Kitsilano Showboat
Kitsilano Showboat

2017 Performers


All Programs Start at 7:00

Monday June 19 - Kitsilano Showboat Opening Ceremonies
Celebrating 82 Years of Entertaining the World!

Monday, June 19 - Kitsilano Showboat Opening Ceremonies

Vancouver Concert Band

The Vancouver Concert Band is a Community band in every sense of the word, with members ranging in age from mid-teens to over 70!  Concert venues include Senior's Residences and Schools throughout the Lower Mainland, and Community Events such as Hats off Day in Burnaby, Ladner Band Festivals and the Showboat stage.  The Vancouver Concert band performs a diverse variety of styles ranging from the classics to pop, jazz, and rock, with perhaps an emphasis on big band medleys.  This year's band comprises over 75 members under the directorship of Frank Ludwig.

West Vancouver Adult Concert Band

The West Vancouver Concert Band is a community wind ensemble made up of members from nineteen to ninety-seven years young. We play a variety of genres from classical to jazz to contemporary, all under the direction of our dynamic and entertaining conductor, Tak Maeda  We have been playing for the love of music since 1969 and we are looking forward to our return to the Kitsilano Showboat.

Wednesday, June 21

Urbana

Urbana is a 18 piece big band that plays a wide variety of big band music from Ellington to Basie to contemporary composers such as Hugh Fraser, Gordon Goodwin, Count Bassie, Duke Ellington and Stan Keaton. One of Vancouver’s finest jazz big bands featuring some of Vancouver’s finest musicians, directed by Robin Shier.

Sea to Sky Wind Ensemble

The Sea to Sky Wind Ensemble is a 50+ piece wind symphony led by Music Director, Tak Maeda. They have played at various venues around town including the  Capilano University, West Vancouver Days and the Mount Olivit Church.

Friday, June 23

Vancouver Performing Stars

Vancouver Performing Stars is a performing arts training program that operates out of 12 different community centres around Vancouver offering a variety of music, theatre and movement classes. From ballet, jazz and hip hop to glee and musical theatre performance classes, they strive to offer programs that are continually growing with their students. Today’s performance will feature our senior students in a multitude of genres.

Razzmatap

Razzmatap is an award-winning tap company of talented, versatile tap dancers from all over the Lower Mainland. Their ages range from 46 to 77 and their backgrounds are just as diverse. The one thing they all have in common is a love for tap.


Razzmatap won medals at the World Tap Championships in Germany and showcased their talent at the New York City, Chicago and San Francisco Tap Festivals. They won a Silver Medal at Dance World Cup and were invited to perform in the final Showcase. They've also won numerous awards for the overall high mark in adult dance and have been invited to dance in several Festival Honours Performance Shows. They won the Group Challenge for the Most Entertaining Performance at the Pac West Festival.

D’Hercy Dance Co Youth Dancers

D’Hercy Dance Youth Dancers have been working together for several years to create movement that inspires imagery of natural forces seen and unseen.  Michelle the artistic director simply facilitates the creations, sometimes directing with imagery, ideas or actual choreography which is then developed with the group into dance pieces. Michelle strive for movement with the intent to evoke ancient and primal forces that go unnoticed in our day to day lives.  We pay homage to this beautiful planet and all things in it by distilling those rare moments when the pulse of our planet is heard by ourselves and others.


Saturday, June 24

R & Friends

Welcome to R & Friends - a Tribute to the Classic Rock. Whether you grew up on these songs or now embrace the great music of yesteryear there's something for everyone to enjoy! Their love of classic rock music has driven them to find the ‘classics’ that you don’t hear every day and put heart and soul into performing these great songs.  In addition they have added a few new songs that they believe in years to come  will be considered Classics.  From the Beatles to Dire Straits, you will enjoy listening to R & Friends as much as they enjoy playing the classics for you.


Monday, June 26

Stave Falls Scottish Dancers

The Stave Falls Scottish Dancers who are in there 58th year, are a non-competitive group of a 100 dancers who perform various forms of Scottish Dance. The dancers come from Abbotsford, Mission, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and Port Coquitlam. They have performed in Scotland, England, Ireland, Spain, Australia, Hawaii, Disneyland, and the Yukon. 

Wednesday, June 28

Westside Dance Center

Westside Dance Centre is right in the Showboat neighbourhood and offers classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop for the kids of Kitsilano. Our dancers love to perform! We travel all over the lower mainland and beyond to perform and compete to give our students of Kitsilano many exciting venues to dance. They are very excited to be performing at the Kitsilano Showboat again this year.

