Special Woodstock

A Music Festival Like No Other!

Welcome to 'Special Woodstock'

A Music Festival Like No Other!

We are so glad that you have found us at our new site.

"Special Woodstock" is a music festival that happens once a year on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada on the beautiful 140-acre property of

Providence Farm in Duncan, BC, Canada.

The date for this year’s event will be held on Sunday, August 18, 2019

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Gates will open at 9:30 AM

"Special Woodstock" was created to feature the artistic talents of people with disabilities alongside professional musicians for the island community.

Founded in September 1999 by Shelley Vaags, who saw a need for a platform to be created to feature this incredible, courageous, inspiring,

and unique community of individuals.

See you at our


What it is all about: A short video by Erin Rooke

How you can help

We are a non-profit society that relies on the hearts of the community for support. Special Woodstock has no entry fee but welcomes donations to

help the festival continue every year.

All Donations are invested back into "Special Woodstock"

All donations gratefully accepted. Your donations will go directly to offset the costs of putting on Special Woodstock.


Help us put Cowichan arts, culture, and heritage on the map!

What? We are creating an inventory and map of all the great arts, culture and heritage resources in the Cowichan Valley.

Why? To support arts, culture, economic development, community planning, and to make Cowichan an even better place to live…and easier to find.

Who Benefits? Artists and artisans, arts and culture organizations, businesses, heritage buffs, residents, visitors, and the province (the approach we

develop will be used around the province)


Contact Information

Shelley Vaags, Founder and President

2545 Florence Lk Rd

Victoria, BC


[email protected]

Contact Us

Feel free to contact us with any questions about Special Woodstock.

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Performers of the Past Festival

Ken Waet

Ken Waet passed away this year quite unexpectedly. He was one of our Island Stage M.C.'s for almost 10 years. He was a singer/guitarist and a very

supportive friend to all who knew him.

Ken worked at Glendale Lodge in Victoria for many years and because of his involvement there, knew most of our festival participants

with developmental disabilities by name.

Ken was very much loved by everyone and will be missed immensely.


Clyde lived at Burnside Group Home and was one of our talented musicians. He performed for us for many years on the Islands' Stage, wowing us with his rendition of Day O'. Although limited in his speech, he sang his song with enthusiasm and confidence.

We will all miss this handsome, gentleman.


Brian left us last year. He was a staple of Special Woodstock. A fine musician and performer. He headed up our media and sponsorship for years on the Special Woodstock committee, and the house band every year until he fell ill.

He was an environmentalist, an artist, a photographer, and a loving father and friend.


Rest in Peace, dear Larry! He's on stage waiting for his turn at the mic! Always there to wow the crowd.  

Linda Rivas – "I would like to thank Shelley Vaags for making time for Larry and me to sing that day at Special Woodstock Society. This made him and Sheila so very happy and was a wonderful treat for him. He didn't need me there, but he loved the company and sharing the spotlight."

Laurene Townsend – "The black guitar! Rest in Peace Larry.

Play on. Johny Cash

Hoss Kristinsson

Hoss, of "Thor and the Thundercats", left us quite a few years ago., but his support and belief in Shelley helped to give her the courage to create Special Woodstock. Hoss was the first musician friend to donate his time and talent as well as he helped the people arriving in the morning in vans with any heavy lifting.. Hoss would also wait with clients while caregivers parked the vans.

Thor, his brother, and bandmate wrote our theme song, " Special Woodstock, Let your Love Shine On"

Thor and the Thundercats still perform for us throughout the years with their cool blues sounds.


Sam's beautiful mother, Colleen passed away this week. She was a huge supporter of Special Woodstock.

We will miss her smiling face.


Dan Theriault was the keyboard player for the Smiley Family for many years and played on stage since its inception until his last year on earth, 2015. He had so much enthusiasm and zest for life!

He played and sang with all of his heart and soul and

we miss him terribly.

Sid Roemer

Sid Roemer has been one of Special Woodstocks' biggest supporters over the years. His confidence in our festival carried over to all of the other Lions' Clubs and help secure funding for the many expenses incurred by putting on a festival of this size.

Very much loved and missed, our Lions friend, Sid.



Want to donate?

Great!! Thanks so much! 100% of all proceeds go to putting on a great festival. We are all volunteers!

Donation information

Mailing address for donations:

Please make any cheques out to "Special Woodstock" and mail them to:

* Special Woodstock Society

* Box 177

* Cobble Hill, B.C. V0R 1L0


[email protected]


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For more info


Shelley Vaags

Service Area

1843 Tzouhalem Road

Duncan, British Columbia V9L 6R1

Business Hours

Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

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