20th annual Special Woodstock to feature local bands, and musicians with disabilities

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Bands and musicians will gather at the Providence Farm in Duncan for the 20th annual Special Woodstock.

The day long music festival features musicians and bands from all over Vancouver Island, as well as musicians with disabilities.

Tammy Olsen, a member of the board of volunteers, says the event has 3 stages.

"So one's a very popular, very upbeat dance music.  We have one we call the Rose Garden.  It's in the back rose garden and orchard, and it has softer music for people who need a little softer venue.  It also features our Tea Garden, where we have tea and coffee, and you can buy cookies, muffins and bread.  And we also have a karaoke stage, so people who like to sing and want to get up on stage and pick their songs, they can do that as well."

Olsen says the event gives musicians who wouldn't usually be able to get on stage a chance to perform.

"To get up on stage, quite often you need a successful band or a successful career, or a venue like this.  So that's what we've created."

The event will also feature musicians with special needs, giving them a chance to perform on a big stage.

"In between the local groups, are either the Monday Morning Music Group or the Singing Buddies, who can get up and give a small performance as well."

The Lion's Clubs of Vancouver Island are partners, and have a big hand in helping organizing the event, and Olsen says many Lion's members will be in attendance on Sunday.

Special Woodstock has also received a 50-thousand dollar grant form Telus Storyhive, which will be used to make a documentary of the 20th annual event.

Special Woodstock runs Sunday, August 18, from 10 to 6 o'clock, and admission is by donation, which will go back into paying for the whole event.

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