ShazamFest returns!

ShazamFest returns!
(Photo : Claude Dufresne)

By William Crooks

Local Journalism Initiative

ShazamFest returns for its 19th edition from July 11 to 14. Set against the scenic Eastern Townships, ShazamFest offers a vibrant mix of music, circus acts, burlesque, dance, wrestling, camping, and workshops. This family-friendly event, hosted on ShazamFarm, the childhood home of Founder/Director Ziv Przytyk in Barnston West, features four stages of diverse performances, according to a June 21 press release.

This year’s festival highlights include the KidzZone with workshops on circus skills, hula-hooping, and adventure playground building, and the Temple of Doom’s Doctor Doktorâh’s Laboratory, where kids can enjoy mad scientists and giant bubble performances.

Entertainment includes neo-vaudeville acts like sword swallowers and clowns, the Beard & Mustache Competition, and the epic Foam Sword Battle. Musical acts range from punk band DVTR and neo-soul duo Rau-Ze to Brooklyn’s That Handsome Devil. DJs like Da Joint Doctor and DJ Morzion will keep the energy high.

Additional attractions include female wrestling league Lutte à l’Est, Labokracboom troupe’s eco-conscious flea market, and sculptures by Philippe St-Denis and Brahima Kone. Food options are locally sourced, with vegan, vegetarian, and carnivorous choices, and Montreal’s Omnivore restaurant offering Lebanese fare. Affordable camping options are available, with free round-trip shuttle service on Sunday.

ShazamFest is committed to environmental responsibility, encouraging the use of reusable dishware and compostable cups. Stages and structures are built from recycled materials, and there’s a post-festival garbage sorting party for volunteers.

ShazamFest offers free entry for children under 14 and free camping for all attendees. Membazam membership is available for $35 per year, providing perks and discounts while supporting families in need. For the full lineup and schedule, visit the ShazamFest website and join the fun at ShazamFest 2024!

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