On Wednesday (Jan. 29) Squamish Mayor Rob Kirkham was among the crowd at Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom as international event organizers Live Nation and brand.LIVE announced the lineup for the festival on Aug. 8 to 10.
Taking to the main stage is one of the world's best-selling music artists, rapper Eminem, and Arcade Fire, the Grammy award-winning Montreal indie rock band. Not to be outdone, Hawaii native singer-songwriter Bruno Mars will also be in front of the crowd. Mars is scheduled to flash across millions of people's TV screens this Sunday (Feb. 2), as he struts his stuff during the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVIII.
“This event represents a turning point not only for B.C.'s live music industry, but also for Canada's event industry as a whole,” Live Nation president Paul Haagenson said in a statement.
So far, Squamish is Eminem's only festival date for 2014, he said, noting it will be the rapper's first western Canadian show in more than a decade. Eminem will play on closing night, Sunday, August 10. Organizers anticipate the music lineup, which also includes the Sam Roberts Band, The Roots, Thievery Corporation and Serena Ryder, will draw fans from across Canada and the Pacific Northwest.