Canadiana in concert in Roberts Creek

If you’re up for an afternoon of hearing some great Sunshine Coast players and vocalists perform their renditions of tunes by Canadian composers, the Sunshine Coast Music Society has just the ticket. It’s a concert dubbed Made in Canada and it’s happening on the afternoon of Sunday, June 16 at the Highland Centre in Roberts Creek. 

“This will be the third one we’ve done [since 2015] with the Canadian composers’ theme, and I think this one maybe is going to be the best,” music society secretary treasurer and spokesperson Terry Andrews told Coast Reporter. 

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The lineup includes the brassy Creek Big Band, the Whirlwind Quintet, Sarona Mynhardt’s Inspirato vocal group (in a small-ensemble version), and Val and Julie Rutter’s Gemini, who will be joined for a tune or two by soprano Wendy Humphreys. 

Each group will play three to five numbers and the selections will form an eclectic mix of Canadiana, from writers like flutist Moe Koffman (Swinging Shepherd Blues), award-winning folk artist Connie Kaldor (Woodriver), choral arranger W.H. Anderson (The Bird’s Song), Ray Sikora (Funk Groove), and many more, including Creek Big Band trumpeter John Frederickson’s Blues for Anna, a tune he wrote for his first granddaughter. 

The Highland Centre’s main performance hall can seat more than 100, but Andrews said to ensure the event is comfortable for audience and players, only 90 tickets will be sold for the concert, which has steadily built an audience over the years. 

“When we first developed the concept, we weren’t sure how much audience it would draw,” Andrews said. “Each time we do it we have more people coming.” 

Showtime is 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, available at Strait Music in Sechelt and Laedeli Gifts in Gibsons.

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