Live music

Casey Cawston and Dianne Clifton were invited up on stage by Kane Brown, with Cawston giving a shoutout to their hometown of Keremeos. (Facebook)

Video: B.C. couple get dance of a lifetime on stage at Kane Brown concert

The couple were invited up at the Vancouver show and gave their hometown a shoutout

 

Country superstar Blake Shelton has been announced as the headline for next summer’s Sunfest Country Music Festival, running Aug. 3 to 6, 2023. (Courtesy of Sunfest Country Music Festival)

Blake Shelton coming to Vancouver Island as Sunfest headliner

The Cowichan country music festival returns to Laketown Ranch Aug. 3 to 6, 2023

 

Hospital employee Shannon Bower (left) is hoping to give a special gift to Sir Elton John at his concert Friday evening. Her co-workers Berni Russell, who made Elton-style safety glasses, Kavita Dabla and manager Janine Lapierre, along with hospital foundation staff Terra Scheer, Andrea Woo, Tim Staunton, and Gabriella Matute are backing her ambitious goal. (Heather Colpitts/Langley Advance Times)

Hey, Elton John, can you give Shannon a wave in the fourth row?

Langley woman’s last minute offer for a friend’s concert ticket has her hoping for the musician’s help

 

Q City Singers Lois Flanagan (left), Anita Higdon and Val Sanderson invite others who like to sing to join them. (Rebecca Dyok photo — Quesnel Observer)

Q City Singers returning with beautiful Christmas songs

Registration for the Christmas season is Thursday, Sept. 22

Q City Singers Lois Flanagan (left), Anita Higdon and Val Sanderson invite others who like to sing to join them. (Rebecca Dyok photo — Quesnel Observer)
Sarah Jane Scouten performed on a Saturday evening on the main stage at a previous Arts on the Fly in Horsefly, B.C. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Sarah Jane Scouten performs Saturday evening on the main stage at Arts on the Fly in Horsefly, B.C. in 2019. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photos)

Arts on the Fly cancelled, to try again next year

Organizers cite lack of camping as contributing to low ticket pre-sales

Sarah Jane Scouten performed on a Saturday evening on the main stage at a previous Arts on the Fly in Horsefly, B.C. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Sarah Jane Scouten performs Saturday evening on the main stage at Arts on the Fly in Horsefly, B.C. in 2019. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photos)
The last Arts on the Fly festival was in 2019 and took place earlier in the summer. A September date will include a slightly different format but lots of great acts. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Horsefly’s Arts on the Fly 2022 lineup revealed

Music festival releases lineup for Sept. event includes Juno award-winning Pharis and Jason Romero

The last Arts on the Fly festival was in 2019 and took place earlier in the summer. A September date will include a slightly different format but lots of great acts. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Shawn Mendes performs “Summer of Love” at the MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in New York. Mendes is one of several musicians to cancel Canadian concert dates in recent weeks.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Charles Sykes-Invision-AP

From Mendes to New Kids, concert cancellations prove a costly gamble for fans

Fans sometimes stuck with hefty travel, hotel expenses

Shawn Mendes performs “Summer of Love” at the MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in New York. Mendes is one of several musicians to cancel Canadian concert dates in recent weeks.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Charles Sykes-Invision-AP
Sandy Doonan (left) enjoys some dancing with Romeo Arcand on Tuesday, July 5 at Alive After 5. (Rebecca Dyok photo — Quesnel Observer)

Songs to dance to at Alive After 5

Live music returned to Spirit Square after a bout of rainy, risk of severe weather

Sandy Doonan (left) enjoys some dancing with Romeo Arcand on Tuesday, July 5 at Alive After 5. (Rebecca Dyok photo — Quesnel Observer)
The Correlieu Jazz Band was at Spirit Square in downtown Quesnel on Thursday, June 23. (Rebecca Dyok photo — Quesnel Observer)

Correlieu Jazz Band close out school year with downtown performance

Music erupted from Spirit Square on Thursday, June 23

The Correlieu Jazz Band was at Spirit Square in downtown Quesnel on Thursday, June 23. (Rebecca Dyok photo — Quesnel Observer)
French horn musician and Royal Canadian Navy Naden Band member Alliszon Zaichkowski, right, plays one of her 20 conch shells during a jam session with her aunt, front left, and mother. Zaichkowski originally learned about the conch from William Golding’s Lord of the Flies and jokingly ordered her first one off eBay. (Courtesy of Alliszon Zaichkowski)

B.C. musician toots conch shell on Canada’s Got Talent; gets Howie Mandel’s support

