We asked what attendees love about Motion Notion and here are their responses:
Alex Newton where to begin? how about the amazing positive feeling you get from everyone around you the fact that people go out of their way to say hi or something nice to you it was so awesome meeting new people there was so many different types of food all around the best time ever i will definitely be attending next year
Steve Roland The weekend was MAGICAL. The stages were MIND BLOWING, the people were having the time of their lives, the mountains, the music amazing every night. It set the stage for a shining example of what I hold as the pinnacle of my year, festival season.
Steven Zerebeski Cabana stage was trippy! The people were awesome, as I suspected. I love how everyone can be naked, or flailing around or just plain being a weirdo and the environ of MoNo just embraces the hippy, loving vibe.
Ryan Samol It's the people that makes it so great. Followed by the stages and the atmosphere. It truly was the best party that I ever been too!! :)
Craig R. Palmer I love that I can be as damn weird as I want and nobody cares.\
Robert Redmond Motion notion is just amazing. Any ego's, judgements, and attitudes are checked at the gate. The people are what make motion notion the great event it is. People from all walks of life can come together and enjoy bangin music!
Ryan Deeks Purple fuzzy unicorn golf carts with awesome music parked directly outside of my tent. It's the overwhelmingly friendly people and really laid back feel that I love about Motion Notion. The scenery in this location is awesome too!
Charlie Shane Totally didn't know what to expect, never going to one. Being a BC boy, I would have to say that the location is PERFECT. Not too far from Van, not too far from Alberta.......just right. Stage location was tight. The trees presented a sound buffer between stages that was totally amazing. The vibe, the people, the music.....couldn't have been better. I mean, who has two thumbs and LOVES being woken up by 6am Psy-trance every morning?THIS GUY :)
Kylee Liepert I personally love the fact that everyone is accessible. We met some amazing people, and hung out with the DJ's. The location is unreal as well.
Kaylee Parsons what i loved about MoNo the most was that it brought a group of people together and became a community to enjoy the land and the music. No one cared who you were or where you were from everyone just got along and had the time of their life. met some really amazing and inspirational people and look forward to seeing them there again next year. :)
Sara Doreen Spiller The incredible view and the over-all amazing atmosphere, It felt great to be surrounded by so many unique and loving people. (:
Miranda Fyfe It's an awesome vibe. Always felt welcoming, and warm. I loved every minute of it. From the dj's, decorations, and performers. But last but not least the friends I made. It's an experience I will never forget. Can't fricken wait till next year!!
Kevin Pelletier I really loved the mountain view. People were friendly. (A little too friendly? Hmm...) The sun was shining, the music was banging, and the girls were naked... What's not to love? Maybe the tent leaking? Nah, even that was fun trying to find where it was leaking from....
Glen King Being in the mountains, sharing love and friendship & sweet musica :)
Glen King and hula hooping & yoga.......
Taryn Bear All of it was amazing! I really hope I'll be able to go again next year. Everybody i met was so wonderful, and the location was insanely beautiful, and the music was just perfect. Like a lovely dream ♥
Dallas Holmes Hands down the people. From the attendees, the organisers, the volunteers and the d.j.'s. Everyone is so open and welcoming its absolutely amazing. This is my third year running, and I have yet to witness an altercation or violence. Try to find that in a bar or club. Motion notion changed my life the moment I first stepped foot there. Not a year goes by I don't feel blessed to have been introduced to such an amazing vibe and community and I thank my best buds for introducing me from the bottom of my heart. I've since been able to introduce it to other newcomers and nothing makes me happier than to see the same love and awe take them over and light up their eyes! My only depressing thought is the year long wait till next time. See you all next year :)
Matthew Delbeke We all have very different lives and backgrounds and we all have different expectations but for one brief moment in those lives for four amazing days, we have no expectations, no needs, no high horse to look down from and no-where else we'd rather be. To all my fellow and favorite party people, all I can say is thanks and lets do it all again next year please. Can we, can we ???
