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Storyteller, singer Grant Lawrence kicks off Season of Performing Arts

Storytelling, music acts await on Saturday, Sept. 10
Grant Lawrence is a storyteller, broadcast personality, singer and much more, and he and some of his musical guests will kick off this year’s Season of the Performing Arts in Harrison Hot Springs. (Contributed Photo/Harrison Festival Society)

This year’s Season of Performing Arts kicks off with works from an award-winning author, singer and podcaster all rolled into one.

Grant Lawrence will perform at Memorial Hall (290 Espalande Avenue) in Harrison Hot Springs on Saturday (Sept. 10). Lawrence is the author of three best-selling books for adults – “Adventures in Solitude”, “The Lonely End of the Rink” and “Dirty Windshields” and he released his first children’s book “Bailey the Bat and the Tangled Moose” last year. He is the first author in the history of the B.C. Book Prizes to win the Bill Duthie Booksellers Choice twice.

When he’s not writing, Lawrence is the host of the CBC Music Top 20 and the lead singer of The Smugglers.

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On Sept. 10, Lawrence will read from his best selling book, “Return to Solitude,” as well as his top-rated podcasts (“Hermit of Desolation Sound” and “Cougar Lady Chronicles”) and his first best-seller, “Adventures in Solitude.”

Lawrence’s stories will be complemented with songs from special musical guests Jay Malinowski (guitarist, Bedouin Soundclash), Katherine Calder (The New Pornographers) and his wife, folk-jazz chanteuse Jill Barber.

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Tickets are $25.50 for adults and children and 12 and under are admitted for free; they are available at

Lawrence last performed in Harrison at the Literary Café during the 39th annual Harrison Festival of the Arts back in 2017.

This year marks the 34th Season of Performing Arts put on by the Harrison Festival Society. Season of Performing Arts typically runs from September to April every year with a show every three to four weeks. According to the Festival Society’s website, the season ahead has a little something for everyone coming down the pike, including country/folk group Diyet and the Love Soldiers, fiddler/stepdancer April Verch and blues/jazz duo Suzie Vinnick and Lloyd Spiegel.


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