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Wazimbo and Inez
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34th Harrison Festival of the Arts closes this weekend with some
amazing music and art featuring Blues, Gospel, First Nations,
African and more.
Mike Farris & the
The Evening Concert Series
continues on July 13 with the award winning gospel group Mike Farris
& the Cumberland Saints. In 2008, Farris won the Americana Music
Association's “New & Emerging Artist of the Year” award and won the
Gospel Music Association’s “Best Traditional Gospel Album” in 2010.
Niamh Ni Charra Band
On July 14, Irelands’ Niamh Ni Charra Band will bring some award
winning traditional music to the Hall. A multiple award winner on
both fiddle and concertina, Ni Charra toured for 8 years as a
soloist with Riverdance, performing in over 2500 shows, before
returning to Ireland.
To close the festival on July 15, legendary African vocalist Wazimbo
and his band will get the Hall rocking. Wazimbo is one of the
greatest voices of Mozambique and one of the most famous singers for
the Mozambican style - Marrabenta. One of the most famous works of
this artist is the ballad “Nwahulwana” (night bird) was featured
first in a Microsoft commercial in California and in 2001 was part
of the song track for the movie The Pledge starting Jack Nicholson.
The Evening Concert Series is the only ticketed event at the
Harrison Festival, and concerts often sell-out. See the website or
call the Festival Office for availability.
Second Weekend Beach Stage performers include Harrison Kennedy, a
prolific songwriter with a rich, deep-down blues, always rooted in
what's happening right now.
Inez and Burnstick
Local powerhouse talent, Sto:lo singer Inez will be joined by blues
and folk guitarist Jason Burnstick.
Cellist Kevin Fox’s abilities as an instrumentalist, singer,
composer/arranger, performer and songwriter have offered him the
opportunity to work with the likes of Justin Bieber and Kathleen
Edwards, recording with artists as diverse as Raine Maida and Celine
Dion, and touring extensively with musicians ranging from Chantal
Kreviazuk and Steven Page to Tom Cochrane and Olivia Newton-John.
Pura Fé has sung for The Mercer Ellington Orchestra, countless
blues, jazz, R&B, rock bands and has stamped her distinct vocals on
many recordings, demo’s, jingles, music videos and movie sound
tracks/trailers throughout her career.
Battle of Santiago
Battle of Santiago combine bass, saxophone, flute and percussion,
the band’s philosophy is to capture each musicians own personal
sound and style.
Nelson Lepine Quintet
Nelson Lepine Quintet features bluesy roots music from this Bowen
Maria in the Shower
Maria in the Shower is Vancouver's legendary folk cabaret band -
wandering minstrels, entertainers cut from old cloth, storytellers
traveling often and gathering tales as they go. Enjoy the Beach
Stage for only a daily $2 Button.
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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