The Quesnel and District Community Arts Council has released the schedule of children and family concerts and shows coming to Quesnel in the 2018-2019 season.
Quesnel and District Community Arts Council (QDAC) president Colleen Brines sat down with the Observer to talk about the upcoming events.
Sept. 10, 2018: The Kerplunks, a children’s band, will be playing at the Chuck Mobley Theatre at 6 p.m. on Sept. 10. The Kerplunks, from Gabriola Island, B.C., have been nominated for the JUNO for Best Children’s Album three times.
“We plan on having a pyjama and pizza party for the Kerplunks,” says Brines. “And that’s always been lots of fun.”
Sept. 29, 2018: The Purple Pirate will be performing at the Reid Street Reopening at 2 p.m. on Sept. 29. Brines says the Purple Pirate has been to Quesnel before, and will be hosting a free concert for the reopening. “We will make pirate hats with him,” she adds.
Nov. 24, 2018: Kellie Haines, a ventriloquist, will be performing at the Chuck Mobley Theatre at 2 p.m. on Nov. 24. Haines is from Vancouver, says Brines, and is “very personable.”
April 14, 2019: Innovative juggler Greg Kennedy will be performing in the Chuck Mobley Theatre at 2 p.m. on April 14. Kennedy is from the U.S. and uses his knowledge of physics and geometric to come up with innovative methods of juggling.
“We haven’t had anything like that before,” Brines says.
Kennedy also spent four years touring with the Cirque du Soleil.
May 3, 2019: The DuffleBag Theatre will be performing Little Red Riding Hood at the Chuck Mobley Theatre at 6 p.m. on May 3. The group is from Ontario, and Brines says they had the best show of them all last year.
Jan. 26, 2019: The Jerry Cans, a band that mixes traditional throat singing and indie rock, are from Iqaluit, N.U. They will be performing at the Occidental at 7 p.m. on Jan. 26. The band has performed around the world in Australia, Scotland, Greenland, Cuba and Norway, among others.
Brines is “thrilled” to have the Jerry Cans, and says they’re stopping in Quesnel on their way to the Coldsnap Music Festival in Prince George.
Feb. 1, 2019: Kobo Town, a calypso dance band, will be performing at the Occidental at 7 p.m. on Feb. 1. From Toronto, the JUNO-nominated band has deep roots in Caribbean folk music.
Kobo Town has played around the world, from Trinidad and Tobago to Paris.
Brines says the family concerts aren’t appropriate for young children, but youth will be allowed at the venue until 9:30 p.m. for both concerts.