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Sounds of the Holidays - 2017

Enjoy Live Performances:

Sounds of the Holidays
at the West Coast Christmas Show

 Hear the sounds of the holidays with live performances by local musicians, 

 

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Watch the following groups perform on the Sounds of the Holiday Stage:

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 The MEI Junior Chorale - Directed by Mr. Dean Wedel

The MEI Junior Chorale is the grade 10 choir at the Mennonite Educational Institute Secondary School in Abbotsford.  The group, obviously, is brand new every year.  There are 26 singers in this year’s group.  The Junior Chorale are preparing for the huge annual Christmas Concert at MEI on Tuesday, Dec. 16th, where all the MEI Choirs and Bands will be featured, as well as a Music Department Mass Choir.  (Plug: the concert is free and everyone is welcome).  The MEI choirs are directed by Mr. Dean Wedel and, along with the singers, is excited to be a part of this celebration of the Christmas season.

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MEI Chamber Singers - Directed by Mr. Dean Wedel

The MEI Chamber Singers is the most requested and busiest choir at MEI.  15 of MEI's best singers become a team of incredible talent as they have a demanding concert schedule – especially now at Christmas.  You may have seen them entertaining locally at various food bank events, on City TV Breakfast Television, or singing the anthems at Canucks games. This year's group is looking forward to entertaining again in the Rogers Santa Claus Parade on a float in Vancouver, as well as competing at the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival in Idaho in February.  Last year saw the Chamber Singers win Gold at two music festivals in Washington, D.C. in April.  The group loves to entertain at Christmas time and look forward to performing here at the West Coast Christmas Show again this year.

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MEI Renaissance Singers - Directed by Mr. Dean Wedel

 

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Dynamic Music Instruction, a private lesson studio with students in Mission and Maple Ridge, is where students come to learn real-world skills from professional musicians!  Offering fun, engaging, quality lessons in piano, voice, clarinet, and trumpet, we encourage collaboration and foster a love of music through performance and composition.  Our students have achieved excellence in several examination and festival settings, and enjoy the extra, authentic performance opportunities we work hard to offer them!  We are proud to have several students as well as faculty members representing us at this year's West Coast Christmas Show!  Look for us at www.dynamicmusicinstruction.com.

 

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Cascadia Wind Ensemble

 The Cascadia Wind Ensemble was formed in 2013 to give adult and youth musicians an opportunity for performance of great concert band repertoire. The group is made up ofaccomplished musicians from the Fraser Valley, ages 10 to 80, under the direction of Shannon Goldsmith.  Cascadia performs a wide variety of musical works including classical transcriptions, traditional band repertoire, Broadway and other show tunes, popular band pieces, marches, commissioned works, and so on. The group has played concerts to rave reviews in Mission, Hope, Langley, Chilliwack, Maple Ridge and Rosedale.

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Chilliwack Harmony Chorus

The Chilliwack Harmony Chorus is a community, mixed-harmony barbershop chorus serving Abbotsford and Chilliwack areas, offering a capella music in the barbershop style.  We rehearse and perform throughout the year and provide vocal music education and performance opportunities for singers.  Visit the chorus for an audition.

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Trinity Western University Concert Choir

Conducted by Dr. Joel Tranquilla

Celebrate life, passion, and joy through music! At Trinity Western University, you can step into a career in music that fuels your creativity and builds your talent. Our choral program has gained an international reputation through frequent performances with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and on CBC Radio, in concert at Carnegie Hall in New York, and touring to China, Korea, Eastern Europe, and the Ukraine. Our graduates have gone on to work as conductors, studio musicians, educators, worship leaders, composers, music scholars, and performers. Impact the soundtrack of the world at TWU’s School of the Arts, Media + Culture. For more info, visit twu.ca/samc.

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Chilliwack Community Band

 The Chilliwack Community Band  endeavours to perform music for artistic, social and civic events; such as Armistice Day, July 1st, Terry Fox Day, Battle of Britain service, seniors care homes, park concerts, etc.

