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Moonfest honours two local men Saturday

Colton Mann plays at SunFest 2013. Dad and founder of Moonfest Les Mann won’t be around for the 2014 edition of the event he started, but will be with the performers in spirit. - Peter W. Rusland/file
Colton Mann plays at SunFest 2013. Dad and founder of Moonfest Les Mann won’t be around for the 2014 edition of the event he started, but will be with the performers in spirit.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland/file

Moonfest founder Les Mann and bassist Ryan Wallace-Terry are gone, but won't be forgotten.

The two Cowichanians will be especially honoured during a sundown jam at Saturday's second Moonfest at Providence Farm.

Festival proceeds will be donated to The Make-A-Wish Foundation of B.C. and the Yukon.

Moonfest spokesman Bill Fielding was stoked he and Mann's son, guitarist Colton Mann, are resurrecting the alt-rock and metal event — sporting eight island bands — after last year's hiatus.

"Les' main goal was always to help as many people as possible," Fielding said of Mann, who died in September after launching Moonfest in 2012 to complement the valley's SunFest.

Wallace-Terry was killed earlier this year during a traffic mishap while long-boarding, but his spirit survives in Moonfest.

"Moonfest was designed to expose young, local talent on the island," Fielding said.

The day starts with lighter musical fare, building to heavier sounds as the sun sets, Fielding explained.

"We've got Spiral Coyote, an indie rock band hailing from Victoria.

"Also Kaitlin Jasmine, a young solo artist from Sydney, and The Sideminds, a rock band from Victoria.

"The Windowlickers are a punk-rock band from Shawnigan Lake, and Of This Earth are a vicious metal act from Duncan," he said.

Also from Totem Town is metal band Twinfly, plus Chunkasaurus, a high-energy, three-piece rock band.

"Lots of bands apply to be part of Moonfest," he said, noting 14 groups sought to play at this year's event.

Moonfest is a non-drinking event offering a hot-food concession.

Your ticket

What: Moonfest

When: Saturday, July 26, 3 to 11 p.m.

Where: Providence Farm, Tzouhalem Road, Duncan

Tickets: $15. Visit billfielding91@gmail.com.

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