Tourism Harrison Newsletter

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

Oktoberfest and the Harrison Beer Festival

Oktoberfest & the Harrison Beer Festival

 

 

 

 

 

Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event. The fields were named Theresienwiese ("Theresa's Meadow") in honor of the Crown Princess, and have kept that name ever since, although the locals have since abbreviated the name simply to the "Wies'n".

The yearly anniversary of this celebration is Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest has become the world's largest fair held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year.  Over the past 200 years, Oktoberfest was canceled 24 times due to cholera epidemics and war.

In Munich in recent years, almost 7 million litres of beer is served during the 16 day festival.
Only beer conforming to the Reinheitsgebot, at a minimum of 13.5% Stammwürze (approximately 6% alcohol by volume) may be served at Oktoberfest. The beer must also be brewed within the city limits of Munich. Beers meeting these criteria may be designated Oktoberfest Beer.  The Reinheitsgebot (literally "purity order"), sometimes called the "German Beer Purity Law" or the "Bavarian Purity Law", was a regulation concerning the production of beer in Germany. In the original text, the only ingredients that could be used in the production of beer were water, barley and hops.

The breweries that can produce Oktoberfest Beer under the traditional criteria are:

Augustiner-Bräu
Hacker-Pschorr-Bräu
Löwenbräu
Paulaner-Bräu
Spatenbräu
Staatliches Hofbräu-München

By 1960, Oktoberfest had turned into an enormous world-famous festival. Since then, foreigners have pictured Germans as wearing the Sennerhut, Lederhosen, and the girls in Dirndl.

Traditional Oktoberfest Bavarian hats (Tirolerhüte), contain a tuft of goat hair. In Germany, goat hair was highly valued and prized.  The more tufts of goat hair on your hat, the wealthier you are considered to be. This tradition ended with the appearance of cheap goat hair imitations on the market.

There are many problems every year with young people who overestimate their ability to handle large amounts of alcohol, and who pass out due to intoxication. These drunken patrons are often called "Bierleichen" (German for "beer corpses”).

For them as well as for the general public, the Bavarian branch of German Red Cross operates an aid facility and provides emergency medical care on the festival grounds, staffed with more than 100 volunteer medics and doctors per day.

Nearly 1,000 tons of garbage result annually from the Oktoberfest.

In 2004 the queues outside the toilets became so long that the police had to regulate the entrance. To keep traffic moving through the restrooms, men headed for the toilets were directed to the urinals (giant enclosed grate) if they only needed to urinate.

Approximately 1,800 toilets and urinals are now available during the Festival.

Harrison Festival of the Arts

Harrison Festival of the Arts

 

 

 

 

 

July 6-14 2013

“Celebrating the cultural diversity of Canada and the world, by presenting audiences with the artistic expression of diverse cultures, helping them appreciate the contributions of different cultures to our common culture.”

An explosion of color and sound, a sensory feast, a smile that reaches round the globe…for thirty-five years The Harrison Festival of the Arts has been bringing the world of art and music to our doorstep and has given hundreds of thousands of people the opportunity to experience worlds of sound otherwise not accessible to most.

“The Society’s commitment to its audience is to bring the best Canada and the world has to offer, while remaining accessible and inclusive.”

Phyllis (Executive Director) and Ed (General Manager) Stenson along with (over the years) a cast of thousands, have spent 31 and 26 year respectively, bringing The Festival of the Arts to Harrison Hot Springs.  Under their leadership, The Festival has grown to become a nationally recognized event and they have recently announced that after this year’s event, they will officially begin their retirement and Andy Hillhouse and Mel Dunster will be stepping up to the plate to begin organizing for Festival 2014.
Evenings in the Hall – Experience the magic of live performance in the venerable Harrison Memorial Hall.  Enjoy eight full length concerts, one evening of theatre and one evening of literary readings.

Music on the Beach – Enjoy musical from around the world at this outdoor stage with the mountains and majestic Harrison Lake as a backdrop.

Art Exhibit – The Festival’s visual art exhibit takes place at the picturesque Ranger Station Art Gallery.

Workshops – Join in participatory workshops lead by Festival performers.

Juried Art Market – July 6 – 7 and July 12, 13 & 14 – Under the tents on the grass in front of the beach.  A juried market with some of BC’s finest artists and artisans, featuring a dazzling array of hand crafted items.

Children’s Day – Wednesday, July 10 – A special day for the young and young at heart.
http://www.harrisonfestival.com/

 

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