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The Peninsula’s own wizard of the jazz vibes, Marty Franklin, will play Sunday, Nov. 4 at Washington Ave. Grill, 15782 Marine Dr. from 7 to 10:30 p.m.
In a four-decade career that has taken him from the pub-and-club circuit in his native London to prestigious gigs in Toronto and New York, Franklin has worked with some of the all-time greats, including vibes master Milt Jackson, legendary drummer Phil Seamen, tenor saxist Al Wold and top Vancouver guitarist Oliver Gannon.
Joined by Tim Stacey (bass) and Donny Fraser (drums) Franklin’s dazzling mallets will explore classic jazz standards and also some of his original Latin-flavoured compositions.
For reservations, information, call 604-541-4244.
White Rock Blues Society
The White Rock Blues Society’s next big event takes place Saturday (Nov. 3) at the Rhumba Room, Pacific Inn, 1160 King George Hwy. (doors open 7:30 p.m.).
The Twisters will present their original band of swing-jump blues, plus the Good Dawg, Bad Dawg Band featuring Jason Buie and Harp Dog Brown.
The last event sold out, so tickets should be purchased as soon as possible.
Tickets are available from Tapestry Music, 1335 Johnston Rd. (604-538-0906) and North Bluff Music, 1645 140 St. (604-538-0074), Notti Biscotti, 103-15252 32 Ave., or online at www.clubzone.com
Local roots acoustic band Token Rhyme will hold its semi-annual rock dance extravaganza Saturday, Nov. 3, 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Crescent Legion Branch 240, 2643 128 St., also featuring Joe Kool, the Phil Davey Band and the Crystal Sisters.
Tickets are $10 in advance at North Bluff Music, Tapestry Music and the legion.
Joy of Music
Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary’s Shasta Daisies Group will hold its eighth annual Joy of Music concert Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 1480 George St.
Featured performers are 17-year-old musical theatre singer Rachel David, the Semiahmoo Secondary Gr. 12 Jazz Band, Ariel Sung and the New Voice choir and the Lori Barnson Band.
Tickets ($20) are available at Peace Arch Hospital gift shop, or 604-536-1736 or 604-542-0922.
White Rock Elks Club 431, 1469 George St. is an uptown hub of entertainment each month.
Sunday Nov. 4, 5-9 p.m. it’s the venue for an Irish Ceilidh and pot luck featuring singing and dancing to the music of Harry and Friends.
For tickets and information, call Kathy at 604-536-7723.
There’s also a ‘kitchen party’ ceilidh featuring Harry and Friends every second and fourth Wednesday afternoon, 3-6 p.m.
Every Thursday night at 8 p.m. the club hosts the Crescent Moon Coffee House, a jam session for local musicians.
Every Friday night entertainment includes Irish dancing at 7 p.m. and All Star Karaoke with Bernie at 8 p.m.
On Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m., the club’s popular impersonator shows return with Jayson Bardell’s tribute to Engelbert Humperdinck, featuring comedian and singer Mike Kinnel ($15); followed on Saturday, Dec. 8 by Barry Randle’s tribute to Roy Orbison, plus Denim and Lace.
Located next to Semiahmoo Park, Washington Avenue Grill (15782 Marine Dr.) offers dining and dancing and martini bar-style entertainment Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
Also at the beach, Iguana’s Beach Grill (14985 Marine Dr.) emphasizes blues, jazz and light rock, with a regular schedule of performers Friday and Saturday.
Fronds Bistro on the Beach (14989 Marine Dr.) will feature Exit 58, Saturday (Nov. 3) at 7 p.m.
The trio describes its music as weaving “layers of harmonies of your favourite songs of yesterday and today”.
Information, reservations: 604-531-5444.
Sideshows Westcoast Grill, on the waterfront side of East Beach (15622 Marine Dr.), offers jazz, funk and blues on Fridays with house band the Jim Black Trio, featuring Max Zipursky (keys), Mike Ardagh (drums) and Marlow Holder (bass) and Saturdays (8 p.m. to midnight) with guest performers.
The Sandpiper Pub (15595 Marine Dr.) has added a new night to its entertainment roster. Tuesday nights will be hosted by world-class guitarist Jason Buie with his band and special guests.
For information, call 604-531-7625.
Near the Canada-U.S. border, Volume 11 Martini Lounge (155 - 176 St.) offers a mix of retro pop and rock n’ roll, including the Modern Rock Show, a showcase for emerging local rock bands, Thursdays at 9:30 p.m.
Uptown, Sawbuck’s Pub (1626 152 St.) offers live bands each Friday and Saturday.
Tonight and tomorrow (Nov. 2 and 3) music is by the Wannabees.
Information: 604-536-6420 or www.sawbuckspub.net
Java Express Neighbourhood Cafe (15090 North Bluff Rd.) features live music every Thursday and Friday evening at 7 p.m.
In Rosemary Heights, Tap Urban Cafe combines bistro style food, cappuccino and bar service with a variety of live music every Wednesday at 7 p.m., and live jazz every Friday and Saturday at 101-15350 34th Ave.
