefully acknowledge that Coldsnap is presented on the unceded ancestral territory of the Lheidli T’enneh, and we thank them for their stewardship of this great and beautiful land. We had tremendous artistic representation from our Indigenous community during the festival, and are so very proud and grateful for their contribution to this week of incredible music. We are immensely grateful to all the artists who performed at Coldsnap 2021 – you all successfully rose to face the unusual challenge of playing to cameras and yet made us all feel we were right there in the room with you. The music was truly spectacular! For the artists that were not able to travel, we thank the various venues that hosted them and provided such great sound, lights and streaming. These include Hermann’s Jazz Club in Victoria, the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre in Duncan, and the in-home studios of some of our artists – excellent quality all the way around!
We want to sincerely thank our funders from all levels of government, sponsors from our local businesses and the many individual supporters that have shown their appreciation through donations to the Society. You are keeping live music alive! This world-class music festival is usually run almost entirely by more than 100 dedicated, passionate volunteers. We missed you so much this year! For the few volunteers that did work extra hard presenting this very different festival, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Thanks also to all our emcees and our esteemed speakers at our opening ceremonies who helped us make this as normal a festival as possible. We cannot extend enough gratitude to Enchainement Dance Centre and Russell A/V for adapting some of their space and for pouring all of their heart and expertise into creating an incredible livestream studio from scratch! Jon and his team were able to maintain the exceptionally high quality visual and sound production that is associated with Coldsnap, and then present it in a cohesive and highly entertaining livestream night after night! This was truly a feat of production excellence.
And we thank YOU, the audience, for your continuous and unwavering belief that live music makes the world a better place to live. We believe that a city that fosters a vibrant cultural environment is not only rich in entertainment, but also encourages understanding, communication and healing in our community. Thank you for watching and supporting Coldsnap 2021, and we encourage you to support live music throughout the year! We look forward to seeing you again, in person, at Coldsnap 2022. Stay safe, stay calm and rock on!
Thank you for clearing my head, healing my heart, and lifting my spirits.”
– Lori Deschene