A North Island-raised songstress now living in Vancouver returns home this weekend for a pair of concerts in Port Hardy and Alert Bay.
Soprano Leah Alfred, a veteran opera and classical performer originally from Alert Bay, is embarking on a brief tour with baritone Aaron Durand that begins tonight in Victoria. From there, the pair will travel north, appearing at the Civic Centre in Port Hardy Saturday, Aug. 16, at 7:30 p.m. and at Christ Church Hall in Alert Bay Sunday, Aug. 17, at 2 p.m.
After a stop in 100 Mile House next Friday, the tour wraps up back in Vancouver Aug. 24.
The concerts feature Alfred and Durand in duets, as well as solo numbers by both performers.
Tickets are available at the door for $20, or $10 for children.
Diamond in the rough
The Port Hardy Lions Club will host a Neil Diamond tribute concert on August 29, featuring the stylings of impressionist Joey Purpura.
Pupura, who since 2004 has toured across Canada and the Caribbean with his tribute act, will play the Civic Centre, with a portion of the proceeds from the evening benefitting the local Lions Club.
The show kicks off at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are available in advance from the Hobby Nook and Vaso’s Flooring for $25.