A day filled with music and friends from all walks of life

For the past 19 years, with the help of the Lions clubs of Vancouver Island and other caring community sponsors and volunteers, Special Woodstock has been providing, free of charge to everyone, a day of peace, love, and music. Featuring musicians with disabilities and popular local bands and musical groups on 3 stages throughout the property. Promoting a new understanding of the abilities of those with special needs through music. The universal language!

Remaninescint and fully supported by the original, iconic Woodstock music festival and its founders in New York.

www.woodstock.com

Why are we are we all volunteering to make this day amazing? 

This is just one of the reasons..

Let me tell you about Darren.

Darren is 28 years old. He is a tall handsome young man with big brown eyes and of slender build. Darren was born with brain damage. He couldn't talk until he was 10 years old and even then had a very limited vocabulary. He went to school but didn't communicate very well so no one was quite sure how much he was taking in. He couldn't look you in the eye because of his shyness but responded in a way that allowed you to know that he understood what you were saying.

Darren found his way to us when he was 10 years old. His mother Corrine brought him and his siblings 5, and 6 yrs old, to our first Special Woodstock. I asked Corrine if she would like Darren to take part on stage with the entertainment. She had her doubts that he would be able to say anything at all, so I suggested that his siblings join him. She replied that the only song that they knew was "Oh Canada". So that is what they did. Darren looked at the ground the whole time and didn't

really join in until about his 5 th year when he started relaxing on stage and began joining his sister on her mike. Each year after that he began to sing louder, smile at the audience and this year Darren showed up with a new guitar and wanted to do more than "Oh Canada".Darren had been practicing all year, his Special Woodstock hat next to the door waiting with anticipation for his big moment on stage. Of course, we made sure that he could perform a couple more songs

His mother Corrine came to me over the past few years at Special Woodstock in tears of joy at seeing how much more confident he has become. She just couldn’t believe it was the same son. This year Corrine came up to me and said, "Special Woodstock helped Darren to mature and become a man."

Special Woodstock gave Darren a place to be heard. He is loved by a huge island community because they know him, have watched him grow, and appreciate him for his courage. Darren feels that love and leaves our festival with confidence and a voice which he uses to stand tall and look you in the eye when he speaks.

This is just one of many of the thousands of stories which I could share with you.

The grandmother who comes to me in tears telling me how much it meant to her to see her grandchild playing with the children without disabilities. How easily he was accepted as one of their immediate friends.

The teen who has grown up with the festival because her mom volunteered every year, who stood up in her grade 8 class and corrected a teacher who was incorrectly labeling a child in her class with disabilities.

David, hooking rugs, making cards and beading necklaces all year to sell at his table at Special Woodstock. Instead of sitting in front of the tv all day.

Special Olympics gives athletes a platform, Special Woodstock gives people with musical and artistic talents the same, a platform to show their artistic talents and meet other people on Vancouver Island with and without disabilities. We all have something to teach and to learn from each other. Through the joy of music, we have found a common language in which to do that.

Special Woodstock is for everyone.

The Rose Garden Stage

The Rose Garden Stage is set amongst the apple orchard and features soloists, duets and trio musical acts.

It is located behind the Providence Chapel. 

Enjoy a cup of tea in Addies Tea garden and some homemade goodies locally prepared just for this event.

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Karaoke Stage

hosted by Vicky Searle 

Vicki is the hostess with the mostest!  The biggest most awesome selection of songs to sing to that is!

Come sing to your favorite song under the Karaoke Tent with Vicki. Let her know what song you would like to sing, wait for your turn to wow the karaoke audience, pick up the mike and you are a" superstar"!

With every song that you sing, a ballet will be put into the contest for an awesome door prize with your name on it. GOODLUCK!