Friday, June 30

Royal City Concert Band

Westside Dance Centre is right in the Showboat neighbourhood and offers classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop for the kids of Kitsilano. Our dancers love to perform! We travel all over the lower mainland and beyond to perform and compete to give our students of Kitsilano many exciting venues to dance. They are very excited to be performing at the Kitsilano Showboat again this year.


Saturday, July 1 - Canada Day Celebrations – 2017

Canada Day

Come and join us at the Kitsilano Showboat to celebrate Canada’s Birthday.
There will be entertainment, cake, goodies, fun, games and even more fun. We will start the day featuring a puppet show, Darcy the entertainer, children’s story telling, and the musical group “With One Voice”. To end the festivities we feature the famous and very popular Bob Liley’s “Sanctuary All Stars” Swing band. Make sure that Showboat is your destination for Canada’s Birthday, you won’t be disappointed.

3:00pm Opening ceremonies – Happy Birthday Canada

Drama Bugs Performing Arts

Have you got the bug to perform? Well the Drama Bugs do! Drama Bugs Performing arts specializes in  Drama and Musical Theatre throughout Vancouver and North Vancouver for ages 1 – 12.  The students are encouraged to awaken their imaginations, develop social skills and have lots of fun!

  3:45pm

Vancouver Puppet Theatre

The Vancouver Puppet Theatre introduces the Canadian public to the art of puppetry and to establish a close bound between international puppet artists and the existing theatre community. During his stay on West coast Viktor Barkar has developed a wide network with local and international puppet-makers and puppeteers. This multicultural musical puppet play is based on the Ukrainian traditional folktale with Carnival-size puppets and animal masks.


  4:00pm

Alter Ego – Darcy the Clown

Formerly Whistles the Clown, Darcy brings his brand of silly, magical fun to "The Boat" on Canada Day. His interactive magic show which includes a Canadian Trivia Quiz for the kids makes a delightful time for all. Don't miss it! Even fun for the big kids.

  4:45pm

Story Time with Barry

Our very own Barry Leinbach has been entertaining children for years with original stories that they develop themselves. Their imagination will create the characters, the animals, the setting and the story line; Barry will pull it all together to create an original adventure that is sure to entertain everyone.

  5:00pm

Canada Day Birthday Cake.

Vancouver Argentine Dance Tango Team

This group of dancers like to perform for the audience like they would dance privately at a milonga or tango dance. Each couple interprets the music to their mutual feelings and technical abilities. The Tango is about passion, the songs about love and loss, sad songs but the “secret” is you are happier after listening and dancing the Tango.


  5:30pm

Collage

Collage is a group of friends who - quite simply - love to sing!  They are based in the Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam area, but perform all over the lower mainland. They are a fun 8 person group that sing a variety of music - show tunes, pop and jazz. But they don't do all the singing while you just kick back and listen – they will get you singing along and maybe even up dancing!

  6:30pm

More Canada Day Birthday Cake.

  7:00pm

Canada Day

Come help us with flag waving and singing O’Canada.
It can’t get any better than that for Canada day

The Santuary All Stars


The “ Sanctuary All Stars” has been featured at the Gibson's Jazz Festival. Conductor Bob Liley says the band has played many concerts around the lower mainland including appearances at St. Andrews-Wesley's Jazz Vespers, the Coal Harbour and Jericho Community Centres and at Mission's Heritage Park. Sit back and enjoy the best of the best in a wonderful night of Jazz.


Monday, July 3

“6oh4  Band”

“6oh4 Band” is versatile and carefully selects their music to appeal to a wide age range of audiences. They play a variety of music covers with emphasis on 60’s, 70’s & 80’s Classic Rock, Southern Rock, R&B, New Country and Top 40.  Their repertoire includes the Everly Brothers, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, CCR, Santana, Joe Cocker, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers and end up at the modern end of the music spectrum. Sit back and enjoy an evening of old time rock classics.

Kits Point Allstars

At the Corduroy Tuesday Night Open Mic veteran musicians including Garry Chalk, Don Alder, Stan Wardle and Antoine Champaux jammed together,  The Kits Point All-stars was born. Band members of the group have toured independently in the USA, Europe and Asia. All are extremely talented in their own right with Garry Chalk being a multiple Gemini Award-winning actor, voice over artist, an accomplished singer, and guitar player. Don Alder was the  winner of the 2011 Worldwide Guitar Idol, 2010 Guitar Superstar North America, and 2007 International Finger style Champion. Alder’s accolades puts him as one of the top acoustic guitarists in the world.  

