Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017
Ride of Your Life
Cool Yule spins its wheels to Harrison
Bryan Cutler, Harrison Festival /Photos submitted
Take a ride with Cool Yule at Harrison Memorial Hall Dec
he Harrison Festival Society is presenting a special Christmas show
on December 15th in Harrison’s Memorial Hall, featuring swing music
and Christmas cheer with Vancouver’s Cool Yule. Funds from the event
will go towards the production of the 40th anniversary Harris on
Festival of the Arts, which comes to Harrison July 7-15, 2018.
“This is the first Christmas show we have produced in several
years,” says Artistic Director Andy Hillhouse. “From the look of the
ticket sales so far, it is a popular idea! The proceeds will help us
make the 40th anniversary a special one.”
The show Cool Yule was initially put
together five years ago by Vancouver-based swing quartet Van Django.
It features a mix of nostalgic favourites, jazz standards, pop
tunes, classical elements, and sing-alongs, plus a few surprises all
– delivered in swinging gypsy jazz style. Joining Van Django’s
violinist Cameron Wilson, guitarist Budge Schachte,
guitarist/cellist Finn Manniche and bassist Brent Gubbels are
harmonica virtuoso Keith Bennett, and stellar vocalist L.J.
Mounteney. Van Django’s music is well-rooted in the gypsy jazz of
1930s Paris, France, but beyond that it’s all pure flights of
dazzling fancy, driving rhythms, and boundless creativity.
Their shows feature original compositions and arrangements,
including humorous mash-ups that showcase their eclectic influences.
Regulars to Harrison Festival events will recognize Keith Bennett
from his performances with David Sinclair, which wowed at the 2016
festival and a recent season show. As well as being a fantastic
harmonica player, Keith is a great singer who can croon out some
sweet Christmas ballads.
Cameron Wilson is a revered Vancouver-based violinist, who is highly
active as a composer, arranger, and session musician who switches
between multiple styles with ease.
LJ Mounteney brings a bluesy sensibility with her soulful voice,
making for a great evening of singing and instrumentals.
As this is a special Christmas Fundraising event, there will be
Christmas baking, included in the ticket price, as well as many
raffle prizes and a 50/50.
The Concert will begin at 7:30pm
Friday, Dec 15th at Harrison Memorial Hall. Doors 7pm. Tickets are
available at harrisonfestival.com, or by calling 604-796-3664.
the Harrison Festival Society
Known worldwide for its professional artistry and small town
hospitality, the Harrison Festival Society has long been a beacon
for growing acceptance of diversity and purpose fuelled programming.
Each July for more almost 40 years the Society has produced the
internationally acclaimed Harrison Festival of the Arts, a 9 day,
cross disciplinary, multicultural art event set amidst the small
town atmosphere and breathtaking scenery of Harrison Hot Springs,
BC. A charitable non-profit, grass-roots organization, the Society
also presents an annual Season of the Performing Arts from September
to May and works closely with a number of Fraser Valley partners in
continuing to bring high quality, inclusive and
accessible performing arts into the area.
Box 399, 98
Rockwell Dr, Harrison Hot Springs, BC V0M 1K
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