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Powder Blues
     All performances are at the Port Hardy Civic Centre
 1) Kevin Lavigne, Tiller's Folly and Diyet
     - Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
 2) Vivace
      - Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
 3) Songs of the Southern Belles
     - Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
 4) Dockside Drive
     - Saturday, February 17, 2018
     - Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and Dinner starts at 6:00 p.m.
     - Dinner is catered by: TBA
 5) Jim Byrnes with The Sojourners
     - Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

    Sponsors


James Keelaghan

The Great Canadian SongbookThe Great Canadian Songbook is a show that highlights some of the greatest Canadian songs of the past and present taking audiences on a musical journey from Bon Vista to Vancouver Island! Drawing from a wide array of music and a variety of genre’s, features performers Ken Lavigne, Tiller’s Folly and Diyet, combine stories, music and projections, to provide the audience a stylistic overview of Canada’s greatest hits! Featuring the music by Leonard Cohen, Stan Rogers, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Buffy St. Marie, Anne Murray & Stomp’in Tom Connors in addition to contemporary artists including the Bare Naked Ladies, Blue Rodeo and original songs by the Great Canadian SongBook performers.

Ken Lavigne, Tiller’s Folly and Diyet have created this show in celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary Celebrations. They have followed each other on tour across North America and always talked about performing together and finally it is happening to celebrate Canada!

Ken Lavigne – Why am I excited about this collaboration?  ” I am really enjoying the rediscovery of some of these Canadian songs, tunes that I have been humming for a long time but actually having an excuse to really sink my teeth and perform has been awesome. That and listening and working with Bruce, Nolan and Laurence (Tiller’s Folly)  and Diyet is a real thrill. Favourite song in the show… “Impossible to answer really, but I would say Stan Rogers’ Northwest Passage”

Diyet – What is your favourite song on this show?  “Universal Soldier,  100%. This song has never been more relevant to me then at this time in the state of the world. A great and lasting song will always be teetering on the edge because it speaks truths that we don’t want to hear or be reminded of. And isn’t that the job of the poet and artist to speak the truth in a language that we can all understand and can’t forget?”

Powder Blues

VivaceVivace is a modern and thrilling combination of four unique and exceptional pop and classical singers. Based primarily out of Vancouver, Vivace is Melody Courage and Tiffany Desrosiers with featured performers Joey Niceforo, and Joel Ros.  Vivace started merging their talents in 2010 performing at the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. Since then, they have gone on to tour extensively through the United States and Canada, captivating audiences everywhere they go. Vivace is the latest addition to the classical crossover/popera genre. Their stirring combination of powerful male voices and emotionally driven female vocals come together to create a sound that is exclusively their own. With a rich and diverse repertoire ranging from pop, to arias, to their own self-written material, Vivace undoubtedly puts a fresh new take on the classical and modern music of today. 

Headwater

Southern BellesThe Southern Belles are Adrian Ciucci (guitar/vocals), Tommy Booker (keys/vocals), Aaron Zarrow (drums/vocals) and Michael Sallemi (bass/vocals). Playing a high-octane mix of funky southern psychedelic Rock & Roll, the Belles perform shows and festivals all over the county each year.  The Southern Belles road-tested sound has earned them a devout following, with fans traveling far and wide to catch the show. With their upcoming album "In The Middle Of The Night," scheduled for August 2017, the Southern Belles are picking up steam and gaining national notoriety for their original compositions and song craft. Their songs are both fun and moving, with lyrical stories evoking familiar emotions and complex musical journeys.

The Southern Belles were formed in November of 2011 in Richmond, VA by Adrian Ciucci and Zach Hudgins. Early on Adrian and Zach added Raphael Katchnioff and Tommy Booker to their already eclectic sound. The Belles started playing monthly residencies in both their hometown of Richmond at Cary St. Cafe and The Camel, and in nearby Charlottesville, at Rapture.  In 2012, they released their first album, "Sharp As A Knife," and took their show on the road. 

In early winter of 2015, the Southern Belles recorded their second album, "Close To Sunrise," at Sound of Music, the same studio they recorded "Sharp As A Knife," and again worked with Bryan Walthall as the producer of the record. Both albums have a similar feel, but it's clear on "Close To Sunrise" that the band is taking strides in their musical composition as well as lyrical content. With critical acclaim for the new record, the band was featured at large festivals in the summer of 2015, including both Lockn' and Floyd Fest. 

The story of the Southern Belles continues to evolve. In January of 2016, the band brought on Aaron Zarrow on the drums. Aaron, formerly of Philadelphia based jazz-funk outfit The Royal Noise, adds a new degree of precision to the band. The Southern Belles continue to tour nation-wide and have big goals for 2017 and years to come. 

Cosmic highways and scenic byways. Peace be the journey.

Woody Holler Orchestra

Dockside Drive Dock Side Drive is one of the West Coast’s newest swing & show bands. Fresh off theatre and festival performances through BC, this dynamic band entertains audiences with the music of the 1940s, 50s & 60s.

Since its inception, Dock Side Drive has established a reputation as a show band that features vocalists & instrumentalists alike. Dock Side Drive is an 8 piece band offering a blend of tunes that will usher you through more than three decades of song, including the music of Ray Charles, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, The Beatles and other favourites. You won’t want to miss the chance to see and hear this ensemble performing well-known swing, blues, jazz and show tunes! It’s guaranteed you’ll be swingin’ and singin’ along!

Robert Post Comedy Theatre
Jim Byrnes with The Sojournes

When Canadian blues icon Jim Byrnes called Vancouver based gospel singer Marcus Mosely on the phone a few years ago to ask if he could round up a few friends to record some backup vocals for a new album, no one could have guessed what would happen next.

From the moment Mosely and his pals stepped up to the microphone and began singing, they realized that they had something very special going on. When Byrnes dubbed the trio The Sojourners the name stuck and – as they say – the rest is history. Formative years spent singing in the churches of Marcus Mosely, Will Sanders and Khari McClelland, (from Ralls, Texas, Alexandria, Louisiana and Detroit, Michigan respectively) give The Sojourners' sound an authentic edge that only comes with experience. This is real gospel - blessed with a soul that can't be fake