Known as ‘the best little fest in the West’, the Harrison Festival of the Arts is a perfect summertime festival for the resort town of Harrison. For 36 years, the Harrison Festival of the Arts has been bringing the world to the lakeside town. This year’s festival hits town on July 12th to July 20th.
Since 1988 The Harrison Festival Society has been organizing the festival with the guiding belief that good quality live entertainment is an integral part of a healthy community and a commitment to celebrating the cultural diversity of the Canada and the world. As a result the Society dedicates itself to programming the festival with the best Canada and the World has to offer while keeping it inclusive and accessible for the general public.
Music on the Beach, a juried Art Market, Art Exhibits & workshops, Children’s Day and Evenings in The Harrison Memorial Hall are all programs throughout the Festival. For a donation of just $2 a Festival button allows everyone in the family to enjoy a great international line-up of artists. The Festival Button helps support the Festival and allows access to Music On The Beach, Art Market and Art Exhibit. Children’s Day, Wednesday July 16th, features a line-up of entertainment and activities in the Harrison Memorial Hall, all for the admission of $6.
The Evenings in The Hall, features a line-up of international music, literary reading and theatre; Calypso beats from the Caribbean, pipers from Ireland & Scotland, traditional Mexican singers, African rhythms from Tongo feature along with local performers “Straight from the Valley” throughout the Festival. Admission to Evenings in the Hall vary per performance, most are $25, or a Full Festival Pass for $160(before June 27th) allows for all 10 nights of entertainment.
Find the full line-up and ticketing information to the Harrison Festival of the Arts online and to enhance your visit to the village of Harrison Hot Springs visit TourismHarrison.com.
The 30th Annual BC Book Prizes recently announced their shortlists in each of the seven book categories. Established in 1985, the BC Book Prizes celebrate the achievements of British Columbia’s writers and publishers. Selected by the non-profit Book Prize society the finalists along with the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence are presented with their awards at the BC Book Prizes Soiree and Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala in spring.
The Shortlists for the:
The Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize are:
Anatomy of a Girl Gang by Ashley Little, Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press
Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility by Théodora Armstrong, Publisher: House of Anansi Press
Lucky by Kathryn Para, Publisher: Mother Tongue Publishing
Red Girl Rat Boy by Cynthia Flood, Publisher: Biblioasis
Three Souls by Janie Chang, Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize are:
Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life by David Stouck, Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre
Everything Rustles by Jane Silcott, Publisher: Anvil Press
The Oil Man and the Sea: Navigating the Northern Gateway by Arno Kopecky, Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre
The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be by J.B. MacKinnon, Publisher: Random House of Canada
They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School by Bev Sellars, Publisher: Talonbooks
Find the rest of the shortlists on BCBookPrizes.ca and get tickets for the BC Book Prizes events
Coming up next week is the Vancouver International Writers Festival. Named Canada’s best large literary festival by the Canadian Tourism Commission in 2010, this year’s event runs October 18-23 in venues throughout Granville Island. For 24 years the festival has attracted the best and brightest of the literary world, like: Margaret Atwood, Maeve Binchy, Roddy Doyle, John Irving, P.D. James, Rohinton Mistry, Frank McCourt, Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje, JK Rowling, Salman Rushdie and Carol Shields. This year the festival welcomes, David Gilmour, Ian Rankin, Russell Banks, Adrienne Clarkson and dozens of writers from around the world for discussions, intimate readings and new introductions to their works.
Tickets are fast selling out for many events, get them now from the Writers Festival website, while you still can!