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 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

Nadine Davenport

Just Posted

Cache Creek landfill extension set for September completion

Project has been delayed due to wildfires and floods over past two years

Drag races set to return for Graffiti Days weekend

Annual event features old favourites like the smoke show, and new events like a drive-in movie

Bonaparte River fishway, Thompson steelhead among projects awarded grant funding

More than $9 million will help 170 fish and wildlife projects around B.C.

Wellness clinics provide free, drop-in health information

New service in Clinton helps patients manage their health care and stay out of hospital

B.C.’s fight to regulate bitumen through pipelines to go to Canada’s top court

BC Appeal Court judges found B.C. cannot restrict bitumen flow along Trans Mountain pipeline

Scheer says it would take Conservatives five years to balance budget

Scheeraccused the Liberal government of spending $79.5 billion of previously unbudgeted funds

B.C. man, 30, arrested for driving his parent’s cars while impaired twice in one day

The Vancouver-area man was arrested after officers caught him driving impaired twice in one day

New airline regulations bring compensation for tarmac delays, over-bookings

Some of the new regulations will roll out in July, while others are expected for December.

More than half of Canadians support ban on handguns, assault rifles: study

Divide between rural and urban respondents in latest Angus Reid Institute public opinion study

Spring rain needed as B.C. sees one of the lowest snowpack levels in 40 years

Snowpack levels in B.C. recorded on May 15 were similar to those in 2015 and 2016

Theresa May to quit as party leader June 7, sparking race for new PM

The new Conservative leader will become prime minister without the need for a general election

B.C. man who fell off cliff returns there to rescue eagle from vulture attack

Nanaimo’s James Farkas, who broke his hip in a fall, saves eagle on same beach months later

Raptors beat Bucks 105-99 to move within 1 game of NBA Finals

Leonard scores 35 as Toronto takes 3-2 series lead over Milwaukee

Most Read