James Hill with Anne Janelle
“A dazzling live performer—utterly world class.”
How does a kid from Langley, BC become what the Honolulu Star-Bulletin calls a “rare peer” of Hawaii’s premier ukulele players? Well, he started in Grade 4—just like all the kids in Golden do—in the school’s music program. Now, a seasoned performer with an ever-growing fan base in North America, Asia and Europe, James has garnered wide acclaim for his ground-breaking approach to the chronically-underestimated ukulele. Never have four strings attached to a hollow wooden shell been coaxed to do so much! youtu.be/vEyX-gLitnY
KHC’s artistic director Bill Usher interviews James Hill and plays a track from his new album produced by Joel Plaskett.
Davy The Punk
written and performed by Bob Bossin
“A memoir of a childhood that is the stuff of dreams and movies.”
Stringband’s Bob Bossin has been wanting to write Davy the Punk all his life. With a songwriter’s ear, a performer’s sense of timing, and a poet’s grace, Bob brings Davy the Punk to life, spinning his tales tall and true from the circle of small time Jewish hoods in the gambling underworld of 1940s Toronto, mesmerizing them and us with his magic. Davy the Punk is a triple crown of music, wry comedy, and affecting family reunion — something to cheer about. youtu.be/R9hASWq_OV0
KHC’s artistic director Bill Usher speaks with Bob Bossin about the musical he has written about his father’s life in the gambling business.
“Hot and spicy rumba-flamenco-jazz.”
Having toured Spain and the Americas for over 15 years, guitar virtuoso Patrice Servant, now offers a truly unique blend of rumba-flamenco-jazz. After completing two master’s degrees in music and giving hundreds of performances with various performers, Patrick studied Latin rhythms in Peru and flamenco in Spain. When he returned to Quebec his musician friends nicknamed him Servantes. Innovative, intense, and musically exuberant, virtuoso guitarist Servantes and his quartet will blow you away! youtu.be/QmEKpobsicA
Bill Usher interviewed Patrice Servant about his upcoming western tour and visit to Golden with his very funky quartet Servantes. Bill saw Servantes play in Vancouver a year or so ago and the audience was wildly enthusiastic!
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Written and performed by Anne Marie Scheffler
“From hot dates to play dates!”
As a presenter, finding great reviews of an artist is something you need to sell the show. Like this one from the CBC, “Anne Marie Scheffler didn’t think motherhood would be this hard. She thought she could be the sexy show biz mom with a baby in one arm, and a movie script in the other. Her jarring realization otherwise makes for a humorous and entertaining show!” But the priceless reviews are always best from someone who bought a ticket, “OMG. My sides are so sore this morning—we had SUCH a great time last night! You made me laugh from the centre of my being. Thank you, thank you, thank you. P.S. I’m really sorry for the snorting.” vimeo.com/33584524
Friday, November 21, 2014
“Whether you’re a hipster, a purist, or a Diana Krall-loving softie,
Elizabeth will win you over.”
Hailed as “a jazz virtuoso blessed with a pop sensibility,” velvety-voiced pianist Elizabeth Shepherd arrived on the international scene in 2006 when her debut album Start To Move was voted one of the top jazz albums of the year. Versed in equal parts Stevie Wonder, Salvation Army brass bands and classical sonatas, it is perhaps no surprise that this globetrotting talent has developed such a distinct and unique voice. Playing on our grand piano, Elizabeth is performing this concert with a five-piece band. elizabethshepherd.com
Bill Usher interviews Elizabeth Shepherd calling in from Montreal before she heads off for gigs in Mexico and the US eventually pulling into Golden later in November. Plus music from her brilliant album Rewind… Take a listen.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Best of the Banff Mountain Film Fest
“The excitement and richness of mountain culture!”
The best of the Banff Mountain Film Festival is an annual presentation of
short films and documentaries about mountain culture, sports, and environment.
Go adventuring from a seat in the Civic Centre! youtu.be/gCzgqIm_Ofg
Thursday, January 29, 2015
The Judgement of Paris
“On the brink of the Great War, Debussy and Ravel are vying for the love of their darling, Paris, The City of Light.”
People who listen to CBC Radio are familiar with the voice of Tom Allen. His programs are always filled with interesting facts about the selection, the composer or about our times. Not too many know he is an accomplished musician. With his musical friends—all stars in their own right—Tom Allen has created The Judgement of Paris, a mix of cabaret, history and story-telling with timeless music by Debussy and Ravel, as well as original songs by the performers. It is new and old, heroic and tragic, history and fiction – and may the best composer win.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Snow King’s MasqueParade
“All the wild and silly creatures celebrate the return of the Snow King!”
1,000 people flock to Spirit Square to welcome Snow King and Lady Spring down from the mountain for a night of fantastic pageantry.
Sunday, March 8, 2015
“Virtuosic showpieces, romantic tenor arias, pyrotechnical solos,
blazing gypsy show pieces!”
For nearly two decades, this dazzling ensemble has enchanted audiences and critics worldwide with their exotic blend of musical virtuosity, artistic passion and humour. Classical in training – eclectic by design – Quartetto Gelato’s repertoire spans the globe including classical masterworks, operatic arias, and the sizzling energy of tangos and gypsy folk songs. The group’s theatrical and humorous stage presence easily establishes an intimate and enthusiastic rapport with audiences. youtu.be/WYlq5QwT5aw
Saturday, April 18, 2015
WonderHeads’ Grim and Fischer
A Deathly Comedy in Full Face Mask
“You will laugh, you will cry, you will stand in awe.”
Death meets his match in a tenacious granny not ready to breathe her last. In this award winning full face mask comedy, an aging grandmother is pitted against none other than the Grim Reaper and confronts the inevitable question: what is it to know your end is nigh? A tender telling of an epic journey; one woman’s fight for survival takes fantastical flight in a showdown with Grim himself. WonderHeads evokes a spirit of awe in even the most serious and respectable of adults. PG 14 Mature Theme youtu.be/88SH9MYZ1Ew
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
“One of Canada’s most beloved singer-songwriters and hit makers.”
25 years into a glorious career Jimmy Rankin has gone full-on country with his new release Back Road Paradise. The result is the catchiest batch of tunes Rankin’s ever written. Above all, it’s still Jimmy, that familiar voice, homespun and heartfelt, capable of taking you to the deepest emotions, or the best party in town. youtu.be/0J00tAF4T04