On Nov. 14 the venue will celebrate its first anniversary, with the Jesse Burch Band, while on Nov. 21 singer-songwriter Jason Buie will perform original songs, Delta blues and classics.
In Crescent Beach, Beecher Street Cafe (12302 Beecher St.) features Absolut Live Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. showcasing jazz, folk and Latin music.
Featured artist Nov. 7 is Jason Buie.
Also in Crescent Beach, The Wired Monk (12219 Beecher St.) has an open mic for acoustic folk and rock performers every Wednesday (7:30-9:30 p.m.) hosted by Mike Villeneuve.
Emerging acoustic acts are highlighted Friday and Saturday from 8-10 p.m.
On Friday, Nov. 16, emerging singer-songwriter Joe Given will perform 8-10 p.m.
Belle’s, 14007 32 Ave., latest live venue on the peninsula, offers music from around 8 p.m. most Fridays and Saturdays.
Last Laugh Saturdays
The Wet Coast Comedy Crew presents Last Laugh Saturdays, weekly stand up comedy at the Atlantis Grill, 15495 Marine Drive.
Showtime is 8:30 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 27) and each Saturday and the show is free, although reservations are recommended.
White Rock Chamber Music
White Rock Chamber Music’s next recital will be held Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Pacific Carlton, 15366 17 Ave.
Featured artists will be Canadian Folk Music Award nominee Brian Thomas, plus classical pianist Kenneth Lee, singer Caitlin Vanstone Hendron and 14 year-old pipa performer Karen Wan.
Admission is a suggested $5 donation.
There will be one more rare chance to hear gifted violinist Victoria Kim play in the next few weeks.
Kim, 18, busy completing her final year of high school at Semiahmoo Secondary, will play as one of seven of violinist/mentor Taras Gabora’s students in Gabora’s afternoon recital Saturday, Nov. 17 at 2:30 p.m. at the Vancouver Academy of Music auditorium, 1270 Chestnut St.
The free performance is a dress rehearsal for a Gabora concert to be held in Texas.
Iguana’s Beach Grill is the venue for an open mic night every Wednesday, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Hosted by The Blue Voodoo duo (Rick Delgarno and Ted Tosoff) the evening is open to local singers/songwriters/musicians and anybody with a yen for live music.
Iguana’s is located at 14985 Marine Dr. on the White Rock strip.
For more information, call Tosoff at 604-532-8887.
The White Rock Traditional Jazz Society holds weekly Dixieland jazz sessions every Sunday from 3-6 p.m.
Venue is the society’s home base, the Crescent Legion Branch 240, 2643 128 St.
For more information, call 604-591-7275.
Alicia M.B. Ballard’s Chantico Studio Galeria is currently showing her Flights of Fancy series and other “lusciously colourful” works.
For information, call 604-536-4547, or visit www.StudioGaleria. blogspot.com
Nicci Battilana will also be showcasing her canvas works through November and December at Cloverdale Library, 5642 176A St.
For information, visit www.brushedwithmagic.com
The White Rock and South Surrey Art Society will hold its next meeting Monday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m., at 1480 George St.
Guest speaker will be Douth Surrey-based, internationally-noted artist Robert Genn.
The society meets monthly with each meeting centred on a demonstration or a critique by recognized professionals.
Newcomers of all skill levels are welcome.
The society’s next big art show will be held Nov. 10-12 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day) at Semiahmoo House, 15306 24 Ave. (across from London Drugs).
For more information, visit www.artsociety.ca
Arts and crafts show
The sixth annual A Real Piece of Work holiday show is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 24 at Ocean Park Hall, 1577 128 St.
It’s a showcase and sale of local art and handmade fine crafts by local artists and artisans – one of a kind items ideal for Christmas gifts.
Door prizes will include gifts donated by each participant, with proceeds going to the Food Bank.
For information, call Kerry at 604-767-0595 or Shannon at 604-418-9371, or e-mail email@example.com
St Andrew’s Night
The Tam O’ Shanter dancers present a St. Andrew’s Night kitchen party pub and Ceilidh, Saaturday Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. at Sullivan Hall, 6307 152 St., featuring music by Emerald Green.
Featured will be music, singing dancing, silent auction, bar, Scottish meat pies and “old-fashioned Celtic fun”.
Tickets ($10), info: Janice, 604-536-7660.
Soundscape, a Surrey-based a cappella community chorus welcomes prospective singers throughout September. Tenors and basses are particularly encouraged to join. Rehearsals have already started for the group, but applicants seeking more information, or a voice placement, can e-mail director Joey Minshall at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 33rd annual Cecilia Lamont Literary Contest is currently inviting B.C. residents to submit unpublished works; poetry of up to 36 lines and prose of up to 1000 words.
Entries will be blind-judged by poetry and prose judges; money prizes and certificates of merit will be presented at an awards evening.
For information and rules, call Carol at 604-501-0934, or e-mail email@example.com, or contact Robin at the Community Arts Council office, 604-536-8333, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Featured in the window at Artful Things, 3041 152 St. (South Point) is the work of local painter Jeanette Jarville.
