Five-Acre Shaker finds new home

The summer music festival could be hosted this year on a 175-acre empty lot on Franklin River Road.

The annual Five-Acre Shaker music festival could be shaking in a far larger plot of land this summer.

Lance Goddard received conditional approval from the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District to host the summer music festival out on a 175-acre empty lot on Franklin River Road.

“We’ve locked down a new place to potentially host the Shaker this year. It’s owned by Craig Bowerman and it’s out on Franklin River Road,” said Goddard.

Goddard and Jess Towers have been the force behind the music festival that benefits the Zattzoo Project.

For the past two years, they’ve held the 500-person event at Goddard’s property in Beaver Creek.

In its first year, the Shaker was a huge success that raised money for local youth music without any complaints.

Feeding off of the success, Goddard and Towers asked the regional district for permission to up the event to 1,000 attendees.

While some on the board agreed, Beaver Creek director John McNabb raised concerns over the noise and disruption that having 1,000 people on the five-acre property for a weekend would cause.

Ultimately, the duo were denied their request to increase attendance, raising concerns about the viability of hosting the event last year.

The Five-Acre Shaker went ahead with 500 people.

This year, adhering to a promise made to the ACRD last year, Goddard is moving the festival to a larger property.

“It’s about 175 acres and 50 acres of it is cleared field. The rest is covered in trees and there’s mountains around it; it’s awesome,” said Goddard.

“It’s definitely a forever home if we can get approval of this.”

The only holdup is that Bowerman’s lot is in the agricultural land reserve.

“It’s in the ALR so we have to apply for a non-farm use application to the [agricultural land commission],” said Goddard. The regional district’s approval allows Goddard to take it to the ALC.

“It’s a bit of a waiting game to get the approval from them and then if we get that we’ll be back to the [ACRD’s] temporary use permit like last year.”

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

facebook.com/albernivalleynews

twitter.com/alberninews

 

 

Just Posted

Alberni darts player heading to national championships

Jason Bagnell is fundraising for his trip to Nova Scotia

ARTS AROUND: Giant book sale approaches in Port Alberni

This is the last week to drop off all your donations

Port Alberni ‘a safe place to be’ despite crime rate, says RCMP

Criminal offences up in Port Alberni for the first quarter of 2019

Portal Players production touches on residential schools

Sisters chronicles a convent-run residential school in Canada

VIDEO: Alberni Valley celebrates Easter weekend

Port Alberni children enjoy Easter egg hunts and spring activities

SPCA investigating after newborn kittens found in Vancouver dumpster

The kittens were found suffering from hypothermia and dehydration

‘B.C. cannot wait for action’: Top doctor urges province to decriminalize illicit drugs

Dr. Bonnie Henry says current approach in ‘war on drugs’ has criminalized and stigmatized drug users

B.C.’s largest Vaisakhi festival target of threatening Facebook post: Surrey RCMP

Police say they are investigating the posts on Facebook, after local MLA forwarded screenshots

Defence accuses officer of ‘incompetence’ in trial for B.C. man charged with daughters’ murders

Double murder trial for the Victoria father accused of killing his two young daughters continues

Murder on B.C. property didn’t need to be disclosed before sale, court rules

Buyer had tried to break contract after learning a man with ties to crime had been murdered there

B.C. man turned to dating site for pimp operation, court hears

In court the details of how Simon Rypiak lured 4 women into prostitution revealed

Tofino beckons Trudeau for quiet Easter vacation

Environmental group hopes latest Pacific Rim vacation inspires change in prime minister

Should B.C. parents receive money if they make sure their kids are vaccinated?

New survey looks at public opinion around government’s role in forcing immunizations

Most Read