Music is around us all summer long

Creative Current looks at the many events coming up in the next few weeks, including the Wellness and Music Festival and Desert Daze.

Ashcroft Wellness and Music Festival

This annual fun-filled festival focuses on health and well being. Mark your calendars this year for Saturday, July 18, and come down to the Heritage Park on Railway to enjoy and participate in the many activities and events scheduled. There’s much to see and do, with two stages filled with musical entertainment and a variety of “wellness themed” demonstrations, plus an amazing kids’ zone with activities for all ages, as well as vendor booths brimming with local information and services.

In addition to the entertainment, the Festival includes workshops and classes such as sushi making, yoga, camera classes, photo walks, history tours, and organized hikes. This year a “Wellness Healing Garden” has been added, giving visitors the opportunity to experience a wide range of healing arts under one roof.

8th annual Lillooet Apricot Festival

Lillooet’s annual Apricot Tsaqwem Festival is the weekend of July 24‑26. Events include the Lillooet Farmers Market on Friday and Saturday; Lillooet Golf Tournament; a street dance; live bands; a beer garden; dinner at the Legion on Saturday evening; and a baking with apricots and Saskatoon berries contest.

Romi Mayes returns to The Packing House

The Packing House in Spences Bridge presents the return of good friend Romi Mayes, on Thursday, July 23. If you haven’t heard Romi’s music yet, it’s time you did. She’s one of the hardest working independent musicians touring the globe. Devil On Both Shoulders, her sixth release, is another testament to why Mayes’s albums have garnered three Western Canadian Music Awards for Songwriter of the Year, two WCM Awards for Album of the Year, a Juno nomination for Album of the Year, and various Canadian Music Award nominations.

Mayes is known for her powerful lyrical ability that gives life to the words she sings. Her insightful, sweet, and edgy vocals paint pictures of heart on her sleeve sincerity and a road well travelled. The talented players who surround her are another confirmation of how her honest abilities draw the best of the best toward her authentic brand of roots music.

Dinner is from 5:30 pm, with music at 7:15 pm. Tickets are also available for the show only. To reserve your tickets for the dinner and/or show, call The Packing House at (250) 458-2256

The Jessica Stuart Few at Music in the Park

The Winding Rivers Arts and Performance Society presents a Music in the Park outdoor concert on Wednesday, July 29 with The Jessica Stuart Few. Jessica’s unprecedented take on the Japanese koto (a 13-stringed harp), her exceptional guitar work, and signature songwriting are innovative and refreshing, earning The Few main stage performances at festivals worldwide. Stuart exhibits a pitch-perfect vocal sensibility reminiscent of Joni Mitchell, with stunning 3-part harmonies onstage, earning the group a spot on the music industry and the media’s must-see lists.

Come early for a great seat. The music starts at 6:30 pm, so bring your family and friends, and a favourite lawn chair or blanket, to the Heritage Park gazebo on Railway and prepare to enjoy wonderful live music in a relaxed, family friendly venue. Admission is free, but pass-the-hat donations are encouraged.

Desert Daze Music Festival

The live music schedule for Spences Bridge’s 6th annual Desert Daze Music Festival has been confirmed; and what a line-up it is! Mark your calendars for August 7‑8 in the Bridge.

Desert Daze isn’t a country music festival, nor a roots and blues festival; nor is it fringe or a Palapalooza! Desert Daze is a MUSIC festival celebrating the best things in life: music, food, and fun in the desert sun. There will be two days of the best in blues, folk, country, and rock in a magnificent setting at the old school grounds, a stone’s throw from the Trans-Canada Highway, so come on out and celebrate rural communities with some incredible music that you can move to, groove to, clap, sing, and dance along to. No matter what kind of music you like, you will find lots of it at the 2015 Desert Daze! For details of this year’s lineup, visit

Kids’ summer Fine and Dramatic Arts Camp

WRAPS is pleased to announce that this year’s Kids’ summer camp will be bigger and better than ever, and is designed for students entering Kindergarten through to grade 12. Elementary students will sing with Sabrina Weeks and Mike Hilliard, paint with Jo Petty, play music with David Dumont, and act with Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan! New this year is an opportunity for high school students to work on a special week-long project with Gareth Smart!

Classes run from August 17‑21 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm daily, with a lunch break at 11:30. Students are required to bring a bagged lunch, and snacks will be provided. The cost is $50 for the first child in a family and $30 for each additional sibling. Register by phone, e-mail, or online by August 7 at (250) 453-0036 or, or visit the WRAPS website at

Just Posted

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Second dose vaccinations accelerating throughout region: Interior Health

To date, more than 675,000 doses have been administered throughout the region

Okanagan Lake (File photo)
Thompson-Okanagan ready to welcome back tourists

The Thompson-Okanagan Tourism Association expects this summer to be a busy one

Aerial view of a wildfire at 16 Mile, 11 kilometres northwest of Cache Creek, that started on the afternoon of June 15. (Photo credit: BC Wildfire Service)
Wildfire at 16 Mile now being held

Wildfire started on the afternoon of June 15 at 16 Mile, east of Highway 97

The Desert Daze Music Festival is doggone good fun, as shown in this photo from the 2019 festival, and it will be back in Spences Bridge this September. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
‘Best Little Fest in the West’ returning to Spences Bridge

Belated 10th anniversary Desert Daze festival going ahead with music, vendors, workshops, and more

Internet speed graphic, no date. Photo credit: Pixabay
Study asks for public input to show actual internet speeds in B.C. communities

Federal maps showing Internet speeds might be inflated, so communities lose out on faster Internet

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, May 25, 2021, including larger gatherings and a possible easing of mandatory masks on July 1. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. records 120 new COVID-19 cases, second vaccines accelerating

Lower Pfizer deliveries for early July, Moderna shipments up

A Heffley Creek peacock caught not one - but two - lifts on a logging truck this month. (Photo submitted)
Heffley Creek-area peacock hops logging trucks in search of love

Peacock hitched two lifts in the past month

The Calgary skyline is seen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
2 deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant in Alberta, 1 patient was fully immunized

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the patients likely acquired the virus in the hospital

The first suspension bridge is the tallest in Canada, with a second suspension bridge just below it. The two are connected by a trail that’s just over 1 km. (Claire Palmer photo)
PHOTOS: The highest suspension bridges in Canada just opened in B.C.

The Skybridge in Golden allows visitors to take in views standing at 130 and 80 metres

BC Green Party leader and Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau introduced a petition to the provincial legislature on Thursday calling for the end of old-growth logging in the province. (File photo)
BC Green leader Furstenau introduces old-growth logging petition

Party calls for the end of old-growth logging as protests in Fairy Creek continue

B.C. Premier John Horgan leaves his office for a news conference in the legislature rose garden, June 3, 2020. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. premier roasted for office budget, taxing COVID-19 benefits

Youth addiction law that triggered election hasn’t appeared

A vial containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a vaccination site in Marcq en Baroeul, outside Lille, northern France, Saturday, March 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Michel Spingler
mRNA vaccines ‘preferred’ for all Canadians, including as 2nd dose after AstraZeneca: NACI

New recommendations prioritizes Pfizer, Moderna in almost all cases

Most Read