Daniel Wesley

Daniel Wesley

Summer music series coming to White Rock

TD Concerts at the Pier to showcase top Canadian recording artists and emerging stars

With high-profile local recording artists and emerging stars of the B.C. indie music scene waiting in the wings, a new look for White Rock public music events promises to be a game-changer.

In a launch of the TD Concerts at the Pier summer series Tuesday at The Boathouse restaurant – and an introduction of this year’s Canada Day celebration headliner Daniel Wesley – White Rock Business Improvement Association executive director Douglas Smith served notice that “the days of doing small events are over.”

With the support and co-operation of the City of White Rock – and the funding help of major concert series sponsor TD Canada Trust, and additional sponsorship by RE/MAX – White Rock is focused on providing “regional events of really high quality” on a continuing annual basis, he said.

Headlining the Saturday evening (7-10 p.m.) concert series – planned in co-ordination with 102.7 Peak FM – will be Peak Project winner Good For Grapes (July 4); Fast Romantics (July 11); The Boom Booms (July 18); well-known local Gary Comeau and the Voodoo All Stars (July 25) and The Matinee (Aug. 8).

Supporting acts will include Tea Petrovic, David Sinclair and Keith Bennett, Rich Hope, Ben Rogers, Tonye Aganaba, Bend Sinister, Colleen Rennison, Sarah Wheeler, Blue Moon Marquee and Lester Quitzau.

“The cool thing about this is it’s free,” he told a crowd of community movers and shakers, including Mayor Wayne Baldwin and Couns. Lynne Sinclair and Dave Chesney.

Introducing Wesley, who played a brief set of songs, Smith and Baldwin emphasized the recording artist’s local connection – he was born in Peace Arch Hospital and lived in White Rock for his earliest years – adding that he and his wife, who are expecting a son, are moving back to the Peninsula shortly before his special Canada Day appearance (July 1, 9 p.m.).

Smith, whose previous event planning and promotion credits include New Westminster’s Concerts at the Quay series, told Peace Arch News that music events such as the concerts series take so much work to stage that it is important to maximize their appeal – and make sure adequate funding is in place.

“The problem with a lot of local events is that they’re underfunded,” Smith said. “It means they are unable to grow or deliver the kind of quality that is going to grow and resonate with a regional audience. Now we’re in a position to do it properly… so that it becomes a sustainable event that everybody knows about and knows that it will be here each year.”

TD Canada Trust White Rock manager Bob Bezubiak said sponsoring the series was a natural connection for the bank.

“TD’s very much into music – since 2003 we’ve sponsored music events all over Canada,” he told PAN.

“I like the fact that this series focuses on emerging artists in B.C. – we love presenting local talent and giving them an opportunity to show their stuff.”

Smith agreed working with Peak Project artists is an opportunity to raise White Rock’s profile, positioning it as an attractive venue for up-and-coming artists.

“I think we’ll have performers and managers asking to be part of this in future,” he said.

Audience appeal is also crucial, he said.

“We’re definitely looking at getting a younger demographic – people that have disposable income who are going to come down here to shop and hang out for the evening. It will create a nice vibe that is part of what is already happening in White Rock and South Surrey – we just have to tap into it.”

But Smith feels there will be plenty of appeal for all generations in the planned lineup.

“Great music runs through all age groups, and with artists like the Boom Booms and Matinee, it’s great melodic music played by great musicians,” he said. “It wouldn’t matter if you were a teen or in your 90s.”

First of the TD Concerts at the Pier series will be July 4, featuring Rich Hope (7 p.m.), David Sinclair and Keith Bennett (8 p.m.) and Good For Grapes (9 p.m.)

For further information on the schedule, visit whiterockbia.com

 

Just Posted

William Henry Rawlison was last seen on Sunday, June 20, 2021. (Contributed photo)
Police looking for missing White Rock senior

William Rawlison, last seen on June 20, may be driving to Kamloops

Natalie Brown and Colten Wilke star in the feature film Thunderbird, co-produced by South Surrey-raised Michael Morrison and released this month in Canada, the U.S and the U.K. (Contributed photo)
South Surrey-raised producer helps bring ‘Thunderbird’ to the screen

Michael Morrison guides B.C.-shot thriller with First Nations connection

File photo
Surrey Board of Trade vows ‘a lot of noise’ will be made about tax increases

Huberman calls for comprehensive tax review at all levels of government

2019 Red Serge Gala guests try their luck at roulette. (Simon Lau photo)
High hopes for in-person Red Serge Gala on Semiahmoo Peninsula

28th fundraiser for community safety programs set for Oct. 23 return

TEASER PHOTO ONLY - Hillcrest Drive-In's sign at the end its run in Surrey, in a photo uploaded to cinematreasures.org by hermangotlieb.
SURREY NOW & THEN: The city’s last drive-in, Hillcrest showed movies for 50 years on site turned shopping mall

‘It was a good memory, being the last drive-in in the Lower Mainland, at the time,’ says former operator Jay Daulat

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

COVID-19 daily cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day moving average to June 17, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections drop to 90 on Sunday, 45 Monday

Pandemic spread dwindles as 77% of adults receive vaccine

By protesting uninvited in First Nations’ territories, conservationists are acting in a neocolonial or paternalistic manner, says Huu-ay-aht Chief Robert Dennis. Photo by Heather Thomson
A closer look: do Vancouver Island First Nations support the war in the woods?

First Nations/environmentalist old growth alliance uneasy, if it exists at all

A blood drive in support of 1-year-old Rielynn Gormley of Agassiz is scheduled for Monday, June 28 at Tzeachten First Nation Community Hall in Chilliwack. Rielynn lives with type 3 von Willebrand disease, which makes it difficult for her to stop bleeding. (Screenshot/Canadian Blood Services)
Upcoming blood drive in honour of Fraser Valley toddler with rare blood condition

The Gormley family has organized a blood drive in Chilliwack on June 28

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

One Reconciliation Pole and two Welcome Figures were unveiled during a ceremony in honour of truth and reconciliation on National Peoples Indigenous Day at the Vancouver School District in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday, June 21, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Horgan marks Indigenous Peoples Day by urging recognition of systemic racism

National Indigenous Peoples Day has been marked in Canada since 1996

Deepak Sharma of Abbotsford has been convicted of the sexual assault of one of his cab passengers in West Vancouver in January 2019.
Former Abbotsford Hindu temple president convicted of sexual assault

Deepak Sharma assaulted a female passenger when he was a cab driver

A man makes his way past signage to a mass COVID-19 vaccination centre at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus during the COVID-19 pandemic in Mississauga, Ont., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Canadians encouraged to see mRNA shots as interchangeable as more 2nd doses open up

Doctors urge people not to hesitate if offered Moderna after getting Pfizer for their first shot

Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance sits in the front row during a news conference in Ottawa on June 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Defence committee rises without report on Vance allegations

Committee had been investigating the government’s handling of complaints against former defence chief

Most Read