Wednesday, July 5

Porteau

Porteau is an indie folk band led by Victoria Williams and Craig Stevenson. The duo began writing songs while living in Montreal, daydreaming of summer drives on the Sea to Sky highway. They have begun recording their debut album, Water’s Gate, a thematic collection of songs revolving around ancient mythology set against a backdrop of the West Coast landscape. Porteau fuses their background in jazz with folk music, electronic elements and open soundscapes to create an expressive and unmapped style.

The Land of Deborah

The Land of Deborah is an award-winning singer-songwriter with a unique take on life, love and the pursuit of fair trade chocolate.  She has been described in the Georgia Straight as “feel good folk-pop” and in 24Hours having “one of the smoothest voices in the city”. Audience members describe her music as "transformative" and "soothing".  Her songs, like her shows, are a cornucopia of feel good, infectious tunes that are personal, eclectic and downright fun. Welcome to The Land - A comfy couch for your soul.

Friday, July 7


Precision Dance Academy

Precision Dance Academy is a young studio located in Coquitlam. Dancers range in age from 1 year old to young adults and participate in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and musical theatre. The youngest dancers actively participate in the creative dance programs and are our dancers of tomorrow.  They love to perform and it shows.

Norine Braun

Emotional, heartfelt and eclectic: Norine Braun in 3 words. An award winning  singer-songwriter including a Canada Council Award, LA Music Award and Artist For Literacy. Norine is a vibrant performer, devotedly universal and accessible to all listeners in her bluesy roots rock stylings.

Saturday, July 8

Kalaya’s Polynesian Dancers

Under the direction of Kalaya Nilson, the Kalaya Dancers have presented the traditional dances of the South Pacific to enthusiastic audiences for 36+ years. Kalaya & her dancers have performed in hundreds of stage productions & musical dance reviews for community service groups, children’s hospitals, senior citizens’ residences, churches, Kitsilano Showboat and the PNE. It is a show that you cannot miss which includes Polynesian, Hawaiian, Tahitian, Maori and Ukele Music.


Monday, July 10

Orange County Song and Dance Company

Orange County Song and Dance Company from Orange County California is thrilled to be able to bring their Company Kids back to the Kitsilano Showboat Stage.  This is their fourth tour of beautiful BC and all of them collectively say, they love their  Canadian neighbors.  

The Company Kids are frequent guest performers for the Disneyland Special events department. and hey were honored to grace the 60th anniversary Disneyland float in the 2016 Pasadena Rose Parade.  They love to perform! Please enjoy a little bit of country with a little bit of rock roll for their Canadian Tour 2017. .

The Howe Sound

Diego Correy, Noah Thullner, Shiel Powers and Max Earchuck, are the Howe Sound. A local rock and roll band that composes all original material influenced by the great music from the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s. With a debut album “Down in Midnight” just being released “The Howe Sound” is eager to rock you right out of your seat! All members of the band started playing at the age of 10, and have mastered and molded their rock and roll influences to bring you a sound like no other! Get ready to feel the funk, jive to the jazz, and most importantly rock and roll!

Wednesday, July 12

The Art of Dance Studio

The Art of Dance studio has been located in Maple Ridge for the past 15 years and provide a variety of classes for both recreational and serious students.  Their aim is to inspire all of their dancers as they navigate their journey through the art of dance. A highlite of their season is performing at the Kitsilano Showboat.  

Diamond Country Dancers

Formed in the 1990’s, Diamond Country Dancers love to show audiences how much fun modern Square Dancing can be, always encouraging potential new dancers to join their local Square Dance clubs. They have been entertaining audiences from Merritt to Vancouver and many places in between. Tonight’s show are volunteers from various Square Dance clubs around the lower mainland, and  have performed at Merritt Mountain Music Festival, local Fairs and Festivals, and the PNE, to name a few. They are excited to be at Kitsilano Showboat

All For Dance

ALL-4-DANCE is from Cloverdale BC and offers the best dance experience . Their dancers range in age from 4 -18 and will entertain you with Acro, Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Breakdance, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre.

