Tall Tree Music Festival and Harm Reduction

Ah summer… That time of year when, regardless of what you’re doing, you’re bound to contract a serious case of FOMO.

The problem is that here on the beautiful West Coast of Canada, there are so many awesome summer activities that you’re going to miss a few. Only this year we are down one. As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Pemberton Music Festival was cancelled 🙁

I had the time of my life at Pemby Fest last year, so I was devastated to learn that I wouldn’t be able to recreate that experience. Thankfully though, Tyler had come up with an alternative plan- Tall Tree Music Festival.

Port Renfrew? Where’s that?

I had heard of Tall Tree Music Festival before, but never of Port Renfrew, so I hadn’t really thought about attending the event until it was the only option we had.

Fast forward through some planning and ride bumming, and we had arrived. Armed with our best festival attire, we were determined to make this weekend every bit as much fun as we had imagined Pemberton was going to be.

Now, music festivals are known for their party atmosphere, and with the Fentanyl crisis in B.C., I was worried that my status as a registered nurse was going to make this weekend more about work than play for me.

Not so!

One thing that really impressed me at Tall Tree (aside from the amazingly friendly vibes of my fellow festival goers) was the harm reduction tent.

A clearly marked tent in the middle of the main pathway was the place to be for those in search of drug testing, free condoms, first aid, or any other form of judgment-free medical advice to make their festival experience safer. And, of course, Naloxone kits. Kudos to the organizers for that!

Knowing that my fellow festival-goers were in good hands made it easier for me to relax and enjoy the music. I even got up close and personal with a long-time favourite band of mine, Jon and Roy.

Jon and Roy
Jon Middleton of Jon and Roy
Jon and Roy
Roy Vizer of Jon and Roy

Seriously though, this group’s mellow groove backdropped by the setting sun over the coastal mountains had me feeling the love. It’s moments like this that I think to myself, “I don’t care how expensive it is to live out here, I’m never going back to Alberta! You can’t make me!”

Tall Tree Stage

Others were clearly just as lost in the moment as I was.

Woman dancing at Tall TreeGuy spraying water    Gold man

Another thing I loved about Tall Tree was how into the costumes everyone was. There was a theme for every day: Friday- Galactic, Saturday- All things Gold, Sunday- Under the Sea. People were killing it with the costumes! I love any excuse to dress up. Why wait for Halloween to break out my leg warmers?

Shayla at Tall Tree
Gold shorts, pineapple swimsuit, and coffee. Ready to go!

Thanks to Tall Tree Music Festival for ensuring everyone had a safe and enjoyable weekend! I hope harm reduction becomes the standard for music festivals all over Canada.

If you are at risk of an opioid overdose or are likely to witness an opioid overdose, find out where you can get a free Naloxone kit.

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