Kimberley Artists’ Gathering

Four concerts in three days with visiting guest artists

Ali Sellin

Ali Sellin

This May long weekend (May 20 to 23) independent musicians from Vancouver, Winnipeg, Calgary, the Okanagan and the Kootenays will be gathering in Kimberley, BC for the Kimberley Artist Gathering.

The idea began with Val and Ted Fitch, owners of Chateau Kimberley, who wanted to do something positive for Kimberley. A visit from Ted’s brother Peter, and wife Mary Ellen, from New Brunswick prompted a discussion about what artists may want to perform at a gathering. Artists Andrew and Tami Smith from Kelowna joined in the Kimberley Artist Gathering came to life.

It all happens this weekend. Chateau Kimberley will host the visiting artists for the weekend, and are co-sponsoring the event with the Fisher Peak Performing Artists Society.

The musical acts are solos, duos and trios performing a mix of folk, indie pop and jazz.

There will be four opportunities to take in shows this weekend. First, Friday night at the Green Door, at 7:30 p.m. you can catch Colourful Language, a folk rock duo from Vancouver; Kimberley songwriter James Neve; Carolyn Anele, a folk artist from Vernon; Alisha and Seth, a pop duo from Kelowna and Ali Sellin, a country folk performer from Medicine Hat. Tickets for that event are $15 at the door or at kagfridaynight.eventbrite.ca.,

On Saturday and Sunday afternoons from noon to 3 p.m., there will be free outdoor concerts in the Platzl gazebo.

And on Saturday evening, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. there will be a concert at Centre 64. That event will feature Smith and Fraser, a folk and jazz duo from Kelowna; the Janzen Boys, a family folk trio from Winnipeg; Kimberley guitarist Jim Marshall and Modus Operandi, contemporary dancers from Vancouver. Tickets for the concert at $29 at kagsaturdaynight.eventbrite.ca or at the door.