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Listen to Cougar Annie Tales in Port McNeill on March 24
Singer/songwriter Kat Kadoski, whose act cetres on the life of legendary Cougar Annie, is coming to Port McNeill.
She will be performing at The Gate House Theatre, on Friday, March 24. The doors open at
7 p.m. and tickets are $15 in advance and available at Flora Borealis or at the door.
Here's what some media have said about Kadoski:
"Kadoski is a confident performer who has created a well-polished cultural addition to Vancouver Island's heritage." — Amy Smart, Times Colonist.
"Her musical ode to Cougar Annie is a treat to behold." — John Threlfall, CVV Magazine.
"It's great to see our unique B.C. history being kept alive in so appealing a fashion." — Robert Moyes, Monday Magazine.
In the early 1900s, the legendary west coast settler Cougar Annie was anything but a typical woman. She trapped more than 70 cougars, homesteaded a rainforest bog, opened a remote post office, and outlived four husbands.
California-born Ada Annie Jordan settled in the Clayoquot coastal rainforest in 1915 with her first husband and three young children. A five-acre garden that she carved out of the wilderness provided food and income throughout her long life. The bounty on cougars supplemented her income and she earned her nickname of Cougar Annie by shooting more than 70 of the animals. Annie gave birth to eight more children in this remote location, and in fact rarely left the property until old age and blindness forced her removal to Port Alberni, where she died at the age of 97.
Singer/songwriter Kat Kadoski lived in Clayoquot Sound for three years caretaking Cougar Annie's garden and immersing herself in the folklore surrounding the legendary pioneer-settler.
Drawing upon many sources, including Annie's family, Cougar Annie Tales, uses dramatic narrative, images, letters, and original compositions to celebrate the unconventional life of one of B.C's most colourful characters.
Katrina has a new one-woman show in the works called The Waterman's Daughter and also recently released an album called Dreamtime.
— Gazette Staff/Submitted