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  Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017 


Ride of Your Life

Cool Yule spins its wheels to Harrison Dec 15

By Bryan Cutler, Harrison Festival /Photos submitted


Take a ride with Cool Yule at Harrison Memorial Hall Dec 15.



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.

About 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.


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Box 399, 98 Rockwell Dr, Harrison Hot Springs, BC V0M 1K



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