GillBilly 2016

When & Where is it?

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September 30th – October 2nd, 2016 in beautiful Fernie, BC.

What  is  Gillbilly?

Gillbilly is two full days of music and fun hosted by the The Old Type Music Society. A perfect mix of old-time music, jamming, food, good times and plenty of free time for fishing on the Elk River. Not into fishing? bring your bike, hike or do some busking downtown in beautiful Fernie, BC. More information about the schedule and format here.

Confirmed performer/instructors are Chris Coole (Lonesome Ace Stringband, Foggy Hogtown Boys) and Ben Winship (Growling Old Men, New Reeltime Travellers) and recently added to the lineup is Eli West (Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, The Lomax Project). Rounding out the concerts and beginner workshops will be local yokels Redgirl and new East Kootenay duo The Doggone Brothers. More details about the performers here.

The weekend will feature two concerts at the Arts Station, informal workshops on fishing, picking, hosted jams, and great food! All of this will take place in scenic downtown Fernie.


$85 per person weekend Pass includes: register here >
• Wine and cheese reception & Saturday Taco Bar
• Both evening concerts at The Arts Station (Friday Sept. 30 & Saturday Oct. 1)
• Hosted and spontaneous jams downtown
• Informal music and fishing workshops at the Arts Station and other downtown venues
• Time to fish, bike, hike and relax in this charming BC town

$65 per person Youth Weekend Pass (age 12-16): register youth here >
• Includes everything in the standard weekend pass. Note: There is no childcare, nor are the programs designed for youth, so if your tween/teen is able to focus and play along with adults they are more than welcome to come. All youth MUST be accompanied by a registered adult. We are currently working on a registration form for youth. Please standby while we get that up and running in a day or so.

Concert Only: online tickets available here >
for Friday Sept. 30th (Eli West, Ben Winship & The Doggone Brothers) or Saturday Oct. 1st (Chris Coole & Guests w/Redgirl) concerts . Tickets available online and at the door while supplies last. Note: Concert ONLY. Does NOT include any of the other happenings.

Where do I sign up?

You can register right now by going to our Registration Page. If you are registering a youth (12-16) go to our Youth Registration Page.

How do I get to Fernie?

Fernie, BC. is on Hwy 3 in the South-Eastern corner of BC. It’s easily accessible from Alberta along Hwy 22 South from Calgary (3 hours) and Hwy 3 West from Lethbridge (2 hours). From Vancouver, Follow Hwy 3 East until you drive into town (8-10 hours). From the North, take Hwy 95 South from Golden (about 4 hours) and turn onto Hwy 3/93 East at Cranbrook. From Montana, head North on Hwy 93 through Whitefish (about 2.5 hours) and Eureka, and cross the border at Roosville. Turn East on Hwy 3 and you’re almost there!

Where should I stay?

Mention Gillbilly to get the following group rates:
Snow Valley Motel & RV Park rooms from $72 •
Park Place Lodge rooms from $112 •

Raging Elk Lodge •
AirBNB •

Fernie provincial Park OR Fernie RV Resort •