Kitsilano Showboat 2022 Schedule
All shows start at 7:00 PM
Monday, June 20 | Season Opening
Kitsilano High School Band
The Kitsilano Secondary School Music Department consists of students from grades 8-12 at various points of their musical journeys. From classical to jazz, funk, pop and contemporary, students make music in many genres and perspectives. At Kits, we strive to be a place for joyful, student-centered music making.
Opening Remarks – by our MLA, The Honourable David Eby
Tuesday, June 21 | National Indigenous People’s Day
Eagle Mask Dancers
Spakwus Solem elders and youth of the Squamish Nation – who have lived on these unceded lands for thousands of years – present their rich history and teachings. Having performed across Canada and internationally at cultural festivals worldwide – we are pleased to welcome Spakwus Solem to the Showboat stage.
Our special guest is our local MP Joyce Murray, who represents the Riding of Vancouver Quadra and is Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.
Wednesday, June 22 | "A Night to Remember" - Kitsilano Showboat Fundraiser
Richard K. Lowy & RFriends
Richard is a highly talented Kitsilano resident who will be playing cover songs of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. During the restrictions imposed by the Covid pandemic Richard and his friends recorded and edited a performance that we were able to put out as a virtual show on our website and social media.
Elai has composed over 250 songs and steadily contributes as both a studio-session and live-performance musician on vocals, guitar and bass. Primarily influenced by the classics from the 50s to the 70s, Elai incorporates elements of Rock, Blues, R&B, Funk/Soul, Country and Folk into his covers and originals.
Get ready for a highly energetic, fun, dance-in-the-streets kind of night when some of the top musicians in Vancouver converge on the Showboat stage to support your very own Kitsilano Showboat. Richard K. Lowy has been a strong supporter of Showboat for many years, and he is back doing something special to help keep the Showboat afloat for many years to come. Showboat is run entirely by volunteers and we use your generous donations to pay the cost of bringing free shows to the people of Vancouver. In order to continue we need your support more than ever, so please donate generously as it will be a night to remember.
After two years of virtual shows we’re back bigger and better than ever. There will be special prize draws , so come early and support your Community and the Kitsilano Showboat.
Friday, June 24
Vancouver Performing Stars
Says Founder Katy Schroeder: “By learning technique and confidence through songs and play, we are giving kids the tools to believe in themselves, so they will become confident, creative and positive members of society who understand that if you dream big and work really crazy hard, that anything is possible.”
Saturday, June 25
Sea to Sky Wind Ensemble
The Sea to Sky Wind Ensemble is a wind symphony band of over 50 people led by renowned music director Tak Maeda. Together with the Jazz Connexion the SSWE falls under the umbrella of the North Shore Community Music Society. They have played at venues all over the Lower Mainland.
These musicians have a diverse background and are alumni of various schools, community bands, colleges, university groups who want an opportunity to continue playing music. Their primary objective is to enable people to continue developing their musical experience they began as youngsters and establish a lifelong commitment to music.
Monday, June 27 | Canada Multiculturalism Day
Dunvegan Dance Academy.
Formerly known as the Stave Falls Scottish Dancers, we’re a non-competitive Scottish and Highland dance school who have been performing throughout the lower mainland for over 60 years. The dancers are thrilled to be back at the Showboat with our show called “Ceilidh 2022”.
Join us as we celebrate Canada’s Multiculturalism Day LIVE after a break of two years due to the Covid pandemic, during which time we ran a series of virtual shows. This is Showboat’s opportunity to celebrate our diversity and our commitment to democracy, equality and mutual respect, and to appreciate the contributions of the various multicultural groups and communities to Canadian society.
Our special guest is our local MP Joyce Murray, who represents the Riding of Vancouver Quadra and is Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard.
Wednesday, June 29
Having been associated with the Kitsilano Showboat for over a decade, Urbana is back for another set of Big Band music featuring selections from the classic era up to the present day. We are a community band of amateur and professional musicians, with the goal of promoting this wonderful music!
