Manfred’s Guitar makes its return to the Okanagan

The former Shaw TV program is coming to the stage, live at Vernon’s Gallery Vertigo April 1.

With his guitar caressed in the classical position, Manfred Harter has been a familiar face among the Okanagan’s musical landscape for more than three decades.

Wedding, parties, classical, jazz, Flamenco, rock, blues, he has played just about every Valley venue and in about every style.

He was also host of the popular Shaw TV program Manfred’s Guitar, which aired for seven years, and welcomed musical guests from around the Okanagan to perform.

Manfred’s Guitar is about to make its return, not on the screen, but live off the stage in Gallery Vertigo’s new location.

“The reason for this is because people are always asking about why it stopped (and) when will it start again. And now the kids that were on the show have kids that also do music,” said Harter. “As to whether this self-produced effort resonates in the right places is like anything else. You have to believe in it, make a superhuman effort, beat the drum for support, and find a few powerful sponsors that believe in you.”

Hosting and performing will be Harter, who recently returned from a second visit to India with a focus on the more philosophical-religious features of that multi-dimensional world. Last week, he sat with the Okanagan Valley Big Band for a show as their guitar player at the Vernon Jazz Club.

Also performing will be Falkland’s Adrien Lapierre, who studied contemporary music and technology at Nelson’s Selkirk College, Brian Bell’s “Coffee House Cash,” and Vernon’s own Lowell Friesen and April Sheehan.

“Small honorariums and small expense budgeting will help to add a few more dollars to the revival of this alternate-style gallery to showcase humble efforts and accomplished works for viewing and selling from all areas of the North Okanagan,” said Harter. “For anyone that would like to show an interest for future monthly shows as sponsors, with even the smallest amount of financing or goodwill ideas, please don’t hesitate to contact Gallery Vertigo. Future potential musicians, writers or artists that are interested may leave their cards as well.”

Manfred’s Guitar starts Saturday, April 1 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Limited seating. Admission is $7, with coffee and treats provided. Gallery Vertigo is located at #102-3105 28th Ave. Visit for more information.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Therapeutic art for sale at Vernon show

17th annual Awakening the Spirit Art Show and Sale presented by Vernon Canadian Mental Health Assoc.

QUIZ: Do you know the truth?

In what has been described as a post-truth era, how much do you know about truth and lies?

Tech mogul looks to grow Vernon’s presence in Okanagan wine industry

The founder of online dating site Plenty of Fish is developing 900 acres in the city hillsides

North Okanagan ranch needs support to stay afloat

Founded in 1867, a fundraiser has been launched for the Historic O’Keefe Ranch

Bronze for Vernon’s Casey Brown at Psychosis mountain bike race

Brown finished third at the Aug. 5 race in Golden, part of the CLIF Crankworx Summer Series

53 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths cap off week of high infection rates in B.C.

Roughly 1,500 people are self-isolating because they either have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it

Mitchell’s Musings: Hockey’s comeback begins in earnest in August

Sports is back. Well, at least sports in a bubble is back.… Continue reading

Local state of emergency declared near Okanagan home

Slope failure cited as City of Penticton issues notice at home in 600 block of Heather Road

Simon Cowell breaks his back falling from electric bike

Incident happened at his home in California

VIDEO: Internet famous Yukon-based bhangra dancer explores Vancouver Island

Gurdeep Pandher spreads joy through dance, forms cross-cultural connections amid pandemic

Fentanyl-laced powder being sold as cocaine in Kamloops

Interior Health has released a warning about very strong fentanyl in Kamloops

Unofficial holidays: the weird and wonderful things people celebrate around the world

On any given day of the year, there are several strange, silly or serious holidays to observe

Video: Enraged man terrifies staff and customers at Shuswap restaurant

Video on Facebook shows the man hurling profanity at workers during the dinner rush on Aug. 7.

Moving on: Tanev scores 11 seconds into OT as Canucks oust Wild

Vancouver beats Minnesota 5-4 to move into first round of NHL playoffs

Most Read