LIVE at Squamish is looking family-friendly, for now

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      By Kellen Powell

      The afternoon has officially kicked off on the smaller Garibaldi Stage with Metro Presents contest winners Proper Villains. The high energy rap-rock act seems a little out of place at 3:30 on a sunny afternoon, but they can't be accused of lacking enthusiasm. Audience members were informed that they are now all honorary members of the band, so they've all got that going for them now.

      Whistlerites and main-stage openers She Stole My Beer kept things a little mellower, no doubt having done this a few times in their 25-year career.

      So far, there a lot of kids around, and the festival seems to be very family-friendly. I'm interested to see how that changes once more people start arriving and everyone's had a chance to soak up a day of sunshine and $7 beers.

      There is a gum-chewing contest going on in the media tent. Next up on the main stage are Sweet Thing, Shane Koyczan and Hey Ocean!

      Kellen Powell is filing his observations today from the LIVE at Squamish Music and Arts Festival.