The Nexus at First

Enriching Community Connections

Redefining community connections by utilizing our newly expanded stage area at First United Salmon Arm.

Kamloops Symphony Orchestra
Jan
13
2:00 PM14:00

Kamloops Symphony Orchestra

FOUR SEASONS TWO WAYS
Guest Artist: Yolanda Bruno, Violin

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons are a perennial favourite of the repertoire with their evocative characterizations and virtuoso violin solos. Philip Glass wrote his American Four Seasons as a companion work, intended to both contrast and complement the music of the earlier Venetian master.

Programme:

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Kamloops Symphony Orchestra
Apr
14
2:00 PM14:00

Kamloops Symphony Orchestra

 

VIRTUOSIC PIANO
Guest Artist: Mathieu Gaudet, Piano

Chopin’s scintillating and virtuosic Second Piano Concerto is joined on this program by Louise Farrenc’s Symphony No. 3, a rarely heard masterpiece from the mid-nineteenth century. Polish composer Wojciech Kilar wrote a great deal of music for films - an influence that can be felt in his work Orawa for string orchestra.

Programme:

Kamloops Symphony Orchestra
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Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

Hooked On Harmony

The Shuswap Barbershop Project
Men's a cappella chorus
presents
Hooked on Harmony

 The Shuswap Barbershop Project began in January 2017 with a handful of men who love to sing.  Through hard work, and with the guidance of excellent directors, we are learning the craft of singing a cappella, primarily in the barbershop style.

 We have sung at at local events & community fundraisers, at the 2018 Shuswap Music Festival, and now are excited to present our first show on October 27th.  We will be showcasing our unique harmony, and inviting some friends to join us.   "Mostly A Cappella" men's chorus from Kamloops, and "Tonal Recall" quartet from Vernon will be sharing the stage with us to present an evening of harmony and lively entertainment.

ADMISSION:  $15
TICKETS: available at Bookingham Palace, Shuswap Clothing & Shoe Co. and Pink Cherry

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Nomad
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Nomad

FEATURING:
Neil Fraser, guitar
Shelby Wall, guitar
Brian McMahon, bass
Bjorn Edblad, clarinet

Neil Fraser, one of the Okanagan's favorite local musicians, has formed a local jazz quartet titled Nomad. “The idea of Nomad was to play some instrumental jazz tunes that have both energy and accessibility,” says Fraser. “The name Nomad is intriguing: being open to a new idea or direction and being happy with surprise.”  The band will be showcasing jazz standards and Gypsy swing.

Fraser shares a friendly bond with his chosen band mates. “The players in this group are wonderful human beings as well as great musicians,” he says.

Bjorn Edblad, featured on clarinet, was born in Sweden. At the age of 12 he played accordion in a children’s musical group, and they became so popular that they were invited to play for the King and Queen of Sweden at the Stockholm Concert Hall. Egblad moved to Prince George in 1967. There he worked at a night club with the great singer Bill Kenny of the Original Ink Spots. He later played with the well-known country singer Gary Fjellgaard. After moving to Vernon in 1996, Egblad has played with many Okanagan groups including Mark Rose Swing Band, Pryme Time, Okanagan Swing, Easy Street, and others.

Shelby Wall has been playing guitar for most of his life from garage bands to professional groups. He began studying jazz with Fraser in the late 1980s and, in 1990 through 1992, performed with him in a guitar trio that included Les Copeland.  Subsequently, Fraser and Wall continued performing as a guitar duo for various engagements, and then in the mid-nineties they joined forces with John Lent to form Lent Fraser Wall. They have been performing together ever since to the absolute delight of local audiences.  For the past 15 years, Wall has attended a week-long jazz workshop at the Sorrento Centre, studying guitar with the likes of Bill Coon, Ron Peters, Mike Rudd, John Knowles, and many others.  "Probably the biggest influence over the last 30 years, though, comes from Neil Fraser,” says Wall.

Brian McMahon is a very active multi-instrumentalist in the Okanagan community, playing either trombone, saxophone, or bass and even backup vocals in many different bands, recordings, and musical projects.  McMahon is well-versed with jazz standards, as he has listened, studied, played, and taught jazz for the majority of his life. His first introduction to playing Gypsy swing was with Gregor Sneddon and Adam Henderson (a protégé of Fraser’s) in Zingano. Zingano recorded 3 CDs and was popular back in the late-nineties, performing at local dances, resorts, and most regularly at the Eclectic Med.  When asked to join Nomad, McMahon was quite thrilled. “My first instrument was guitar, so perhaps that explains my love of the ‘Hot Club’ sound,” he says. “I was totally hooked after hearing Stéphane Grappelli performing with Diz Disley in Vancouver.”

