Sechelt Summer Music Series

The District of Sechelt is pleased to present the Summer Music Series, a free concert series featuring local musicians. These outdoor concerts take place in the gardens next to the Sechelt Public Library each Saturday in July & August from 12pm - 2pm. All events follow the guidance of Vancouver Coastal Health and comply with all provincial COVID-19 health requirements. In 2020 the concert series was recorded and presented online. All of the recordings can be viewed via YouTube.

Click here to download a PDF copy of the 2021 concert schedule. For the most up-to-date listings, photos and videos, please refer to the Summer Music Series Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sat. July 3: Michelle Morand / Corner Table

Michelle Morand: Melodic, moving, thought provoking. These are the words that are used to describe Michelle Morand’s original music and the curated selection of stories and familiar songs that she weaves together to form a performance that takes you on a journey of sight, sound emotion and personal exploration. 

Corner Table: Pamela Girone, Peter Hill and Gary Bowman have been playing music together for over twenty years. They enjoy playing a variety of musical styles including Standards, Blues, and Bossa.

 

 

Sat. July 10: Lowry Olafson / Bigger Bits of String

Lowry Olafson (PowerSongs.ca): 
Lowry Olafson is a singer-songwriter and motivational speaker who has released nine albums and toured the globe. He also co-writes PowerSongs with individuals, couples, families and teams to help them connect to a greater sense of meaning, joy and possibility in work and life. To date, he has facilitated over 500 songwriting sessions with more than 10,000 people. As he likes to say “It’s your life. make it sing.”


Bigger Bits of String (bitsofstringband.com): Kaia Nielsen, Mark Lebbell, Ken Dalgleish and Graham Walker call their music "Canadicana", drawing inspiration from non-traditional roots tunes about trains and trucks, love lost and found, harmony, hope and heartbreak. Rootsy folkin' country blues, all held together with bits of string.

Sat. July 17: Topher Trick / Charlotte Wrinch Band

Topher Trick: 
(AKA Dr. ChrisTOPHER PaTRICK Hergesheimer) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, beat borrower, traveler, researcher and a self-described "rookie MC with a PhD”. Armed with a microphone, a laptop, a guitar and an ego, Topher Trick spins a unique show that is a combination of original hip hop, high energy folk pop and poignant social commentary storytelling. A dynamic and engaging stage man and educator, he sings his original acoustic songs from the heart and dials in old and new school beats and throws out live lyrics.

  

Charlotte Wrinch Band (youtube/charlottewrinch): 
Charlotte Wrinch is a passionate singer-songwriter and recording artist living on the Sunshine Coast. A FACTOR Demo Award recipient, she plays a classical guitar and sings. Joining her for the Sechelt Summer Music Series will be Lorne Baron on lead electric, John Rule on drums, and Boyd Norman on bass.

Sat. July 24: Gabriel Dubreuil & Jennifer Mauel / Early Spirit

Gabriel Dubreuil & Jennifer Mauel (gabrieldubreuil.com): Traditional music takes on a contemporary flair in the duo of Gabriel Dubreuil (fiddle) and Jennifer Mauel (guitar, vocals). Jennifer and Gabriel perform high-energy fiddle music from Scotland, Ireland and North America, with arrangements that draw on their diverse musical influences. Their foot-stomping fiddle tunes and sweet, soulful songs are sure to captivate audiences and get their toes tapping!

 

Early Spirit (earlyspirit.ca): 

Early Spirit is Gabriel Dubreuil (violin), Ben Kelly (percussion), Aidan Goheen (bass) and Jay Knutson (guitar and vocals). This musical outfit is as intriguing as their diverse musical backgrounds and as captivating and exciting as a live band can be. From the first electrifying chord they will lead you through the musical mosaic of their own unique West Coast “Rockin' Folkin’ Rollin’ Jazzin’ Celtic Swing-Grass”.

Sat. July 31: David Jones / Gruny Four


David Jones: Local choir member, love to do singalongs from back of boat & action songs with kids.

