Art Beat: Simulcast concerts on this month

The concerts at the Heritage Playhouse, featuring just a few of the many fine musicians on the Sunshine Coast, continue for the next two Saturdays. On May 23 at 7:15 p.m., Deanna Knight Tree-O performs, featuring Knight on vocals, Karen Graves on sax and Simon Kendall on keyboards. The Burying Ground plays on Saturday, May 30, with a show that will include tunes from their new album, A Look Back. The one-hour concerts, sponsored by the Town of Gibsons, are simulcast on Eastlink Community TV (Coast Cable) on channel 10 or 610 and on Facebook at the Music in The Landing page.

Cyber sessions

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The pandemic-driven prohibition on gatherings has pushed everyone with something to sing about online, and in a way, that’s not a bad thing. You might get to see some local performers on Facebook pages like Sunshine Coast Quarantine Concert Series that you otherwise would not have heard before, or as often. Simon Paradis, Joe Stanton, Matt Richards, and Gary Gilbert (as Corona Crooner) of Blue Line Duo are just a few of the acts you can catch live or in past performances down the timeline. Mark Brezer singing to his baby son Arlo, which he does often, is a treat.

Ashes in the Morning

A long-time fixture on the Coast, folksinger Ken Dunn, has had to move back to Ontario with his musical and life partner Anna Green to help with aging parents. Dunn, a retired psychologist who went into music full-time a few years ago, has regularly toured North America – when you could do that – and just released his ninth album, Ashes in the Morning. He’s a singer-songwriter firmly in the pure folk style of early Bob Dylan, Tim Hardin and Tom Rush, and Dunn’s nine new tunes are produced in that fine tradition. Available at

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