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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



First Nation Bannock Station at the Jazzapaloozas!

First Nation Bannock Station, two amazing ladies from Shishalh, will be supplying the food service for the Jazzapaloozas! The menu is a fusion of traditional Shishalh, modern, and Creole fare including Jambalaya, smoked Sockeye wraps, Bannock, home made Black Forest and lemon raspberry cupcakes, and homemade lemonade.


Program Change

The Hugh Fraser Trio is unable to attend this year’s PH Jazz Festival. The Campbell Ryga Quartet will now be performing at the Saturday JAZZAPALOOZA from 2:45PM – 3:30PM.

Ryga will also be our Playing It Forward Student Clinician on Friday, September 16


Jazz at Private Venues

2016 brings a slight change of format to our Festival. Private venues have been asked to book their own gigs, and they are ‘on it!’

Look for jazz listings for The Garden Bay Pub, Emelle’s Bistro, John Henry’s and The Painted Boat in our 2016 Programme page.


New this year: Persephone!

Persephone Brewing Company will be on site with craft beer.

“Beer, Farm Fresh. Persephone’s 11-acre farm-based brewery prides itself on the FRESHEST BEER. We grow hops and use BC grain in every sip. Not content with simply making the best and freshest beer, Persephone is committed to making the world a better place through early adoption of ecologically and socially positive systems and working as a social venture to benefit our community. Every can, glass, growler or keg you purchase helps us achieve these goals as a team, which now includes YOU! Thank you for your support and ENJOY THIS BEER!”