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Peninsula guitarist Doug Towle is set to perform with his new band, Supernatural – A Santana Experience at Blue Frog Studios April 5. The group pays tribute to the music of guitar legend Carlos Santana.  - Contributed photo
Peninsula guitarist Doug Towle is set to perform with his new band, Supernatural – A Santana Experience at Blue Frog Studios April 5. The group pays tribute to the music of guitar legend Carlos Santana.
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Traditional jazz

The sounds of Dixieland and retro jazz, presented for listening and dancing by the White Rock Traditional Jazz Society,  continue each Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Crescent Branch 240 (2643 128 St.).

Upcoming groups include the Louisiana Joymakers (March 31).

Admission is $8 (members) and $10 (non-members). Memberships ($15) are available at the door.

Poetry event

Can one person make a difference? Can a small group affect change? That’s the question posed by Catalyst for Change: Art in Action! a special evening of readings, personal experiences, art and music by and about people working to create a better world through the arts, Saturday, April 6, 7:30 p.m. at the Semiahmoo Arts space in Centennial Park.

Noted author and poet Penn Kemp has chosen Semiahmoo Arts’ literary series: Readings by the Salish Sea, for the inaugural West Coast launch of her new anthology, Jack Layton: Art in Action.

Kemp has collected anecdotes about how Jack Layton – her brother-in-law – inspired people from coast to coast to work to create a better world.

An honorary life member of the League of Canadian Poets, Kemp is a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, and served as the inaugural Poet Laureate of London, Ontario.

Rounding out the evening, local advocates who have used the arts as a catalyst for change will make brief presentations about a variety social and environmental initiatives that have played out at the local, regional and provincial level. As well, Susan Keeping will be on hand to introduce Penn Kemp. There will be opportunities for the audience to engage interactively – with the speakers and in other ways. A no-host bar, art exhibition, decorative elements, and music will add ambience, and Kemp’s book will be available for purchase at the event.

In addition to the Kemp event, there is a change of date, for this month only, for the regular Open Mic: Zero to 360 at Pelican Rouge Coffee Company, Central Plaza. From the second Thursday of the month, Zero to 360 moves to the first (April 4), and in honour of Poetry Month, readers are being asked to present poetry, rather than other forms of literature.

Also coming up on Thursday, April 25, is From The Edge of the Fraser: readings by Catherine Owen and Warren Dean Fulton.

For further information, visit www.semiahmooarts.com

Santana tribute

Internationally-recognized Peninsula guitarist Doug Towle will take his music in an exciting new direction next month, with a tribute to one of his own guitar heroes, Carlos Santana.

Towle and his new band, Supernatural – A Santana Experience will play Blue Frog Studios, 1328 Johnston Rd., Friday, April 5 at 8 p.m.

The concert pays homage to the more than 40-year career of the architect of latin rock, using an all-star seven-piece band to recreate the Santana phenomenon with all the energy and musicianship of the original.

Joining Towle (guitars and vocals) will be vocalists Ben Arce and Heidi McCurdy, bassist Pete Davyduck, keyboardist Jillian Lebeck, percussionist Myles Bigelow and drummer Tim Proznick.

The White Rock show is a follow up to the band’s recent debut at Vancouver’s The Fanclub.

Doors are at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets ($35) are available from www.dougtowle.com


Leon Tolchinski has landed a teaching job in an idyllic Russian hamlet.

But when he sees people sweeping dust into their houses, and milking cows upside down to get cream, he begins to realize the village is under a curse – of chronic stupidity.

To complicate matters he falls in love with his student, Lenya Zubritsky, daughter of the hamlet’s doctor – only to find she is being pursued by a local aristocrat, evil Count Gregor.

That’s the premise of Neil Simon’s comedy Fools, upcoming production of White Rock Players Club (April 10-27, Coast Capital Playhouse, 1532 Johnston Rd.), directed by Ryan Mooney (Lend Me A Tenor, Little Shop of Horrors).