It provides, printed music, uniforms, and instruments as needed. Also it maintains its own rehearsal hall. Contact Co-Conductors Tim Wright 604-795-7371 and Dale Warr 604-858-3376 for more information. The CCB appreciates this opportunity to display our desire to continue our valuable contributions to the great community of Chilliwack and its neighbours.

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Joy Vox Community Choir

Started in September, 2001 Joy Vox Community Choir has been singing up a storm at several venues throughout the lower mainland. From Christmas concerts, charity events to festivals and even coffee houses this versatile choir can sing anywhere.

Their repertoire varies from chamber music, African rhythms, gospel, folk songs to whatever else catches their fancy. Always up for a challenge they have created their own arrangements for some of their favourite songs.

The talented people that are in this choir come from all walks of life. Their only common bond being the music and the love of singing. Never afraid to try something new and always ready to expand their abilities.

New members are always welcome at the beginning of seasons. Rehearsals are held in Matsqui Village on Monday evenings from 7pm to 9pm. You can also go to joyvox.ca for more information.

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Chicks With Sticks

The ‘Chicks With Sticks’ are a group of four female clarinet players. Their ‘sticks’ are naturally ‘licorice sticks’. They have been playing together since 2001 at various venues around the lower mainland, including senior’s homes, community events, and birthday parties. Their motto is ‘fun and easy’; meaning that if you’re having fun then everything is easy.

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Abbotsford Traditional Secondary School

The Abbotsford Traditional Secondary School Band is a group comprised of students from grade 9-12. This group has performed throughout both BC and Alberta and has received many accolades for their outstanding work ethic and sound.

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Soundscape Chorus

Soundscape is a Surrey-based, auditioned, mixed-voice a cappella chorus under the direction of Charlie Metzger. Now in our 22nd year, we sing a repertoire of pop and jazz tunes from the 50s to the 90s that includes Adams, Cohen,  Lightfoot, Gershwin, Ellington. We perform at various venues throughout the year and have our own annual June show.  We also have a special Christmas repertoire that we perform at public and private functions in the Greater Vancouver area. In addition, we like to perform the Canadian and American national anthems for special events. Listen to some of our pieces at http://soundscapesings.ca/experience.

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 Inspire Arts Academy

 

Inspire Arts Academy is extremely proud to showcase some of our extremely talented students and instructors here at the 2017 West Coast Christmas Show. We are a new Music and Fine Arts School in Surrey that offers tremendously fun and unique group classes such as Glee, Film/TV Acting, Musical Theatre, Drama and Magic, Drums and Voice, in addition to private lessons in a variety of Instruments. We are serious about results, but love to enjoy the journey. Visit our website at www.inspirearts.caor email us at inspireartsacademy@gmail.comfor more information. Give us a call, or text us at 604-818-3731. For more updates follow us on Facebook and Instagram @InspireArtsAcademy. Come by to chat in person and see our beautiful and vibrant studio at #107 5577 153A Street Surrey.

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SmilE Band  

The Sm:)e Band is an all girl-band (15-17 years old) who attend Surrey Academy of Innovative Learning - online schooling. They play a wide variety of music from pop, rock and oldies. The band has a unique sound of melding the music of “old” with the music of “now”. They are part of the ArtStarts performing arts in schools and have performed for thousands of children from K – 10. You can also catch them at Children's Festivals, and other major events. They have appeared on CTV news hour and Mike McCardell's The Last Word. While performing music their hope is to motivate other young people to believe in themselves and make the world a better place.               

 

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Central Fraser Valley Fiddlers 

 

The Central Fraser Valley Fiddlers, have been promoting traditional fiddle music since 1973. Although we hold our monthly meetings and weekly practices in Abbotsford, members come from as far as Hope and Vancouver, and range widely in age. Located in the Central Fraser Valley, which consists of Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack to Hope, this area of the Fraser Valley is enriched with agriculture, arts and attractions. The Fraser Valley follows the path of the mighty Fraser River through this beautiful strip of land that extends northeast from Langley to Lillooet.

 

Our aim is to maintain and promote traditional Canadian fiddle and folk music, through the encouragement of young and old alike, to develop their musical talents, to develop warm friendships, and most of all, to have fun and laughter, and enjoy the tunes we play.

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