Contributed photo                                Award-winning Quebec-based singer Angel Forrest brings her powerful blues sound back to Blue Frog Studios on Sept. 8 and Sept. 9.                                Contributed photo                                Award-winning Quebec-based singer Angel Forrest brings her powerful blues sound back to Blue Frog Studios on Sept. 8 and Sept. 9.

Contributed photo Award-winning Quebec-based singer Angel Forrest brings her powerful blues sound back to Blue Frog Studios on Sept. 8 and Sept. 9. Contributed photo Award-winning Quebec-based singer Angel Forrest brings her powerful blues sound back to Blue Frog Studios on Sept. 8 and Sept. 9.


Arts and entertainment on the Semiahmoo Peninsual with Alex Browne

Smalltown welcome

There may be a chance to see some future stars in the making when Green Room Theatre and White Rock Players Club present Welcome to Smalltown this weekend (Friday, Sept. 1, Saturday, Sept. 2, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 3., 2 p.m.)

Written by, and featuring eight young people from Surrey, the play, at Coast Capital Playhouse, 1532 Johnston Rd., is a product of the six week 2017 Green Room Theatre Camp for youth aged 14 to 18.

Described as a “heartwarming (and heart-wrenching) all ages dramatic comedy,” Welcome to Smalltown gives the audience a rare insight into the workings of a “peculiar rural community.”

The curious citizens of Smalltown seek answers to some key questions: How do we fit in? Where do we find love? And, even more importantly, what do we do when an ancient deity gets trapped inside the body of a sarcastic 13 year-old boy?

Half of the proceeds will be donated to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice; tickets ($17, $14 youth) are available at the door or online at

MacClure and Hurst

Well-known local artists Chris MacClure (founder of International Artist Day) and Marilyn Hurst will be demonstrating their painting techniques on location at custom framing, home decor and art store GS & Company on Sept. 2, 3 and 4, from noon to 5 p.m. each day.

They will also have several of their pieces on hand for collectors.

GS & Company is located in Semiahmoo Shopping Centre, at 107-1711 152 St.

Traditional jazz

Live Dixieland and swing music for dancing continues at the Crescent Legion Branch’s Club 240 (2643 128 St.) as the White Rock Traditional Jazz Society resumes its 2-5 p.m. Sunday sessions on Sept. 3 with the Ben MacCrae Quintet.

On Sept. 17 the music will be provided by the Curbside Trad Jazz Band, followed, on Sept. 24, by Benny and the Good Men.

Blue Frog

Musicians noted both locally and internationally continue to enliven the diverse program at White Rock’s intimate concert and live broadcast venue, Blue Frog Studios.

Upcoming shows include Angel Forrest with Denis Coulombe and Ricky Paquette on Friday, Sept. 8 and Saturday, Sept 9.

With a career spanning 27 years and nine albums – and Maple Blues awards for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 – Quebec blues belter Forrest added even more prestige to her resume with the success of last year’s album, Angel’s 11, including two more Maple Blues Awards, for Songwriter of the Year and Recording of the Year.

Friday, Sept. 15 and Saturday, Sept. 16 marks the return of one of the most requested acts at Blue Frog – National Blues Hall of Fame recipients Kal David and Lauri Bono, and their backup band The Real Deal.

Chicago-raised David has shared stages with everyone from early bandmates Peter Cetera, Paul Cotton and bassist Harvey Brooks to John Mayall, BB King, John Lennon and the Allman Brothers; while Bono, before winning recognition as a lead vocalist in her own right, sang with Bette Midler’s Harlettes, and – with David – as a background vocalist for Etta James and Johnny Rivers.

The venue is at 1328 Johnston Rd.; tickets are at 604-542-3055, or visit

Club 240

The Crescent Legion’s Club 240 (2643 128 St.) continues to provide the venue for successful Friday night dances organized by the Semiahmoo Music Consortium.

While there is no show this week due to the Labour Day long weekend, the music will be back Sept. 8 (doors, 7 p.m, show 8 p.m.) with ever-popular Bobby ‘Nearly Neil’ Bruce and his tribute to the enduring music and style of Neil Diamond.

On Sept. 15, it will be the turn of guitarist Rob Montgomery’s band Incognito, featuring the dynamic lead vocals of Amanda Dean, the piano and Hammond B3 of Steve Werbicki, the bass of David Barton and drums of Darrell Mayes.

And on Sept. 22, Blue Voodoo, no strangers to the Semiahmoo Peninsula, will be back to rock the house with the dual guitar lead of Ted Tosoff and Rick Dalgarno, ably backed by Gary Berg on bass and John McCreath on drums.

Tickets are $20, available at the door, at the legion box office from 3-9 p.m., or online at

West Fine Art Show

This year’s late summer edition of the West Fine Art Show – of continuing interest to art lovers in the Surrey-Langley area, will take place at the Glass House Estate Winery, 23449 0 Ave., Langley, Saturday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 10, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It’s a celebration of multiple interpretations of the western Canadian lifestyle, featuring artists and co-organizers Brian Croft and Bryan Coombs, plus Joyce Trygg, Neil Hamlin, Judy Vanderveen, Graham McKenzie, Ricke Pennell, Grazyna Wolski, Fran Alexander, Suzanne Erickson, Howard Cobb, Patricia Banks, Diana Jensen Vestergaard, Brent Cooke, Carmel Clare, Ken Nash and Felicity Holmes.

For more details, visit

Canada 150 show

The City of White Rock, Semiahmoo Arts and Canada 150 are co-presenting two exhibits this summer highlighting both established and emerging artists, curated by Melanie Watts.

The second exhibit, Our Future, runs until Sept. 16 at the Pop-Uptown Gallery, 1459 B Johnston Rd.

It features new work by Debbie Westergaard Tuepah with Roxanne Charles, plus work by Christine Leviczky-Riek, Diane Roy, Tom Douglas, Bev Ellis, Robert Wakefield, Mallory Donen, Molly Gray, Uryel Cho, Tony Wilson, Chrystal Johnston, Linda Bickerton-Ross, Brandy McLean, Rachel Kirkpatrick, YoungHwa Cha Hach, Lesley Tannen, Jevon Greco and Frazer Cole.

Subtitled Sagas, Narratives – and Selfies, the exhibits began with the Our Past exhibition, which is still running at White Rock Community Centre, 15154 Russell Ave.

Among special events planned for the Pop-Uptown show are an appearance by guest artist Diana Robles, who will share her collection of hand-made garments (Sept. 2-3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.); a showcase of new work by textile artist Gloria Villamil (Sept. 9-10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.); and a ‘plant pounding’ workshop with Bobbie Hammersley (Sept. 17, 6:30 to 8 p.m., $10, pre-registration required at 604-536-8333).

Closing reception Sept. 16, 7-9 p.m. will include live music, storytelling and light refreshments. The new exhibit is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.