Featured players are Hunter Golden (Leon), Sheila Greentree (Lenya), Ryan Johnston (Dr. Zubritsky), Melissa Paras  (Sophia Zubritsky), Scott Milne (Count Gregor).

Martin Perrin plays the role of Magistrate, while well-known scene-stealers Ray Van Ieperen, Paul Ferancik, Clive Ramroop and Helen Volkow have ample scope for winning big laughs as spectacularly dense villagers Snetsky, Slovitch, Mishkin and Yenchna.

For tickets ($18, $16 seniors, students and Coast Capital Savings members) call 604-536-7535 or visit www.whiterockplayers.ca

Blues returns

Well known local bluesmen Harpdog Brown and the Bloodhounds and the Jason Buie Band will headline White Rock Blues Society’s next dance/concert, Saturday, April 27 at the Rhumba Room of the Pacific Inn Hotel, 1160 King George Blvd.

Doors are at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets ($20) are available from Surfside Guitars, Tapestry Music and, online, at https://tickets.surrey.ca

Irish poetry

Irish poetry is regularly featured the third Wednesday of each month at ‘gastro-pub’ Slainte by the Pier on Marine Drive, presented by Semiahmoo Arts and the Irish Club.

Featured in upcoming evenings will be works by Louis MacNeice, W.B. Yeats, Medbh McGuckian and J.M. Synge.

To volunteer to lead or read on poetry nights, call Ray Fynes at 604-542-3667.

Singers wanted

Pacific Showtime Men’s Chorus, based in Ocean Park, rehearses Monday nights at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church, 12953 20 Ave.

The small community chorus of experienced singers is currently seeking new members for all vocal ranges: lead, tenor, baritone and bass.

Offering a big sound in a variety of musical styles, Pacific Showtime has been featured at a many different Lower Mainland events, including show productions, concerts and private functions.

The repertoire is designed to include songs and a singing style that appeal to a wide variety of music preferences, with emphasis on entertainment value, and chance to develop singing skills while having fun and enjoying camaraderie.

Male singers are invited to attend rehearsals to check out the group and, hopefully, join in.

For more information, call 604-536-5292 or email leighand@shaw.ca

Beans & Rice

In the market for the delights of traditional and roots jazz, plus a pasta special?

Both are on offer weekly as Red Beans & Rice (also house band for the White Rock Traditional Jazz Society) continues to play Friday nights from 7 p.m. at Porter’s Bistro in Langley Township’s historic Murrayville district.

The all-ages evenings draw teens and 20-somethings as well as more senior jazz fans (reservations recommended, 604-530-5297).

Tillers return

Singer-songwriter Bruce Coughlan and his Tiller’s Folly bandmates Laurence Knight (bass) and Nolan Murray (mandolin) will be back in the intimate space of White Rock’s Blue Frog Studios March 29 at 8 p.m. for a follow-up concert to their videoed live show there last year.

The concert will prominently feature music from the trio’s most recent album, Go The Road, which signalled their shift from their original Celtic/Canadian sound to a more roots/heartland Americana orientation.

In the last 18 months, Tiller’s Folly have been showcased at the Folk Alliance Conference, the Arts Northwest Conference and International Bluegrass Week, and have completed three successful tours of the southern US, including a live appearance before a sold-out house for Nashville’s Music City Roots.

Broadcasts of the latter performance will be aired on PBS stations throughout this year, and also on Music City Down Under, a version of the show syndicated in the Australian market.

In May they’ll also appear on the PBS show Bluegrass Underground in Tennessee as well as touring with John Cowan (New Grass Revival, The Doobie Brothers) who also guested on Go The Road.

First single from the album, Death & Taxes, featured guest vocals from Cowan and Josh Shilling of Mountain Heart, and was also named Top Social Action Song at the 11th annual Independent Music Awards.

For tickets ($35), call 604-542-3055 or order online at http://bluefrogstudios.ca/newshows.html



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