A Stormtrooper, straight from the Empire, fist bumps little Rolan during the Shack-Stock Festival. The force was definitely strong in this one.
Blues, Folk and Rock & Roll was in the air at the 3rd edition of Shack Stock, held on Saturday, August 20, at the picturesque Domaine Labrador on Landry Street in Clarence Creek.
Lyne and David Shackleton organize the festival every year in memory of Lyne’s mother, Rita, who passed away from ovarian cancer. Thanks to them, the region can benefit from Shack Stock’s amazing line-up of talented musicians and songwriters, all singing and playing to fight ovarian cancer in the name of love and Rita.
It was Rita’s love of music that pushed Lyne and David to conjure all the strength and energy to organize such an event. It’s a family friendly festival for music (and beer) lovers who are looking for that Woodstock feel without the hippies.
Two huge ponds lying in the middle of a green field of grass, with a forested backdrop, contributed to making the domain seem enchanted. A certain sense of peace could be felt, that is, until one actually stepped into the festival itself. Giant inflatable playgrounds were teeming with kids; one was even in a shape of a Japanese Dojo, where young Bruce Lee enthusiasts could demonstrate their Kung Fu abilities against inflatable dummies. There was also a face-painting station and even a Stormtrooper who got a day off from the Empire to come and take pictures at the festival. Further down were the many kiosks, barbecue stand, and beer stall. All the way to the back was the stage upon which all of the artists performed that day.
Attendees also got to support local vendors, artisans and, obviously, participate in the fight against ovarian cancer. The line-up included Old Whiskey Road, Eric Michael Hawks, Louis Beland, Shackleton & Gauvin, The Sonic Defense, Kristine St-Pierre, Koopa, Nick Martin, Eniid, The Haig, Alex Merpaw, Little Dog, Tessa Duc, Jessy Lindsay and the adorable Hunter and Charlye Swain.
ABOVE Eniid Goodman (aka Carol)covering Joni Mitchell, BELOW Alex Merpaw performing, RIGHT one of the many kid friendly attractions