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Documentary on Nova Scotia music festival in the works


TRURO, N.S. —

When Ian Wilson had the opportunity to create a film about Bainfest he considered it a dream come true.
He went about capturing the music and atmosphere and interviewed artists. Now he’s fundraising to complete the project.
“I think this is a great Maritime story,” he said. “This is something that started as a party on the deck of a cottage and grew into something big.”
Bainfest originated nine years ago, in Marshville, near River John. Because it was so popular, Bain and Marie Blois built a stage on the back of their cottage and brought in professional sound and lighting for future events. This year, the two-day festival included performances by Matt Minglewood, Sam Moon, Myles Goodwyn, The Lincolns, Christine Campbell, Tribute, Mellotones, Bain Band and others.
“The first year we were having a birthday part on a deck, and it kind of brought the community together,” said Bain Blois. “I saw potential in it.
“I was in a band and had friends in bands. We ended up hiring one band and including an open mic. We started hiring acts that could draw more people, but also kept time for local people to perform. It grew, and we bought another property next to the old cottage. Now, three acres accommodates it. We’ve maxed out with 4,000 to 5,000 people.”
The event doesn’t make money, but it does help charity. The Defenders motorcycle club handles security and in appreciation of their work, a donation is made to the War Amps, their chosen charity.
Blois talked to Wilson about capturing the event on film, and as things went on a documentary was suggested.
“Being part of this really brought out to me how strong the culture of music is in Atlantic Canada,” said Wilson, who is from Glasgow. “This wasn’t just about the festival; it includes the whole culture and sociability that goes along with it.
“This is a great story that will have appeal beyond this area.”
He began working on the film about 19 months ago and has included footage of his interview with Frank MacKay, a member of The Lincolns who died in March.
Wilson has created a few short films and Rock, Turf and Surf is his second documentary.
“What’s slowing things down is the music rights,” he said. “Maritime musicians gave us the rights to use their music but cover songs can be costly, and I don’t want to cut some of the musicians out of the film."        
More information on Bainfest is available online at https://www.bainfest.ca/
The fundraiser for Rock, Turf and Surf can be found on Seed & Spark at https://www.seedandspark.com/fund/rock-turf-and-surf#story
 

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