**TIME CHANGE: Sappy AGM will now commence at 6:30 PM!

SappyFest Inc. would like to invite its membership and those interested in becoming members to the 2018 Annual General Meeting at Struts Gallery (7 Lorne Street) on Wednesday, November 28th at 6:30 PM. This is an open meeting with presentations from staff and board members on the organization's activities, financials, and future. 

The agenda, last year's minutes, current bylaws and the agenda, are available by request.

Key agenda items will include:
-- Approval of 2017 Financial statements.
-- President of the Board of Directors statement.
-- Questions from the floor.

Hope to see you all there!


How excited are we? Beyond measure, beyond reason - we begin dancing! Any beat can't be beat! Wow!

Sappyfest 13
August 3-5, 2018
Sackville, NB

Ansley Simpson / BA Johnston / BBQT / Bonjay / Boyhood / The Burning Hell / Century Egg / Cris Derksen / Darlene Shrugg / DBPS / Delta Blip / Dog Day / Double Vision / Figure Walking / Ice Cream / Isla Craig / Jennifer Castle / Jeremy Dutcher / Julie & The Wrong Guys / Leanne Betasamosake Simpson / Michael Feuerstack / Motherhood / Nap Eyes / New Chance / Nick Ferrio / Pat Lepoidevin / Quaker Parents / Rich Aucoin / Rotten Column / Special Costello / Steve Haley / Ten Boy Summer / U.S. Girls / Washing Machine / WHOOP-Szo / Witch Prophet

Readings, Art, and Projects by Bart Vatour / Elizabeth Copeland and Beverly Glenn-Copeland / Emma Healey / Erick Garcia Gomez / Jaime Forsythe / Jesi Jordan / Lucas Crawford / Paul Henderson / People-People-Working



Sappyfest 13 plans are coming together. Signals beaming into dispatch. The static is clearing, a beat is coming into time, a shape emerges, a rhythm of anticipation.

Sappyfest 13 will include performances from:

Ansley Simpson / BA Johnston / Bonjay / Boyhood / The Burning Hell / Cris Derksen / Darlene Shrugg / Dog Day / Emma Healey / Ice Cream / Jeremy Dutcher / Jennifer Castle / Leanne Betasamoske Simpson / Motherhood / Nap Eyes / Nick Ferrio / Quaker Parents / Special Costello / U.S. Girls / Whoop-Szo / Witch Prophet / ++ more

Details and links about all performers can be found on the line-up page. Happy listening!


SappyFest Inc. would like to invite its membership and those interested in becoming members to the 2017 Annual General Meeting at Struts Gallery (7 Lorne Street) on Wednesday, November 29th at 7 PM. This is an open meeting with presentations from staff and board members on the organization's activities, financials, and future. 

The agenda, last year's minutes, current bylaws and the agenda, are available by request.

Key agenda items will include:
-- Elections to the SappyFest Board of Directors (2 year term).
-- Approval of 2016 Financial statements.
-- President of the Board of Directors statement.
-- Questions from the floor.
-- & voting on Amendment to bylaw 8e) “Election of Executive shall take place by secret ballot, at an annual general meeting of SappyFest, Inc.” to 8e) "Election of Board Executive: From time to time, and generally at the first Board Meeting following the Annual General Meeting of SappyFest Inc., the Board shall appoint a President, Vice President, Treasurer and a Secretary. The Board Executive shall, in addition to those prescribed by a by-law, perform such duties as may from time to time be prescribed by the Board. Executive appointments are held for one year."

Hope to see you all there!

Added to Sappyfest 12: Doldrums! Ancient Shapes! Sue Goyette! More!

We're never quite done - we always lean a little harder on the scales.

How do we make Sappyfest 12 even better? With Doldrums' extra sensory overload of ecstatic beats; with a rare and coveted and surely well-dressed performance from Daniel Romano's Ancient Shapes; with the artful grooves of Saint John, NB's Usse; with the drama and introspection of Guelph, ON's Shopkeeper; with the Peterborough/Toronto voice and electronic duo Joyful Joyful!

We are also thrilled to welcome poet Sue Goyette, who's wonder-filled Ocean has been companion and guide into strange corners of life on the edge of the deep. Sue's the real deal and has things to tell you.


HERE IT IS! The (nearly) complete musical lineup for Sappyfest 12! Our new announcements are in bold:

BAH NAH NAH / Beverly Glenn Copeland / Bird City / Bernice / Booji Boys / BUDI with Aquakultre / Construction & Destruction / The Courtneys / Daniel Romano / Eamon McGrath / Erin Wunker / Exit Someone / Fiver / Heaven For Real / The Highest Order / Jane Blanchard / Jon McKiel / Kirsten Olivia / Klarka Weinwurm / Lido Pimienta / The Magic / Myriam Gendron / Not You / Partner / Protruders / Richard Laviolette / Sarah Denim / Sweet Dave and the Shallow Graves / Teenanger / Tess Roby / Tough Age / Vulva Culture / Weaves /  Willie Thrasher / Zones

Learn more about all these fine performers on the lineup page where there's links to music and more. Tickets for Sappyfest 12 are available now.

Sappyfest welcomes Eamon McGrath as it’s 2017 Songwriter-in-Residence

Toronto based songwriter Eamon McGrath will be travelling to Sackville, NB this August as Sappyfest’s 2017 Songwriter-in-Residence. Eamon’s work is based in a deep commitment to independent, grassroots arts and cultural production. He has released five full-length albums and published his first novel Berlin-Warszawa Express with ECW Press in May 2017. He is a member of Julie And The Wrong Guys, with Sappyfest co-founder Julie Doiron and Mike Peters and Jaye R. Schwarzer of The Cancer Bats. Eamon performed at Sappyfest in 2012 backed by members of Eric’s Trip, and as part of The Greville Music Tapes Revue in 2016.

