Kobo Town performs on July 12 at the Harrison Festival of the Arts.

Festival of the Arts arrives

Music and more is yours to enjoy in Harrison Hot Springs

It’s here!

Tomorrow night, the world comes to Harrison Hot Springs.

Musicians from Trinidad, the United States, Finland, Ireland, Scotland, Zimbabwe, Mexic, Italy, Cuba, the U.K., Venezuala, Brazil, Mozambique, and from all points in Canada will be here to take part in the 36th Harrison Festival of the Arts.

Over the past few editions, we’ve told you about a few of the performances we’re looking forward to, including the Straight from the Valley opening night show, the art market, the UFV theatre night,and Venezuala’s Eliana Cuevas.

But there is so much more.

Literary Cafe

Monday, July 14 is Literary Cafe in Memorial Hall, featuring writers with a connection to UFV. As the school celebrates its 40th anniversary, they looked to the ranks of UFV students, staff, and faculty for people to read at this year’s Literary Café.

“We have a wonderful range of writers at UFV — some of whom teach for us and others who are associated in some other way — and I thought it would be very fitting to highlight local talent when choosing our writers this year,” said Cheryl Isaac, who recently retired as director of Continuing Education at UFV. (Organizing this edition of the Literary Café was a swansong of sorts for her and one of her favourite projects every year.)

She didn’t have to look too far to find some very talented writers. They are John Carroll & Rajnish Dhawan (reading together), Daniela Elza, Andrea McPherson, Michelle Rickaby, Katie Stobbart, and Michelle Vandepol.

The evening will also include music by three exceptional musical improvisers: Jared Burrows (guitar), Rob Kholer (bass) and Clyde Reed (bass).

 

Workshops

This weekend, workshops include a fiddling demonstration, a drum making workshop, a vocal workshop, sound healing, gospel workshop, Balkan line dancing, yoga on the beach, and sunrise meditation on the beach. Most workshops are $2 for entry. Drum making costs depend on the size of drum chosen. Yoga on the beach is $15 and sunrise meditations are $10 donations. More information is available in Festival brochures and online at www.harrisonfestival.com.

 

Children’s Day

We also wouldn’t want to forget about Children’s Day, Wednesday, July 16. This year’s entertainment includes Norman Foote (12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Sand Northrup (11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m.), and the Langley Ukelele Ensemble (11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.).

Activities scheduled for the day include the climbing wall, soccer, crafting stations to let their inner artists out, a display from the Great Blue Heron Reserve, a chance to have faces painted and hair glittered, and a creative zone for kids to explore.

Admission to Children’s Day, held in and around Memorial Hall, is $6 a person with group rates available.

 

Music acts

Of course, the festival would be nothing without the music, and there is something for every night of the week and every moment of the weekends.

Shows on the beach stage are at 1 p.m., 2:20 p.m., 3:40 p.m., 5 p.m. both this Saturday and Sunday. Performances start at 8:30 p.m. each night at Memorial Hall, with the exception of Sunday and Monday night (7:30 p.m.).

This weekend’s hot acts are Kobo Town and Eric Bibb.

Kobo Town (July 12) is a Juno-nominated group named after the historic Port of Spain neighbourhood where calypso was born. They take the intricate wordplay of Caribbean music and run it through a 21st century filter, infusing roots and reggae with social commentary, innovative production techniques and indie rock attitudes.

Eric Bibb (July 13) plays acoustic blues. He has become known for his arresting stage presence and assured and emotional vocal delivery, accompanied by skillful guitar.

Tickets are available by phone at 604-796-3664, in person at the festival office at the Ranger Station Art Gallery 98 Rockwell Drive or online at www.harrisonfestival.com.

Just Posted

Agassiz fire chief retiring after 28-year career

Wayne Dyer passing on role to deputy chief and long-time colleage Gerald Basten

Four chances to see Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra’s Messiah in the Valley

Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra brings Handels’ Messiah to Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Langley, Aldergrove

Lots of laughs at Bozzini’s holiday concert in Chilliwack

Double bill performance features rock n’ roll duo Kitty & the Rooster, cabaret musician Shirley Gnome

Photos: The Contenders rock the Blue Moose Coffee Shop Friday

Valdy and Gary Fjellgaard came together as (The) Contenders to play music… Continue reading

Lawyer for Chinese exec detained by Canada says it’s ‘inconceivable’ she would flee

Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of the U.S. during a layover at the Vancouver airport

Federal government plans examination of coerced sterilization

The Liberals have been pressed for a rapid response to recent reports on the sterilizations

Huitema, Cornelius named 2018 Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

Huitema was captain of Canada’s fourth-place team at this year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup

Canada not slowing emissions from oil and gas: environmental groups

New report released at the United Nations climate talks in Poland

Liberal Party moves Trudeau fundraiser from military base

The fundraiser is scheduled for Dec. 19, with tickets costing up to $400

Pipeline protesters arrested at B.C. university

Three protesters were arrested after TRU property allegedly vandalized with red paint

Family calls for change after death of B.C. man at St. Paul’s Hospital

Hospital beds for patients with both medical and mental-health issues are ‘very limited’: coroner

Goodale to ‘examine’ transfer of Rafferty to medium-security prison

Michael Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 in the kidnapping, sexual assault and first-degree murder of Tori Stafford

‘Abhorrent’ condition of autistic B.C. boy shows flaws in care system: report

‘Charlie’ was underweight and ‘covered in feces’ when he was removed from his mom’s care

Most Read