Friday, July 14

Echo  Nebraska

Bursting on to the Canadian music scene in the fall of 2014 with the release of a music video for their first single 'Hey, Allison', Vancouver's Echo Nebraska quickly gained a reputation of combining soul strung acoustic songs with subtle shades of Americana. Within a week of launching the band, CBC Music added the video to their list 'Best New Music Videos for November 2014'. Their debut EP “Send the Ships” has charted well, reaching a high of #3 on CJSF. The band was selected to perform at BreakOut West 2016 in Regina, SK and CMW 2017 in Toronto, ON.

Vancouver Dorfmusik

The Vancouver Dorfmusik was founded in 1983 by 4 members of the Vancouver Swiss Society to perform Swiss and European style music similar to small village bands.  The band has performed in the Vancouver area, Whistler, Vernon, the USA and toured Switzerland and Germany twice in 1991 and 1998. This year the band will perform it’s 32nd annual concert.

Saturday, July 15

Los Gitanos

Based in Tsawwassen, this highly professional group will present an evening filled with the spirit and passion of flamenco dance.  Their show “El Destino” is a dramatic portrayal of love and deceit, joy and tradegy.  Dancers of all ages & skill levels will perform in a show filled with powerful footwork, hypnotic rhythms & graceful movement.  Their performance in 2014 of “A Tribute to Nelson Mandelawas spectacular and earned them a 10 minute standing ovation. You do not want to miss this evening of exhilarating & emotional performances that will momentarily transport you to Spain!


Monday, July 17

Mai Tai Friday

“A gig at a Kitsilano pub and another at the Vancouver Fun Run resulted in the official formation of the Mai Tai Friday. The band covers a wide range of songs and genres from pop & rock to surf & dance and from the 60s to current. A good time is guaranteed to be had by all!”

Susans Paradise of Polynesia

Susan’s Paradise of Polynesia-Na Leo Kani ‘O Hawaii specializes in the Hawaiian hula and the teaching of Maori and Tahitian dance.  “Na Leo Kani ‘O Hawaii” in English means “The Voice and Sounds of Hawaii”.  The name  was chosen 17 years ago when Susan wanted to be a voice for the Hawaiian people and portray their dance in an authentic and respectful way.  They love to perform the hula from a variety of different eras with the students ranging in age from 4-84. 

Wednesday, July 19

Doe Bender's Quartet

Always a crowd pleaser Doe's group has provided music for fundraisers, corporate events and private functions.   Whether performing for "Adoptive Families Association of BC", "Jazz in the Park", Canuck's Children's Hospice, "World Walk in Stanley Park” or the Surrey Memorial Hospital for the children's ward their songs are welcomed by a wide range of audiences. They like to add Latin and pop tunes set in jazz arrangements with keyboard/vocals, guitar, acoustic bass, and drums.

Cobalt Jazz Quintet

Cobalt Jazz is a new quintet on the Vancouver Jazz scene. These five amazing musicians from the North Shore share their love for the standards of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Dave Brubeck, and Wayne Shorter. Their signature sound includes duets by Susan Bello on flute and Mark Gotay on trumpet.

Friday, July 21

Opening remarks - MP Joyce Murray  

Bram Bata

Bram Bratá is a steel drum band joining us from Richmond Washington. The name is derived from two Trinidadian slang words meaning “an unexpected party”. Audiences find this a fitting name as they enjoy the challenging and varied repertoire of Caribbean, Soca, jazz, popular and even classical music. Bram Bratá plays an eclectic mix of traditional Trinidadian steel drum music, Caribbean favorites, soca, jazz, classical and modern pop and rock tunes.
Mr. Ben Leggett directs Bram Bratá and arranges or writes most of the music. The band is comprised of 32 high-school teens and have performed all over the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, Disneyland  and at Caribbean Music Festivals in Oregon and British Columbia.

Saturday, July 22

Rock Paper Moon 

Two Chartered Accountants and a company president get a kick out of providing wholesome family entertainment when they get away from the office. They enjoy playing the rock classics from the fifties, sixties, and seventies and are branching into light jazz by adding new instruments to their lineup. This year they are delighting us with a set of country music classics ranging from Hank Williams to Dolly Parton and the Eagles. 

The Jarrod Tyler Band

The Jarrod Tyler Band performs well crafted, high energy melodically infectious music, often reminiscent of Ben Folds, classic Billy Joel and Paul McCartney. The songs are marked by a melodicism derived ultimately from Tin Pan Alley. Most recently the band was featured in the film ‘Tropic of  Capricorn’ – a documentary detailing the band’s adventures. Their music has been featured on the ABC and Fox networks. The band has appeared at many notable venues in Canada and the USA.