West Vancouver Concert Band
We play a wide variety of music, from jazz to show to classical, with all stops in-between, and we have just celebrated our 50th anniversary this year – delayed since 2019 by the Covid pandemic. You’d best buckle up and get ready for an exciting musical ride.
Friday, July 1 | Canada Day 2022
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, children’s story telling, singing and a show-stopper band. Our local MP and federal Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Joyce Murray will be on hand, and to end the festivities we feature the South Van Big Band.
Canada Day Opening Ceremonies
Happy Birthday Canada (3:00pm)
Story Time with Barry (3:15pm)
Our president Barry Leinbach is back with original stories that the children help to develop, allowing their imaginations to create the story line and the characters. Barry will put it all together in a fun, entertaining activity for the whole family.
Music with Marnie (4:00pm)
Described as “One of the best performers of her generation” by the Vancouver International Children’s Festival, Marnie will be sure to captivate your child and have them grooving to her songs. Each song tells a story and has an action, keeping children focused, physical and having fun throughout the show.
Kids Face Painting, Games (5:00pm)
Canada Day Cake (5:00pm)
Perry Ehrlich’s Showstoppers (5:30pm)
ShowStoppers is a GLEE troupe that appears in concert, on TV and radio, and at numerous galas, awards dinners, conventions, corporate and charitable events throughout the Lower Mainland including Canada Day at Canada Place, singing the anthems for the Canucks, and the PNE.
Joyce Murray, MP
Our special guest for her second show in one week is our local MP Joyce Murray, who represents the Riding of Vancouver Quadra and is Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard.
South Van Big Band (7:00pm)
The South Van Big Band has a broad spectrum of musical taste ranging across blues, Latin jazz, funk, swing, bebop and contemporary styles. We’ve performed several times at Kitsilano Showboat, and look forward to coming back in style for this summer’s appearance!
Saturday, July 2
Asi-Somos performs songs and music taken from the vast Venezuelan folk traditions that encompass Spanish, Native, Caribbean, and African influences, providing a style of music that is engaging yet unpredictable and haunting. The diverse performers of Asi-Somos have played/performed regularly in Latin folk groups and choirs for West Coast audiences.
Monday, July 4
Brock House Big Band
The BHBB is an 18-piece swing band and their repertoire includes swing music from the 1930s and 1940s plus some more modern arrangements. In normal years the band performs about sixteen times a year, delivering big band music to community centres, hospitals, and seniors’ residences.
Wednesday, July 6
We are a 10-person group of friends who quite simply, love to sing! But we don’t do all the singing while you just kick back and listen – we’ll get you on your feet with toe tapping tunes and mesmerize you with our beautiful harmonies.
All 4 Dance
We are pride ourselves on providing quality and fun instruction for youngsters in all styles of dance including Acro, Jazz, Ballet, Theatre, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Break dance. This is our fourth appearance at Showboat and we’re looking forward to being back on stage live, for 2022.
Friday July 8
Royal City Concert Band
Under the baton of Kris Covlin, we perform popular and classic repertoire and contemporary music to give audiences an appreciation of newer arrangements and composers. We’ve been associated with Showboat for over a decade and coming back to the Kitsilano stage is one of the highlights of our season.
Richmond Community Concert Band
Bob Mullett became our leader in 1978 and is still the driving force behind the Band’s continued development. The City of Richmond has provided an operating subsidy for many years because of the joy we bring to the community, and we are looking forward to spreading that joy here at Showboat.
Monday July 11
Ikuko May Quintet
Ikuko May and the jazz quintet led by Gordon Deyell play the music of the great jazz singersof the 1950s and 60s such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn. And perhaps you will also hear a more modern tune or two from the like of Alicia Keyes.
Peggy Peat School of Dance
We have been performing for 50 years. We teach our dancers more than just steps: we want to make an impact on their lives, making memories, building friendships, and team spirit. Showboat is always a highlight for our students – we are excited to be back for the 2022 season!