Jay Vandorp best show EVER!!!!!!!! I will be coming every year until i die or until you no longer do them..... god forbid
Sasha Glidden Just the chill vibe and the ability to be yourself without any judgement, I love how everyone can be in one spot for a weekend and not even one fight or argument...the feeling from being there is out of this world amazing! Thanks for the best weekend of my life, and thanks to all the staff, security, vendors, DJ's and to everyone who showed up! This has by far changed my life and the memories will always remain in my heart! Peace & love all, see you next year :)
Kyle Wiest It was my second year this year and what I've noticed most is that many people go there for different reasons. Overall you come out of it with is a greater appreciation of nature, friendship, and love.
Amanda Roth This was my first mono and overall the people are incredible! I felt like I was at home!!! The music was amazing! It blew my mind... Ive never felt so comfortable and welcome in so many people. I will be going every year from now on. I was completely mind blown and felt like a whole new person after mono!
Jennifer Hansen Music festivals r an experience like no other. You can experience life, people and music in a whole different perspective and environment! You can be who you r and live life to the fullest! Motion notion is where it's at! Live! Dream! Experience the movement!
Andrew Brittner absolutely everything
Triple T Mat Motion Notion was a spiritual get away that cleanses the body, mind and soul. Good Vibes, Good People, Good Party !!!
Dustin Halbert This was my first year at Motion Notion my car actually broke down on the side of the highway getting to the festival. I didnt let it bring me down and continued on our way to the event, the weekend that followed was well worth the effort. The people attending and the staff attending / working the event made it all worth while. So glad to have met the people we met.. and enjoyed the experiences we did. You will deffinately be seeing me back. Thank you.
Joel Eliezer Santiago Ramos the artists & people
Nathan Comstock I loved that there were still lots of people with big smiles on their faces on Sunday night. We weren't all zombied out, thats a great sign of maturity and respect. So glad to be part of the experience this year!
Daemion Steel First year in five years that I've missed :(
Charlie Lima PLEASE HAVE EVERY MONO HERE FOR THE REST OF EXISTENCE!!!! it was fricken stunning, and by far the best of the 5 festivals I have been to thus far ♥ so much love, the vendors were amazing, the dj's unreal, love love love ♥ it's radical you can park with your vehicle and there is lots of tree space
Ashraff EL-Sharkawi Motion Notion was the most amazing exerience I have ever had in my 22 years of life. I celebrated my birthday(july 19th) with all of the amazing people that attended the festival. The location was absolutely beautiful. I want to live at beaverfoot lodge :D This was my first Mono, and now I am going to go every year for life. Thank you to everyone who made my experience that much more special. ♥
Thea Gilchrist the people, the music, the friendship, the generosity, the love. i will definitely be back. thanks ♥
Allen Lai Music, friendly atmosphere, no judgement, free beads at the mardi brah bro bus, food, shopping and classes.... And ninja turtle costumes ;) its all just a blast!!! :D
Wade Tie Won YukI arrived alone, a little nervous, and worried it would be overwhelming. Instead I explored the grounds, meeting some of the most amazing people, sharing gifts, stories and love. There was never a lack of people to throw down to some nasty drops, there were people spinning all types of flow toys and fire toys. It was the most amazing feeling of peace, love and happiness. We all came to feel the heart beat of the earth. We all rode the good vibrations. And now we get to spread that love all around until the tribe reunites again next year. Motion Notion you changed my life :)
Lorelle Brianna Mary This so far is mine and my boyfriends favorite festival
Lorelle Brianna Mary! the people are what makes the huge difference! i'd rather surround myself with great people and awesome music! i LOVE how there is 3-4 stages. because we all have that moment where it like "time to change". AND YOU CAN! i really realized how much i loved this when at Loki and again at Full Flex Express. the more stages the better!!! :D
