Sunday, July 1, 2012



Harrison's Hot With Art & Music

Cajun to Celtic billed at festival July 7-15

Submitted by Ed Stenson, HFS


rom lively Cajun/Zydeco music to the past and future of Celtic music to a number of the world’s best blues artists and African performers, the 34th Harrison Festival truly has something for everyone.  Running from July 7 to the 15, the Harrison Festival’s first weekend features a wide range of music and arts.

The Festival starts with a special opening concert on Friday, July 6 in the Harrison Memorial Hall with blues diva Shakura S’Aida.  This lady can sing the blues and, with her band, she is winning audiences over with her own emotionally powerful songs. 

The Evening Concert Series continues on July 7 with a performance by Markus James & the Wassonrai.  American bluesman Markus James has visited Mali, West Africa many times, where he has written and recorded Blues-influenced music with traditional Malian musicians. 

On July 8, one of the brightest young talents to emerge in Cajun, Creole and Zydeco music over the last decade, Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole will get the dance party started.  Watson is based in South Louisiana and has immersed himself in French music and language. 

Evening Concerts are the only ticketed event at the Harrison Festival and regularly sell-out.  Check the website or phone the Festival Office for availability. 

The Harrison Festival Beach Stage will feature a wide range of musical styles all for a daily $2 Button. 

Juno Award winning Singer/Pianist, Murray Porter, has been compared to the likes of Dr. John, Joe Cocker and Delbert McClinton.  Porter opens the Beach Stage this year with his upbeat Blues & Boogie.

Kalan Wi are a roots infused cultural group that uses the Traditional Lil'wat language and chanting styles to create their own brand of world beat music.  In the Lil'wat language Kalan wi means to "listen, pay attention now".  

Veteran Blues performers Rick Fines & Suzie Vinnick began playing together more than twelve years ago and now have over 15 recordings between them, multiple awards and much critical acclaim. 

MAZ is a unique blend of Traditional music and Jazz, a combination of acoustic and electric sounds, a bold assertion of Québec’s traditional identity with a new, modern edge. 

Ranj Singh & the Discriminators combine vast experience in Indian music and Singh’s unique “up stroke” guitar melodies by putting together a new, diverse band playing “Indo-folk”. 

The Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration is a non-profit organization that promotes the best in Bhangra music and dance.  The Harrison Festival Society has been working with the folks at VIBC for close to a decade, bringing the best in Bhangra to the beaches of Harrison

Visit the Festival’s visual art exhibit in the picturesque Ranger Station Art Gallery, featuring the work of local surrealist Leo Labelle.  Stroll and shop at the juried weekend Art Market, under the tents on the lake front.   This Market features some of BC's finest artists and artisans displaying a dazzling array of hand crafted items including pottery, jewelry, glass, metal, sculpture, musical instruments, paintings, leather and wood work and much more.

Full details on performers, dates and prices are available on the Festival Society’s website at or call the Festival Office at 604-796-3664.


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