ADMISSION: By donation.
CONCESSION: Coffee, tea and treats are also available by donation.
DOORS: Open at 6:30pm.

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Gospel Choir Weekend
Oct
13
to Oct 14

Gospel Choir Weekend

Come and immerse yourself in a gospel choir experience for the weekend.  Our leader will bring out the best in our voices, as we join them together to bring out the power and passion of singing gospel. 

  • Leader is Kathryn Nicholson, Director of the Universal Gospel Choir of Vancouver for many years

  • Saturday, October 13, 9 am to 5 pm

  • Sunday, October 14, 9 am to 12 noon

  • Cost is $25, fee includes lunch on Saturday

  • We will learn the music on Saturday, and present it during the church service on Sunday morning

  • Contact Jean MacLennan 250-832-3549, divabean@shaw.ca for registration

Kathryn Nicholson is a professional singer, vocal instructor and accomplished choral conductor.  Her repertoire ranges from classical music and opera to jazz, folk, pop, gospel and music theatre. Her resume includes years of vocal study at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto and performance with the Canadian Opera Company, Ontario Place Singers, National Arts Centre Choir-in-Residence and many other choral and music theatre groups. 

After moving to Vancouver, Kathryn became a vocal instructor at Capilano University and conducted two local community choirs for many years:  The Universal Gospel Choir, and Sound Eclectic Vocal Ensemble.   She currently sings with local show choir, Pandora's Vox, and conducts the Health Arts Society's Helena Choir.

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Andrea Superstein
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

Andrea Superstein

FEATURING:
Andrea Superstein, vocals
Jen Lewin, piano
Mark Nelson, drums
Rémi-Jean, Leblanc bass

You have to know the rules in order to break them. Andrea Superstein knows the rules. And she breaks them. Subtly infusing electro, indie and other unexpected elements, she as Tom Harrison, music critic for the Vancouver Province, said, is “redefining jazz.” Think Amy Winehouse meets Portishead.

Superstein’s upcoming offering, “Worlds Apart” shows her true talents as vocalist, composer and arranger. With jazz luminary Elizabeth Shepherd as producer and co-arranger, the new record brings Superstein’s fresh, modern ideas to the forefront, in an impressive 3 languages. It showcases powerful vocals exemplifying both the gentle and the strong, the light and the dark. They lithely navigate the colours of the emotional spectrum from despair to joy, deep blues to pop confection, often in the same song. She breathes the here-and-now into the classics, while brushing authenticity into every note of every new song she writes.

Superstein owns every stage she helms, commands every room she plays. She conducts an unforgettable musical experience with a combination of humour, razor-sharp wit, a gift for the gab, and a sincere connection with her audience. When you go to a Superstein show, you feel as if she’s singing just to you—and all of the new friends in the audience you’ve just made. You’ll be smiling and singing long after the lights—or the sun—have come up.

ADMISSION: By donation.
CONCESSION: Coffee, tea and treats are also available by donation.
DOORS: Open at 6:30pm.

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Kamloops Symphony Orchestra
Sep
29
7:30 PM19:30

Kamloops Symphony Orchestra

NEW PERSPECTIVES
Guest Artist:
 Anna Burden, Cello

The Kamloops Symphony season begins with a contemporary work of exceptional beauty composed by Kamloops native Stacey Brown. Also on the program, Schumann’s enigmatic cello concerto, and Sibelius’ great second symphony, which the composer famously dubbed a “confession of the soul.”

Programme:

Kamloops Symphony Orchestra
Kamloops Live! Box Office for Tickets

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The Cory Weeds Quartet featuring David Hazeltine
Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

The Cory Weeds Quartet featuring David Hazeltine

We're very excited to present the fantastic Cory Weeds Quartet as part of the Jazz Club's September schedule.  As in 2017, Cory will be be joined by another internationally acclaimed pianist, David Hazeltine. 

A saxophonist with an expressive sound rooted in Jazz tradition, Weeds has released 14 records as a leader on Cellar Live, the label that he founded in 2000.  His most recent release Explosion features Weeds in front of a 10 piece big band.  His release It’s Easy To Remember, recorded with David Hazeltine in 2016 spent 21 weeks on the Jazz Week Charts including 2 weeks at #1.

David Hazeltine is one of a handful of pianists who has successfully forged his own distinctive style and musical voice out of the accumulated greatness and weight of a modern piano tradition. David's influences extend from Art Tatum and Bud Powell to such great living masters as Buddy Montgomery, Barry Harris and Cedar Walton.

This promises to be a great show!

