Creative Current – Enjoy some winter blues

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

Miss Quincy & the Showdown  ready to rock!

Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society presents another fabulous Dessert Concert on Friday Nov. 8 at St Albans Hall in downtown Ashcroft. The second show of the Season will feature the Vancouver-based blues, rock trio, Miss Quincy & The Showdown. Tickets are now available at The Ashcroft Bakery, Natures Gifts and our new location – in Cache Creek at The Jade shop.

If a band that describes itself as “channeling Joan Jett and the early Stones spending the night together in a Tarantino movie,” sounds like your kind of music, then you are in luck. The all-girl band Miss Quincy & The Showdown will be playing this Friday when they will play a mix of raunchy roots, blues and rock’n’roll music.

“I think that the music that we play, it definitely comes from being a working band and we spend a lot of time on the road,” said lead singer and electric guitar player Jody Peck, a.k.a Miss Quincy. “It’s pretty authentic and real and we listen to a lot of different music. We listen to a lot of blues music, we listen to a lot of rock’n’roll, but we all have varied backgrounds and we’re all coming from a different place to create this music though, it’s really fun to play and what we want to play and what inspires us to make music.”

Miss Quincy  and the Showdown are probably the only band who can make Ray Wylie Hubbard’s disturbing “Snake Farm,” sound sexy. It is always a highlight when they play it.

Her repertoire also includes some  jazz influences and her gorgeous voice with a hot versions of “Put a Spell on You” and ‘My Heart Belongs to Daddy.’

Take advantage of our Family & Student rates or help out as a Volunteer to get a discounted ticket..well worth it for just a few hours work! WRAPS would like to encourage folks to come and experience the great music that the Society takes pride in bringing to town – you won’t be disappointed. For more info call (250) 453-9100 or email

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre postponed

The WRAP Society would like to announce that the Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre scheduled for November has been postponed until the summer. We look forward to working with all our great local actors and actresses at that time.

Arts Club resumes regular meetings

The Ashcroft Arts Club has resumed their regular meetings after the summer break. The group meets every Wed. from 10 am to 2 pm at the St. Alban’s Hall, 501 Brink St. New members are welcome, for more information call Sharon at 250 457-6334.

The Summer Art Walk was successful, thanks to the participating businesses and those who supported the artists by purchasing art. Be sure to check out the Sidewalk Gallery on Railway Ave. to see some of our talented local artists’ work.

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser Nov 21st

The 2014 Wellness Festival Committee invites the Community on Thursday, Nov. 21 to the Ashcroft Community Hall from 5-8 pm for a Community Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser. Come together with neighbours and friends to raise money for next year’s festival. A Silent and Live Auction will take place with all proceeds going to next summer’s Ashcroft Wellness Festival- July 18-20, 2014. Tickets available at Community Futures and the Ashcroft Bakery in Ashcroft, and the Jade Shoppe in Cache Creek – buy your ticket today!

Tiki Lounge Open Mic & Feature Night

Enjoy local music at The Tiki Lounge at The Riv in Ashcroft. The next featured act performance (artists tba) will be Friday, Nov. 15. Look for posters around town for more details. Then, the following week, come on down and show your talent at the Tiki Longe Open Mic night! Are you a Musician, Comedian, Singer, Guitarist, Juggler? The Tiki Lounge is back at the Riv with your host, Nadine Davenport. Listen to some great live local music…why not come down early and order dinner or appetizers from The Riverside Restaurant. Pass the hat donations encouraged. For more info and to sign up call (250) 457-1145 or visit them on Facebook.

Delta Blues Man Doc McLean return to the Packing House

The Packing House in Spences Bridge presents Doc MacLean Saturday on Nov. 9. Doc’s music is described best as Mississippi Delta Blues – traditional acoustic blues. It whispers and shouts of places beyond flesh and bone. Doc MacLean was accompanist to some of the Mississippi’s finest Delta songsters. Today, nearly 30 years after his first acoustic recordings and blues festival appearances, Doc MacLean is being rediscovered by a new generation of Delta blues audiences.

This will be a great night of incredible cuisine and magical music in the traditional style of storytellin’ Delta Blues…Doc style! Dinner from 5:30 pm with music starting at 7 pm. For Reservations at 250-458-2256. Steve and Paulet are looking forward to seeing you.

Sage Sound Singers and Desert Bell Handbell Choir Dec 14

Once again the Sage Sound Singers Community Choir and the Desert Bells Handbell Choir will be performing a Christmas concert. A matinee performance will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Ashcroft Elementary School. Doors open at 1:30 pm and concert starts at 2 pm.  Admission is by donation at the door. Look for posters around town.

Holiday Train features Matt Dusk and Melanie Doane Dec 14

The CP Holiday Train will be stopping in Ashcroft on Saturday, Dec. 14. The train provides a wonderful show of lights and fabulous live entertainment. as well as much needed support to our local Food Bank. The train is scheduled to arrive at 9 pm and Melanie Doane and Matt Dusk will perform.  Mark your calendars now to attend this annual event.

The CP Rail Holiday Train began its unique trek across Canada and the U.S. Midwest and Northeast the last weekend of November in its cross-border mission to feed communities.

For the 15th year, two specially decorated freight trains will launch their unique journeys across six Canadian provinces and eight U.S. states.

The CP Holiday Train’s goal is to throw the focus on the important job of local food banks, and to support local leaders in fighting hunger in their neighbourhoods. About 140 cities and towns on both sides of the border will be able to join the Holiday Train spirit and magic, with all food and money raised at each stop staying in that community for local distribution.

Since 1999, the CP Holiday Train program, powered by an army of employee volunteers, has raised $5.6 million and generated close to 2.5 million pounds of food donations for local food shelves.

Each Holiday Train is about 1,000 feet in length, with 14 rail cars decorated with hundreds of thousands of LED Christmas lights. There is also a box car that has been turned into a travelling stage for performers and, of course Santa.

Nadine Davenport