Gruny Four: 

Drummer /composer Mitch Lazer has been performing at Blues, Jazz, Rock, Folk and Latin music festivals for over 40 years on the West Coast. Keyboardist Bill Barclay has played with many West Coast jazz and RnB  bands since the 70's. Ken "Gruny" Grunenberg plays sax and flute; and Sacha Fassaert on guitar.

Sat. Aug 7: Pete Catastrophe / Wanda Nowicki Trio

Pete Catastrophe (reverbnation.com/petecatastrophe): PeteCatastrophe plays ska and reggae, funk and punk waltzes with a happy and contagious energy.

 

Wanda Nowicki Trio: Wanda Nowicki  first started gigging in Los Angeles a long time ago, she made her way  back home to Vancouver in 2004, gigged all around the lower mainland and then came to Gibsons in 2014. Joining her for the Sechelt Music Series is Mark Bender on bass and Michael Toth on guitar.

Sat. Aug 14: Deborah Holland / The GO Band

Deborah Holland (deborahholland.net)

Deborah Holland rose to prominence with iconic trio Animal Logic (Stewart Copeland, Stanley Clarke), spawning decades of success as a solo performer, member of folk supergroup The Refugees, film scorer, and educator. Her songs area wide-ranging fusion of pop, folk, jazz, and more. always with her signature lyrical style.

 

The GO Band (facebook.com/grantolsenmusic/): 

The GO Band, short for The Grant Olsen Band has for years been an upbeat coast-based folk ensemble of friends currently featuring Grant Olsen, Fraser Blackley and Pamela Messner performing, among other things, the songs of Grant Olsen.

Sat. Aug 21: Katrina Bishop / The Widdershins

Katrina Bishop (katrinabishop.com): Katrina Bishop is an award-winning songwriter who draws from an extensive grab-bag of musical experience.  Mixing elements of Pop, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Celtic, Rock, and a touch of Country, Katrina will write about pretty much anything.  Described by Verna Chan of the Gibsons Music in the Landing series as “a phenomenal vocalist with enchanting, irreverent original material”, Katrina has performed, written and recorded with several groups over the years, and has released two solo albums.  The latest, 2018’s ‘Hopscotch’, was also accompanied by an animated music video for her song, ‘Done With You’.

 

The Widdershins: An acoustic folk revival band, the Widdershins are rediscovering their uniquely natural style of acoustic folk music. Influenced by the likes of Nick Drake and Gordon Lightfoot, longtime friends and musical collaborators Bernard Boulanger (The Colorifics; guitar and vocals) and Neil Burnett (The Paperboys; woodwinds, banjo, accordion, and vocals) bring their quintessential whimsey and musical sophistication to a wide array of original songs.

 

Sat. Aug 28: Bradley Wells / The Jazz Group of Six

Bradley Wells: Born on the coasts of Newfoundland and home on the coasts of British Columbia, Bradley Wells is a self-taught musician who loves cooking, being creative and learning new things. His musical influences and tastes range widely from ambient easy-listening to metal. It wasn’t until he was 19 that he found a passion in making music when he bought his friend’s beat-up electric guitar. With his music he intends to uplift spirits and contribute to creating peaceful atmospheres.

 

The Jazz Group of Six

Jazz G6 has been performing on the Coast since 2009, originally as the Coast Jazz Septet and until recently the Jazz Group Of Seven. The group has been a regular at the Gibsons Jazz Festival. Music at the Landing, and been featured at the Pender Harbour Jazz Festival. Over the years they have given a series of concerts including some featuring guest vocalists Karen Graves, Trudi Diening, Laura Crema and Jennifer Scott. 

  • John Frederickson – Trumpet
  • Ken Grunenberg – Saxophones and Flute
  • Bryan Airth – Trombone
  • Steve Giltrow – Guitar
  • Beth Jay – Bass
  • Tim Enns – Drums