Monday, July 24

Kenny Don’t Care

Kenny Don’t Care (KDC) is a Vancouver based, all-original heavy rock band (not Metal) offering some quieter moments in the form of ballads. The band formed in 2016 for three main reasons: 1) To help bring back guitar-oriented hard rock music 2) to reproduce this music live 3) to rebel against the current trend of soulless, passionless music that often “comes in a can, and is made with artificial ingredients.” 
Kenny Don’t Care -- We’re here, we’re heavy, we’re melodic, and we live to play live. 

Bright Sunset Chinese Dance Group

The audience will see how people from various parts of China enjoy their wonderful lives through the very distinct styles of Chinese classical and ethnic minority dances. The dance group is lead by a professional instructor. The majority of its members are over the age of 55, the oldest being 76. Our goals are to share the Chinese culture as a means of expressing our gratitude to the community that we live in, and to encourage older adults to stay active and fit. 

Wednesday, July 26

Hell’s Gate Blues Band

The HELL’S GATE BLUES BAND is a seven-piece electric blues band, playing regularly at various venues throughout Greater Vancouver. The band is fronted by vocal powerhouse Lisa Dunn who belts out a mixture of blues covers, classic rock and original music. The band’s latest CD, titled “THIN LINE”, was released last year and has received airplay in Canada, the U.S. and beyond.

 
Heart & Sole

Heart and Sole is an ensemble of enthusiastic adult tappers that has performed at the Vancouver International Tap Festival Showcase, West Coast Tap Dance Collective tap jams, Variety Club parties, and PNE outdoor stages.  The dancers enjoy entertaining throughout the community at seniors' homes, Greek Summerfest, Chinese New Year celebrations, Sunrise Days, and Christmas fundraisers.  The group is inspired by many performers form stage and screen with a repertoire that includes routines from musical theatre and popular pieces from the 40's and 50's. 

Friday, July 28

Wailele Wai Wai

“Wailele Wai Wai” means “a waterfall that flows endlessly”. It signifies their intention to grow endlessly as individuals and enrich their own lives and of those around us. Their focus is on the modern Hawaiian hula known as Auana that tells a story through hand and arm gestures and rhythmic patterns. Wailele Wai Wai strive to capture the Aloha Spirit and share the love and joy through their  performance and presence. They enjoy performing at Kitsilano Showboat every summer and also at various seminars, cultural events and seniors centers in Greater Vancouver.

Saturday, July 29

The 4oh4 Band
Back by popular demand the 4oh4 band is here to entertain you prior to the opening night of the fireworks. This group is coming together to perform the music they love....Blues & Rock. The 4oh4 Band’s has a large repertoire and are stoked to be back at Showboat to perform in such an amazing venue. Sit back (or dance) to the sounds from the 50’s to the present, something for everyone. Enjoy the music, enjoy the view!!!

Celebration of Light Fireworks - Japan

Showboat will be simulcasting the music for tonight’s fireworks.


Monday, July 31

The West Coast Tap Dance Collective

West Coast Tap was formed in 2003 to serve the needs of professional tap dancers, instructors, choreographers and anyone with a passion for tap dance.They have established regular tap jams, tap talks at the Vancouver Public Library, a scholarship fund and an annual Tap Day celebrations to educate dancers and the public about tap dance. As a non-profit organization, West Coast Tap's purpose and mission is to provide an opportunity for tap dancers of all levels to network and participate in a collaborative environment and to promote tap dancing as an art form by educating the public through performances and instruction.

Mexican Dance Ensemble
                                                     
Caudillos del Sur “MEXICAN DANCE ENSEMBLE” (MDE) main objectives are to offer a Mexican performing platform for emerging artists and expand the importance and value of the arts in our community. Mexico’s folk dance tradition is a blending of elements from its Indigenous, African and European heritage. From the north to the south each town has its own way to express its history through dance and music. Dancing a travel of colours and energy representing the states of: Chiapas (South), Veracruz (Eastern) and Jalisco (the land of tequila, mariachi and the charro).

Wednesday, August 2

Michael Fraser

At a Michael Fraser show you’ll be ushered from room to room through the house of music that Michael himself helped build. Michael takes his crowd’s collective soul on a fantastic voyage weaving in and out of spaces filled with the sounds of original creations and thoughtful curations. He knows just the right time to leave one and slide into another.

