For the first time ever, Cochrane residents will have the chance to get together for a weekend of music, words, and poetry at Found Fest. 

Julia Lutchman, owner of Found Book Shop says she's been sitting on the idea for a few years. 

"Found Fest is a concept that I created about three years ago through a program through Cochrane Tourism. It's just been sitting and mulling and churning and bothering me for the last few years and I'm finally able to actually make it come together. The idea behind it originally was to create a festival that combines all the things that I love, which is books and live music and creating the community within those as the caveat."

The three day event will bring together a selection of writers, musicians and storytellers. 

'A festival that is focused on the power of storytelling through combining all sorts of different mediums and genres, and just being able to share raw, beautiful stories that creates connection and helps you feel like you're not the only one that's going through something. We all have a story, w​​e all have struggles we all have triumphs, and being able to celebrate them together."

They have confirmed two guests for the weekend event so far, with more well-known names still to be announced. 

"We have Vivek Shraya who is an author, a public speaker, and also a musician. She just did a collaboration with Jann Arden. "She's also transgender and has a really incredible, powerful story about her journey, especially specifically with mental health."

Shraya is set as the Friday night speaker. 


Julie Van Rosendaal, who is a food journalist, author and broadcaster will speak on Saturday. 


There's still an opportunity for those who are interested in performing to take part. The deadline for musicians, poets and authors to sign up is Monday, Feb.5.

Found Fest will be held from March 1-3 at Found Books in Historic downtown Cochrane

Lutchman says they can host up to 100 people at the interactive event. 

Tickets go on sale next week.