Feature Story                                                                                                        Monday, August 12, 2013


Hot August Night

Country and Western theme at Party in the Park

Staff/Voice photos


Amanda Thate and Savannah Quinn (below) perform at Party in the Park.


ast week, the Coast Capital Party in the Park was cancelled due to inclement weather. So, anticipation for this week's event was doubled, and despite competition from the Chilliwack Fair and the Abbotsford Air Show, a large crowd filled the Central Community Park bowl to hear singers Emily Seal, Amanda Thate, Savannah Quinn and Angela Harris.


"It's a nice receptive audience," Darcy D, event promoter and artistic director told the Voice Friday.


Country roots artist Emily Seal was first up on stage and put on a great solo show singing and playing her guitar.


Seal, 20, is from Edmonton and she decided to come to BC for three weeks of song writing.


"I'm here to write like crazy. Every day that's what I've been doing," she told the Voice after her performance.


Seal, who is one of Darcy D's vocal clients, was a late addition to the event.


"We were working together yesterday in the studio and thought to have her here and I just said, 'Hey, what are you doing tomorrow?'"


She's currently unsigned and is working with Darcy D on material for her new album.


Seal's hard work is starting to pay off.


One of her songs called "Crash and Crumble", is getting airplay on over 100 Canadian radio stations to date.


"It's really great to know my music is getting out there," she said.


She was nominated for Best Female Vocalist of the Year at the Alberta Country Music Awards recently. Find more information on her website.


Award-winning artist Amanda Thate followed up with a dynamic set that even included a Bob Dylan song.


According to her website bio, in 2011, Thate won the EZ Rock radio and Kootenay Concert Connections; The Next Step Competition, earning her the opportunity to go on tour in Canada as the opening act for Country Hall-of-Famer, Roy Clark.


That took a moment after her set to speak with the Voice.


Award-winning Country music artist Angela Harris put on a great show on Friday.


"I'm a country music artist," she explains. "People say I'm kind of like a mix between the Dixie Chicks and Alison Krause.


She's originally from Grand Forks and recently moved to Abbotsford, and said she just loves Party in the Park.


Thate, 19, belongs to a musical family, and some of them were at the park Friday, including her grandmother, who took the stage with a guitar and yodeled.


She has a good following in Chilliwack, as was evident at the merchandise table where a group of young girls waited for her autograph.



"Right now, I'm with Fair Wend Entertainment in Vancouver, and we're working on getting a single out on radio right now for the fall," said Thate.


Abbotsford Alt-Rock-Pop artist Savannah Quinn took the stage after Thate wowing the crowd with songs like You Could Be My Boyfriend.


Quinn's website describes her as a cross between Colbie Caillat and Sheryl Crowe. She too has been working closely with the Darcy D Music Group. 


"I produced her last record," he said.


You can catch Quinn at the Wired Monk in Langley on August 17 and at the PNE Star Showdown on August 20.


Headlining and final act of the night was the talented C&W star Angela Harris.


Harris' three albums have received 24 nominations and she was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, SOCAN Songwriter of the Year and Outstanding Roots Album.


"Not only is she an artist, she's an award-winning artist," said Darcy D.


One of the performers on the bill last week who didn't get the opportunity to play was Chilliwack singer Kat. Darcy D said because that event was cancelled, he's going to try and get her to sing at the park next Friday.


Emily Seal was up on stage first and put on a memorable show Friday.


Also, next week at Party in the Park, watch for Fighting for Ithaca, By Starlight featuring talented Jonah Wisner, Lady and the Tramp and Tractorgrease Folk.


"Next week there's probably going to be a lot of screaming young girls here," he said.


Music fans can also look forward to a Rolling Stones Tribute at the final event August 23.


"The Stones Tribute is a collection of guys from everywhere and Champagne Republic is a new, young, funk R&B type of band from Vancouver with a female singer and some new songs with an album coming out now," he said.


Local band Dixson Road will also be on the bill.


Coast Capital Party in the Park is hosted by the BIA and is held Fridays beginning at 6 p.m. throughout July and August at Central Community Park at Young Rd. and Victoria Ave. The event has several streets downtown closed to traffic and features a main entertainment stage, a jumbo screen on Wellington, a night market and food fair with dozens of vendors. There's also a Seniors Matter Zone and a Teen Zone which have different community sponsors each night.


See more photos below.








Darcy D Music Group - Event Promoter



Downtown Chilliwack BIA



Stage by Tractorgrease



Sound by Go Audio




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