Among the stars – Smithers Interior News
– Words by Lin Stranberg Photography by Lia Crowe
Voiceover Tamara Stanners, who was born and raised in the town of St. Albert, Alberta, frequently traveled to nearby Edmonton to attend pop and rock concerts. Her mother took her to her first.
“I attended as many concerts as I could,” she says enthusiastically. “I loved the energy I got from watching artists I loved – I was enhanced by it.”
His passion for popular music fueled his long-held ambition to be in radio, the biggest music medium of the baby boomer era. Her drive and drive, coupled with the clarity and strength of her voice, led her to a successful career as a radio host.
“Radio is an amazing way to share music and community,” she says.
She reached a career high point in 2008 while working in radio with the Pattison Broadcast Group, the largest broadcasting company based in Western Canada. With Pattison’s backing, she was hired to help launch 102.7 THE PEAK, a Vancouver alternative music station focused on Canadian talent development, a particular passion she has continued to nurture over the years.
In the 90s, Tamara worked as an actress in several television series.
“I love arts of all kinds,” she says. “I’m a terrible actress, but I’ve appeared in several TV shows and movies. I was a busy actress!
Twenty-two years ago, she and her businessman husband, Lorne Badger, moved from West Vancouver to Judd Farm, a beautiful century-old farmhouse in the Brackendale neighborhood of Squamish. (“It’s like the Wild West!” she says happily of Squamish.) She loves her home, loves Squamish, loves her life there. It’s a good life, with his voice-over studio, his family, his painting and his summer music festival, the Squamish Constellation Festival.
She started the Constellation Festival in 2019. The next year was 2020, and the festival lineup was ready to kick off when the pandemic suddenly hit. The event has been suspended for two years. Tamara, former Mayor of Squamish Patricia Heintzman and former journalist and music industry PR professional Kirsten Andrews (co-producer of the festival) “spent two years writing, watching and creating”.
“We feel stronger than ever to put on something beautiful,” Tamara said.
They were ready to try again.
Together, they chose the artists who will perform this year during the three days of the festival. There are great musicians like local superstar Sarah McLachlan; the Black Pumas of Austin, Texas; July Talk, a Canadian alternative rock band based in Toronto; and famous British singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson. The many Aboriginal musicians include William Prince, a singer-songwriter from Winnipeg; iskwē, a Cree/Dené/Irish singer from Winnipeg; and PIQSIQ, two Inuit throat-singing sisters.
It’s a diverse and powerful lineup of over 30 genres, curated with care. There is an abundance of Canadian talent and that means a lot to Tamara.
“Music has been a source of motivation for me all my life, and being able to share this music with people who wouldn’t ordinarily see it is a joy,” she says.
From July 22-24, musicians are scheduled to perform on two alternate non-overlapping stages, providing a continuous live soundtrack to the Constellation Festival, a daytime community event “welcoming and celebrating all ages, cultures and genders.”
It takes place at Hendrickson Field on the Sea-to-Sky Highway, just north of the Stawamus Chief. People can camp there, park their car, or take a shuttle from Whistler or Vancouver. There are free bike valets on site and free shuttles throughout Squamish.
“We want to make it as easy as possible for people to come here,” she says.
There will be food trucks, live art and animated LED creatures roaming the grounds, as well as local artisans and artisan vendors, all in accordance with Provincial Health Office guidelines at this time. the.
The amount of planning involved is prodigious, says Tamara in a way that makes it sound fun, like a labor of love: “It’s like creating a small town. It’s like radio, but it’s a step up from radio. It’s an amazing way to share music and community in person and face to face.
When she launched 102.7 THE PEAK, she was backed by the powerhouse of Jim Pattison Media.
“This time, we had to obtain funding. We are supported by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia, FACTOR and hopefully the Music Festival Reopening Fund,” she said. “I am so grateful to live in this country!”
Either way, it’s an impressive feat for three women to pull it off alone, especially in the midst of a pandemic.
Tamara continues to work actively as a voice-over artist, usually recording from her home studio, and now, thanks to technology, “from anywhere”. All of her children are artists, she says, so she started painting too. “I would do a lot more if I had the time. I love the ability to create, to let the paints emerge on the canvas.
Painting, producing and acting are part of who she is as a person and an artist. Tamara Stanners is someone who creates her own path.
“I feel like a pretty free spirit working towards my passion and my goals.”
Story courtesy of Boulevard magazinea publication of Black Press Media
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