Michael Fraser has traveled Canada, USA, Europe and the UK. He’s performed at a number of gypsy and jazz events, club showcases and folk festivals. His recorded music has been commissioned by Ben Affleck and academy award-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu. Come listen to Michael and enjoy the journey.

The Whippoorills

Whippoorwills are well known for their  folk songs, poems and their  endless singing on summer nights. On this summer night, this eclectic folk group use their voices and musicality to weave stories through their original songs. The Whippoorwills is a mix of old time jazz, blues, and folk fusion to bring a mixture of grooving swing, soulful lyrics and haunting melodies to listeners. Currently, they are recording their first EP.

Celebration of Light Fireworks - USA

Showboat will be simulcasting the music for tonight’s fireworks.

Friday, August 4

Parno Drom
                                                       
PARNO DROM is a group formed by Bob Kozak, a talented accordionist and vocalist. The group performs Eastern European gypsy style music with a repertoire that includes music from Russia; Poland; Hungary; and beyond. They sing in the original language of each song including the Romany language of the Gypsies. As musicians they have performed internationally: Japan, England, Russia, Poland, Germany, and USA, to name a few. 

Grupo Cubano - Brisas del Palmar

El Grupo Cubano - Brisas del Palmar is an internationally acclaimed group hailing from Santiago de Cuba, the cradle of the best of Cuban music. With their impressive harmonies & expert musicianship, they play to enthusiastic audiences wherever they perform. In Cuba their music is featured daily on the nationally broadcast Radio Taino. Winter engagements include Bodequita del Medio, the Havana bar made famous by Ernest Hemingway! These Cuban musical ambassadors have performed for the Pope & have held diplomatic passports to represent their country in international competitions. 

Saturday, August 5

“Las Vegas Night at the Kitsilano Showboat”

Wayne Usselman   AKA     Mr Vegas

You definitely do not want to miss this show. With the elevator pitch line like “A one-man musical Las Vegas in a box” there is nothing like the Grayson Favor jacket show. Great old-timey sing-along music, piano, singing, sax, clarinet, lights, bubble machine – but what’s amazing is that every song features a Flashier and flashier self-made jacket.  Mr Vegas is alive and well at the Kitsilano Showboat.

Bobby Bacchus

Bobby Bacchus, the silky voiced crooner from Vancouver will sing his favourites by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett and others. Join Bobby for a walk down Memory Lane in a perfect prelude to an amazing Fireworks Evening. See you here!

Celebration of Light Fireworks - Canada - Finale

Showboat will be simulcasting the music for tonight’s fireworks.


Monday, August 7

Sillken

Michele Schmidt and Ken Cade have been a favourite duo in Vancouver for many years. Michele writes reflective lyrical ballads which may keep you thinking for minutes or days - her writing transcends time. She has a unique vocal styling that provides a strong clean delivery for her tunes. Sillken play original and cover tunes projecting an ethereal sound with blended vocals, electric violin, sound effects and electric classical guitar. 

Paul Snider

Paul Snider is a Vancouver-based singer/songwriter/actor. Paul performs his original music live with vocals and piano, along with a backing track he composed, arranged and recorded. He is the creator and composer for his musical project The Music of Junk, an orchestra of singers and musicians performing on instruments built from junk and recycled materials. As an actor Paul has appeared in over 40 films and commercials and has won several awards across North America for films he has written, directed, produced and starred in.

Wednesday, August 9

Halau Kia’I O Ka Hula
The Guardian of the Hula / Josie de Baat’s

Josie de Baat’s Polynesian Dancers is a Burnaby based Hula Dance studio. They are a true delight to watch as they explore their way through generations of Hawaiian Dance. This high energy and colorful group is celebrating their 39th anniversary at The Surrey Art Centre and will donate all net proceeds to the Vancouver Children’s Hospital and Union Gospel for Christmas.

Friday, August 11

EastSide Hips Production
Summer Oasis, Eastside Hips return this year with a dance line-up to charm you with a captivating journey of dance to the Middle East.   The show includes group pieces, duets, solos and collaborative pieces featuring all of the dancers. You will see traditional belly dance and folkloric styles, as well as fusion and modern pieces.

