Archive For: Concert Series

Some Enchanted Afternoon

When a talented pianist and a gifted singer meet in the perfect venueto quote Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, “It’s Magic”.

On Sunday, Robert Kortgaard and Brett Polegato pulled out all the stops to deliver a memorable concert for an audience who clearly had Broadway on their minds. Moving from 20th. century masters such as Sigmund Romberg, Cole Porter and Rogers and Hammerstein through to contemporary hit makers Billy Joel and Stephen Sondheim, Kortgaard and Polegato presented a polished and engaging concert that hit all the right notes.



Beyond Description

When violinist Corey Cerovsek, cellist Adrian Brendel and pianist Michelle Mares walked onto the stage at the Pender Harbour Chamber Music Festival Mid Winter Weekend, February 25 and 26, it was a reunion of dear friends who share spectacular talents and passionate souls. Their two concerts, presented on concurrent afternoons, brought many in the audience alternately to tears and to their feet for ovations the like of which few can remember.




More wonderful chamber music coming August 18 – 20. Please check this website in April for details about musicians, programs and tickets.


Dawn Pemberton “Did it”!

A welcome ray of sunshine arrived in Pender Harbour when Miss Dawn Pemberton swept in to provide a little blues/soul/funk to brighten our winter. She has a voice that starts somewhere around her ankles and rises in a throaty rumble through the top of her being. At times you could feel the room vibrate! Dawn delighted her audience with a selection of her own compositions as well those of legends such as Stevie Wonder. She sings of love – the “maybe” kind of love, the “truly” kind of love and saddest of all – love gone. Probably the most powerful song of the afternoon was one she wrote for her brother who has been “lost” to her family for many years. This lady is a musical powerhouse and an all-round lovely person whom we would be pleased to have grace our stage anytime.






Dawn Pemberton – Sunday, January 15, 2017 2PM

When Dawn Pemberton’s CD, Say Somethin, was released in 2014, critics lined up to call her Canada’s new queen of soul. In 2015, she was part of a talented band with the unique name The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer that won Western Canadian Music Awards in three categories for their release A Real Fine Mess. Thanks to her strong vocal technique and true emotional connection, Dawn’s voice is a perfect fit for the complementary music worlds of R & B, gospel, funk and jazz fusion.



Cloverpoint Drifters Re-scheduled to Saturday, May 27, 2017!

This concert, originally scheduled for October 15, 2016 was cancelled due to bad weather. If you bought tickets, you may use them for the re-scheduled concert.

Saturday May 27, 2017 – 7 PM (NEW SCHEDULE!)

cs7Born in rural Appalachia, traditional bluegrass weaves together musical traditions from Celtic folk songs to American blues, folk and country. After almost 20 years together, the Cloverpoint Drifters have established themselves as masters of this musical genre, both in their fine harmonies and in their instrumentals on double bass, guitar, banjo, dobro and mandolin. This is music of the heart.

Sponsored in part by: Lori and Don Rymes & Wayne Jobb in memory of Pat Jobb


Archie Fisher – An Afternoon with a Legend

What do you say to a real-life legend when he smiles and says “Hello”? In the case of Archie Fisher, you smile right back and enjoy every minute of his company. That’s what happened on Sunday at the School of Music in Madeira Park when the renowned musician and all round charming gentleman came to call. His rapt audience revelled in Archie’s memories of more than 60 years as a major force in folk music and laughed with him as he told delightful stories about his life along the borderlands between England and Scotland. His songs are part of the heartfelt tradition of storytelling – of loves found and lost, fishermen cast ashore by reduced fish stocks and commercial fleets, people longing for the pleasures and security of home – the common threads of human life. Many in the audience wished they’d brought a wee dram of single malt to add to the wonderful ambience of Archie’s’ concert – certainly nothing else was missing.



Charlotte Diamond


“Four hugs a day – that’s the minimum….” is one of Charlotte Diamond’s most beloved songs and yesterday Charlotte and son Matt bestowed a maximum number of musical hugs on fans small and tall. Through long-time favourites such as I Am a Pizza and Slippery Fish to the wonderfully creepy Looking for Dracula, complete with swirling black cape and fangs, the audience, ranging in age from newborns to grandparents, was encouraged to sing, dance and become part of the show. At one point, young children were invited on stage and, to the surprise of many adults present, volunteers rocketed out of their seats. Only Charlotte Diamond could do that! In the span of one short hour, she used numerous languages – including signing – to underscore that, no matter where we live or in what language we communicate, we all share the need for love and a responsibility to care for the natural world. Hugs back to you, Charlotte and Matt.



Duo Rendezvous – May 15, 2016

Jasper Wood, violin and Daniel Bolshoy, guitar

DUOPassion, technical brilliance and intense musicality come wrapped in the fabulous package that is Duo Rendezvous. Jasper and Daniel delight in moving with grace and ease through musical genres – many of which are connected directly to dance. Our audience will be treated to works by Bach, Falla, Sarasate, Jobim, Piazzolla and Monti – a little bossa nova, some tango and even Hungarian czardas. Wear your dancing shoes!

Please join us for the perfect finale to an exceptional fall and winter program of music in the Harbour.

Sunday May 15, 2 PM
Pender Harbour School of Music, Madeira Park
Tickets $25
Available from Harbour Insurance, Madeira Park and at the Sechelt Visitor Centre.
You may also buy tickets through this website – CLICK HERE

Sponsored in part by Les and Janet Falk


Brandon Isaak – April 17, 2016

Bowler hat at a rakish angle, electric blue sneakers, dapper goatee and a truly charming, if not a little wicked, smile. The one man musical experience that is Brandon Isaak was enhanced by his quirky sense of humour and his audience was right there with him. He provided an afternoon of his own laid back blues compositions – stories of love won and lost – combined with some impressive work on the guitar, various harmonicas and a foot drum. At one point, he indicated his delight at the unexpectedly fine vocals coming from the audience during a sing along – good skills on both sides of the stage!




A Cappella Heaven!

A cappella heaven descended on Pender Harbour yesterday in the form of the choral group musica intima. Eight superbly gifted singers stood in a half circle and sang to each other and to their spellbound audience. No accompaniment, no choir leader, just the power of the human voice in the perfectly suited intimacy of our small concert space. The well chosen repertoire moved from devotional music through modern Canadian compositions that were all about sound and emotive energy, to Latin American pieces that generated their own vibrant heat and, finally, to the music of Pete Seeger. To hear the choir and the audience, full of fine voices from choirs up and down the Coast, sing We Shall Overcome was truly one for the memory book.