Anvil Centre presents  Winter Celebrations

Dec. 18 – Jan. 5, 2020

(closed Dec. 24, 25 & Jan. 1)

Anvil Centre 777 Columbia St, New Westminster

 

Enjoy a cornucopia of FREE entertainment for the whole family at the Anvil Centre at the annual Winter Celebrations from Dec. 18 – Jan. 5, 2020.  The venue will come alive with joyous sounds of the season with a large all-embracing range of events and performances by professional artists, singers and musicians; literally something for everyone of all ages over the 16 days. In addition to the highlighted performances listed below, there are daily community performances and activities for families throughout the day, beginning at 3pm on weekdays and 10am on weekends.   And it’s all FREE!

 

The official kick off is on Thurs. Dec. 19th at  5:45pm with acclaimed children’s entertainer,  Will’s Jams followed by the award winning Canadian Folk Music group, The Fugitives.

 

There are children’s activities galore.  From dance, arts and crafts, story-telling, circus and juggling arts, art installations, and musical performances by renowned entertainers that include RupLoops, a kids friendly interactive, live looping performance, using vocal percussion and eclectic instruments from around the globe, and the Blues Berries, who spread their love for the blues by dealing with children’s topics such as learning the alphabet recycling and bullying,  just to name a few.

 

Over the 14 days, the assortment of musical performances is remarkable. They range from The Sojourners, gospel music by well-known singers, Marcus Mosley, Khari McClelland and Will Sanders; Up Close Recital Society is back with three music pairings – versatile guitarist Anna Pietrzak collaborates with vocal tenor Thomas Lamont;  Itamar Erez, a world-class guitarist, pianist, blending his Middle Eastern music with jazz, blues, rock and roll, and hip hop collaborates with drummer / composer Kevin Romain; and, Darren Radke, Will Cournoyer-Clements and Daniel Green unite in a jazz collaboration; master of Indian style of music Cassius Khan and Amika Kushwaha perform Kathak dance;the History of Motown with Krystle Dos Santos; Fionn, Alanna and Brianne Finn-Morris who are 19-year-old twins from White Rock, forging folk-pop sound and the Maple Leaf Singers, just to name a few.  In other words, music from jazz to rock and roll, to blues, hip hop, and well, just too many to mention.

 

Also you will need to experience the winter labyrinth, and have a few laughs about the holiday season in the comedy show, Festivus for the NewWest of Us. Enjoy the Solstice Pride Ball with Peach Cobblah for a wintry wonderland like you’ve never seen before, and queer dance party love from DJ O Show.

 

There is a special featured event  – the musical adaptation of the beloved movie, It’s a Wonderful Life presented by Patrick Street Productions with music by the Gershwins, Kurt Weill and more, will be performed in the Anvil Centre Theatre with matinee and evening performances.  This is the only ticketed event with prices starting at $29.

Here just a few performance highlights taking place:

 

Dec. 19

Daily performances and activities begin at 3pm

5:45 pm to 8pm Celebration Opening

The Fugitives – renowned Canadian Folk Music group

Will’s Jams – Will Stroet of Will’s Jams is a musician and educator of kids music – loved for his original rock, folk, and blues music.

 

8:00-10:30: It’s a Wonderful Life

 

Dec. 20

Daily performances and activities begin at 3pm

3:30-4:15: Will Clements Trio (Jazz)

4:30-4:40: Winter Solstice (Contemporary Dance) – Jennifer Aoki and Silene Razo

5:00-5:45: Polar Express Dance Show – Kids in Motion (Children’s Dance)

5:50-6:00: Winter Solstice (Contemporary Dance) – Jennifer Aoki and Silene Razo

 

6:45pm Itamar Erez and Kevin Romain

Israeli-born, Vancouver-based Erez, a world-class guitarist, pianist, composer and educator, his music blends the delicateness of Middle Eastern music with  jazz and flamenco, creating a unique sound all his own,  accompanied by  drummer, composer Kevin Romain.

