Thursday, June 27, 2013

Music Scene

Ten Days of Art 

Hit the beach for some great tunes July 6-7

Released by Ed Stenson, HFS


he 35th Harrison Festival of the Arts features exciting new music, the return of musical favorites and visual arts and activities during the first weekend of this 10-day festival.


In her final year as programmer, Executive Director Phyllis Stenson has booked a few of Harrison’s favorite festival performers for the Evening Concert Series at the Harrison Memorial Hall. 


The Festival opens on Friday July 5 with an evening concert featuring H’Sao. H’Sao is a family band from Chad, Africa, and their close harmonies wowed Harrison audiences at previous shows.  Based in Quebec for over a decade, the group is known for their mix of Gospel, Soul and Pop and recently toured Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and the US.


Also returning is Tom Landa and his Latin music group Locarno on July 6. Landa has teamed up with trumpeter/percussionist Miguelito Valdes, a Cuban, based in Vancouver with at history with Buena Vista Social Club and The Afro-Cuban Allstars. Also in the band are Trombonist Nick La Riviere, percussionist Sam Esecson and violinist Kalissa Hernandez (now in her early 20s), who was the youngest person to win the BC Fiddle Championship at age 12.   


Playing on July 7, Bluesman Harry Manx has the husky vocals and awesome guitar playing that were an instant hit with audiences when he last played here in 2002. Harry plays an array of guitars, banjo and the Mohan Veena, a 20 stringed guitar invented in India. Over the last 10 years, Harry Manx released 11 Albums and has garnered a room full of awards. His most recent accomplishment was receiving yet another Juno Nomination for “Blues Album of the Year”, for his release, “Bread and Buddha” in 2010.


The Beach Stage features great music for only $2 and you get a souvenir button. Feature performers on July 6 and July 7 cover a wide range of Canadian and International cultures.  Iskwew Singers create and perform songs from the plains tradition of the Cree Nation. Ezra Kwizera grew up a Rwandan refugee in Uganda, and has risen up to become a notable artists and music producer. 


Cuban national award winners Cuban Fire Trio can give you hot dance music, romantic listening music or just good fun. De Temps Antan performs time-honoured melodies from the stomping grounds of Quebec’s musical past. Sandy Bone & the Breakdown deftly weave threads of R & B, Swing, Country, Rock-a-billy, Folk and Rock & Roll into heartfelt tales of life and death, women and whisky, home fires and travel, love and heartbreak and trains!  Rumba Calzada performs a powerful blend of Latin Jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms that Latin Beat Magazine says are "guaranteed to move your feet and reach your soul". 


The largest visual art component at the Harrison Festival is the Art Market with over 100 artisans and artists participating. The Art Market is juried, assuring quality and artistic standards. Vendors range from jewelers, potters, and crafters of wood, metal and glass to instrument makers and painters. 


Throughout the Festival the Ranger Station Art Gallery will feature the work of Rachael Ashe. Ashe is an emerging artist working in altered books, mixed media collage, and photography. She use recycled materials and found objects to create altered books & collage, combining colour, texture and striking compositions to create imagery that is personal and expresses her love of nature and imagination.


On the weekends, the Sts’ailes Sales Tent will feature First Nations’ crafts, and an art exhibit will also be open at the Harrison Gospel Chapel. Also on the weekends morning yoga will be available on the beach and a hands-on Drum Making Workshop will be featured in the Hall on Sunday, July 7.


For tickets to any of the Evening Concerts or more information, check the website at or call the office at 604-796-3664.



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