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Who is behind this festival anyway?

Well, it all started out at the Artswells festival in Wells BC. This is the (not so little anymore) festival that inspired us. Shawn and Carla Stephenson have been running a stage there for many years and in 2011 they brought a Ymir posse to see what all the fuss was about.

They realized that there were many parallels between our two tiny towns including history, many venues, quirky town folk, natural beauty and most importantly a love of the Arts.

In 2012 a small group of very dedicated volunteers, many from that first posse, got together, worked their butts off and called in every favour in the Canadian Arts and Music scene they could muster.From these efforts Tiny Lights was born.

It was a true testament to partnering and co-operation. The first festival was a success because a critical mass of people were dedicated and had seen what was possible in another small BC town. The people of Ymir opened their minds, hearts, businesses and homes for which we are super grateful. 

Executive Director/Artistic Director-Carla Stephenson

Technical Director/ Artistic  Director-Shawn Stephenson

Operations and Sustainability Director- Michelle Colley

Gate co-ordinator and Right hand lady- Taylor Caron

Volunteer Co-ordinator- Kat McGlynn

Hospitality - Janice Perello

Merchandise Co-ordinator- Isabelle Herzig

Venue alchemist - Fawn, Chelsea and Lucy Helberg

Communiications- Jay Colley

Lighting goddess- Trish Nichol

Go-to man- Jay Leus

And the incredible town of Ymir!