ADMISSION: By donation.
CONCESSION: Coffee, tea and treats are also available by donation.
DOORS: Open at 6:30pm.

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Guitars
Jul
28
7:00 PM19:00

Guitars

FEATURING:
Jordan Dick - guitar
Mathew Fleming - guitar
Blair Shier- guitar
Dan Smith - guitar
Jake Verburg - guitar
Jack McIntyre-Paul - bass
Gareth Seys - drums  

A special mid-summer musical treat is coming your way.  Five of our area's best guitarists are joining to showcase the guitar and this instrument's incredible versatility in the jazz realm.  Each of these fine players brings a distinctive style as a soloist and accompanist, promising a great night of musical exploration.

The Salmon Arm Jazz Club is proud to present "Guitars" on July 28 at Nexus in Salmon Arm.  Join us!

ADMISSION: $20 at Shuswap Pie Company or Acorn Music
Doors: Open at 6:30pm.

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Chicken-Like Birds CD Launch
Jun
16
7:00 PM19:00

Chicken-Like Birds CD Launch

Chicken-Like Birds are the combination of Ari Lantela who is known for his refined-yet-sloppy blues guitar picking and Jasmin Frederickson holding it down on double bass. Along with a suitcase drum, upright bass and interesting harmonies, listeners will be treated to a tasty marriage of roots, blues, swing and ragtime that the Canadian Pacific Blues Society has called a “fantastic old- school acoustic experience.” Together they sing their original songs about adventure, independent women, cooking and the pair's strange relationship. Slap in some theatrics, a few funny stories and some strangely endearing awkwardness and that'll be the Birds.

Information is available at www.chickenlikebirds.com.

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Shuswap Dance Gala
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

Shuswap Dance Gala

The gala show features all of our competition pieces from this season and will take place at the Nexus at First as well on Friday, June 15 at 7:00pm.

Tickets will go on sale in May along with year end show tickets – rows are numbered and first come first served.

Tickets are $10 and available at the Shuswap Dance Centre at 590 Okanagan Avenue SE.
Office Hours: Monday-Wednesday 2:30 - 6:30pm and Thursday-Friday 2:30 - 4:30pm.

For more in formation please all 250.832.5258 or visit www.shuswapdance.com.

 

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Shuswap Dance Senior Show
Jun
9
7:00 PM19:00

Shuswap Dance Senior Show

The Shuswap Dance year end Junior show will be on Friday, June 8 at 6:30pm and our Senior show will take place Saturday, June 9 at 7:00pm.

Rehearsals and shows will be located at the Nexus in the First United Church.

Dress rehearsals will occur June 5-7 – schedule TBD.

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Shuswap Dance Junior Show
Jun
8
6:30 PM18:30

Shuswap Dance Junior Show

The Shuswap Dance year end Junior show will be on Friday, June 8 at 6:30pm and our Senior show will take place Saturday, June 9 at 7:00pm.

Rehearsals and shows will be located at the Nexus in the First United Church.

Dress rehearsals will occur June 5-7 – schedule TBD.

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Willy Gaw Trio and Friends
May
24
7:00 PM19:00

Willy Gaw Trio and Friends

FEATURING:
Willy Gaw, guitar
Bill Lockie, bass
Jordan Dick, guitar
Friends!

Will Gaw has been a student of rhythm guitar playing in the style of Django Reinhardt and the Gypsy Jazz genre for over ten years and as such has managed to surround himself with great improvisers in the various bands he has formed over those years. Gypsy Jazz is fast, intoxicating, upbeat and lively and the Willy Gaw Band is always entertaining

The Salmon Arm Jazz Club is proud to present on May 24 at Nexus in Salmon Arm, the Willy Gaw Trio and Friends. Bill Lockie on stand up bass, Jordan Dick on Lead Guitar and, well, friends. Join us!

ADMISSION: By donation.
CONCESSION: Coffee, tea and Nellie's amazing treats are also available by donation.
Doors: Open at 6:30pm.

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Subtone
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Subtone

FEATURING:
Magnus Schriefl, trumpet, flugelhorn
Malte Durrschnabel, woodwinds
Florian Hoefner, piano
Matthias Pichler, bass
Peter Gall, drums

Subtone stands in the forefront of today’s young innovative Jazz ensembles. Founded in 2005 in Berlin, its members now live on both sides of the Atlantic, in St. John’s, NL, Berlin and Cologne. Through innumerable concerts at home and abroad, as well as appearances at festivals like the Bohemia Jazz Fest in the Czech Republic and Jazz Baltica in Salzau, Germany, Subtone quickly established themselves as one of the most sought-after jazz ensembles in Europe. After three acclaimed albums, in early 2014 Subtone released their 4th album “Roswitha’s Revenge” on Laika Records.

