North Island Concert Society’s 21st season will start in November with its first concert showing.
The North Island Concert Society is under new leadership and is pleased to announce its 21st Concert Season of show stopping talent. There is something for everyone in this series from classical, to foot tapping Celtic rock, to an emotional journey through our nation. Audiences will be delighted, moved and highly entertained during their five-concert voyage with us.
Six String Nation plays Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at Port Hardy Civic Centre.
“The story of Canada as you’ve never held it before.” Conceived by award-winning writer and broadcaster Jowi Taylor, Six String Nation distills stories of diverse cultures, communities, characters and events from every province and territory of Canada into a single guitar called Voyageur – an object that is at once touchstone, talking-stick and living instrument. Jowi’s presentation goes beyond Canada’s cultural clichés, galvanizing audiences with a story that is as deeply personal as each individual in the room and as vast as the country itself. The Voyageur guitar will be played by a fine local musician.
Atlantic String Machine plays Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at the Port Hardy Civic Centre.
The award-winning Atlantic String Machine has performed worldwide with internationally recognized symphony and chamber orchestras, ensembles, bands and individual artists. ASM has been wowing audiences with its performances of a wide range of music – from classical to jazz, to pop, to world music, along with the group’s own compositions. Based in Prince Edward Island, the ensemble has played to sold out audiences from coast to coast.
Rick Scott and Nico Rhodes plays Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at the Port Hardy Civic Centre.
Veteran folk artist Rick Scott and young keyboard ace Nico Rhodes combine forces in a smorgasbord of roots, blues, jazz and humour. Forty years apart in age, Rick and Nico blur all boundaries. In a word, they cook. What do you get when you combine an infamous dulcimer player with a rising jazz pianist, seasoned expertise with youthful exuberance, old school groove and Broadway chops? Join us for a musical conversation across the generations spiced with mastery, improvisation and humour.
Jay Gilday plays Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at the Port Hardy Civic Centre
Indigenous Artist of the Year from the Western Canadian Music Awards (2017) and Singer-songwriter of the Year, and Artists to Watch from the Edmonton Music Awards (2017) Jay Gilday can pull the listener in to a particularly vivid experience with his rich vocals. Raised on the Tundra of Yellowknife, he has one of the most arresting and important voices in Canadian music today.
Derina Harvey Band plays Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at the Port Hardy Civic Centre.
Fearless front-woman Derina Harvey leads this Celtic-rock act, who offer an authentic east-coast experience with a fresh take on traditional tunes as well as their own original jigs and reels. Their rocky, rhythmic undertow is layered with guitars, fiddle, and topped by Derina’s powerful voice. These transplanted east-coasters have earned a reputation with their high-energy live show, leaving many an audience out-of-breath and hollering from their seats!
The North Island Concert Society is selling season tickets at $150 for adults, $130 for seniors for all five concert showings. Subscribers will have invitations to the opening night reception, discount at The Sporty (nights of concert showings only) and discounts for single tickets. Single tickets are available online at $35 per adult and $10 per youth (under 18).
Season tickets are available until Nov. 15 at Port Hardy Visitor Centre, Cafe Guido, Port Hardy Museum, Flora Borealis in Port McNeill, and Gail Neely in Port Alice, who can be contacted at (250) 284-3927.
The North Island Concert Society was originally formed 21 years ago by Gwen Doi, Malcolm Fleeton, Maureen Lee, and Gretchen Frith. The society is dedicated to annual series of concerts in a variety of musical styles with a top quality professional entertainment. Now, the North Island Concert Society has a new board of directors who will continue the musical legacy by the founding members. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.niconcert.ca.