Borealis is a place to experience incredible music, visual art, and community in a beautiful and intimate dynamic living environment. Risk taking emerging artists, wild visuals, installations, and dance merge with technology and nature to provide Alberta’s answer to the boutique festival.
Curated with the intention of introducing you to the new, dynamic, and fantastic, we place emphasis on showcasing original electronic music, art, and live performance - so bring an open mind and allow us to expand it.
Environments are designed with care and schedules are programmed to evolve over the course of the weekend, so at all times there’s something for everybody. Quality sound is one of our top priority’s so each stage features a tribute to sound system culture built on equipment from the lab of the award-winning PK Sound.
Guests are invited to dress wild, be fabulous and contribute to the incredible vibe by exploring the many nooks and crannies of the amazing new festival grounds - Borealis would not be the same without the amazing core community of Alberta Art & Music Lovers!
NEW BIGGER SITE WITH RIVER ACCESS
Expanded and relocated to a gorgeous new campsite in Yellowhead County, Alberta on the banks of the clean and beautiful Pembina. With easy access to the running river to cool off in during the hot Alberta summer.
The new site is easily reachable from Calgary in under 4 hrs and only 1.5 to 2 hrs for residents of Edmonton, or Red Deer.
Borealis passes include parking and camping on the beautiful new site in either the spacious quiet and relaxed “Treble Clef” Campground, walk-in camping at the “Mid Range” or in the thick of the action in Bass Camp .
Free Drinking Water, Food & Beverage Vendors, ATM’s, and Medical, Security, and Harm Reduction personal are available 24/7 to keep the festival guests safe, secure, satisfied, and satiated!
We aim to keep Borealis an intimate and unforgettable experience and so we have limited the tickets available for the comfort of our guests.
Borealis is a boutique festival.
We have traveled the world and seen what it has to offer but no place has a vibe quite like our home here in amazing Alberta. Our mission is to hold space for the culture, vibe, and community we love and Borealis is our contribution to that culture and our gift to the Alberta community
Use your time at Borealis to explore Music, Art, Movement, Friendship, Kindness, Expression, Laughter, Joy, and even Quiet Reflection - all part of this amazing tapestry we can easily take for granted!
Borealis fosters a culture of love, light, truth, positivity, and creativity all who share our goals are kindred spirits no matter where you come from or what you look like!
Art has often landed on the chopping block when it comes to public funding, education and even personal consumption but we believe it’s something we cannot live without. The experience of captivating artwork is incomparable and at Borealis we have dedicated ourselves to supporting original artwork including funding the creation of debut work via our new Art Grant program.
In 2019 we will give out over $1500 in grants to qualified applicants and cannot wait to see how far we can take the program as we expand over the next several years.
Check out the program on our applications page.
YOGA, MOVEMENT, MEDITATION
After all that dancing, frolicking, and rough-n-tumble play it’s often a good idea to unwind your body and mind before you do it all again!
Borealis offers a selection of professional Yoga, Movement, and Meditation workshops on Friday afternoon, Saturday, and Sunday Morning to keep you centered and strong for the day ahead.
Workshop details and schedules will be updated closer to the event. Applications are now open.
Borealis is an inclusive event inviting the free expression of all types of people and ideas. A culture of mutual respect is a fundamental part of the Borealis experience. We ask that you treat others with the classical community based ideals of Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect - in order to maintain a welcoming and comfortable environment for all festival attendees. Provocative dress is common and we ask that you remain respectful and give other attendees the benefit of the doubt and that they do not intend to harm.
We do not tolerate any kind of violent or harassing behavior, and invite you to resolve any issues with kind conversation, or feel free to flag down a member of festival staff or security if you don't feel comfortable doing so.
Respect others and the grounds. Rude or antagonistic comments and actions are undesirable. Zero tolerance for theft, vandalism, violence, sexual harassment or other criminal behaviors. If you see something, say something. If you witness prohibited behaviour or are concerned for the safety of someone else, check in with that person or let an organizer know. Be conscious of your physical, mental, and emotional boundaries. If you are uncomfortable with something you see, or hear we suggest removing yourself from the situation.
Know your limits. Drugs and alcohol can affect yours and others’ behaviors and decisions. Be aware of the impacts of your own behavior and take responsibility for what you say and do.
In accordance with Canadian law, Borealis Festival is a drug-free event.
However we realize, regardless of the law, our harm reduction plan and gate policies, and the inherent dangers of illicit drug use, some adults may still choose to use these substances or alcohol. With this in mind, we have a proactive approach to harm reduction.
We believe the best way to have a magical festival experience is to encourage our guests to take care of themselves and neighbors. Festivals are marathons, not sprints. Drink lots of water, make sure your friends are drinking water too. Bring extra hand sanitizer, sunscreen, and food to share. Check in on others who may have struggles and offer a helping hand.
LEAVE NO TRACE
The places we gather to celebrate art, life, and music are special places that receive a great deal of impact from our festivities. Teams of volunteers and staff work hard to clean up the grounds every morning after the late night shows. Garbage disposal bins are provided around site for use and larger bins at the exits for camp waste. Guests are asked to give thanks, love, and respect to the land and community and remember to LEAVE NO TRACE, this includes the smallest items like cigarette butts and small plastics.
Here are some ideas to help you be a star throughout the weekend. Planning ahead and preparing is the most important way to get you there. Before you leave, scan our site, read our FAQ, and do your research.
Read our rules.
Plan costumes accordingly for the festival and weather.
Check the forecast and bring sunscreen and something warm to wear at night... and a chair. You will be glad you did.
Bring solar powered lights and charging stations to sustainably illuminate your camp long into the night. There are even some awesome solar powered decorations out there. Reusable battery power light up toys are cooler anyways. This helps all of us avoid unnecessary waste.
Do a 2 min trash sweep around your camp every morning while enjoying your coffee.
Hanging tapestries and festive lights around camp is a beautiful way to up your festival game. Find alternate ways hang these like webbing and cord that can be removed afterwards, as we do not allow nailing into the trees.
If you are putting up a hammock, use wide straps to minimize cutting into the trees' cambium. minimize squeezing and cutting into the tree’s cambium. Putting some cardboard or other padding between the bark and straps will help reduce your hammock’s impact on trees.
While wandering between the stages and camp, make sure to keep on trails and camp on durable surfaces. The plants that make festivals magical can be fragile and are habitat for animals when we aren’t there partying.
We cannot guarantee eating utensils or cups will be provided through each food vendor, so we recommend you bring your own.
Use eco friendly soap to clean your dishes and make sure you are properly disposing of greywater, a tank will be provided on site.
Think of simple to cook and simple to clean meals for you and your friends (and neighbors) to enjoy. Buying food at farm stands or markets near the festival is a delicious way to contribute to the local economy.
Bring these items to help with hygiene - hand sanitizer, extra toilet paper, and baby wipes
Dispose of your garbage bags in the bins provided on the way out.
We hope you all have a wonderful festival season practicing these Leave No Trace principles.
Have Fun. Be Safe. Leave No Trace.