Otalith 2014 Schedule

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Kathryn Calder knew we had something special when she named us the “bestival”. Our community of Otalith-ees called us one of the most intimate music festivals in the world – a destination festival without the rush. We are, after all, on island time. And now we’re back for Round 2.

The 2nd annual Otalith Music Festival happens this August 22 and 23. Otalith is run by a small group of volunteers with a desire to bring exceptional live music to the west coast of Vancouver Island. Hosted in both Tofino and Ucluelet, Otalith is a festival on the coast, for the coast.

Last year, Otalith raised $3,000 for the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust – a local non-profit that supports conservation, education and research within the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and $1,000 for Ucluelet Secondary School’s Drug Free scholarship. This year, part proceeds from Otalith will support our partners: the Jamie Collins Legacy Fund, Pacific Wild, and Central Westcoast Forest Society.

Otalith is expanding this year by adding four performances in Tofino on Friday night. Like last year, Ucluelet and its sprawling coastal temperate rainforest will play host to the main festival grounds with an intimate Friday night showcase and a guaranteed raucous good time all day and night on Saturday.


Coming to the West Coast for the first time? Not sure where to stay? Want to camp? Here are some ideas:

Ucluelet Campground
Island West Campground and Resort
Mussel Beach Campground
Surf Junction Campground
Wya Point Campground
Lost Shoe Campground
Green Point Campground
Bella Pacifica Campground
Long Beach Campground

There are also two hostels in town: Surf’s Inn and C & N Backpackers.

If you’re looking for house rentals or other types of accommodation, please visit the Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce Website.


Your one-stop shop for Otalith questions. Have more? Send us an email: info@otalithfestival.com.

Q: Can I buy tickets at the door?
A: Yes.

Q: Can I bring my dog/cat/snake/tarantula/ferret/other household pet?
A: No. Unfortunately, animals are not allowed on the festival grounds. If your friend’s name is ‘Animal’ and he’s human – that’s totally cool.

Q: Where do I buy tickets before the event?
A: Ticketfly! Or at the Ucluelet Aquarium or Tofino Brewery.

Q: Will there be beer? What about cider?
A: Yes. Beer and cider. Please bring 2 pieces of I.D.

Q: What about food?
A: We will have food vendors on the festival grounds! They’re local and delicious – Bring cash.

Q: Are kids ok?
A: Kids are great! Also: children under 12 ride for free – so bring their ID (unless they’re obviously under 12).

Q: I hear that there are Otalith events in Tofino? How does this work?
A: There are! This year on Friday, August 22 there will be events at the mainstage in Ucluelet as well as at two locations in Tofino. Saturday will be the same as last year. It’ll be like this:

Friday, August 22 in Tofino
4:30pm Otalith BBQ at Shelter Restaurant with music by Smalltown Empire
5:00pm – 10:00pm Otalith show at Tofino Brewing Company featuring Paper Boy, Old Man Canyon and The Bright Light Social Hour (please note, this show is 19+)

Friday, August 22 in Ucluelet
Festival grounds open in the afternoon with music featuring Dear Rouge from 3:00pm to 11:00pm. Featuring Coal Moon, Wil, Dear Rouge and Bear Mountain!

Saturday, August 23 in Ucluelet
All music will take place in Ucluelet at the festival grounds. Gates will open at 10:30 and music will run until 11:00pm. Come out to see Ages and Ages, Wake Owl, The Allah Las and more!

Q: What if I want to stay in Tofino? Or go to the Tofino show and then make the rest of the Ucluelet shows?
A: Don’t worry – we have you covered! Thanks to our friends at Tofino Bus – we’re providing shuttles again this year! Schedule to be posted soon!

Q: Is there parking?
A: Limited parking. Walk or bike or take a shuttle!

Q: Is camping included?
A: Nope! But we have a great list of local accommodations under our About section!

Q: I have no cash? Can I still come?
A: YES! But you have to volunteer. Sign up by emailing volunteer@otalithfestival.com and tell us why you’re awesome! PS: you have to be awesome.

Q: I don’t have two pieces of ID! Can I still buy booze?
A: Nope. You’re an adult, go get yourself 2 pieces of ID.

Q: Can I go in-and-out?
A: Yes!

Q: How do I get there?
A: Last year we gave you a very detailed map. This year, we’re telling you to get to this point.

Otalith is working to reduce waste – help us! We’re partnering with Synergy and food vendors to make sure that our footprint is as tiny as possible. Leave your plastics at home!

Q: Can I wear a feather headdress?
A: No. But you weren’t going to do that anyways, right? Here are some great resources as to why you shouldn’t here and here.

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