STAC at the 2019 Folk Alliance in Montreal!

This is Liz here. We were so fortunate to have a presence at the 2019 Folk Alliance in Montreal. STAC was invited to be a part of a panel called ‘It’s Easy Being Green’, discussing the ways in which sustainability is figuring in the folk music industry. My fellow panelists were a diverse group: Joey Diana Gates (chief ‘brainstormer’ and creator of SolKitchen, a solar powered food station for festival use and other brilliant designs for sustainability), Marie Zimmerman (festival director for Hillside Festival in Canada, a festival that has been using many sustainable practices including onsite composting for 20 years), and Peter Noble (director of the Bluesfest Group of Companies in Australia and a man who began by saving koalas on his festival property!). This was a fantastic discussion amongst ourselves and the audience about the challenges and successes of working sustainability into festivals, concert production and tours. As musicians, Laura and I were thrilled that this was a topic featured at the conference and hope for more of this kind of discussion on the public stage!