Rock, Turf and Surf
Bainfest grew from a party on the cottage deck to a full-scale, weekend music festival with some of the best acts in Atlantic Canada. But it's still one of the friendliest, uncorporate gigs around. This is Maritime Canadian culture. It's sociable and it's friendly. Help us tell the story.
Inclusion StatementOur film documents real events and seeks to be inclusive and reflective of the actual event. Many of the main characters are female, including a festival organizers, some musicians and festival-goers. Our filmmaking crew has a female bias (videographers, a producer, and the music supervisor).
About The Project
When we first set out to document "Bainfest", the music festival, we thought we were going to tell the story of how the event had grown from the kitchen party on the deck of a cottage to a full scale festival with ticket sales in the hundreds. We soon realized that this is actually a story of three themes: Ambition, Music and Culture.
As the organizers struggle to make the aspiring festival financially viable, these three themes intertwine to tell a story that is reflective of the culture of Atlantic Canada.
You may not be from Atlantic Canada but we promise you, you'll enjoy this story, the characters and the great music and we invite you to be a part of it.
THEME ONE - A MAN WITH A MISSION
Seven years ago, on the north shore of Nova Scotia, Bain Blois and his musician friends entertained a small group of cottage-goers at a neighbor's cottage to celebrate a birthday. "It was like a kitchen party out on the deck", says drummer Tommy Fisher.
Driven by his love for music and creating good entertainment, Bain decided to start his own annual music festival. Now seven years later, Bain and his wife, Marie, sell hundreds of tickets to the weekend event that offers some of the best Rock and Blues acts that Atlantic Canada has to offer. But they still struggle to make the festival financially viable.
People judge success in different ways. "I want to hear people say, 'that was one of the best times I've ever had.' " says Bain. His driving goal is putting on a great show.
THEME TWO - THE CULTURE OF MUSIC IN THE MARITIMES
I don't have any stats to prove this but many years ago, as a 'Come From Away' living in the Maritimes, it struck me that there is a disproportionate number of musicians on Canada's East Coast. Music is an integral part of the East Coast.
"It's in the blood here," says Canadian Rock and Blues legend, Matt Minglewood thoughtfully. "Everybody here is hardworking. Hardworking fishermen, hardworking miners, it doesn't matter people have to work hard here. At the end of the week they get together, unwind, and play music. I put it down to that."
The documentary provides us with a window into the culture of Atlantic Canada where music and socialising are important parts of the society. The musicians, such as Matt Minglewood, the late Frank MacKay and the hard-working Christine Campbell talk about their music and their early influences.
THEME THREE - "SOCIABLE!"
In the Maritimes, especially Nova Scotia, the most popular drinking toast is, “Sociable!” It's a toast that is often made randomly and loudly throughout the evening's festivities. "Sociable" reflects the cuture of the East Coast of Canada. It's about people getting together, enjoying each others' company and developing friendships.
This is so evident at Bainfest, where the organizers have gone to lengths to keep the music festival as unrestrictive and un-corporate as possible. As Bainfest co-founder, Marie Aisthorpe, says "It's a party and it brings people together. Some good relationships have formed here and a lot of people have bonded."
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About This Team
Mary is co-owner of Vision Bench, a boutique film company in Nova Scotia. As a producer, Mary is the detail person and chief organiser in the production. Mary also has experience as a production manager, script supervisor, researcher and interviewer.
Ian Wilson is an filmmaker, actor, and screenwriter living in Nova Scotia, Canada. His films and screenplays have been selected at a wide range of film festivalsacross North America, the UK and Europe,
Ian began his acting career at the Fort Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland. He is known for his ability to perform with various accents. He holds an MBA from York University, Toronto and has applied his business knowledge as a mentor for a number of arts organizations.
Kathryn studied Film and Media at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and graduated in Film, Media and Communications from Forth Valley College, Falkirk, Scotland. Specializing in live music film and photography, Kathryn is passionate about photography and film and operates her own photography business, Kat Wilson Photography.
Madison began working in film through her high school robotics team, directing multiple competition films. She is currently in school at John Abbott College in Liberal Arts. She has experience working in videography, special effects and editing. Madison is also the winner of “Best Production Design” in the 1st annual Macdonald High School Film Festival.