Feature Story                                                                                                               Tuesday July 30, 2012


Big Top Chilliwack

Circus Night at Party in the Park

Staff/Voice photos


or those dreaming of running away and joining the circus, there was no need to run anywhere because it was Circus Night at Party in the Park last Friday.


This time the weather participated and although it wasn't sunny, it wasn't raining either and a stiff breeze kept the mosquitoes at bay.


Its quite a sight to see the grass bowl at Central Community fill up with happy people making themselves at home.     


Comedian Wayne Dahl, along with alt-rock bands Poppy and the Pistols and Regdy Blackout, performed on the 98.3 Star Fm Entertainment Stage and the Goddess Movement put on an amazing aerial silks show.


As part of his performance, Dahl joked about being a meat eater and said he was recently in Los Angeles making a new cartoon based on eating meat with characters such as Sammy the Sirloin and Hank the Hot Dog.

"I'm a meat-a-tarian, and what that means is I love meat. In fact I'm taking it a step farther and I've become a meagan," Dahl said.

"A megan is someone who has all their meat cooked in pork fat, you can tell by my physique," he quipped.

This Friday is "Western Night" and will feature John Ellis, Brent Lee, and Kenny Hess on stage.

Party in the Park memorabilia is always on sale and available at the DBIA's kiosk.

"We want to give a big shout out to Coast Capital Savings Party in the Park brought to you by the Downtown Business Improvement Association and they keep the Park going as a free event and if you make a donation, you will receive an "I Love Party in the Park" wristband that you can wear all year long," Emcee Darcy D said.

The City of Chilliwack and CEPCO are also event sponsors.

Party in the Park happens Fridays from 5 .M. to 10 P.M. until August 24 at Central Community Park at the corner of Young Rd. and Victoria Ave. in Chilliwack.

For more information, visit www.downtownchilliwack.com

See more photos and artist bios below.

Brent Lee

“Dynamic”, “Innovative”, “Original”, “the real deal” – these are just some of the things that have been said about Brent Lee! Brent has toured with such stars as Dwight Yoakam and the Tragically Hip and has shared the stage with Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Marty Stewart, Blue Rodeo, Los Lobos, Robert Gordon, Little Texas, Prairie Oyster,  Steve Cropper, Celine Dion, and many more top recording artists.  Brent’s original music has been featured on various video games and on the T.V. series Higher Ground. Brent has appeared on Much Music many times including hosting Outlaws & Heroes in Toronto in the early 90`s.  Brent Lee & the Outsiders went their separate ways in 1993 and since then Brent has relocated back home to Vancouver B.C. he has recorded four new albums with his new band, including his latest album Lonesome Cowboy. The band is constantly performing and touring.  Brent has been nominated for and won many country music awards and his songs receive radio airplay around the world.  Not bad for an independent artist!

John Ellis

Producer, engineer & multi-instrumentalist John MacArthur Ellis has contributed his musical and technical skills to countless recordings & live projects. Honored with the BCCMA and BCIMA Producer of the Year 2009 awards for his work on records for Ridley Bent (“Buckles and Boots”) and Barney Bentall (“Northwest Passage”), in 2010 and 2011 he was also nominated in the CCMA’s Special Instrument Category for his work on pedal steel.

Onstage or in studio, playing guitars, banjo, dobro, mandolin, and keyboards, John’s versatility in styles from rock to funk to folk to country has made him a favorite with recording artists and audiences alike. John Ellis productions have appeared in the top ten on Canadian hot A/C and Country charts, while his distinctive playing can be heard on award-winning television and film including the hit series Da Vinci’s Inquest, The Handler, and Intelligence. Anchored by technical excellence, John’s style is both accessible and artistic, bringing a truly individual, yet inclusive approach to the music he makes.

He began his career as leader of his own band Pacheena touring in support of some of Canada’s biggest acts back in the Eighties. After producing early record projects for Sue Medley and Alibi, John settled down in Vancouver developing his production and engineering chops while playing guitar for the legendary R&B Allstars. Since then he has turned up onstage across North America playing multiple instruments with diverse touring acts such as Colin James, Aaron Pritchett, Ferron, Barney Bentall, Ridley Bent, Leeroy Stagger and many others. Well known for his distinctive slide playing, Ellis’ proficiency on stringed instruments from banjo to pedal steel have made him a welcome addition to some of Canada’s finest touring ensembles.

John’s studio career began when Claude Lelievre, managing the country band Alibi, told him to turn the knobs until it sounded good. Ellis has been doing that ever since - from songwriting to arrangement, from recording to final mix, John has produced an eclectic collection of artists from country to heavy metal - also turning up to play on sessions for countless other producers and projects.

Kenny Hess

Kenny Hess started playing with his family band at the ripe old age of 4, singing songs of idols Conway, Merle, George, and Elvis. By the time he was 14 he had his own band and in short order was opening shows for top country acts the likes of Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Tanya Tucker, Brooks & Dunn and many more.

In the following years he honed his songwriting and performing skills by touring and recording. Kenny’s successes brought him to the attention of legendary Nashville songwriter Harland Howard (I Fall to Pieces, Heartaches by the Number) and was soon working with him writing songs.

Word spread quickly and Kenny was soon signed to Curb Songs. Mike Curb heard Kenny’s demos and signed him to a recording contract. 

Kenny’s Music has been called many things but one reviewer put it best when he shrewdly said of Kenny’s Music “…it’s ingenious, dead simple, and it works.”



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