Unlike our friends on the East Coast, the words "festival season" out West implies so much more than cityscapes and mega stages. Depending on your budget and availability, you may be split between a five-day camp in British Columbia's heartland or a day trip up to watch friends perform at Squamish. Or, you know, maybe you live in Nanaimo and don't give a shit. Either or.
Whatever the case may be, choosing can be difficult. Are you relevant enough for Bass Coast? Will they even let you into Boonstock if you don't have a criminal record? We organized Western Canada's top festival by their stereotypes and built this handy guide.
Graphics by Ben Ruby.