The individual members are all accomplished performers. Collectively, they have won prestigious awards like the US National Trumpet Competition (Magnus Schriefl), the Bass Competition of the International Bass Convention (Matthias Pichler) and the Stingray Rising Star Award (Florian Hoefner) and have collaborated with artists and groups like the Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio, Seamus Blake, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman and Randy Brecker. As a group, Subtone is also the winner of the Jury and Audience Award of the International Jazz Competition “Tremplin Jazz d’Avignon” in France.

With their own imaginative compositions, the five artists offer an inexhaustible selection, from the voluminous big-band sound to a bare-essential chamber music approach. In addition to the apparent mastery over their instruments, it is above all the implicitness with which they communicate that is so striking.

What makes Subtone stand out from other ensembles is the impressive artistic connection among the five musicians. The listener perceives this intense communication and fundamental understanding among all members of the band in the very first notes.

ADMISSION: By donation.
CONCESSION: Coffee, tea and Nellie's amazing treats are also available by donation.
Doors: Open at 6:30pm.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L'an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l'art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

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Shuswap Intergenerational Choir
May
5
2:00 PM14:00

Shuswap Intergenerational Choir

If you can talk, you can sing!

This is the premise on which three area women are creating the Shuswap Intergenerational Choir, a group designed to bring young and older members of the community together every week!

Led by Andréa Roberts, who is transitioning from the Children’s Choir, membership will be open to young folks between the ages of seven and 17 and the young at heart who are over 70.

Andréa Roberts and Joan Bratty have organized the new Shuswap Intergenerational Choir open to youths from seven to 17 and those who are over 70 for the love of singing.

Come and enjoy the strength of "youth and experience"! 

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Shuswap Music Festival Night of Stars
Apr
27
7:00 PM19:00

Shuswap Music Festival Night of Stars

Shuswap Music Festival Night of Stars is the final event to highlight the amazing music from this year's performances by showcasing the 'best of the festival'.

The Gala Concert and awards presentation is Friday, April 27 at 7:00 PM at The Nexus at First. Admission is $10.00 per person or $20.00 per family.

www.shuswapfestival.com

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Standard Time
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

Standard Time

FEATURING:
Bob Rogers, trombone
Donnie Clark, trumpet
Jordan Dick, guitar
Brian McMahon, bass
Scott Gamble, drums

Bob Rogers is a trombonist who has lived in Revelstoke since 1993, where he has taught music for 25 years. During that time he has been a regular member of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, and has also performed many times with the Kamloops Symphony and the Symphony of the Kootenays. Bob is also the leader of the Bob Rogers Jazz Quartet and a member of the funk band Majesty, and also plays regularly with various ensembles throughout the Okanagan and Kootenays. Before moving to the interior, Bob was active a freelance musician in Vancouver, and performed with many groups there including the West Coast Jazz Orchestra, VEJI, Solid Brass, and artists and bands and artists such as Natalie Cole, the Temptations and the O'Jays, the Victoria Symphony and the Vancouver Opera. 

Bob will be joined for this show by the fabulous trumpeter Donnie Clark. Donnie has enjoyed a long career as one of Canada's leading trumpet players. As a player, arranger, and composer on the West Coast since the early 1960s, he has been leadr of the Donnie Clark Quartet and Quintet, the Don Clark Ragtime Band as well as a member of the Bobby Hales Orchestra, the West Coast Jazz Orchestra and a regular on CBC Radio and Television. He was also a member of the legendary Vancouver all-star Jazz sextet Pacific Salt, touring throughout North America and Europe in the 1970s. 

Bob and Donnie will be joined by some of the Okanagan's finest musicians - Jordan Dick, guitar, Brian McMahon, bass and Scott Gamble, drums. Coming together as "Standard Time," the band will be performing a selection of their favourite standard tunes from the great jazz composers and the Great American Songbook.

ADMISSION: By donation.
CONCESSION: Coffee, tea and Nellie's amazing treats are also available by donation.
Doors: Open at 6:30pm.

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18th Annual Shuswap Music Festival
Apr
16
to Apr 27

18th Annual Shuswap Music Festival

The purpose of the Shuswap Music Festival is to encourage, support, challenge and celebrate music students and amateur musicians by providing opportunities for learning and performing on the road to musical excellence.

In addition, the Festival provides the opportunity for constructive and professional evaluations of musical performances.

The Festival is produced by a not-for-profit society managed by a volunteer board of directors.

