In 1998, a small group of volunteers decided that a music festival would be a joyful way to get the valley’s residents together, and hopefully help to rebuild its sagging resource-based economy. Listening to live music under the summer sun and the evening stars created some magical memories for everyone that first year. The Discovery Coast Music Festival, as it was first known, was born! Since then, we’ve grown into a widely-respected event, incorporating many well-known performers into our line-up, while encouraging local talent and youth to participate in all aspects of its production.


To create a venue for people of all walks of life to come together, to relax and to enjoy a diverse array of live performing arts. The Festival is a gathering place where the people of Bella Coola, neighboring communities and visitors celebrate their uniqueness and commonality. It is an opportunity to discover and share each others history, culture and landscape.


  • To showcase entertainment of a multicultural nature, for all ages of people, in an alcohol and drug-free surrounding
  • To include and encourage local youth to participate in the Festival
  • To assist the economic development of the community by creating a colourful and engaging tourist attraction
  • To foster optimism and hope in a community that is faced with economic and cultural challenges