Ken Whiteley and Dinah D. played in Ashcroft last week at St. Alban’s.

Ken Whiteley and Dinah D. played in Ashcroft last week at St. Alban’s.

Creative Current – Annual Art Show next week

Nadine Davenport's bi-monthly column of music, art and theatre events in the area.

Adventures of Tintin movie night feature

The Village of Cache Creek presents another fun Family Movie at the Cache Creek Community Hall. The feature movie this month is the 2011 animated epic adventure movie called The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of The Unicorn!

Bring the whole family to see this fun filled adventurous movie on Friday, Apr. 25. Small admission at the door. Doors open at 6:30 pm with the Movie starting at 7 pm. There will be popcorn and goodies available.

This great 2011 computer-animated epic adventure film is worth seeing again in the big screen. Here’s a movie sneak peek; the intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock’s ancestor.

Thrilling and wildly funny, the Tintin stories chronicle the escapades of the young junior reporter who has a nose for a good story and a talent for attracting trouble, which more often than not imperils his life!

The movie is based on The Adventures of Tintin, the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. Directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by Peter Jackson.

47th annual Art Show next weekend

Don’t miss the 47th Annual Ashcroft Fine Art Show & Sale presented by the Ashcroft Arts Club from April 25-29 at St Albans Hall, 501 Brink Street, where art lovers will gather to get a taste of what local Artists have to offer. Opening Night is Friday Night, April 25 (Adults only) from 6-9 pm.

This year, there are many great artists exhibiting pieces including sculptures, photographs and paintings in water colour, acrylic and oil paint. Admission is by donation.

Enjoy beautiful paintings and drawings by many local talented Artists. Saturday to Tuesday from noon to 5 pm – all ages. The show also gives the artists a chance to showcase their work and meet with other artists and people from the community. Choose your favourites, and support local Artists from the area. Refreshments will be served. Local Artists paintings, photography and exhibits can also be purchased. Should you become the proud owner of one of these works of art you must pick it up at the close of the show on Tuesday.

Handbell Concert plays in Cache Creek

Coming up on Sunday, May 4 is a Spring Concert from the Desert Bells Handbell Choir. They will be performing in the Cache Creek Pentecostal Church on Stage Rd. They don’t play often, so come out enjoy their music in the great acoustical setting of the church. Concert starts at 3 pm and is by donation.

One of BC’s best Aboriginal Performers coming to Ashcroft

Closing out the Dessert Concert Season will be First Nations Artist, Sandy Scofield on Friday, May 9. Scofield is a multi-award winning composer, musician and singer. She has studied classical, jazz, African, Indonesian gamelan and electro-acoustic music. The night will see Sandy alongside an amazing guitarist from Vancouver Stephen Nikleva. Stephen has been teaching guitar on and off most of his life when he hasn’t been touring the world with the likes of Sarah McLachlan, Ray Condo, Mae Moore, Veda Hille and many others. He is world famous for his guitar styling’s, he also plays and teaches teaches bass and mandolin.

It’s evening performance at 7:30pm. Tickets are now available at; Natures Gifts, the Ashcroft Bakery and the Cache Creek Jade Shoppe or call (250) 453-9100 to reserve your advance tickets. If you would like to volunteer for the production – please give them a call. For a few hours work, WRAPS offers a half price ticket.

Sandy is a great story teller and sees her music as a pathway for raising awareness and celebrating culture. She actually came to Aboriginal music later in life, embracing her heritage through song. “I went to the Banff Centre for the Arts in 1995 and did a 10-week intensive with Sadie Buck from Six Nations in Canada,” she said. “She had this residency for urban women who grew up without oral tradition and she brought in women elders from all around Turtle Island (North America) to teach them their traditions, songs, and song traditions.”

Sandy has always been a musician. Leader of the all female Cree band of singers, Iskwew, Sandy started making music before she can even remember and has played and sung in many bands over the years. From Cajun to rock, classical, and jazz, the foundation she had before coming into Cree Aboriginal music incorporated a wide variety of sounds and instruments. She plays piano and guitar in addition to being a singer.

A Métis from the Saulteaux and Cree Nations, she hails from four generations of fiddlers, singers and musicians. Over the years, she has mentored innumerable First Nations singers and songwriters in the way of rudimentary music theory, vocal techniques, song writing craft and music-industry protocol.

She has toured to festivals on four continents, and in 2011, performed at the International Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo making this the fifth continent where she has performed. She has composed for dance, film, television and theatre, with the Aboriginal Welcoming Song for the 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremonies, the highlight to date.

Nadine Davenport

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