The Shuswap Music Festival runs from April 16 to 27 in a variety of venues in Salmon Arm. Everyone is invited to attend these sessions. Admission is by donation.

Programs for all performances and specific event times at can be downloaded and printed from The Shuswap Music Festival website. Events at The Nexus at First are scheduled between April 16 and 27.

The Festival will close with a Gala Concert and awards presentation on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the The Nexus at First. Admission: $10/person or $20/family.

www.shuswapfestival.com

 

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Benny Lackner
Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

Benny Lackner

PAST EVENT
JAZZ SALMON ARM

FEATURING: Benny Lackner, piano

Born in Berlin to an american father and a German mother, Benny Lackner, moved to California at the age of 13. He received his BFA from the California Institute of the Arts under the direction of Charlie Haden and David Roitstein. From 1997 - 1998 he studied privately with his mentor, pianist Brad Mehldau. He has performed at numerous jazz festivals including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreux and Monterey. He has worked with artists such as the late Billy Higgins, Marc Ribot, BradShepik, Pheeroan akLaff and is now residing in NYC and Berlin where he is working with his internationally touring trio as well as a sideman and composer.

The Benny Lackner Trio just finished its fifth huge world tour playing 19 concerts in 19 cities starting with Auckland, NZ and ending in Lausanne, CH.  The trio featuring Benny Lackner (piano,  electronics),  Jerôme Regard (bass) and Matthieu Chazarenc (drums) was founded in New York City in 2002. Past concerts include five extensive Asia – Australia – New Zealand  tours taking them to places such as  Sydney, Melbourne, Hong Kong and Jakarta. Other tours included Brazil,  South Africa, Canada, Portugal, Spain, United States, Germany, France, Croatia, South Africa, Austria, Turkey, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The trio has headlined at jazz clubs such as the Blue Note in NYC, Joe’s Pub in NYC, Smalls in NYC, Birdland in Vienna and the A-Trane in Berlin, sharing the stage with John Scofield at the Traumzeit Jazz Festival,  the American Jazz Festival in Paris, as well as concerts at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival, Viersen Jazz Festival, Leverkusener Jazztage, the Augsburger Jazzsommer and the Düsseldorfer Jazz Rallye.

Siskiyou, the trio’s 5th album was released by Unit Records in April 2015 http://www.unitrecords.com.

“Benny Lackner has a distinctive compositional voice that sounds lucid and fresh. He’s found a cool way to write for this trio.”-Brad Mehldau

ADMISSION: By donation.
CONCESSION: Coffee, tea and Nellie's amazing treats are also available by donation.
Doors: Open at 6:30pm.

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Ptriodactyl
Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

Ptriodactyl


PAST EVENT

FEATURING:
Jessica Heaven, vocals
Gavia Lertzman-Lepofsky, violin
Jake McIntyre-Paul, bass

“Jessica Heaven has a gorgeous tuneful voice
and her effortlessly expressive jazz style
belies her youth.
An artist to keep your eye and ear on.”

- Kate Hammett-Vaughan,
Juno-nominated Jazz Vocalist
 

“Meet a fresh new trio whose spare,
edgy instrumentation
and playful vocals create a jazz reduction sauce,
simmering the musical ingredients
to concentrate the flavors." 

- Kitty King, bassist for Little Mountain Trio
and The Kitsilano Kat Kickers

Hailing from Salmon Arm and Vancouver, Ptriodactyl is an electrifying trio of voice, violin, and bass, that travels 465 km to rehearse, record, and perform together. This youthful, innovative group is constantly challenging themselves in both their originals and their interpretations of jazz standards by refusing to transcribe to the traditional musical roles of their instruments. Looking to groups like Triology, The Oscar Peterson Trio, and The Jennifer Scott Trio for their inspiration, this band is a unique fusion of groove and space. With their effervescent synergy, musical interplay, and sense of humour, Ptriodactyl captivates audiences and is not one to miss.

ADMISSION: By donation.
CONCESSION: Coffee, tea and treats are also available by donation.
DOORS: Open at 6:30pm.

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The Jordan Dick Quartet
Mar
8
7:00 PM19:00

The Jordan Dick Quartet

PAST EVENT

FEATURING:
Jordan Dick, guitar
Sandy Cameron, sax
Bill Lockie, bass
Gareth Seys, drums

Come and listen to this group of talented musicians as they bring their fabulous stylings to the Shuswap! 

ADMISSION: By donation.
CONCESSION: Coffee, tea and treats are also available by donation.
DOORS: Open at 6:30pm.

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P.O. Box 940, 450 Okanagan Avenue SE, Salmon Arm, BC  V1E 4P1