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Oscar Peterson was one of the greats

September
30
,
2016
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SINCE THIS this will be the last RAATJ, I would like to close with one of my favourites, Oscar Peterson.  I have never liked the phrase “the greatest” of anything.  It is a purely subjective thing, usually they are all...

Arena-rocking Adams back Nov. 18

September
26
,
2016
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Bryan Adams is a little older, a little wiser than the last time he played in Kamloops, but he still has get-up-and-go. The rock artist returns to B.C. roots this fall for a series of concerts, including one at Sandman Centre Nov. 18, a Friday...

KSO commemorates four decades

September
16
,
2016
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Kamloops Symphony turns 40 this year, and commemorates the anniversary season by starting with a performance of works by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn on Saturday, Sept. 24, starting at 7:30 p.m. Called “Celebrating 40 Years...

Ensemble plays outlaw blues, Greek style

September
7
,
2016
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They play the blues, Greek style. Named for the distinct genre of Greek music they bring to the stage, the Rembetika Hipsters perform at St. Andrew’s on the Square Saturday, Sept. 24. While their sound is Mediterannean, their origins are...

Guitar trio aims for No. 1 with four days to go

September
6
,
2016
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As a country-folk guitar trio, they’re very new, admits Chloe Beauchamp-Brisson, so new that most people in their home town have probably never heard of Bees and the Bare Bones. That doesn’t seem to have held back the Kamloops group...

Jazz violinists a not-so-well-known commodity

September
5
,
2016
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JAZZ VIOLINISTS are a fairly rare commodity and are usually not well known.  The best known was probably Stephane Grapelli, mainly because he played with Django Reinhardt in their Hot Club of France.  Stephane went...

Music begins early with Sunrise program

August
30
,
2016
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Sally Arai, a longtime Kamloops Symphony musician, will be teaching a Sunrise program class this year as part of the Music for Young Children (MYC) classes at Kamloops Symphony Music School. The 10-week program—which begins Oct....

Clarinet player Pete Fountain will be missed

August
24
,
2016
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ON SATURDAY, August 6 we lost we lost a great musician, Pete Fountain, a wonderful clarinet player.  He was 86. He played mostly Dixieland jazz and swing and of course pop music too, to make a buck.  He had a...

Kamloops joins Kingston to cheer The Hip

August
20
,
2016
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More than 3,500 fans of the Tragically Hip turned out on both shores of the Thompson River in Kamloops Saturday night, joining countless thousands across the country to take in the band’s final concert, televised as a fundraiser for the...

Roots artists amass in Salmon Arm

August
17
,
2016
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More than 40 musical acts, including Colvin & Earle, Whitehorse and folk legend Tim Williams, are in Salmon Arm this weekend for the 24th annual Roots and Blues Festival. The three-day event begins Friday, Aug. 19, with a main stage featuring...