Walk on over to the Orchestra North fundraising concert this Friday night to learn about a new festival coming to Smithers.

New festival unveiled Friday

Details of a new three-day music festival in Smithers this August will be unveiled at the Orchestra North fundraising concert Friday.

Smithers is becoming recognized nationally for being a hotspot of amazing musical events. The music scene is now buzzing again as an exciting classical music extravaganza, the Spirit of the North Classical Music Festival, is coming to Smithers in August, and will be unveiled the first time for the public on this Friday at the Old Church.

About the unveiling

The events of this outstanding new festival will be announced on Friday, in the presence of art supporters and music appreciators at the Orchestra North fundraising concert.

The Spirit of the North Classical Music Festival will include 20 events and concerts over three days, from Aug. 11-13, showcasing amazing local, regional and international musicians of various styles with a uniquely northern focus.

About Friday’s concert

Like the upcoming new festival in August, the concert itself is birthed out of the collaboration of talent and artistry, featuring a number of excellent local and regional artists and the collaborative spirit we value here in the North. Violist and artistic director Roxi Dykstra is back from Europe, who will pull together great classical music for the benefit of our community.

The concert will include collaborations with violinists Gabrielle Jacob and Kiri Daust (both Prince George Symphony Concerto Competition winners and alumni of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada), Toby Moisey (Russian-trained, Smithers-born flutist) trained soprano Lori Koop, and Karen Price (from Recorder Borealis). And if the baroque and romantic music offerings aren’t enough, wine will be available at intermission, with a short auction of handcrafted artwork.

Announcements about the Festival will take place near the end of the concert.


Released by Roxi Dykstra