Spirit of the South Seas
Hula Halau Na Keiki ‘O Ohana Lokahi

Hula Halau Na Keiki O ‘Ohana Lokahi is a name which celebrates family of which they invite you to be part of. Their journey through Polynesia, is both gentle & fiery, ancient & modern, romantic & naughty, while promoting openness and cultural awareness for all people.  They continue to excite and inspire others in the community, in hospitals and seniors’ homes with their dedication and volunteerism.

Saturday, August 12

North Shore Light Opera Society         

The North Shore Light Opera Society (NoSLOS) is British Columbia's oldest continuously producing, amateur musical theatre group. Their  70th consecutive annual production, Strauss' Die Fledermaus held at Presentation House Theatre was produced  this May. Over the years they have performed a great variety of light opera, including European operettas (ex.  Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus, Gypsy Baron), Gilbert and Sullivan (ex. Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore, Pirates of Penzance) and Broadway shows (ex. Brigadoon, Anything Goes, Show Boat). NoSLOS performers are passionate with many going on to become professionals.  Onight they will be performing selections from the world of light opera.

Monday, August 14

South Van Big Band

The South Van Big Band is a 17-piece jazz orchestra based in Metro Vancouver, performing music composed or arranged for modern big band jazz. The band’s repertoire covers music from great jazz artists such as Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Pat Metheny, but also takes on big band jazz transformations of popular music from the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Santana and Steely Dan. With a broad spectrum of musical taste ranging across blues, latin, jazz, funk, swing, bebop and contemporary styles, the band grooves hard to deliver an eclectic set of music through the dynamic power of a modern big band.

Special Prize Draws All This Week

Wednesday, August 16

Stone Poets

Stone Poets emerge with a blend of contemporary folk. Marc Gladstone, Scott Jackson and Cherelle Jardine. Collectively they are Stone Poets…    These candlelight minstrels are perfect for an evening of wine and reflection. Just as at home, in large theatre settings or private house concerts; Stone Poets entertain with their stories, while their music brings both tears and smiles, sweet sadness and hope. Stone Poets have been described as “contemporary folk” … folk perhaps, because of the instrumentation: keyboard, two acoustic guitars and rich, harmony laden vocals… contemporary because the subject matter in their songs ventures into topics other than traditional folk lyrics. 

Voice of an Angel

Alice  is a trained classical singer (soprano), specializes in Broadway Musical Theatre. Her music includes Carmen, Tosca, Le Boheme, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, West Side Story, Sound of Music, Music Man and Merry Widow. She sings in French, German, Latin, Italian, English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. Alice has won numerous competitions, performed for charities, on Cruise Ships and at the River Rock Casino. You will most definitely enjoy a great night of opera in one of the world’s most relaxing settings. 

Thursday - Sunday, August 17 - 20

KitsFest

Sports and healthy living community festival

Friday, August 18

The Burnaby International Folk Dancers

Fun, Fitness, and Friendship are shared by the Burnaby International Folk Dancers.  Since 1979 the group has been learning, teaching, and performing ethnic dances from many of the world’s cultures for enthusiastic audiences and experienced dancers.  A variety of colourful authentic costumes enhances their presentation.

Minami

Minami’s comes to us from Japan in her second appearance at Showboat.  Accompanied on her guitar she sings a range of contemporary  and modern music and will be performing two special songs called  “From the land of the Maple Leaf” and “Welcome/Bienvenue” for Canada’s 150 year anniversary.

Lava & Electro Belley

Electro-Belly, Lava’s latest Fusion Bellydance group, performs a fusion of Stylings, which is rooted in Bellydance movement with hints of Hip Hop, Indian Fusion, Tribal Bellydance, Egyptian Cabaret, Contemporary and Vaudevillian styles. Lava creates a mixtape of dance with hits and beats, metal thingies and spacey sounds that will take you on a rockin’ Inner Space Voyage on the Dance Floor, in a mix of electronic sounds (old and new) with some of Lava’s own hot tracks, included!

 

Saturday, August 19 - Our final performances for the 2016 season

The Ear Buds

The Ear Buds is an acoustic string band that plays original tunes, country, bluegrass, folk, blues and alternate music.  They are accomplished musicians on acoustic mandolin, fiddle, guitar, dobro, banjo and harmonica along with versatile vocals.     

Very Special Prize Draws Tonight


Tonight’s show brings our season to an end. I would like to thank our volunteers, performers and audience members for their continued support of the Kitsilano Showboat and making it a success for 82 consecutive years.


Barry Leinbach
President - Kitsilano Showboat Society
Showboat Producer