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March 10, 2017 Coffee House

Lineup for Friday, March 10, 2017:

Reg, Lynne and the Other Guy – Easy listening pop, folk, jazz by Coast favourites
SASS – Ladies’ Vocal Ensemble
Grace Donahee + Patti Soos – Contemporary songs, piano, ukulele

Doors open 7:00pm
Music at 7:30pm

Coffee and sweets on sale
$10 suggested Donation at door
For Info Call: 883-9749

If you would like to perform (or volunteer), please call 883-9749.


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.



PH Choir Hosts MPES Students

On Friday, Dec. 16, all the students from MPES took part in a shared Christmas music event at the School of Music. The Pender Harbour Choir sang for the students, and the K/1 and Gr. 1/2 classes presented their charming seasonal songs, complete with props and actions.

A vocal trio, accompanied by Nancy Mackay and directed by Nancy Enns sang a beautiful Christmas anthem. Piano students of Joy McLeod performed a song each, and two of their encores became enthusiastic singalongs!

The event was a happy, energetic send-off to the students for their Christmas break and a heart-warming show for the adults too.



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


“A Special Time of Year”

Under the direction of Kenneth Norman Johnson and accompanied by David Poon, the Pender Harbour Choir will delight with familiar and new songs of the season!

Saturday, December 10, 2016
Reception 1:00pm, Concert 1:30pm
Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden, Sechelt

Sunday, December 11, 2016
Reception 1:00pm, Concert 1:30pm
School of Music, Madeira Park

Tickets $20 available from choir members, Earth Fair Store in Madeira Park and Sechelt Visitor Centre.



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.



CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER! Coffee House – Friday, October 14, 2016

Important Notice: October 14 Coffee House is cancelled due to forecast of bad weather. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding.

Friday, October 14, 2016 – 7:30 PM (cancelled)

Ashley Hautala – Popular Singer/Songwriter with guitar
Renee Harper/Chelsea Rubin – Youth Singers
Mikayla Kozlof – Singer with piano/harmonica
SASS – Ladies’ Vocal Ensemble


Coffee/Tea, Home-made baked goodies available
$10 suggested donation at the door
Doors open at 7:00pm, show starts at 7:30pm