“I'm thrilled at the opportunity to spend the month of August writing on the east coast as the Sappyfest artist in residence. This festival represents everything that's honest, grassroots and true-to-the-core of the Canadian music community, and is comprised of dedicated, hard-working and passionate people who exemplify the traits and characteristics of "Canadian" art: a spirit and attitude that transcends distance, and a unifying, diverse and eclectic outlook on musical styles and artistic approaches. Whether or not you play hardcore punk or folk music, if you've braved a winter snowstorm on the Trans-Canada to get to a gig, you come from the same place and can understand each other's experiences and stories, and Sappy really embodies that kind of genre-defying identity and outlook.

As a Torontonian I'm also ecstatic at the chance to leave the high pace and full-throttle speed of the city for the warm and welcoming summertime east coast air. With the pressures of having to support yourself in the competitive and expensive environment of TO, it's easy to get swept up in the more administrative aspects of the music industry and neglect the real reason why musicians do this in the first place. At Sappy this year I'll be focusing on completing a follow-up to 2014's "Exile" LP, as well as ironing out the first working draft of my second book.”

Eamon McGrath's participation in Sappyfest 12 is made possible by funding support from the Artist In Residence Program of ArtsNB.

June 2nd and 3rd: 2 nights of Sappyness and Systems Tests at Thunder & Lightning

Okay, we are going to level with you - we need your help!  We are using a new ticketing system for the festival this summer and we want to have a chance to make sure everything is working properly and that we are well prepared to smoothly welcome you home. We want your arrival at Sappyfest to be without incident. We want you to glide effortlessly into the cool waters of Sappyfest 12 with not a worry or trouble.

With that in mind we thought it best to give ourselves a practice run, a chance to work out any kinks and bugs with our ticket processing and to smooth out the bumps. So we've scheduled two nights of high-grade entertainment at Thunder & Lightning (23 Bridge St. Sackville, NB) and are selling advance tickets with the hope that you, with the generosity of spirit and understanding we know you to have, will purchase a ticket and attend one or (even better!) both of these fine evenings of cultural programming. Think of it as a practice run for the summer! Think of it as a mini-fest doubling as a systems check doubling as a community building exercise.

For your efforts, as an advance ticket holder you will be entered into a draw for redeemable credit on Sappyfest 12 festival merch this summer, and other fun door prizes!

Friday, June 2nd: Inland Island, Klarka Weinwurm, Dizzy And The Kittens, Chill Teens. 10 pm. $8

Saturday, June 3rd: Special Costello, Sandi Rankaduwa, Jordy, Steven Lambke, Secret Sackville Storytelling, maybe trivia. 8 pm. $5.

Please help us out by clicking on the above links! And of course Sappyfest 12 festival tickets are available on our main ticket page.



Sappyfriends, we've been quietly working away these last few months, cleaning house, finding lost keys, having deep conversations, and making plans. We have heard your expressions of support and enthusiasm and we have been touched and moved. Thank you for your continued belief in Sappyfest! Thank you for making plans to be with us, as we make plans for your arrival, and thank you for your patience.

So, today we are thrilled to announce that Weaves, Lido Pimienta, Daniel Romano, Willie Thrasher, Partner, Bernice, Tough Age, Teenanger, Myriam Gendron and The Highest Order will be performing at the 12th Annual Sappyfest, taking place in Sackville, NB from August 4-6, 2017.

In addition to our music programming we will be presenting an exhibition and artist talk by Lido Pimienta (in collaboration with Struts Gallery and Owen's Art Gallery); a reading by Notes Of A Feminist Killjoy author Erin Wunker; and a film program presented by Native North America V1 curator and music historian Kevin Howes. We are also excited to present the Golden Bus, a converted school bus that will host intimate and surprising acoustic shows.

Some of these names belong to old friends returning, weirder, wilder, and more wonderful than ever, and we are excited to welcome them home.  And we are thrilled to welcome those coming to Sappyfest for the first time. There are details and links for all of the participating artists on our Lineup page.

This is just the beginning, so please stay tuned for further announcements in the coming days and weeks. And we've increased the number of Early Bird Tickets available! So get them now before they are gone!





Between blizzards and ice storms, SappyFest was hard at work this winter searching for our next Creative Director. Guess what! It's our longtime attendee and performer Steven Lambke, and we couldn't be happier to share this with you. 

For nearly two decades, Lambke has been a prominent figure in the Canadian music landscape. A member of the revered indie rock act the Constantines, and a celebrated songwriter who has released albums both eponymously and under the Baby Eagle moniker, Lambke also has a wealth of experience working with artists behind the scenes. Through his independent record label, You’ve Changed Records, Lambke has been at the fore of championing thoughtful, creative, and groundbreaking music, literature, and art. 

“Since 2006, SappyFest has been a haven for independent musicians, for poets, punks, and artists of all types,” says Lambke. “It's been a place where the usual measures of success and failure can be put aside for more humane, tender-hearted, and inclusive efforts. I look forward to working with SappyFest, and the community of Sackville, as we continue to set a stage for wonderful musical performances, surprising art, literary adventures, and a little summertime swamp magic.”

Get ready for this summer everyone!