2014 January

On Saturday night, Jan. 18, 2014, the Wheelhouse Theatre at Earl Marriott Secondary hosted the fourth annual “South End Summit” to a full house. Semiahmoo Secondary, Elgin Park Secondary, and Earl Marriott Secondary, were all represented by their Jazz bands. In the photo below, singer Kelly Simpson performs the classic “Don’t Know Why” accompanied by the Elgin Park Secondary Jazz Band.   Here, Semiahmoo Arts representative Barbara Cooper joins Emcee Alex Browne, to draw for prizes.   Throughout the concert, each band was joined on stage by Jazz Impresario Cory Weeds. In this photo, Cory Weeds (on the left) plays with the Semiahmoo Secondary Jazz Band.   The legendary Dal… Read More

It has been confirmed this week that legendary band leader Dal Richards will be attending this Saturday’s “South End Summit 4” as a special guest. Dal will be acknowledging the 2013 Dal Richards Scholarship winner on stage during the event. The great sound of the Big Band era in Western Canada is synonymous with Vancouver legend Dal Richards, whose orchestra has delighted Canadians for over seven decades! A Vancouver native, Dal Richards established his musical home in Vancouver before graduating from Magee High School where he formed a band in the late 1930s. By 1941 he was leading his band at Vancouver’s most popular dance venue, the Panorama Roof at… Read More

In the photo above, Virginia Gillespie, reads before a wonderful turnout for the Jan. 15, 2014 “Irish Poetry Nights” in it’s new home at Jimmy Flynn’s Celtic Snug in White Rock. Along with the evening’s Presenter Virginia Gillespie, guest readers Mary Fynes (seen reading in the photo above, click on photo to enlarge) and Heidi Greco (seen reading in the photo below, click on photo to enlarge), read the works of contemporary women poets from Northern Ireland, published by Lagan Press, and the Verbal Arts Centre in Derry, Ireland. Poems by well known Irish poets Moyra Donaldson, Janet Shepperson, Maria McManus, Cherry Smyth, and Deirdre Cartmill, were read to a… Read More