Christelle Toffel Wow, wow, wow!!! My first time @ MoNo and I live in Calgary for 12 years what a shame but at least i finally experienced it just for 2 days because of the mudslide but I will be back every year for the all 5 days! Rave to the grave!!! :) I have lived in Europe for 22 years and experienced a lot of different music festivals like MoNo but I have to say that you guys are really putting a lot of effort into the atmosphere and you are doing a great job because we can feel the amazing vibe all over! The stages were amazing and I loved the fact that you had these independent stages but I wish they were indicated better as I only found 2 and apparently they were 3 of them. The main stage was my favorite decoration wise... By night the all ground looked so different but so trippy and happy!!! Full of happy people bouncing around to the dirty beats! :) The scenery also played a big role! Wow, waking up with this mountain view is just phenomenal! That little place is absolutely gorgeous and in the middle of nowhere which is absolutely awesome to be closer to nature, the roots of who we really are essentially. That in itself is called PARADISE to me!!! The camp grounds were really kept clean just like the portable washrooms. Very impressive! The fact that you can bring your own booze is def a plus too; it keeps peeps from drinking too much and doing too many drugs and completely get out of control which I have seen a lot in Alberta! LOL The environment there made you feel completely free of your worries and other BS you have to deal with on a daily basis in your normal life! Going to MoNo was like an out of the body experience for me where I was able to forget about everything for just 2 days and truly be who I was: just a human being!!! So congrats on this great success and I can see that I am not the only one thinking that! Keep it up James Katalyst!!! Peace & Love everyone and see u all next year! ♥
Morley Rigged The flow of the music. I mentioned this to a few other attendees during the festival. Motion notion always has a great flow to the music IE they dont play Drum and base first thing in the morning when festivalers might be trying to sleep.I would like to add that Mono has overall the best music out of any outdoor Canadian music festival I've been too.
Hilda Charmaine Burke Just to be myself for a brief moment in time, makes this festival so special for me. There is no judgement or criticism, just love and acceptance. Being able to share this time with my son and all my adopted kids; which seems to grow every year, makes it even more amazing for me. The site this year was phenomenal, nothing better than waking up to mountains and sunshine. Looking forward to next year.
Stephen Caravan So much love and friendliness. The most respectful people on earth seem to come to and share themselves completely with everyone around them. No judging, no animosity, just amazing vibes all the way around. Incredible dancing/music, and the biggest smiles I have ever seen/ had in my life. The size is perfect, not too big, not too small, so that when you leave you feel connected to pretty well everyone there....BEAUTIFUL. xoxo
Stuart James W Motion Notion attracts a higher proportion of people from the city than other festivals in the mountains of BC. Motion Notion's attendees are a little bit younger and a little less jaded compared to other similar music festivals. As a result of this younger, urban demographic, the attendees are more open and friendly to everyone because they view the festival as a place to break free from their normal lives. It's not full of judgemental hippies upset that the crowds from the city aren't buying their shitty jewelry, it's packed full of people taking an opportunity to be more than just themselves and to open up to each other in an uncommon environment. It's not a quinoan pissing contents, it's fun.
Nataysha Rules It was my first year attending but not the last!!! Aside from the most excellent vibe and mind blowing DJs (djnoiz, southern swagger and djgeo to drop a few), reuniting with an old bud was a blessing. The whole experience was fantastic and in the MOUNTAINS! WOW just WOW! See yous next year xoxox
Daemion Steel First year in five years that I've missed :( *
Nicole Barrs This was my third MoNo and it was the best one yet. I come from Winnipeg and it's always my favorite festival. The new location is amazing and I can't wait for next year. I met a lot of awesome people and danced my ass off with my Flow-Wand =) Soooo good! See you all next year!