 

8:00-10:30: It’s a Wonderful Life

 

10pm Festivus for the NewWest of Us

Join the fun at this Festivus gathering, featuring local comics, authors, and other celebrities as they  “Air their Grievances” about the pressures of Christmas and it’s commercialism.

 

Dec. 21

Daily performances and activities begin at 10am

 

12:40-12:50: Emergency (Contemporary Dance) – Tomoya Yamada Dancers

 

1:00pm Maple Leaf Singers

As a show-chorus, they do more than sing, they perform. Their dynamic show features a variety of music complemented by choreography in genres such as: pop, gospel, swing, jazz, folk, classical, spiritual, rock, Broadway hits and more!

 

2:15-2:25: Emergency (Contemporary Dance) – Tomoya Yamada Dancers

3:00-3:45: Ash + Grove (Upcycled Fashion Show)

4:00-4:10: Emergency (Contemporary Dance) – Tomoya Yamada Dancers

4:30-5:15: Ed and Salve (Pop/Jazz)

5:20-5:30: Emergency (Contemporary Dance) – Tomoya Yamada Dancers

 

6:45pm Darren Radke, Will Cournoyer-Clements and Daniel Green

Will Cournoyer-Clements a bilingual French-Canadian jazz vocalist, Daniel Green saxophonist, composer, and acoustic bass musician, Darren Radke.

 

8:00-10:30: It’s a Wonderful Life

 

10:30pm Solstice Pride Ball

Join East Van’s Cheapest Date Peach Cobblah for a wintry wonderland like you’ve never seen before, with performances by Jaylene Tyme and Celestial Seasons, and queer dance party love from DJ O Show.

 

Dec. 22

Performances and activities begin at 10am

 

11am  The Kerplunks

The Kerplunks are Canadian children’s entertainers bringing high-energy, colourful performances to the stage. The Kerplunks play catchy self-penned original tunes guaranteed to get kids engaged, singing along and joining in on the actions

 

1:30-2:00: Elizabeth Irving (Music/Singalong)

2:00-4:30: It’s a Wonderful Life

3:30-4:30: Culture Chats (Personal Storytelling)

5:15-5:45: Power Duo (Bollywood Dance)

 

6:45pm  Anna Pietrzak and Thomas Lamont

Anna is a versatile guitarist and teacher who performs worldwide, joined by Thomas Lamont, a young upcoming lyric tenor from New Westminster.

 

8:00-10:30: It’s a Wonderful Life

 

Dec. 23

Daily performances and activities begin at 3pm

 

4:30-5:15: Wazaman (Guitar Duo)

5:30-5:50: Royal Canadian Theatre Co – Panto Pops

8:00-10:30: It’s a Wonderful Life

 

Dec. 26

Daily performances and activities begin at 3pm

5:15-5:45: Variety of Sound (Pop/Rock Band)

8:00-10:30: It’s a Wonderful Life

 

Dec. 27

Daily performances and activities begin at 3pm

 

3:30-3:40: Moving Statues (Contemporary Dance) – Chalk Collective

4:00-4:30 Kaya Kurz (Pop/Jazz)

4:40-4:50 Moving Statues (Contemporary Dance) – Chalk Collective

5:00-6:00 Quayside Voices (Pop Choral Music)

5:30-5:40 Moving Statues (Contemporary Dance) – Chalk Collective

 

6:45pm Fionn

Fionn’s Alanna and Brianne Finn-Morris 19-year-old twins from White Rock, have been singing together for most of their lives, forging folk-pop sound.  Lyrics that deliver both sharp social commentary and poignantly personal reflections are backed by arrangements that range from lushly orchestrated balladry to boot-stomping roots-rock.

 

8:00-9:00: Cease Wyss – Storytelling and Tea

8:00-10:30: It’s a Wonderful Life

 

Dec. 28

Daily performances and activities begin at 10am

 

12:00-12:45: Ed and Salve (Pop/Jazz, 45mins)

 

1:00pm RupLoops

RupLoops is a kids friendly interactive, live looping performance, using vocal percussion, rhythmic rhymes and an arsenal of eclectic instruments from around the globe.

