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Music on the Mountain Festival leaves Murray Ridge Ski Hill for fresh pastures

05/30/2015 01:30 EDT | Updated 05/30/2016 05:59 EDT
This year's Music on the Mountain Festival in central British Columbia is moving off the mountain and relocating to solid ground near Fort St. James.

"[It's an] opportunity to use a very seldom used and underused 80 acres that is closer to town, more available to people locally and just lovely, we're really excited about the move," said Lionel Conant, president of the MoM Festival.

For the past five years, the three-day music and arts festival was located at Murray Ridge Ski Hill and Terrain Park, but Conant says logistical challenges compelled them to move.

"We kinda outgrew it a bit, we need some more room and we need to build a permanent stage, said Conant. "Because it is a ski hill, we can't just build a stage at the bottom...people would just ski into it."

Planning for the permanent stage is already underway and they hope to have it ready for the August festival.

"We think we have enough materials and smart people around here to go ahead and put some posts in the ground and build a beautiful stage," said Conant.

Despite how much work lies ahead, Conant says everybody involved is excited to get to work.

"It's about the drive. You can't stop when you hit resistance. You really need to just keep it up and I think we've built a beautiful thing together as a community and we are going to continue to do it."

As for any possible name changes in the future, Conant was coy.

"It will always be MoM. I think we are on a meadow now."

To hear the full interview with Lionel Conant, listen to the audio labelled Music on the Mountain moves

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