Creative Current – From fundraisers to festivals, music all summer

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

Canada Day – get ready for some flag waving

In Ashcroft, WRAPS presents Canada Day Celebrations (July 1) at the new downtown location of the Gazebo at Heritage Park. Winding Rivers Art and Performance Society will host Kids Activities at 10am, Ceremonies at 11am with Music to follow. Please bring your own chair.

The Ashcroft Pool will be open for a free swim from 1-4 pm.

Come and enjoy Canada Day in Cache Creek at the Cache Creek Community Hall on Stage Rd.! Family Fun Bingo starts at 4pm. Face painting, crafts, games and a Family Dance! Activities go until 9pm!

CacheAid raises funds for Disaster Relief

Have a great time and donate to a really good cause with two nights of Rock and Roll tribute bands in the Cache Creek Community Hall. Get your tickets now because they’re selling fast! There are only 250 tickets available.

Dreams (Fleetwood Mac) and Arrival (ABBA) rock the first night, Fri., July 3. Doors open at 5:30 and the auctions get started right away. The Silent Auction goes through supper, which starts at 6:30. A Live Auction will commence once supper is finished. The bands play from  9pm to 1 pm.

On Sat., July 4, Aerosmith Rocks (Aerosmith), The Nightrain (Guns N Roses) and Who Made Who (ACDC) turn up the heat from 8pn to 1:30am. Doors open at 6pm and supper starts at 6:30.

Both events are licensed. Tickets are on sale at the Cache Creek Husky, The Jade Shoppe, and The Halston Pub & Liquor Store in Kamloops.

All money raised goes to the victims of the May 23 flood in Cache Creek. For more information, visit

Two Great Shows at The Packing House in Spences Bridge

The Packing House will present two great Dinner and Show evenings in the month of July. The first is Sean Ashby on Sat., July 4.

Chances are, if you’ve had a radio on today, you’ve heard him. As one of North America’s go-to guitar players, Sean has played and recorded with Sarah McLachlan, Delerium, Wild Strawberries, Ginger (former Grapes Of Wrath) and many more.

The Packing House will also be presenting a Dinner and Show on Thurs., July 23 with Romi Mayes.

If you haven’t heard her music yet, it’s time you do. Mayes is one of the hardest working independent musicians touring the globe. Devil On Both Shoulders, her sixth release, is another testament to why Mayes’ past albums have garnered three Western Canadian Music Awards for Songwriter of the Year, two Western Canadian Music 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 that surround her are another confirmation of how her honest abilities draw the best of the best toward her authentic brand of roots music.

To reserve your tickets for the Dinner and Show or just the Show, call the Packing House at (250) 458-2256.

Ashcroft Music in the Park lineup

Once again music and song will ring out during the warm and lazy summer evenings in Ashcroft. WRAPS is happy to announce the line-up for its 6th season of live music in Ashcroft’s Heritage Place Park.

July 8 – Tanya Lipscomb from Vernon, has a spicy stage presence  marked with exuberance and  her three-octave voice sways from rich, deep and powerful, to soft, subtle and sensuous.

July 29 – The Jessica Stuart Few entertain with the Japanese koto (13-stringed harp), exceptional guitar work, and innovative songwriting.

Aug. 12 – Sabrina Weeks and Mike Hilliard are a high energy bouncing boogey blues duo from Kamloops.

Aug. 26 – Paisley Groove ends the season in hyper-party mode with dynamic, groovy, entertaining, and highly dance-able performances.

Every season of Music in the Park also showcases the musical talents of many wonderful home-grown musicians, and this year is no exception. Opening for our feature performers this year will be: Flat Busted, John Kidder, Jennifer Ferguson, Brian Benner and Denise Tapia, Nadine Davenport and Kirk Watson.

Our summers are warm in Ashcroft, so be sure to bring your blanket or lawn chair and your friends and family every second Wednesday evening beginning in June. The days may be hot – but Music in the Park is really, really cool! (Admission is free, but a donation into the hat is warmly appreciated.)

Desert Daze full steam ahead

Volunteers have been working like mad to get everything ready for the fifth annual Desert Daze Music Festival in Spences Bridge, Aug. 7-8.

This hear offers a diverse group of musicians – a little bit of bluegrass, country, folk, rock, blues, world music, and Afro beat!

Drumming and Yoga are just two of the workshops offered during the festival. There will also be, as usual,  a children’s activity area, a beer garden, and vendors with a variety of items for sale, all resulting a very festive atmosphere! There will also be raffles and draws this year for fantastic prizes.

The group is still taking applications for vendors and looking for volunteers to help out at the festival. If interested, please apply online at .

Clinton Art Show

Entry forms are being accepted until Aug. 7 for the Clinton Art and Cultural Society Annual Art Show and Sale. Entries are open to both members and non members, and organizers are flexible about medium, as artistic expression strikes different people in different ways.

The Show will be held Aug. 14-16 in the Clinton Memorial Hall.

Call Nancy at 250-459-2976 for more information.

Kids summer Arts Camp returns

Winding Rivers Arts and Performance Society is pleased to announce that this year’s Fine and Dramatic Arts Summer Camp will be bigger and better. It is designed for K-12 students. 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. High school students will have the opportunity to work on a special week-long project with Gareth Smart!

It will be held at Cache Creek Elementary School Aug. 17-21. Classes run from 9:30-2:30 with a lunch break at 11:30. Students are required to bring a bagged lunch. Snacks will be provided.

Register by phone, email, or online by Aug. 7. Phone: 250 453-0036 or e-mail

Nadine Davenport