 

2:00-4:30: It’s a Wonderful Life

 

4:30pm Cassius Khan and Amika Kushwaha

Maestro Cassius Khan is a master of the Tabla (North Indian drums), combining his drumming with the Indian classical styles of Ghazal and Thumri singing with Amika Kushwaha performing Kathak dance.

 

6:45pm  Halifax Wharf Rats

Vancouver based band of high energy tunes features a wide array of the most popular         Classic Rock tunes, Canadian folk classics from the likes of Neil Young, Stan Rogers, and Gordon Lightfoot plus songs of Atlantic Canada, and Irish and Scottish folk tunes.

 

8:00-10:30: It’s a Wonderful Life

 

Dec. 29

Daily performances and activities begin at 10am

 

1pm  A History of Motown – Krystle Dos Santos

Krystle Dos Santos and her three-piece band will take young audiences back in time to the era of Motown music from the late 1950s to 1980s. Motown Records grew to be a music industry powerhouse featuring stars such as The Supremes, Stevie Wonder and a young Michael Jackson in the Jackson 5.

 

2:00-4:30: It’s a Wonderful Life

 

5pm The Sojourners

The three amazing voices of  Marcus Mosely, Will Sanders and Khari McClelland, (from Ralls, Texas, Alexandria, Louisiana and Detroit, Michigan respectively) give The Sojourners’ sound an authentic edge that only comes with experience. This is real gospel – blessed with a soul that can’t be faked.

 

Dec. 30

Daily performances and activities begin at 3pm

 

3:30-4:00: Elizabeth Irving (Vocal Jazz)

4:30-4:40: Kimberly Dioszeghy (Circus/Contortion)

5:30-5:40: Kimberly Dioszeghy (Circus/Contortion)

 

Dec. 31

Daily performances and activities begin at 3pm

 

8:00-10:30: It’s a Wonderful Life

 

Jan. 2

Daily performances and activities begin at 3pm

 

3:30-3:40: Winter Solstice (Contemporary Dance) – Jennifer Aoki and Silene Razo

4:30-5:15: Will Clements Trio (Jazz)

5:50-6:00: Winter Solstice (Contemporary Dance) – Jennifer Aoki and Silene Razo

8:00-10:30: It’s a Wonderful Life

 

Jan. 3

Daily performances and activities begin at 3pm

 

3:30-4:00: Variety of Sound (Pop/Rock Band)

4:15-4:25: Danielle Fisher (Circus/Juggling)

5:15-5:25: Danielle Fisher (Circus/Juggling)

8:00-9:00: Cease Wyss – Storytelling and Tea

8:00-10:30: It’s a Wonderful Life

 

Jan. 4

Daily performances and activities begin at 10am

 

1pm The Blues Berries

The Blues Berries perform throughout Canada spreading their love for the blues to the younger generation. Their unique approach takes children’s topics such as learning the alphabet, recycling, and bullying and blends them with bluesy beats to create educational songs that every child can get down and boogie to.

 

1:30-2:00: Kaya Kurz (Pop/Jazz)

2:00-4:30: It’s a Wonderful Life

5:00-5:45: Wazaman (Guitar Duo)

 

6pm – 8pm Ceilidh with Blackthorn

Blackthorn features four talented musicians, three of whom share lead vocals, bringing a refreshing diversity of character to the group’s polished sound and all four contribute a mastery of a colourful variety of instruments. From lively jigs and reels, to songs with rousing choruses and heart-wrenching airs and ballads, they bring the music to life with their luscious harmonies and complex instrumentation.

 

8:00-10:30: It’s a Wonderful Life

 

Jan. 5

Daily performances and activities begin at 10am

 

2:00-4:30: It’s a Wonderful Life

 

4:30pm- 6pm   Family Dance Closing Party     

 

Featured Production in the Theatre –  It’s a Wonderful Life

Enjoy the musical adaptation of the beloved holiday movie with a stellar cast and songs by the Gershwins, Kurt Weil, and more.  Perfect for the whole family. Tickets are required for this event. Visit https://anvilcentre.com/events/its-a-wonderful-life/ to purchase tickets

 

All events are FREE except for the featured production, It’s a Wonderful Life.