Creative Current – New season of Music in the Park begins

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

Shawna Caspi

Shawna Caspi opens Music In The Park on June 11

Winding Rivers Arts and Performance Society presents Ashcroft Music In The Park this Wednesday at 6:30 pm – bring your favourite lawn chair or blanket to Heritage Park Gazebo on Railway Avenue.

Shawna Caspi will be bringing her unique songs and stories to Ashcroft on Wednesday June 11th. Opening the night will be local singer songwriter and violinist, Llynn Kellman This year we are starting earlier at 6:30 pm for our local opener and 7 pm start time for the feature act. Donations are appreciated as the musicians come a long way to share their talent in our Communities.

Shawna Caspi is a solo singer-songwriter with a powerful voice and serious guitar chops. With a commanding stage presence and an inviting charm, she doesn’t need a band to deliver an engaging and energetic show. She has all the sound she needs under her fingertips, with a remarkable fingerstyle guitar technique.

Shawna’s playful wit and sense of a seasoned storyteller makes each performance intimate and captivating, no matter the size of the room. She has played in venues from cafes to soft-seat theatres, from living rooms to festival stages – even in the lounge car of a moving train. In 2012, she released her sophomore CD, Skyline, and made her folk festival debut on the main stage at Summerfolk, followed by tours in Ontario, Newfoundland, and Nova Scotia.

Music in the Park is a series of live musical concerts featuring an eclectic mix of musical genres and styles – everything from single and duo folk performers, Eclectic Tango-influenced, Country, First Nations, Reggae and Rap artists and even good old Rock’n’Roll.

The popular evening Concerts at the Gazebo in Heritage Place Park on Railway Ave. are held throughout the Summer in June, July and August and are every 2nd and 4th Wednesday night from 6:30-9:30 pm.

This Season promised to be extra special. Not only will we be treated to the music some of the greatest artists in Canada – but we will also be proudly showcasing our magnificent home-grown talent as well! This year the show starts at 6:30 pm for the opening acts and 7 pm for the feature.

Here’s a complete line up of touring artists coming to town. On June 11, Singer Songwriter Shawna Caspi; June 25 Canadian Songsmith, Joe Charron; July 9 Juno winning multi instrumentalists, Pugs and Crows; July 23 – Saskia and Darrel; on Aug. 13 our friends Willy Blizzard will entertain us with their country folk; and the Grand Finale on Aug. 27 will feature hometown faves, Spriritus Mundii and the The Melawmen Collective – should be a great summer!

The WRAP society hopes everyone enjoys the music all summer long! Look for posters around town and take home one of the small handouts that will be available at local retailers. Check out www.windingriversarts.ca for info on all the upcoming artists and their music.

So bring a chair, a blanket, a picnic dinner or buy dinner from one of our food vendors. Pass-that-Hat donations encouraged. Come early – the park fills up fast.

Ashcroft Art Walk begins another summer stroll

This year’s Art Walk is currently in the works with many different businesses taking part. This is an excellent opportunity to view the work of local artists and appreciate the variety of mediums that they use. The Art Walk is presented by members of the Ashcroft Arts Club.

The Ashcroft ArtsClub was formed in 1967 and has held an annual Art Walk every year in July and August.

For many years, businesses in Ashcroft’s downtown have displayed art produced by members of the local art club.  Paintings on display can be purchased from the displays. Pick up local area maps for locations of all art displayed throughout downtown.

Ashcroft Rodeo happens this weekend

Get your jeans and cowboy boots on it’s Rodeo Time! Join in the fun on June 14-15 at the Ashcroft Rodeo from 1 pm daily at the Ashcroft Rodeo Grounds. Children under 6 free. Get your dancin’ shoes on for Saturday Night’s Rodeo Dance from 9 pm – 1 am featuring Ken McCoy” at Drylands Arena’s “Let ‘Er Buck” Saloon. – Advance tickets on sale now. Absolutely No minors – Picture ID is required. Bus Shuttle will be provided.

The Ashcroft Rodeo Parade theme is “Then and Now”. If you would like to register an entry contact Heather at 250-453-9928 or Jeannine at 250-453-2627.

Entry forms are available on the village website www.ashcroftbc.ca

Nadine Davenport

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