Amy Liedtke LIFE CHANGING
Justice Dawn Littlechild 2012 was my first MoNoo (and festival in general) experience, and anyone you ask who knows me can tell you that I definitely came back a changed person for the better, such positivity, creativity, love and openness out there from everyone I met, and even met a few new hopefully life long friends. Most amazing experience of my life! ♥
Chey Bradley All the tits. My momma raised no liar haha
Angel Wagner Mono brings everyone from my old High School together again, and it brings everyone so much closer. I fall in love at MONO every single year. Thanks to MONO 2012, I'm getting a second chance at happiness, and I'll never regret it ♥
Kitty Hardy Everywhere I looked I found open arms, open minds, open hearts, open to the music and each other. Beautiful people dancin to beautiful beats! Everyone I met was generous, welcoming, enlightening, interesting and a whole lotta fun! We were wrapped up in the arms of love, surrounded by an amazing atmosphere all weekend, the energy and happiness that we vibed on will be with me all year. I felt uplifted and gotta renewal of my faith in humanity to ascend trivialities and just be, love, enjoy life! Such magic and synchronicity! I'm in love ♥
Kimberly Dancingbunny dancing barefoot in a meadow filled with daisies and buttercups in the beautiful rocky mountains :)
Jean-François Racine What is great is Love, Color, Passion, Sharing, Smiles. Makes my Heart Beats so hard. Thank you (L)
Motion Notion is love. -Evening Skyy (2009)
Thank you so much for the opportunity to be a part of a music festival that allows me to shine and to be the best person i can. -Thomas Keller (2009)
The wildest party I have ever been to!!!! I am definitely going to make it a tradition and come every year and bring tons of people!!!! -Alanna McKeigue (2009)
The best party I've ever been to. I thought it was good last year, but this year was amazing!!! and I know all my friends are in agreement. -Jenny Baker (2006)
I just couldn't contain the grin on my face or the dance in my feet. Thank you for restoring my faith in mankind, for perservering through the obstacles and for bringing such excellent music to edmonton. -Michelle Carchrae (2006)
I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart and soul for putting on something soooo beautiful and so uplifting. This years Motion was my 3rd,and my favorite....soo much so,myself and my friends were in tears because we never wanted to leave. I had made Motion my home,and it's given me reasons to keep going in life. Struggling everyday to find beauty in the world can be really hard,but you've given me that hope to keep going. And nothing in my life will be as memorable as Motion Notion. Motion gave me a place in the world. A place where I can run around and have krazy adventures with people who share the same love of music as I do. It gave me a chance to be with friends I rarely get to see, and it gave me that hope that everything will be alright in the end. Life scares the hell out of me,and I find myself always lost.....but you gave me reason to find myself. And I did....Motion gave me that chance. So thank you soo soo much.I don't know what I'd do without people like you in the world. -Kira Andreychuk (2006)
The location was great, the people were really cool, and the music was absolutely awesome. I've been to Burning Man five times, and I'd have to say that Motion Notion had a lot of the same great energy and spirit that makes Burning Man so great. Hat's off to you for all your hard work. It is much appreciated.-Taco and Lara (2006)
Motion Notion 2006 was my first katalyst event and it blew me away!! Honestly, the encouragement of being in touch with ones self and the earth really hit me. I figured out many answers in my life and it was truly a life changing experience. The overall atmosphere was so uplifting and helped me realize there is still so much good in our world. To see children there really shows how genuine the party was. Your main stage was SICK!! I had to walk up to the dragon painting to see if it was actually plugged in! From my neighbors to the security i have met people who i will never forget and so i thank you for this experience! And i will definitely see you in 2007! PEACE and LOVE -Meighan Cote (2006)
I just wanted to say thank you for throwing such an amazing party, i had one of the best times of my life, everyone was so nice and the positive vibe of the party was like no other. Anyway I just wanted to thank you again for such an awesome party, it made my year :) -Becky Hoglund (2006)
The parties you throw are always very meaningful to me. they are long lasting memories which affect the way i feel, think, act, live, love, etc. I want to thank you for the environments you create in which people are comfortable and influenced to grow and discover themselves in new ways. -jole danielson (2006)
It was my first time (certainly not my last) and I had a fantastic, mystical, unforgettable time. Old friends, new friends, conversations and lessons from the Creator. And then there was the music!! Gosh! AMAZING!! Words do not do justice. -Leslie-Anne (2006)
