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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, 

FOR PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

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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 (MEI) Secondary School in Abbotsford.  The group, obviously, is brand new every year.  There are 13 singers in this year’s group. They will also be performing at the Mennonite Museum Christmas Market on Nov. 21, and at Sevenoaks mall during the Christmas season. They have preparing for the huge annual Christmas Concert at MEI on Tuesday, Dec. 19th, 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.  17 of MEI's best singers become a team of incredible talent as they have a demanding concert schedule – especially now at Christmas.  You can find them entertaining locally at various food bank events, such as the Toys for Tots breakfast (Nov. 24), the Mennonite Museum Christmas Market (Nov. 24), Canuck Place Hospice (Nov. 30), at the Abbotsford Tree Lighting “Winter Jubilee” (Dec. 2), and as always in the Vancouver Santa Claus Parade on a float in downtown Vancouver (Dec. 3). They’ve often been seen on City TV Breakfast Television and they will again be performing the anthems for the Canucks game at Rogers Arena on December 7th. You are all welcome to join us at our annual MEI Christmas Concert, featuring all our bands and choirs, as well as a 200 voice Mass Choir on Tuesday, Dec. 19th; FREE ADMISSION!  The Chamber Singers have performed in many festivals including the illustrious invitational Festivals of Gold in Washington, Anaheim, New York and Chicago. Last year they won for Top A Vocal Jazz group at the prestigious Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival in Idaho, and THIS year are preparing for an amazing spring trip to Orlando and New Orleans! The Chamber Singers and their director are excited to be kicking off their Christmas season right here at the West Coast Christmas Show! Have a great weekend!

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MEI Renaissance Singers - Directed by Mr. Dean Wedel

 The MEI Renaissance Singers, is like a "Junior Chamber Singers" group who want to be challenged in a choir with some more demanding music and prepare for the MEI Chamber Singers.  Aptly named the ‘Renaissance’ Singers, this choir of grade 9’s and 10’s, sings a wide selection of styles of music.  They rehearse once or twice a week for a portion of the year . . . unfortunately at 7:00 in the morning. This year’s group is 12 singers. Their performance schedule has usually included a few Christmas Concerts (including the annual MEI Christmas Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 19 – All are welcome!), a couple of spring performances and a fantastic spring weekend trip to Vancouver for a series of Gospel Music workshops in second semester. They are excited to be performing here for you at the West Coast Christmas Show, as we kick off our Christmas season of performances.

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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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 Cascade Christmas Brass - The Salvation Army

 

Cascade Christmas brass is an ensemble of Brass players from local schools and churches who come together to share the joy of Christmas music.

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Jessica Barbour

 Jessica Barbour is a musical soul from British Columbia, Canada. She has been chasing inspiration around the world for the last few years and has finally landed herself back on the West coast with her musician husband, Hugh Barbour. Jessica performs her original pop/folk music constantly throughout the year with Hugh by her side, always looking for new opportunities to be seen and heard. Find her on social media @jessicabarbourmusic to see what she is up to! 

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Beyond Land

Beyond Land is a powerhouse band that thrives on energetic improvisation, adding their own grooves to renowned pop and rock covers from the 90’s onward as well as original dance-floor heating tunes.

The band formed in June 2016; playing at local open mics. After joining forces at the open mic, they got together for a series of jam sessions where they vamped cover songs on the fly, and a strong foundation for this four-piece band was established. The solid groove and power of the trio blended to Felipe’s passionate singing and guitar-playing style, bringing a distinct latin feel to their songs.

Now Beyond Land focuses the energy of those jam sessions into their music to connect with the people. A hip selection of sing-along rock tunes seasoned with their original songs, leading them through a vibrant night of dance and good times which will set the perfect atmosphere for a fun night out.

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Jadaka Proulx

 

17 year-old Jadaka is an up-and-coming pop artist from Vancouver. With a natural talent for engaging audiences and a 5 octave vocal range, it's no wonder the success she's had. Just in the past year, she has won The BC Youth Talent Search, Tri-Cities Got Talent, and most recently, became the Grand Champion of the Calgary Stampede Talent Search. Now, she's hard at work in the studio gearing up for the release of her first official EP. Listen out for her songs coming onto the radio soon.

 

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Valley Echoes Chorus

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