James Bay resident builds on 21 years of French horn training

French horn musician and Royal Canadian Navy Naden Band member Alliszon Zaichkowski, right, plays one of her 20 conch shells during a jam session with her aunt, front left, and mother. Zaichkowski originally learned about the conch from William Golding’s Lord of the Flies and jokingly ordered her first one off eBay. (Courtesy of Alliszon Zaichkowski)
Canadian band Our Lady Peace will tour to B.C. cities this spring. (Submitted photo)

Holograms help power Our Lady Peace tour that includes Vancouver concert this spring

Alt-rock band touts ‘intersection of music and technology’ in partnership with ARHT Media

Canadian band Our Lady Peace will tour to B.C. cities this spring. (Submitted photo)
Rock band Dear Rouge performs at Surrey’s Party for the Planet festival in 2014, in celebration of Earth Day. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C.’s new ARC program aims to give musicians the tools to build sustainable careers

Applications from B.C.-based musicians now welcomed, with 15 to be picked for program’s first round

Rock band Dear Rouge performs at Surrey’s Party for the Planet festival in 2014, in celebration of Earth Day. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Q City Singers in dress rehearsal before the COVID-19 pandemic began. They’ll make their grand return to performing on May 28. (Submitted photo)

Quesnel choral group planning return to performances

The Q City Singers will be performing at Bethel Church in May, their first time since COVID-19 began

The Q City Singers in dress rehearsal before the COVID-19 pandemic began. They’ll make their grand return to performing on May 28. (Submitted photo)
Scott Duncan, Scott Ward and Ray Schmidt of The Wardens were in Quesnel at the Bethel Church on Monday, March 14. (Rebecca Dyok photo — Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Trio of national park rangers return to Quesnel with stories and mountain music

Quesnel Live Arts hosted The Wardens on Monday, March 14

Scott Duncan, Scott Ward and Ray Schmidt of The Wardens were in Quesnel at the Bethel Church on Monday, March 14. (Rebecca Dyok photo — Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Tim McGraw sings “Something Like That” in a video posted to Youtube.com. The American artist is booked to perform during the 2022 Rockin River Fest in Merritt, B.C.

Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker headline summer’s Rockin River Fest in flood-hit Merritt

‘Now more than ever, we need things to be excited about,’ city’s mayor says

Tim McGraw sings “Something Like That” in a video posted to Youtube.com. The American artist is booked to perform during the 2022 Rockin River Fest in Merritt, B.C.
MG3 + CGT performed in Quesnel at Bethel Church on Thursday, Feb. 24. (Rebecca Dyok photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Guitarists delight audience in latest concert by Quesnel Live Arts

Two talented guitar trios entertain as one at Bethel Church

MG3 + CGT performed in Quesnel at Bethel Church on Thursday, Feb. 24. (Rebecca Dyok photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
The Vancouver Island country music festival Sunfest has been postponed the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file)

Canadian Live Music Association aims for clarity with live event regulations guide

Each province’s rules for live event gatherings is explored in detail in online guide

The Vancouver Island country music festival Sunfest has been postponed the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file)
Saanich residents Reb Stevenson (left) and Billy Reid are the duo behind Pancake Manor, a successful children’s YouTube channel. (Photo courtesy of Reb Stevenson)

B.C. duo drops new kids’ music as Youtube videos close in on 2 billion views

Duo behind Pancake Manor releasing their eighth children’s album this week

Saanich residents Reb Stevenson (left) and Billy Reid are the duo behind Pancake Manor, a successful children’s YouTube channel. (Photo courtesy of Reb Stevenson)
Chase Padgett will be bringing his 6 Guitars show to the Occidental on Oct. 14 and Oct. 15. (Quesnel Live Arts Poster)

Fox talent show contestant coming to Quesnel

Chase Padgett will be on the show Alter Ego on Oct. 6, and will be at the Occidental on Oct. 14/15

Chase Padgett will be bringing his 6 Guitars show to the Occidental on Oct. 14 and Oct. 15. (Quesnel Live Arts Poster)
Johnny Cash, June Carter and others pictured on a page from “Memories From the Mountain,” a new book that documents the history of Merritt Mountain Music Festival in photographs by Surrey’s Dee Lippingwell. (Photos: Dee Lippingwell)

Merritt country music festival’s ‘crazy-ass scene’ recalled in photographer’s new book

Campground C party zone and more remembered in Dee Lippingwell’s third book

Johnny Cash, June Carter and others pictured on a page from “Memories From the Mountain,” a new book that documents the history of Merritt Mountain Music Festival in photographs by Surrey’s Dee Lippingwell. (Photos: Dee Lippingwell)