Showcase offers taste of B.C. ‘s independent music scene

  • May. 20, 2011 9:00 a.m.

Indie musicians from the Okanagan and Greater Vancouver are about to be heard when the Canadian Independent Music Showcase, I Hear Music in the Air, comes to Vernon.

The event, hosted by Harte Music Productions and New Horizon Talent Productions, features both musical performances and a meet and greet with a number of B.C. recording artists at Powerhouse Theatre May 28.

“We are breaking new ground in the areas of artist development (with) independent music showcases throughout B.C.,” said Anne Schroeder, with New Horizon Talent Production, adding, “Everyone is welcome to discover the artists and hear some great music.”

Those performing include:

–– Cynthia Leigh-Ann, a Kelowna-based singer/songwriter, who is currently living in Calgary, received a Country Recording of the Year nomination at this year’s B.C. Interior Music Award (BCIMAs) for her debut CD, Daddy’s Girl. She has performed at the Canadian Country Music Awards Vancouver Lounge, Festival Kelowna and the Merritt Mountain Music Festival (Mountainfest.)

––  Vernon singer-songwriter Pauline Kyllonen, who has been featured artist on Country Music Television, won acclaim for her self-titled 2008 EP. She has a new single out, entitled One More Kiss, and has performed at numerous local venues and festivals, as well as at Mountainfest, and was a panelist at the 2010 Kamloops Songwriters Seminar.

––  Calum Hughes, Kelowna singer/songwriter, is a former member of well-known Okanagan Celtic band Kinship. Hughes has released three solo albums, including Boneshaker, which won Album of the Year at the Scorpion Awards (now BCIMAs) in 2002, and has another on the way to be produced by Vince Ditrich, of Spirit of the West fame. He has performed all over B.C., as well as in Nashville and Las Vegas.

–– Holli Broomfield is a Kelowna singer/songwriter/music consultant, who wrote the save Darfur single, Will You Save a Life Today, in 2007. She has performed extensively around western Canada, and has done both voice-overs for television and radio.

–– Naramata folk/pop singer-songwriter Colby Ramsay, also known as My Boy Rascal, released his debut recording, The Study of Animal Magicali, while a student at the University of North Carolina last year.

–– South African-born singer/songwriter Auret Esselen, who is now based in Vancouver, placed third in a vocal competition in Las Vegas last year. Her debut album, I Am, is being released this month.

–– Vancouver’s Denise Dodd has performed in the Arts Club Theatre’s Backstage Lounge, the Beaumont Theatre for Vancouver City Limits, and has just signed on with Harte Music.

–– Kelowna gospel singer Dianne Wirtz has been nominated for a Covenant Award in the Country/Bluegrass Album of the Year category for her album, I’m Your Child. She has also been nominated in the top 10 for Album of the Year for a Juno Award, and won the New Christian Music Radio Mike Award for World Radio.

–– Lower Mainland artist KerryLee Manuel qualified in the Hall of Fame Canadian National Singing Finals held in Calgary in 2001 and 2002, and went on to Nashville to record two of her written pieces.

–– Vancouver’s Steven Koenig has performed at the Cloverdale Rodeo, The Agrafair, and was recently cast in the production of South Pacific.

–– Hawaiian born singer-songwriter Christina Alconcel, who was raised in Coquitlam, has just teamed up with Harte Music to release new CD, Deal with It.

The Independent Canadian Music Showcase takes the stage at Powerhouse Theatre May 28 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance at the Ticket Seller (549-7469, www.ticketseller.ca) or $20 at the door.