Harrison Oktoberfest 2014

EIN PROSIT:
At every great party that involves alcohol, certain songs will be sung that will create a group-memory-sound-track guaranteed to instantly transport you and your friends back to whatever you were eating, wearing, drinking, doing or wish-you-hadn’t-been-doing                      .
Turn that “Party” into a “Beer Fest” with the Oompah band blasting out “Ein Prosit” every 20 minutes or so and the song unites the Beer Fest Lovers around the world.  Seriously, where else can you find lots of men in leather shorts all happily yelling out good cheer?  It is an unashamed group collaboration that helps everyone get “nice and lubricated”. 

Ein Prosit has only been sung in its modern version since 1957.   It really isn’t a salute to genius lyric talent.  The composers of the modern version, Gerhard Jussenhoven and Kurt Elliot were most likely good and drunk when they came up with the words.  In German there are a total of 8 different words.  It’s a little more complicated in English as there are 12 words to memorize (including words such as “a” and “to”).   Ultimately, the song is a mutation of a much older version, so Gerhard and Kurt were not really challenged with creating a song so much as making sure that the excuse to chug your beer continued into the twenty-first century in an organized fashion.  

Whenever Ein Prosit is played, you are obliged to:

stand up with your beer held high, sway along to the tune, toast with everyone at the table and chug  your   mug.  At festivals the song is often followed by a charge of “Schenkt ein, trinkt aus, schenkt ein, trinkt aus!”(I poured you one, drink it up, I poured you one, drink it up!).
An alternative closing phrase from the band leader is "Prost ihr Säcke!" (Cheers, you p&%$s!), to which the crowd replies in unison "Prost du Sack!" (Cheers, you p&%$s!).


German Lyrics to Ein Prosit

Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
Der Gemütlichkeit
Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
Der Gemütlichkeit.
OANS ZWOA DREI! G'SUFFA!

English Lyrics to Ein Prosit
A toast, a toast
To cheer and good times
A toast, a toast
To cheer and good times.
                                                                                           ONE TWO THREE! DRINK UP!

Top 10 Oktoberfest songs 
• 1. Ein Prosit
• 2. Skandal im Sperrbezirk
• 3. Bayern, des samma mir
• 4. Marmor, Stein und Eisen Bricht
• 5. Viva Colonia
• 6. Country Roads (Seriously???)
• 7. Fürstenfeld
• 8. Joana du geile Sau
• 9. So ein Schöner Tag (Fliegerlied)
• 10. Hände zum Himmel

Popular Oktoberfest songs in English
• I will survive
• Hey baby!
• YMCA
• Mambo Number 5
• Living Next Door to Alice
• Sweet Home Alabama

Festival of the Arts Concert Series

Every year for the last 35 years, thousands of people have been able to say, "Oh my God, it was amazing!"  Have you been one of them?  Do NOT let this year's concert series go by without your attendance...world class entertainment and small town atmosphere meet here in Harrison Hot Springs to create a music festival like no other...see you there!

Straight from the Valley...
The Festival kicks off with a sampling of the Valley's finest performing artists.
UFV Bhangra Club
UFV Bhangra Club is the official team of the University of the Fraser Valley.  It was founded by students of the university in the Fall of 2010 to preserve the art and culture of Bhangra, a South Asian genre that has become hugely popular in the Fraser Valley in the past decade
Langley Ukulele Ensemble
In the more than 30 years of its existence, The Langley Ukelele Ensemble has become one of Western Canada’s most distinctive and accomplished youth musical organizations, playing arrangements of pop, classical and folk music with precision, dexterity and a sense of fun. 
The Sabir Sisters
The Sabir Sisters (Shamma, Roxanna, Sarah and Laila) are individually and collectively among BC's most well-known fiddlers.  Combining step-dancing, influenced in equal parts by Ottawa Valley style and tap, with classic Canadian fiddling and strong singing, The Sabirs are Fraser Valley treasures.   

 
Kobo Town...
Artistic voices of the Caribbean diaspora and one of the grooviest calypso bands anywhere.  Founded by Trinidadian-Canadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town is named after the historic neighborhood in Port-of-Spain where calypso was born.  Kobo Town takes the intricate wordplay of classic Caribbean music and runs it through a 21st Century filter.


Eric Bibb...
The best there is in acoustic blues, an Eric Bibb performance is an enriching experience, both musically and spiritually.  A native New Yorker, who has spent most of his life in Europe, Eric is the son of Leon Bibb, nephew of John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet, and godson of Paul Robeson.

Literary Café ...An evening of readings and music courtesy of UFV students and faculty.
Theatre...Two one act plays from the 2014 University of the Fraser Valley Theatre Directors’ Festival.


Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson... Award-winning contemporary pipers unite and reinvent the traditional sounds of Ireland & Scotland.  Individually they’re two of the best players around but collectively they create a chemistry which is almost magic.  They are not only vastly talented but have created a sound that is bursting with emotion and energy - a fusion of pipes and flutes which pushes the boundaries of what the instruments can achieve.

Mokoomba...A distinct blend of traditional Tonga music and the vibrant youthful energy of southern Africa.  Exuberant youthful energy bursting with natural talent and contagious rhythm, the six young men of Mokoomba represent Zimbabwe’s next generation of hope.  Musically distinct, Mokoomba combines traditional and modern instruments with a rich blend of rhythms, creating a vibrant sound consisting of traditional Tonga music yet embracing the sounds of southern Africa’s diverse cultures.


Quique Escamilla...Quique is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and producer living in Toronto.  With his stylistically flexible band, he fuses traditional Mexican musical styles such as Ranchera and Huapango with modern sounds of rock, reggae, pop, ska, cumbia, bolero and other Latin American rhythms.

Nathan Music Co...Part country, part wild Gypsy music and part rootsy pop. All homemade in the prairies.
Nathan Music Co. (formerly Nathan) has been at the forefront of alternative country music in Canada since the early 2000's.


Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana...
A fresh and sunny kaleidoscope of Tuscan sounds, Mediterranean flavours and jazz improvisation.  Banditaliana was founded by internationally renowned composer and concertina player Riccardo Tesi, rated as one of the most daring and authoritative musicians on the European world music scene.

For tickets, call 604-796-3664, order on-line at www.harrisonfestival.com

2014 Festival of the Arts

Saturday July 12th through Sunday July 20th

Everyone always has so many wonderful things to say about the amazing concerts and art markets of the Festival of the Arts. 

here's a little something you may not know about
Warm breezes, cold water, hot sun, sandy beach, the coconut scent of sunblock, happy people

and then it gets even better...incredible live music!

for as little as $2.00 per day

The Harrison Festival of the Arts Music on the Beach

Here's who's going to be entertaining you while you work on your tan;

 

We're waiting for you!!

For Festival information and tickets:

harrisonfestival.com 

604.796.3664

Visitor's Guide