New Organizers Breathe New Life into Fire and Water Music Fest

Patrick Alexandre performs at the 2017 Fire and Water Music Festival. He will serve as artistic director this year.

The Fire and Water Music Festival — which will celebrate its 13th annual event this weekend — has a new slate of organizers eager to continue the legacy the festival has built over the past dozen years.

Festival favourite Patrick Alexandre will switch hats this year and rather than appear as a musician, he’s taken over as the festival’s new artistic director. Alexandre is known for his gritty voice and immense talent playing upright bass. He’s also known for his talents on guitar, harmonica, piano and drums.

When he’s not entertaining crowds under the big tent in Lac du Bonnet, he loves to find unconventional recording spaces that inspire him.

“It’s my first time being artistic director of a festival like this. I’m aiming for diversity in terms of the music we present, something the festival has become known for,” he says.

The Fire and Water Music Festival also features a number of other attractions aside from just music. In 2018, festival-goers enjoyed some of the local craftsman at the Artisan Square inside the curling club, and were able to grab some delicious ingredients from the Farmers Market at the same time. A chainsaw carving exhibition was also held. There’s also lots of entertainment for kids with both kids’ activities and performers.

You can also camp on-site for free this year! Sleep in, wake up to the bands, stay up late around a fire with your friends. Nothing beats camping at Fire and Water. If you want, a lakeside camp that is a five-minute walk from the festival grounds is also available. The festival provides fire pits and wood, and washrooms — you supply the friends.

There will be musicians playing around the campfires this year as well. The festival takes place this year from Aug. 2-4 at the Lac du Bonnet Community Centre.

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