What’s On: April 16-23


The Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre (AESC) has announced two new shows. Vaisakhi 2011 is a concert celebrating the ancient harvest festival in the Punjab region. It takes place on April 23 at 7:30 p.m. The second show is History Makers – The Intervention, which takes place on May 22 at 7:30 p.m.  The event provides spiritual training for pre-teens, young adults and leaders. For more information and for tickets, visit www.abbotsfordcentre.ca.


The Abbotsford Arts Council is accepting nominations for the eighth annual Arty Awards – a night dedicated to recognizing those who have contributed to the local arts community. Nomination forms can be picked up at the Abbotsford Arts Council, 2387 Ware St., or downloaded online at www.abbotsfordartscouncil.org. The deadline for nominations is April 22. The awards take place on May 28 at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way. Tickets are available at the Abbotsford Arts Council box office for $10. For more information, call 604-852-9358.


Elizabeth Bachinsky, who was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for poetry in 2006, will be reading her poetry at the Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Ferguson Way, on April 18 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.   The event is part of the Blue Moon Reading Series hosted by the Poets Potpourri Society and the Fraser Valley Regional Library. For more information visit  www.poetspotpourrisociety.com.


Strings Attached is an upcoming variety concert by Two Pianos and Violins, featuring light classics and hymn arrangements. Mel Bowker and Johannes Weber will be playing piano while Calvin Dyck, Lorin Friesen and Stan Gubiotti will be on violin. It takes place on April 17 at 7 p.m. at Bakerview Church, 2285 Clearbrook Rd. Tickets are available at House of James, King’s Music and at the door for $12 for adults and $8 for children and students.


Singer Cathy Hardy will be performing at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way, on April 16 at 7:30 p.m. to promote her new album Love Shines, which is a mix of southern gospel, folk, blues and Celtic. Tickets are $15 and are available at Murdoch’s Books in Mission, House of James and King’s Music in Abbotsford, and online at www.cathyajhardy.com.


Mission Folk Music Festival presents Grammy nominated  Eliza Gilkyson on April 18 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church, 7756 Grand St, Mission. Tickets are $20 in advance, available at Murdoch’s Books in Mission, and $25 at the door.