I just have to say HOLY SH*T. This year was unbelievable! I came knowing I was in for a blast but as always you blew my socks off. The vibe at the party was so awesome not one person I saw gave me a dirty look or said one bad thing at all. And the music, I have no words to do it justice. 12 out of 10 man, without a doubt, I already can't wait till next year, you should definately make it 4 days if not more. -Matt (2006)
I think that alot of people are fairly apathetic and don't realize how amazing an experience like motion notion can be...... what an amazing weekend it was.. the psy-trance at an outdoor party really allows for one to make a spiritual connection with this universe and I thank you for putting on a party and creating an environment that is literally a parallel universe when compared to the mundane regular existence that we are so often forced to come back in to. Thanks so much. -RD Murray
Thanks for an amazing weekend, great organization and attention to detail, my legs will never be the same again, what a great bunch of people to spend a weekend with, as the Sun came up on Sunday morning with such amazing music and energy from everyone, the moment will always be with us. First time I’ve been and probable one of the best events that I can remember. Cheers guys, see you next year. -Matt Delbeke (and Englishman in Calgary!!)
I just want to say that i had the time of my life at this years Notion!! i came up from montana to dance my ass off and that i did.. we talked a little early saturday when astral projection came out.. i love the outdoors, i live my life to experience the world and all of its glory and motion notion was absolutly magical. I truely think that the energy and vibes that everyone produced at the show brought the wonderful and utterly amazing northern lights and the beautiful storm clouds that we all gazed at in aww. I met sooo wany awsome,openminded and layed back people that i will never forget.. I hopefully will get to help set up yag camp next year with some of the boys. I went in the sauna with some fellas and i tell ya what that is a must.. Iv been traveling all over, and i had to make a stop for motion notion even though it was waaay out of the way..i had to drive ALLL the way to california the monday after, and thats where i am now for a way -MONTANA
Hey Katalyst... Just wanted to write a note to say how entirely wicked this past weekends party was...Motion Notion....I'm Australian & have been going to parties on and off since i was 16 so that would be over 10 years now and without a word of exaggeration this was the best party ive ever been too.....It completely blitz's everything....And just when you thought your life couldn't get any better and had settled for less....My friends and i arrived at about 12 midnight Friday night to the enchanted lanterns, amazing art and visual projections and party atmosphere....Ive never been to such a friendly event....I loved how chilled everyone was during the day....On Saturday floated about peacefully in the river to the wicked tunes flowing from the sound-system and after sat writing by the banks in the shade amongst the trees eating oranges and watermelon bought from the vendors....It was too nice....The place was so clean and so un-dusty compared to other outdoor events ive been to in Aussie....I was completely blown away as well by how well organized everything was....All the workshops and films (Amazing selection) and the cleanliness of everything....Always loo paper and the water tent where there was free, cold, fresh water....A far cry from some parties where they shut off the washroom taps so you can purchase overpriced bottles of water....Mmmm just wanted to share my happiness and express appreciation for the best weekend of my life....So big thumbs up and cheers....I hope i can be in Canada for another one....Thanks heaps.... -Natasha
The evening was full of surprises, everyone had an awesome time. The northern lights were so insanely bright that at one point I was walking to the main stage and looked up at the same time a few other campers were staring into the sky and we just stood there and gawked as it was some of the brightest lights I had ever seen. Strangely enough the northern lights were moving along with the music, which was really intense and awesome. I will never again miss another motion notion as I hadn't gone last year due to working, et al. I've never seen so many tents of happy people in my entire life, this was definitely a great time I would have to say. I'm still grinning about this party and will bring more friends next year with me. -one happy camper darky, glimpse.org
Great job, James. This was my first event of this kind ever, and I certainly attended the right one. The music and scene just elevated me to a spiritual level, and I danced for the first time like it was the last time, forever, alone, just me, the music, ultimate reality/God. I'm sure you don't get as much recognition as you deserve for this, but if it means anything, I think you accomplished what you set out to do. Can't wait for Sonic Playground!
