31 July 2006

Farewell Maureen Washington

Rob Ziegler's The Draft Dodger Dues: A Banquet of Crow

Book launch. Sunday, Sept. 17th, 5:00 pm at Books & Co.

Ziegler's tale takes his reader on a journey from the fall festivals in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to the 1960's circus of Haight-shbury, through the aspen groves of North Western BC, to the communes and prot-side streets in the Maritimes, through the deserts of Mexico, and back again to BC. Ziegler as Vietnam draft dodger metamorphoses from college professor, to log cabin hippy, into Maritime street-poet, clown, bankrupt mime, addictions therapist, and finally, fulfilled husband and father. Suffused with poetry and drama, and written with courage and vulnerability, The Draft Dodger Dues: A Banquet of Crow explores the feelings of confusion, heartbreak, loss, and hope that cultural exile ultimately fosters.

21 July 2006

Prince George Folk Festival, July 28-29

Folk festivals and summertime are synonymous in Canada and back for its third year at Fort George Park is Prince George Folkfest '06. The celebration of music is set for July 28-29 and will include a stellar lineup of artists, including Canada's own Matthew Good. Good's solo acoustic tour is selling out across the country and festival artistic director, Jo Beattie, says Good will also co-lead a workshop on the Saturday of the festival, involving aspiring young musicians on the theme, "Be True to Yourself".

"Matthew Good fans are diehard fans and this is an exciting prospect for them at our festival with him as the main headliner," Beattie said. "I am thrilled with a lineup that includes Alexis Puentes, a 2006 Juno winner, originally from Cuba now living in Smithers, along with Fred Eaglesmith and the legendary mandolin player Willie P. Bennett, who inspired Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing and Tom Wilson to start Blackie and the Rodeo Kings."

Wayne Lavallee is a Juno nominee and a 2006 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award winner. What sets Lavallee apart from other singer/songwriters is his incredible voice - raspy, haunting, and mesmerizing are the words often used to describe the sound.

Kevin Breit from Toronto will not disappoint the most serious of guitar players. His resume is a who's who of people with whom he has accompanied, or those who have recorded his songs, from Norah Jones to Patti Scialfa to Molly Johnson. Along with Kevin for the ride are the funky Sisters Euclid, all male super blues/modern jazz/hiphopsters who are bound to make your night!

Beattie is pleased to welcome Ferron as a performer this year. Ferron is a revered Canadian singer/songwriter and poet. In addition to being one of Canada's most famous folk musicians, she is one of the most influential writers and performers of women's music, and an important influence on later musicians such as Ani Difranco and The Indigo Girls.

Most important is the local content of this year's festival. Versus, led by rap-master Shae Morin has built a large local following, taking hip-hop and rap to new dimensions. For fans of the edgy, pop-rock sounds, check out Machina, a four-piece powerhouse of vocals and guitars. Eric Tompkins and the Fellini's Hat Band runs the gamit from Persian influenced original tunes to Miles Davies influenced jazz. MC Maureen Washington lends her own smokey,voice to the lineup. Completing the Folkfest '06 lineup will be last year's Folkquest winner Matt Robinson, as well as this year's talented winner. Special guest "tweeners" are up too!

05 July 2006

PrideUNBC's Philosopher's Brunch

On July 9th, 2006, Noon-2pm, PrideUNBC will be holding its 4th annual Philosopher's Brunch Gay Pride Event at the flag poles at UNBC. (Admission: By Donation)

PrideUNBC pesents poets, singers, songwriters, storytellers, dances, musicians...you name it.

Please contact Heinrich for more information.