MAY 17, 2019


Port Alberni–The Alberni Valley’s biggest music event of the year is ready to kick off its fifth year on August 9-11.

The Five Acre Shaker is celebrating five years of bringing great entertainment to the Valley by presenting a lineup you don’t want to miss.

What started as a memorial for Zakkaree Coss in 2014 on a private five-acre property, has grown into a full-scale Music Festival on 37 acres at McLean Mill Historic Park. The music festival attracted 2,400 music lovers last year, and this year organizers are expecting up to 3,000 to come check out the exciting list of entertainers lined up for year five.

One thing has not changed in five years –the organizers’ dedication to bringing talented artists and performers to The Alberni Valley.

“We want out fifth year to be one for the record books,” explained Five Acre Shaker founder Lance Goddard. “If we had five days we’d do five headliners, but since we have three days, we decided this year to have a headliner every night. There should be something for everyone at this year’s festival.”

Goddard is excited to announce the Shaker’s first headliner for Classic Rock Sunday, August 11 –rock legendary band Harlequin.

Harlequin has been performing together since the 1970s when they were discovered in the Toronto bar scene by representatives of Jack Douglas, producer of big names like Aerosmith, Patti Smith, and John Lennon. With Douglas’ help, Harlequin signed a record deal and released their first single, “Victims of Crime,” in 1979. After that,the hits just kept coming, and the band soon earned a reputation as a work-horse of the Canadian road. They have been on multiple cross-Canada tours with bands such as Triumph, Nazareth, April Wine, and Pat Benatar.

Unlike many bands of their era, Harlequin is still a staple of rock radio in Canada, where the band’s old and new hits still receive remarkable amounts of airplay. Fueled by this continued success at radio, the band still tours, gaining new fans all the time, and attracting anyone who loves Canadian rock at its finest. This summer, they will include Port Alberni in their list of stops.

Harlequin is the first of many great performers due to hit the stage at this year’s Five Acre Shaker.This year’s Shaker Music Festival is three full days packed with more than 40 multi-genre artists and performers, games and contests, on-site camping, food, merchandise,and artisan vendors, and lots of workshops. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements in the weeks to come.

Tickets are on sale now, so don’t delay. Get your tickets at

Contact Lance Goddard

Cell: 250-720-6781

Email: [email protected]