Wednesday July 13
Rodante ‘Dante’ Jovillar was born to sing! His passion for music was nurtured at a very young age and he grew up to develop his own voice and style which has earned him many trophies from singing competitions over the years.
I have been performing at Kitsilano Showboat stage since 2016 and this year, to sing From the land of the Maple Leaf is my expression of appreciation to Canadians who have lost their loved ones through the Covid-19 pandemic.
We are the Heartbeets, a collective of UBC alumni who share a love for a cappella singing. Our repertoire ranges from folk to electro-funk. We are first and foremost good friends and we love connecting with the community, sharing smiles and laughter over music.
Friday, July 15
Rock Paper Moon
We come from a wide variety of musical backgrounds – high school bands, garage bands, church choirs, folk music, and street busking – and our sweet harmonies covering jazz, rock, and country hits of the Fifties, Sixties, and Seventies are supported by a line-up of guitars, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, harmonica, and keyboards.
Saturday July 16 | Showboat Fundraiser
Gary Chalk and the Kits Point Allstars
Another talented local favourite from Kitsilano, Gary and the Allstars have been solid supporters of the Showboat for many years. Each of the Allstars is extremely talented in their own right and have won accolades all over the world.
This is another chance to show your support. Showboat is run entirely by volunteers and we use your generous donations to pay the cost of bringing free shows to our audience, who come not only from the lower mainland, but from all over Canada, the United States, and the rest of the world. In order to continue we need your support more than ever, so please donate generously as it will be a night to remember.
After two years of virtual shows we’re now at the halfway point of our 2022 season – bigger and better than ever before. There will be special prize draws , so come early and support your Community and the Kitsilano Showboat.
Monday, July 18
For over 30 years Mestre de Jesus has taught the Afro-Brasilin martial art of capoeira at the Aché Brasil Academy – one of many world-wide. The students of Aché Brasil bring an exciting performance of traditional rhythms, dance, and athleticism – as you will see when they perform an authentic, exciting roda.
Wednesday, July 20
Ho’okani plays traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music, from the monarchy of the 19th century, through all the periods of the 20th century right up to today. Folks have said we sound a bit like the Sons of Hawaiʻi. Hula dancers from Wailele Wai Wai and elsewhere often accompany us.
Friday, July 22
Blue Dirt Girl
Kathryn Sutherland formed BlueDirtGirl in 2015 with long-time collaborators Albert Klassen and Jason Overy and Saxophonist Baylie Adams recently joined the band. If you like jazzy pop with a whole lot of swing, you’re in for a treat.
Kara Lockwood is a singer-songwriter from North Vancouver, and is recently returned from a three-year period of working and touring with her music in New Zealand. Her performance is light and fun yet deep and reflective and there is a great deal of pathos and maturity in her songs.
Saturday, July 23 | Celebration of Lights Fireworks
A firm fan favourite at Showboat, Sambacouver is back with a bang! They have been playing a pivotal role in bringing together the growing Brazilian community of BC – so join us insharingthe joy, energy, spontaneity, and warmth of their performances and their fans!
Fireworks: Japan – Akariya
Monday, July 25
West Coast Tap
West Coast Tap Collective is a non-profit society that exists to promote develop and preserve the art of tap dancing. Our members come from across BC. This is a show celebrating our community of tap dancers who love to perform and share their joy of tap dancing.
Burnaby International Folk Dancers
We learn, teach and perform traditional dances from many cultures throughout the world. Folk dancing is a welcoming, fun, recreational and social activity. We enjoy bringing our dancing to enthusiastic audiences of all ages. We look forward to performing and teaching for you tonight.
Wednesday, July 27 | Celebration of Light Fireworks
Rock Paper Moon
RPM are back with our mix of classic rock, country, and jazz – with sweet harmonies, and solid solos on guitar, keyboard, harmonica, and mandolin. We’re sure you’ll like what you hear and we’d love you to sing and dance the night away with us in the build-up to the fireworks!