Jarville’s chosen medium is paint on acrylic plexiglass and her works typically bright colours, with compositions that evoke the style, romantic gestures and facial expressions of Modigliani paintings.
A mini-show of paintings and photography by local artist Katherine Siemens is currently on display at White Rock Museum and Archives, 14970 Marine Dr., in conjunction the ongoing display highlighting White Rock’s 50th anniversary.
Siemens work includes colourful acrylics and oils, and exotic black and white and sepia photography inspired by her travels, and background in makeup artistry, design and fashion illustration.
Information: 604-541-2222 or www.whiterock.museum.bc.ca
Choral directors Ivy Charyna and Kathleen Anderson (Seaside Singers, White Rock Community Christmas Choir) are currently auditioning singers for the fall and winter seasons.
For information and meeting venue, contact email@example.com, or call 604-542-6174 or 604-536-0346.
The Vaudevillians, B.C.’s premier seniors’ (55-plus) entertainment troupe, has openings for singers, dancers, backstage help and a back-up pianist.
The non-profit society which offers bursaries to support youth in Lower Mainland communities, holds Monday afternoon rehearsals and performances throughout the year.
Information: Pat, 604-541-9591, or visit www.thevaudevillians.com
Kids Only Acting Classes has a new location – unit 20, 15531 24 Ave. – and an expanded program, including a new adult acting division, Chameleon Studio, for beginners and advanced students 18 and up.
Registration is ongoing for Kids Only Acting Classes and Chamelon Studio, exploring potential for professional work for children and adults in movies, commercials and series TV. Beginner to advanced classes are offered.
Information: Michele, 604-831-5324, www.kidsonlyacting.com, www.chameleonactingstudio.com
White Rock and Surrey Writers’ Group meets 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at White Rock Library, 15342 Buena Vista.
Information: Carol, 604-501-0934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
St John’s Presbyterian Church will offer a youth choir as part of its outreach program. The two-year course is available for eight teens who are genuinely interested in learning about singing and reading music through the medium of jazz and classic Broadway repertoire.
A secular group, it will embody traditional social values, including respect, responsibility and teamwork. Also needed is a commitment to 30 minutes daily practice and research at home plus a 90-minute rehearsal every Thursday afternoon/early evening.
A copy of the course is available at the church for potential applicants and their parents. Information: 604-536-9322 or www. saint-johns
Award-winning women’s chorus Westcoast Harmony offers opportunity for singers looking for an exciting challenge.
The chorus rehearses at Parkland Fellowship Church, 9574 160 St.
Information: Judy, 604-596-6735 or Barb, 604-521-6972 or www.westcoastsings.com
Flamenco del Mar Spanish Dance Studio offers new classes in Flamenco dance, flamenco guitar and salsa.
Information: Jill, 604-542-2096.
Surrey Choral Arts Project Society invites new members for the Surrey Children’s Choir family of choirs.
Auditions are held for singers ranging in age for six to 70 for the groups, which include the junior and intermediate training choirs, the Senior Children’s Choir, Chamber Choir, Youth Choir (winner of the 2006 CBC Choral Competition) and the Adult Community Chorus.
Two major concerts are held each year, one at Christmas and the other a season-end spectacular including costumes and choreography.
All choirs are under the direction of organization founder Steven Horning and vocal coach Marisa Gaetanne.
A new selection of paintings by local artists is for sale or rent at Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Ave.
The White Rock Children’s Choir family of choirs, including the Ad Libitum Concert Choir and Con Anima Adult Chorus invite singers of all ages to join them in their 10th anniversary year.
Artistic director Sarona Mynhardt offers programs in five choir levels; vocal training; opportunities to sing music ranging from classical through Broadway, jazz and African songs; plus opportunities to train in musical theatre and choreography.
Information: Sarona, 604-536-0236 or email@example.com
Peace Arch A Cappella Chorus will present its second annual Be A Diva For Christmas Community Chorus starting Wednesday, Nov. 7, 7-9 p.m.
Women of all ages and voices are invited to sing in the Christmas season with the chorus’ dynamic director Lisa Hood, in a free trial of four-part harmony singing and vocal training – as well as an opportunity to meet other women who love to sing.
Chorus rehearsals are held Wednesdays, 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Bethany Newton United Church, 14853 60 Ave.
Information: Fern, 604-538-8127.
Maple Leaf Singers
The 45-voice Maple Leaf Singers, who draw members from the Semiahmoo Peninsula as well as the rest of the Lower Mainland, are inviting male and female singers to audition for the upcoming season, which begins in September.
The group performs up to 20 concerts each year for seniors’ centres, fundraisers, community events and special occasions.
Needed are all voices – tenor, baritone, bass, first and second soprano and alto – to rehearse and perform a wide selection of music, from pop, jazz and blues to rock, classical, spiritual and Broadway show tunes.
For information, call Anne Baird at 604-922-9827.
The new Wired Monk location at Elgin Corners plans a return to live music along with its bistro fare, each Friday from 7-11 p.m.