Marty Boggs, of Victoria-based rock band the Deep Sea Gypsies, steps on stage at the Five Acre Shaker on Saturday night. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

More than 2,000 music fans attend Port Alberni’s Five Acre Shaker

Music festival at McLean Mill went off “without a hitch”

More than 2,000 people came through the gates at McLean Mill for Port Alberni’s fourth Five Acre Shaker music and arts festival.

The event ran from Friday, Aug. 10 to Sunday, Aug. 12 at the national historic site, bringing together music and history for one weekend. The event featured multi-genre music with bands from all over B.C. and Canada, and for the first time in four years, it was completely open to families.

According to organizers, the event went off “without a hitch.”

“What an amazing weekend,” organizers posted on Facebook Sunday night. “Our hearts are filled, we are overwhelmed with all support!”

McLean Mill executive director Deanna Beaudoin was complimentary of the event during a city council meeting on Monday. Aside from two people ejected for smoking, she said, there were no problems all weekend. More than 2,200 people walked through the gates, travelling from as far as Seattle.

“We’re getting known for our community gatherings,” Beaudoin told council.

Five Acre Shaker founder Lance Goddard has hinted that year five will be “a big year for the Shaker.”


Above, Quadra Sound, winner of the 2017 Battle of the Bands, performed at the Five Acre Shaker on Saturday afternoon. Right, Marty Boggs, of Victoria-based rock band the Deep Sea Gypsies, steps on stage at the Five Acre Shaker on Saturday night. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

Olivia Clara Rose dances next to the vendor tents at the Five Acre Shaker on Saturday afternoon. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

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