Fireworks: Canada – Midnight Sun
Friday, July 29
Wailele Wai Wai
“A waterfall that flows endlessly”, we are a Hawaiian Hula Dance Group who’ve been performing in Vancouver since 2006.It signifies our intention to grow endlessly as individuals and of those around us. We provide our volunteer performances at senior’s homes, hospitals, and special events throughout the greater Vancouver area.
Roots Peruvian Dance
Our mission is to present and diffuse the rich diversity of art from Peruvian culture. The beauty, colour, and excitement of traditional Peruvian dances will be displayed in our repertoire tonight, which includes dances from the three regions: Coastal, Andean, and the Amazon.
Saturday July 30 | Celebration of Light Fireworks
Barbara Jackson and Earle Peach have been together on the Vancouver music scene for many years playing folk and popular music from different genres and time periods. We have two voices, guitar, banjo, melodica, and percussion.
We play metafolk: original swing, European cabaret, ambient, celtic, rockabilly, a cappella, folk, world, pop, with sharp lyrics and three-part vocals. Our group is four musicians: guitar, mandolin, upright bass and small percussion. Our music is funny, angry, idiosyncratic, intelligent, and extremely varied.
Sudanda was formed in 2004 around the music of Ala’aeldin Abdalla, a composer, singer, and oud player. He is originally from the Sudan and now lives in Vancouver. Alaaeldin’s music draws on traditional Sudanese forms, and he composes music for contemporary Sudanese poets.
Fireworks: Spain – Pirotecnia Zaragozana
Monday, August 1
Rockabillies Ukulele Ensemble
Members of a North Vancouver choir join forces with the Vancouver Ukulele Circle to encourage people of all ages to bring their ukes down to Showboat for an evening of fun singing, learning, and playing the coolest instrument on the planet.
Boaz and Craig
Boaz and Craig are stalwarts of the Vanukes meetings at the St. James Hall. They’vebeen playing ukulele together for about 10 years. Some say they are a little too serious about it; a little eclectic; a little entertaining. You’ll be amazed at what they can do with the ukulele!
Wednesday, August 3
Reminders Jazz Band
What is better than an evening of jazz music on a hot August night?! Come down to the Showboat to relax and enjoy some of the standards from the Golden Age.
South Van Big Band
SVBB is a 17-piece jazz orchestra performing music arranged for modern Big Band jazz. We have a broad spectrum of musical taste ranging across blues, Latin jazz, funk, swing, bebop, and contemporary styles. We’ve performed several times at the Kitsilano Showboat, and look forward to being back live on stage!
Friday, August 5
Viajes de Baile – Jhoely Triana
Jhoely Triana Flamenco and friends along with Elegancia Cubana will present Viajes de Baile (Journeys through dance) which will feature both flamenco and Cuban dances as a way to showcase the cultural links of solidarity and artistic contributions between Spanish Romani (gitano) flamenco and Afro Cuban music and dance.
Saturday, August 6 | Showboat Fundraiser
Hamilton Street Swing
Our mission is to bring joy to our audiences. Playing Standards from the American Songbook, our music can be described as “accessible jazz”, just as appropriate for background music at a cocktail hour as it is at a swing dance. Come along and swing, and dance!
This is another chance to show your support. Showboat is run entirely by volunteers and we use your generous donations to pay the cost of bringing free shows to our audience, who come not only from the lower mainland, but from all over Canada, the United States, and the rest of the world. In order to continue we need your support more than ever, so please donate generously as it will be another great night at the Kitsilano Showboat.
Monday, August 8
As Mai Tai Friday, we have entertained large crowds the Showboat. Surf Shakers is an extension off that group and we play rocking, exotic, and mysterious music from (and inspired by) early 1960s surf and beach music groups. The sounds of summer days and sunsets at the beach are back!