"A child's rhyme stuck in my head. It said that life is but a dream. I've spent so many years in question, to find I've known this all along...." -Andre Lalonde
I think the venue is absolutely perfect...it's large enough to have lots of space to roam around in, and yet the party is contained in the space. The riverside tent was absolute genious by the way. Very, very cool trail down to the river and the decorations were beautiful. I have to say Katalyst puts on the absolute BEST parties, hands down. All the effort you put into Motion Notion clearly makes it, in my opinion, THE party to go to of the year. I know my friends and I had an absolutely amazing time, and we're all counting down until next year (as we did last year). I enjoyed every single dj there, there was not one moment where I thought "this music sucks, lets check out the other tent", which happens frequently at most large parties. For me, the music was absolute heaven, with the perfect mix of prog house and psy trance. The visuals were so amazing that I don't even have the words to explain.It's hard to suggest what could possibly top this year's party, I thought it was perfect. The price is extremely fair, for an entire weekend of great music, lighting, camping, river, etc. I met people that drove all the way down from Winnipeg for it, so that tells me something is working. I hope you don't change much about the party. The vibe on both nights was very different...fri seemed more of a "crazy party night", sat was way more trippy and psychedellic, and I thought that was an awesome combination. Anyways, thanks again for the BEST weekend I've had all summer, and I'm looking forward to next years! -Irene
Dear Katalyst I thought motion notion was absolutely amazing! The music was stellar and the vibe was fantastic. Rangeton park was also an amazing location and the weather? Could not have been better. I know at least two dozen people--rock and roll types included--who would have had a total blast...next year, I' m bringing more friends! -Jered Stuffco
I think if you keep doing what your doing its going to get bigger and bigger...werd of mouth is what it takes. Shambalah is the same way....I have to say you did a great job on variety of music I know that was a key factor in alot of my friends going this year. I totally enjoyed Motion Notion this year and have already convinced a number of people who didn't come this year to go next year....so I'll see ya at sonic playground and next year same place! PS this should have been first.....THANKYOU very much for throwing one of the best parties I've been to in a long time! -Kareena
The lighting and visuals were amazing, the music was great every day at pretty much every stage, and there was just an awesome vibe. You guys definitley fixed all the problems that occured last year (music playing to long, general disorganization), And everything came together this year. I think next year will be the best yet because word of mouth will travel and i bet twice as many people come! So, Thank you for such an amazing party and i will be defintely be out to support it again next year. -Genevieve
This will have been the party of the year for me, the location was fckn spectacular, weather was amazing, good vibes throughout and the music lineup was quite impressive (being a breaks fiend i don't usually like most of the thumping 4/4 played) with psy, breaks and even trip hop (props again on your set james, definately different which is lacking in most sets) -Chris
My name's Matt Kuefler. I've attended the last three MNs and I have to say that I don't believe that there is anything that you guys can improve on. Every year I come back you guys blow my mind bigger, better, and in ways you can't imagine. You guys had great music, great shows, great DJs, and even better staff. You created such a warm atmosphere that everyone I talked to said that the only thing they didn't like about the weekend was packing up Sunday morning. This last point about the people was the most important part of my weekend. You guys managed to attract the right people to the right place, at the right time. In conclusion, thank you. MN was the best weekend I've had all summer, and those that travelled with me have said the exact same. They would also like to extend their appreciation and thanks for such an amazing weekend. Keep it up! I'll most definitely see you guys next year if not at Sonic. Have fun, and keep partying for the people. -Matt Kuefler
...These are only a few of many great emails received.