| All performances are at the Port Hardy Civic Centre
1) Stephen Fearing
- Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
2) Roy and Rosemary with Kody
- Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
3) Leela Gilday
- Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
4) Joe Trio
- Saturday, February 4, 2017
- Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and Dinner starts at 6:00 p.m.
- Dinner is catered by: (TBA)
5) Foothills Brass
- Sunday, March 11, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Stephen Fearing was born in 1963 in Vancouver, British Columbia and grew up in Dublin, Ireland where his schoolmates included future members of U2. In 1981, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and immersed himself in the music scene there, learning the fundamentals of song writing and performing while washing dishes to stay alive.
By 1984 he was back in Vancouver, determined to become a professional musician. In the years since, he's become one of the finest songwriters in Canada. He's built
a national - and international - audience for his music, and he's done it old school through countless performances at intimate venues and on the concert stages of festivals and theatres across Canada and the US, as well as major music events in the UK, including the Reading Festival and WOMAD to name just a few.
Fearing’s music crackles with ideas and collaborative energy… masterful guitar work from acoustic rock rhythm to elegant finger style.
Acoustic Guitar Magazine
Fearing has released nine albums as a solo artist, featuring musical guests including Bruce Cockburn,
Margo Timmons, Richard Thompson, Shawn Colvin and Sarah McLachlan. As co-founder of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, he has released eight albums, and two albums as Fearing & White.
Like the guests on his albums, the many awards and nominations* that have come his way over the years speak to the respect he has earned among his peers, presenters and critics.
A Pianist and Violinist who bring Hollywood’s beloved cinematic instrumental songs to your concert stage. Your favorites from yesterday and today. The Bogart and Bacall of Hollywood’s soundtrack virtuosos.
They are Roy & Rosemary who first met while accompanying The Canadian Tenors, now The Tenors.
Roy & Rosemary are equally comfortable with classical and pop music and their diverse talents and improvisational skills have led to numerous performance opportunities, including three different performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall, one of which debuted a combined hip-hop and classical concert; a performance as the first ever instrumentalist at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican; entertaining at numerous private events, including for Donald Trump at his Mar-A-Lago estate in Palm Beach; performing at the Egyptian Consulate in Washington DC, performing at two concerts at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics; as well as the Beijing Summer Olympics, and even opening Hockey Night in Canada.
In November of 2012, the duo released their debut piano and violin fusion album “Once Upon a Dream“, featuring some original works along with many familiar and beloved tunes fully orchestrated and realized in a way that is traditional, yet fresh and exciting.
In addition to being adept at on-the-spot improvisations in various styles of music, the duo are blessed with the special talent of perfect pitch. This has been an incredible gift to both of them, further allowing them to be musically in sync with each other on and off stage.
A very unique part of their show is doing requests from the audience, often even learning and arranging unfamiliar tunes instantly, inviting the audience in to be a part of the show and a key ingredient in the creative process. Their talents do not end there however. They will keep you wanting more when you hear either or sometimes both of them taking up a microphone and serenading you with their voices.
They have appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Canada AM”, “Breakfast Television,” “Urban Rush,” and on a live television broadcast in New York. Other notable performances include the Miss America Gala in Las Vegas and the 25th Anniversary of Children’s Miracle Network at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Roy and Rosemary’s love for music has given them the privilege of performing throughout North America, China, Korea, Japan, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, and throughout continental Europe.
A passionate singer/songwriter and soulful performer, Leela Gilday has a voice that comes straight from the heart. Confessing her stories to her audiences with a gutsy voice and open stage presence, Gilday weaves her experiences as a northerner, a member of the Dene nation, and a traveler into a beautiful world that transports the listener.
With four full-length recordings and a long touring history, Gilday has numerous awards to her credit, including a Juno, two Western Canadian Music Awards, Aboriginal Female Entertainer of the Year to name a few. Above all, she seeks connection with her audiences through music, and with each record brings more unique stories to the world. Whether it’s an anthem for the oppressed, or an upbeat song about mortality, she infuses her songs with a sense of humour as well as a sense of social justice, and an ironic appreciation of human folly.