Heart and Sole
Heart & Sole dancers – regulars at Showboat – have entertained at the PNE, International Tap Day events, Variety Club parties, Greek Day on Broadway, Summerfest, and Sunrise Days. Talented choreographers have created our routines using a variety of music. Tonight we are happy to share the stage with Rhythm Room tappers.
Vancouver Tap Dance Society
After 25 years we are the most long-standing tap dance organization in the city, specializing in the preservation and promotion of this precious art form. We proudly present the most talented and exciting young tap dancers in Vancouver as an organization of dancers, for dancers.
Wednesday, August 10
Vancouver-based but hailing from the UK, Ireland and Canada, The Swedgers are a band born from a mutual love of scandalously good tunes. No musical stone is left unturned by this five-piece who’s electric setlist is carved from the rock of what a good party should sound like.
Friday, August 12
Bela Domingo Polynesian Dancers
We’re an all-female cultural performing group comprising three generations of performers. We’ve participated in various Multicultural events, fund-raisers, citywide, provincial, and national festivals all across Canadasince the mid 1970s. We take great delight and pleasure in sharing our dances and music with the audience at Kitsilano Showboat.
Halau Kia’I O Ka Hula
Also known as Josie de Baat’s Polynesian Dance Studio we have performed at Showboat every year for over 30 years. We’re thrilled to be back in person: enjoy watching graceful Hawaiian hands telling a story, fast moving hips of Tahiti, and the skill of twirling poi balls from New Zealand.
Saturday, August 13
Emotional, heartfelt and eclectic: Norine Braun in three words. A Vancouver-based independent singer-songwriter Norine is an award-winning artist in the roots rock, blues, and jazz vein. Sheis the recipient of many awards including the First Peoples’ Cultural Council and BC Arts Council’s Aboriginal Arts Development Award.
Romance, passion and lively rhythms – Sangre Morena is a duo that performs music from Mexico, Latin America and Spain. We bring the most beloved Spanish-language songs to life with beautiful, passionate singing and the fiery sounds of the Flamenco Guitar.
Monday, August 15
Sillken brings to the stage a fusion of rootsy folk pop-rock. Ranging from heartfelt lyrics and sweet fun wrapped up in a clean fresh delivery. You will hear autobiographical and fictional storytelling reminiscent of legends such as Lou Reed, Leonard Cohen, Mazzie Star, Neil Young, and Emmy Lou Harris.
Aliza Arts Association
Recreational performers who are passionate and are and looking forward to presenting their International Line Dance, Multicultural Classical Dance and Folk Dance, Singing, and Model skills to the Showboat audience. Baby Blair loves to share her passion for arts with all her students and audiences.
Wednesday, August 17
Vancouver School of Highland Dance
We will be performing a variety of traditional Highland (Scottish) dances, as well as original choreography. We have appeared at the Showboat twice (plus were on the roster for 2020 – cancelled due to the Covid lockdown) and it has been a highlight for many of the dancers.
Friday, August 19
Southeast Asia Cultural Heritage Society
SEACHS engages in training and educating Canadians about Southeast Asian cultures to enrich the diversity of Canadian society. It seeks to encourage young people to become involved in the preservation and promotion of various forms of our culture, especially music and dance.
Spirit of the South Seas
Kitsilano Showboat is part of our history – we’ve been associated for about 45 years and we’re delighted to be back on the Showboat stage. Our journey through Polynesia, is both gentle & fiery, ancient & modern, romantic & naughty, while promoting openness and cultural awareness for all people.
Saturday August 20 | Season Finale
Penk O’Donnell Irish Dancers
We love to dance – and we’re good at it! Our enthusiasm is contagious, and you’ll find yourself wanting to get up and dance with us! Being back on the Showboat stage is win/win: our dancers get to do what they love best, and make a summer evening better for everyone!
SPECIAL PRIZE DRAWS TONIGHT!
Tonight’s show brings our season to an end. I would like to thank all our volunteers, performers, and audience members for their continued support of the Kitsilano Showboat, and for making it a success for 87 consecutive years. We couldn’t have done it without you!