Published Feb 27, 2013Following a four-year run, the organizers behind Vancouver's Olio Festival have announced they're pulling the plug on the annual music, arts, fashion, film, skateboarding and comedy event. Co-director Jason Sulyma (aka local DJ My!Gay!Husband!) confirmed today (February 27) that last fall's edition was the last.
Speaking with the Georgia Straight, the festival curator noted that while the 2012 festival was the most successful Olio yet, the team behind the project have become too busy with other activities to go ahead in 2013.
"It's kinda like a passion project for us, and we're all just getting ridiculously busy in our private lives," Sulyma explained. "It's been nearly half a decade since we started this and people are getting married and moving on, and some people have so much paid work, and being that we all volunteer our time to do this — we just thought, let's go out on a high note instead of caving in and crying later."
Throughout its run, Olio brought out a number of out-of-town acts like Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis, Glass Candy, Chromatics, Shout Out Out Out Out, Besnard Lakes and Chad VanGaalen, among others. Olio also repped its own scene with concerts from locals Ladyhawk, Teen Daze, Babe Rainbow, B-Lines and more.
Sulyma pointed to Julie Doiron's participation in last year's fest as a personal favourite, despite the fact that "the lights went out and it was the most disastrous show in the history of Olio."
Sulyma did note that while Olio is kaputt, he and other partners are planning on putting together a "no-filler," one-day party called CULT.r. He also added that Color Magazine will continue to put on the "Jamcouver" skate fest that the publication started up with Olio in 2011.