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The Fretless

Sunday, October 22, 2017, 2pm

If you love fiddle music, this is your concert! This unique, Juno award-winning (2017) band of classically trained string musicians has also been recognized with multiple awards from the Western Canadian and Canadian Folk Music associations.




October 13, 2017 Coffee House

Lineup for Friday, October 13, 2017:


Popular Singer/Songwriter, with here new original material

Original folk-inspired acoustic music

Talented young vocalist


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.


Telus supports PHMS

Telus presented a cheque for $4,000 to the Pender Harbour Music Society on Sept. 16 at the School of Music in Madeira Park.

The donation will be used to support a variety of music programs and events in the area.


From left: Antje Unger, Telus Sunshine Coast Business Development Manager, Pender Harbour Music Society Board members Marg Penney (Vice Chair), Margaret Skelley (Secretary) and Joanne Mauro (Chair).


Jen Hodge’s Multi-Talented All Stars

The packed house audience at the Music School on Saturday night watched (and listened!) in amazement as the 7 musicians of Jen Hodge’s All Stars brought us a wide selection of jazz. In addition to Jen Hodge on bass, we had Brad Turner on trumpet, Joe Abbott (little Pender Harbour connection there!) on clarinet, Bonnie Northgraves on piano, Kelby MacNayr on drums, Sky Lambourne on trombone, and Jack Ray on banjo. All impressed with their vocal talents over the course of the evening.

They gave us everything from classics that Sidney Bechet either did or didn’t write to originals written by the Band members to an intricate arrangement of “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess that left the audience breathless. All took vocal solos and just for fun, the piano player and trumpet player switched places – and instruments – for the last two numbers!! The stage was hardly big enough for all that talent.






CARRY ON JAZZ – Important Meeting!

Wednesday, September 20, 6:30pm at the School of Music – to discuss the future of the Pender Harbour Jazz Festival.

If you are concerned about the future of the Pender Harbour Jazz Festival, we invite you to come to this special meeting.

The Pender Harbour Music Society (PHMS) has been considering what to do regarding the future of the Jazz Festival after the Director stepped down following the 2016 Festival. As an interim measure for this year, the PHMS organized a jazz concert and a free student jazz clinic which took place on the usual Festival weekend, September 15-17 (CLICK HERE for information on these concerts).

The pressing question to be answered now is “Does this Community want to organize and support a Jazz Festival in the future?”

The PHMS cannot do it alone and wants to hear from you. For example:

  • What sort of Festival can we offer? How ambitious or limited in scope?
  • Are there enough key volunteers?
  • Is there enough support from local business?

We look forward to seeing you there.

PHMS Board


Learning all about Jazz

The Pender Harbour Community Hall was alive with Jazz on Friday afternoon as Scott Robertson’s Swing Patrol led students from Pender Harbour, Chatelech and Elphinstone Secondaries through a series of exercises designed to develop their skills and confidence as musicians. The students came with their instruments and after a brief intro number by Scott on drums, Ron Thompson on guitar, Brent Gubbels on bass, and Bonnie Northgraves on trumpet they explored blues progressions, swing, shuffle, and lots more. All the students had a chance to improvise and solo, though some took a bit of coaxing. They ended the afternoon with Tom Kellough from SD #46 leading his Jazz students in a couple of arrangements they had prepared, a way to say thank you to the musicians who had shared so much with them.




Jazz Around The Harbour (September 15-17 Weekend)

In addition to the Music Society’s events:

Scott Robertson’s Swing Patrol

Friday 12:45-2:30 pm
Jazz Clinic for Students at the Pender Harbour Community Hall


Jen Hodge All Stars

Saturday 7:00 pm
Jazz Concert at the Pender Harbour School of Music


John Henry’s Resort and Marina in Garden Bay ( will be hosting a group called

Rock The Dock

at the following times:

Friday, September 15 – 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm, to go with Friday Night Prime Rib Beef Dinner

Saturday, September 16 – Music on the lawn in front of John Henry’s from Noon to 4 pm, September 17 –10:30 am to 12:30 pm for an extended brunch & lunch music event



Harp Camp

For three magical musical days, five Sunshine Coast harpists were joined by two harpists from Vancouver at the School of Music in Madeira Park. The musicians were hosted by the Pender Harbour Music Society for our first Harp Camp, July 12 through 14.

Their mentor was Janelle Nadeau, a well known solo recitalist, ensemble harpist and very gifted harp teacher from Vancouver. Janelle has been travelling to the Sunshine Coast for over five years bringing her enthusiasm and teaching skills to share with Sunshine Coast harpists in her very popular “Sunshine Coast Master Class”.

Plans are underway already for our next Harp Camp.



July 7, 2017 Coffee House

Lineup for Friday, July 7, 2017*:


Shelley & Allan Neinhuis – Vocal Duo

Mikayla Kozlof – Youth Singer and Ukulele

Joan & Ted – Vocals & Guitar

Mark Brezer – Vocals & Guitar



* For this month, the Coffee House is held on the first Sunday of the month, to be part of Pender Harbour Days.

Doors open 7:30pm
Music at 8:00pm

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.