Indie-roots, world rhythms and folk

The Envision Twilight Concert Series in Mission features unique music on July 6, 8 and 13.

The Envision Twilight Concert Series presents Willy Blizzard on Wednesday

The Envision Twilight Concert Series presents Willy Blizzard on Wednesday

Wednesday, July 6

The Envision Twilight Concert Series presents Willy Blizzard on Wednesday, July 6 at Fraser River Heritage Park in Mission.

Vancouver-based indie-roots trio Willy Blizzard are back in B.C. after touring in Alberta, and are delighted to bring their alt-folk sound to Mission.

Touring in support of their 2010 album In From The Cold, their songwriting has been called “truly gorgeous Canadiana” by Penguin Eggs magazine, Canada’s foremost reviewer of contemporary folk music.

The acoustic trio performs original material featuring superb vocal harmonies against guitar, banjo and stand-up bass.

The trio is fronted by former Mission resident John Hough, who ran the Mission coffee house concerts for a number of years.

Hard working, hard touring country folk musicians, Willy Blizzard is as tight an outfit as any group on the road today.

The Art in the Park program features Aboriginal art of Nancy Arcand, wire jewelry of Carobrian, acrylic artist Donna Duvall and Lori Friskie’s pressed flower art.

Friday, July 8

The energetic and popular Los Amigos will be returning to Fraser River Heritage Park on Friday, July 8 from 7-8 p.m.

The world rhythms of Los Amigos get crowds moving wherever they play and have given them a reputation for upbeat, energetic shows.

Their music captures a wide audience with a lively mix of Latin, rock and reggae.

Influences include salsa and merengue, Jamaican reggae and melodic tunes of Canadian rockers like Sam Roberts.

In 2006 the band began playing around the Lower Mainland and developed a strong following.

They’ve been a hit at halls, community events and house parties from Granville Island to Chilliwack.

In 2008 Los Amigos headlined the Abbotsford BerryBeat Festival and opened for reggae rocker Daniel Wesley in front of over 2000 fans at UFV Disorientation.

2009 saw the band released their third album, a six song EP of Latin, reggae and rock originals which received praise in the UFV Cascade as well as airplay on CIVL radio.

The Art in the Park program features Nancy Arcand, hand crafted rock candles by Anastasia Greenan, Betty Sandmark’s beaded jewelry, and metal art silhouettes of Sendana Vehabovic.

Wednesday, July 13

Carli and Julie Kennedy will be performing at Fraser River Heritage Park on Wednesday, July 13 from 7-8 p.m.

This powerhouse duo has a musical bond that only identical twins can share.

With Carli on vocals and guitar and Julie on vocals and violin, they have developed a sound that is all their own: a fusion of folk, country, jazz, and Celtic music.

Carli and Julie spent years honing their skills in a family band, playing country music and fiddle tunes at community events.

Taking their music to the next level, the sisters entered the School of Music at the University of Victoria and graduated with their Bachelor’s degrees in music performance in 2008.

Their classical chops took them far – Julie was named Concertmaster of the 2007 National Youth Orchestra of Canada and Carli’s guitar playing achieved third prize at the Canadian Nationals – but they both felt their true country and folk roots calling.

They released their first EP of four original songs produced by Adrian Dolan (The Bills) and continue to receive airplay on CBC Radio.

The Art in the Park program features Gina Esche’s natural way to body wellness and Betty Sandmark’s beaded jewelry.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and join us at the park.

The Log Cabin Café and the Blackberry Kitchen are open.

Admission is free but donations are encouraged.

Your support along with the generous contributions of sponsors will ensure that the series continues.

For more information call 604-826-0277.

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