Holly Cole, Randy Newman headline Vancouver Island Musicfest July 8–10

Vancouver Island MusicFest organizers are kicking into high gear in the final days leading up to the 17th anniversary of the Comox Valley-based festival. Not only are the likes of Holly Cole and Randy Newman headlining the festival, but to keep things exciting, VIMF has also added some final musical touches to the 2011 roster with the addition of Eccodek and Vonda Shepard.

Holly Cole headlines at Vancouver Island MusicFest in the Comox Valley next weekend. The festival kicks off Thursday

Vancouver Island MusicFest organizers are kicking into high gear in the final days leading up to the 17th anniversary of the Comox Valley-based festival. To keep things exciting, VIMF has also added some final musical touches to the 2011 roster with the addition of Eccodek and Vonda Shepard.

With three critically acclaimed albums, Canada’s Eccodek has become renowned as a leader in the world of global fusion and have become a potent and much sought-after voice on the global dub scene.

With a 2009 Juno nomination and multiple Canadian Music Awards, their dubwise mix of African, South Asian and Turkish sounds artfully layered over monster grooves, is a festival favourite.

Vonda Shepard’s career has ranged in scope from early hits in the late ’80s with Don’t Cry Ilene and Can’t We Try (with Dan Hill) to her work as an independent artist, and then as the voice of Ally McBeal, selling more than 12 million records worldwide throughout the span of the hit TV show.

Shepard was working with Rickie Lee Jones, Al Jarreau, and eventually Jackson Browne by the time she was 21. In 1987, Shepard secured her first solo deal with Reprise Records.

Eccodek and Vonda Shepard add their talents to an unparalleled roster of performers at MusicFest, including David Crosby, Randy Newman, Holly Cole, Arrested Development, Rodney Crowell, John Jorgenson and Albert Lee, Jon Anderson (The voice of Yes), Corey Harris and the Rasta Blues Experience, to name a few.

Check out the VIMF website for a schedule, list of performers, ticket outlets and online ordering information.

To find out about camping, schedules, performer bios, video links, photos, shuttles and all the other fun festival facts go to www.islandmusicfest.com.

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