Based out of Yellowknife, NT, Leela has toured festivals and concert halls with her four-piece band through every province and territory in Canada. She has also played internationally in several countries including Japan, US, Greenland, Denmark, and New Zealand. Her live shows, and many appearances on television and radio have earned her an important place in the Aboriginal music scene, as well as a loyal mainstream following.
Her new record “Heart of the People” (fall 2014) resonates with the heartbeat of the earth and the connection we all have to it as human beings.
Joe Trio is not your average piano trio. They don't want to be neatly categorized, but instead strive for diversity, versatility, and more than a little humour and unpredictability. Their repertoire consists of the classics – from Papa Haydn to Uncle Shostakovich, new works by contemporary composers, and their own arrangements of popular, jazz and rock tunes. And they're not afraid to mix together so many styles of music into a single piece it makes your head spin. More than virtuosi, the Trio's members are fantastic performers who engage the audience in a way few classical musicians can. Amply witty, charming, and tremendously musical, Joe Trio leaves audiences with a new appreciation for classical music.
Since Joe Trio was formed in 1989, this classically trained violin-cello-piano threesome has presented hundreds of concerts throughout Canada and the United States – ten provinces, one territory, and thirty-six states so far. They've played everywhere from Whitehorse to Corpus Christi, and from Sacramento to St. John's, and even in Ely, Nevada. Joe has been heard on National Public Radio in the United States, RTE Lyric FM in Ireland, and on many CBC Radio shows including the old Morningside show, Disc Drive, The Music Room, West Coast Performance, and Quirks and Quarks. As well as giving concerts, the Trio enjoys offering their services for education outreach programs, and has played many school shows for children of all ages.
They recorded their first CD, "A Cup of Joe" in 1997, and their second album, recorded with CBC and entitled "Set 'em up, Joe" (2001), was nominated for Best Classical Performance at the West Coast Music Awards. In 2003, they joined forces with Canadian broadcaster and writer Stuart McLean when Joe fiddler Cameron Wilson set the music to McLean's "A History of Canada", and have since collaborated with Stuart on a number of concerts including a broadcast on The Vinyl Café. In 2005, Joe recorded a commissioned piece called "Rooster Bob Boogie" for Ireland's RTE Lyric FM radio. In 2008, the trio toured the British Columbia Gulf Islands and the US Midwest and debuted their symphony show with the Victoria Symphony. In 2009 they toured the Canadian Maritimes and in 2010 performed their symphony show with the Prince George Symphony. In 2011 Joe recorded their third CD, "Cold Cuts". That same year, violinist Cameron Wilson premiered his film noir operetta "Supernatural Noir" co-written with librettist Kico Gonzalez Risso which included Joe Trio as the house band for the production. 2011 was also the year Joe travelled to Smithers BC to premiere another work by Cameron Wilson, "Fragile Magic" (the Salmon Symphony) which involved the trio coaching and performing in a weekend of workshops and classes with local string instrumentalists, choirs and first nations drummers. In October 2014, the trio joined forces with Stuart McLean again this time on a Vinyl Café tour of BC and Alberta. Most recently Joe has performed in the British Columbia Okanagan area, in Langley BC, on Galiano Island BC and a symphony show with the Vancouver Island Symphony in Nanaimo BC.
Celebrating 30 years of entertaining audiences, the Foothills Brass Quintet leaves its stamp everywhere they go. Whether dazzling youngsters with high energy and interactive programs; or enlightening adults to the incredible versatility of the brass quintet, Foothills Brass delivers SERIOUS FUN!
Founded in 1981, the FBQ has the distinct privilege of being one of only a handful of chamber groups to maintain a full-time performance schedule since its inception. Foothills Brass presents up to 200 events each year in concert halls, universities, classrooms and cathedrals. Foothills Brass is composed of five versatile musicians from across North America. This superb Canadian quintet is dedicated to exceptional artistic presentation, meaningful educational activities and innovative leadership in the artistic community.