Great Music & Great Camping - Escape to Nature!
With the best Canadian Indie and Northern Ontario camping, R&S brings you simple good times, along the Sturgeon River. Since our inception in 2009, R&S has strived to support regional emerging artists in Northeastern Ontario and to showcase their talents alongside amazing artists from across Canada and beyond. Sincere thanks are extended to the Department of Canadian Heritage – Canada Arts Presentation Fund; the Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Creates (Ontario Media Development Corporation) and the Government of Ontario. R&S would not be possible without this support. Many thanks to the R&S Music Committee and to everyone who submitted their music!
Our venue partner, Fishers’ Paradise, is located between River Valley and Field, in West Nipissing Ontario. R&S works with our hosts, Chris and Julie, to shape new campsites, trails, and more. Our volunteers build fun things like saunas that add to the R&S fun too! The property features the Sturgeon River and a private oxbow lake – both semi-private and group campsites – and lots of trees for shade. We welcome you to bring your bikes, canoes and your pooches. Yes – dogs are welcome! Please see our rules for more info.
Our audience mostly camps in tents, but we do have limited space for camping trailers. Passes for trailers cost $35 or $70 for the duration of the festival.
River & Sky supports sustainability in our region by promoting, supporting and working with like-minded organizations and partners. We donate passes to other organizations for prizes and silent auction items.
Being completely sustainable is not easy. We do use diesel and gas generators and power equipment to maintain our venue. In the long-term, we plan to change this. In the short-term, we have ensured that all waste from the festival has been audited – sorted and placed into the correct municipal waste management streams. Our camping areas are carefully chosen. Areas that exhibit floodplain behaviour are off-limits. We ask our audience not to camp directly beside the river or on the beach so as to avoid unnecessary impacts upon the shoreline. In 2015 we created a new pathway, set back from the river’s edge, to allow a vegetative buffer to take root in an attempt to preserve the shoreline.
In 2018, we banned plastic straws and we supply our vendors with reusable/washable dishware. We do not sell water in plastic bottles and we offer our attendees free water. Cars have been removed from the majority of our camping areas and bikes and canoes are encouraged. Projects such as our cob oven and sauna builds have been based on sustainable building techniques and reuse/recycling of materials. You will not see a sea of plastic banners at R&S. We really try to keep it simple!
R&S will never become a mega-festival, as we feel that being small is meaningful with less impact and more nature for all of us attending.
MEMBERSHIP & VOLUNTEERING
Becoming a member of any not-for-profit organization is a show of support for what the organization does.
A strong membership means that there is a community of like-minded people who stand behind the ideals of the organization.
At R&S we present the Arts in Nature in support of Sustainability. We also love to celebrate the culture of camping in the North!
You need to become a member to volunteer at R&S.
- Have a voice and a vote at our Annual General Meeting
- Are helping to shape and support the festival
WHAT TO EXPECT AS A VOLUNTEER . . .
- Volunteer arrival and orientation day on Wednesday, July 17th with an end-of-day beach party with bands – just for volunteers. If you can’t make it for orientation and the beach party – no worries (please communicate with your leads)
- Dedicated group campsite for volunteers with perks
- Volunteer meals and snacks (pancake breakfasts each morning at the festival – blueberries!)
- Better volunteer coordination and scheduling to make your work experience an improved one overall
AS A VOLUNTEER YOU . . .
A minimum of 9 hours of work (generally 3 three-hour shifts) during the festival
18 hours throughout the year at work-parties, on committees, festival set-up, or take-down
You must be 16 years of age or older otherwise, you are helping your parents/guardians with their work
TYPES OF VOLUNTEER CREWS
- Venue – developing and maintaining campsites and pathways
- Construction & Building Maintenance – helping with projects and repairs pre-festival
- Signage – making and posting signs and banners
- Set Up & Tear Down – setting up tents, generators, and waste/recycling stations and chopping/stacking wood pre-festival, and tearing down all non-permanent structures post-festival and general clean up
- Gate – welcome committee and parking attendants
- Transportation – transporting items and people pre-, during, and post-festival
- Eco Warrior – sorting/collecting waste and recycling, stocking outhouses, and participating in the garbage audit at the end of the festival
- Hospitality – ensuring artists’ needs are met
- Merch – help us silk screen shirts pre-festival and sell them (and artists’ shirts) at the festival
- Snack Shack – food prep, service, dishwashing
- Video and Photography – taking pictures and videos for next year’s promo video, of artists, and social activities and workshops
- Stage and Technical – helping set up stages, lights, and sound
LET'S PARTNER UP!!!
We would love to work with your business or organization!