Other East Coast favourites like J.P. Cormier, Colleen Power and Dave Gunning made an appearance at Stanfest this year as well. For Nathan Rogers, the son of Stan Rogers and member of the band Dry Bones, Stanfest is all about the music.
“It’s an absolute treat to play here,” he said.
“For me, this just further cements the notion that this music is the intimate property of the Canadian people. In a cultural way, folk music belongs to the people of this country, and I’m grateful for that.”
Rogers, who at one point took the stage with his mom and sister, also said he’s thrilled about the how Stanfest has helped out in an area that was close to his father’s heart. About two years ago, an economic impact study found that Stanfest generates more than $3 million of economic activity in the local community.
“This is a community that has to work hard to stay afloat, and the people here are some of the hardest working people in the world,” he said. “So when you come down to support the festival, you’re supporting that as well.”
One of the weekend’s highlights was Singing Stan on Sunday, where a team of Stan Rogers’ family and friends played his songs for an hour on the main stage.
“That was a real kick for me on a personal level,” said Rogers. “Playing with my band, Dry Bones, at a place like this is really special.”