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Upstream Entertainment announces whole new funk line up Aug. 31

A new all ages, all day concert is coming to town at the fairgrounds of the Boot Pub.

Billed as a "celebration of life and music under the sun in Canada’s playground," Upstream Entertainment is presenting headliners Maceo Parker and Michael Franti with Spearhead, along with Loas Mocosos and the Living Daylights.

Additional acts have yet to be announced.

There will be a beer garden on site.

Tickets are $45 for adults, $20 for ages 13-18. Age 12 and under are free.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or Upstream Entertainment at 604-904-4207.

Summer market opens at Pony Espresso

A new market at Pemberton’s Pony Espresso every Friday offers visitors something different.

Just outside the doors of the eclectic local eatery, a weekly sale of arts, crafts, and organic produce from the area takes place.

Now in its third week, the market takes place in the stalls adjacent to the Pony, every Friday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Hand-woven blouses, Victorian-style, organic herbs, and twig furniture are just a few of the goods on offer.

Jewellery from local designers features necklaces done in beads from the Czech Republic, and flowered bobby pins to zip up the ’do.

Products made from aloe vera plant, including tooth gels and power juice, as well as fur flowers and felt hats in bright colours, are some additional items on offer.

There is also an opportunity for interested musicians to play at the market.

Happy Birthday Jungle and Breaks

DJ Jungle Soldier, a.k.a. Jamie Tobin, says the ongoing Jungle and Breaks night at Tommy Africa’s is a "showcase for Canadian drum and bass artists, like locals DJ Logic, Plastic Surgeon, and others."

The scene continues to grow.

"Drum and bass is getting bigger as a scene. A lot of styles aren’t really attracting people, whereas drum and bass is – it’s kind of like a punk scene, people really into it are called junglists," says Tobin.

For most of the year the Jungle and Breaks evening has been held on Tuesday nights at Tommy Africa’s, but was moved to Saturday during May.

The night reverts to Tuesdays this week.

Tobin says the shift opened up the style of music for visiting weekenders.

"The style is so versatile," he says, "and for someone who hasn’t heard it before it’s very versatile music, incorporating R&B, hip hop and breaks.

Eyes Wide for Viseye

The Viseye Art Gallery at BBK’s Pub, opens its latest exhibit Saturday, which runs from July 13 to Aug. 13.

"We’ve had tremendous response," says bar manager Stuart Brown. "People come in here just to look at the photographs."

Tim Magee, Jonathan Grant, and Lorne Warburton will each be showing six images of their work.

Magee’s theme is refugee camps, and Warburton includes abstract people and images of nature.

Grant, a dive instructor who has taught all over the world, is showing some photos from his travels in his "Underwater World" exhibit.

He relocated to Victoria this past week to combine his two interests, underwater photography and diving, as a business in Cordova Bay.

He shoots on a Nikon f90X model camera, with an "underwater housing" item which protects the camera, similar to a mini-submarine.

"The appeal is in the magic of colours and movement… there are so many different shapes and living creatures, it’s exciting.

"There’s an adrenaline rush taking pictures of the shark, but you just have to know how to manage your underwater stress."

With a wide range of photographers to chose from, each show is different.

"The last show was great. Each artist sold one piece out of their portfolio, it’s been a really good response," says freelance photographer Ellen Atkin, currently pursuing opportunities in the city.

She will be present at the July 13 show.

Works by last month’s participants, Atkin, Jon Faulknor, and Nelly Levesque, will be for sale at the opening of the new exhibit.

Viseye presents three new photographers each month.

The August show at Viseye includes the work of Ann Stampfl, of Gemini Photography and Design.

Whistler Children’s Chorus returns from Ottawa trip

The Whistler Children’s Chorus have returned from their Canada Day performance on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

The choir sang with other choirs from across the country.

"The kids were awesome, and sang well," writes organizer Alison Hunter.

As a followup to the shows, the Whistler Children’s chorus was invited to attend the Festival 500 in Newfoundland.

"It was a fabulous trip, kind of like boot camp for Marines, with a gruelling rehearsal and performance schedule," says Hunter.


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