Appalachian Banjos and Fiddles and Southern, Seasonal Old-time Choir songs Enliven Christmas Festival Launch
November 16, 2011: On Sunday, November 27 from 3 PM, Oak Bay Village will be alive with light, food and music as Light Up celebrations kick off the 11th annual Oak Bay Christmas Festival. Musical entertainment features fiddler, trumpeter Daniel Lapp, folk musician Oliver Swain and Celtic guitarist Quinn Bachand who will be joined by the 30 member youth BC Fiddle Orchestra and the 60 member Joy of Life Choir to present an Old Time Appalachian Christmas. The lights come on a 5PM but the celebrations continue with more music, a visit from Santa and roasted chestnuts.
Musical selections will be lively, ranging from Southern Spiritual to bluegrass to banjo and fiddle solos. There will also be a selection of Christmas favourites including the 12 Days of Christmas with onstage host Bill Murphy-Dyson. This upbeat concert features a range of music including, banjo/fiddle and favourite Christmas tunes.
The lampposts have been decorated and giant wreaths have been hung on buildings throughout Oak Bay Village to lend a festive atmosphere. Giant wreaths have been hung on the buildings throughout the Village, shop windows have been decorated and garland has been hung on shop doors.
Santa Claus will arrive on an Oak Bay Fire Truck to greet the crowd and wish everyone a merry Christmas and Oak Bay’s official Town Crier will pronounce the Christmas Festival officially underway. Photos with Santa will take place in Athlone Travel, adjacent to the stage, following his arrival. A decorated Canada Post delivery truck will be at Light Up collecting letters for delivery straight to Santa Claus at the North Pole. The Galey Farm 80 foot float, one of the favourites from the Parade of Lighted Trucks, will be at the Light Up for people to get a close look at the moving display.
Popular fiddler Daniel Lapp has been a force on the West Coast music scene for over 20 years. He has performed all over the world on both fiddle and trumpet and was a featured 'Hero Fiddler' at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics opening ceremonies. As well as his own musical prowess on various instruments, he brings to the stage all of his students from Daniel Lapp's House of Music Society in the Joy of Life Choir and the BC Fiddle Orchestras. He also brings a sizzling rhythm section of local icons to the Light Up to accompany the choir with Danuel Tate, Rick May and the newest percussionist on the scene, Jake Jenne.
Though only 15 years old, Quinn Bachand has already made a name as an innovative celtic guitarist. Bachand plays a number of styles including old time, folk and gypsy jazz and has performed across Canada with Cape Breton fiddler Ashley MacIsaac. Most recently Bachand collaborated with Oliver Swain on his album In a Big Machine, released in 2010.
Bringing 15 years of professional music experience, Oliver Swain, who was a member of The Bill Hilly Band (before they were The Bills) and later a member of Outlaw Social, has played his banjo and upright bass at folk festivals across Canada as well as at venues in Australia and Europe. He is also the Artistic Director and musical force behind the newest Victoria Festival, "Folkwest".
Light Up is only the beginning for the Christmas Festival. Oak Bay Village will host the Art on the Avenue Gallery Walk and Ottavio Tasting Evening takes place December 1 from 6 – 8 pm. Galleries and shops are open for late shopping, artists in attendance and tasty treats.
Oak Bay Village welcomes the Parade of Lighted Trucks on Saturday, December 3. At approximately 6:30 over 80 extensively decorated trucks, including cement trucks, cranes and other working vehicles. The parade is held to raise food and donations for The Mustard Seed and food drop locations across from the Municipal Hall on Oak Bay Avenue and on Oak Bay Avenue near Foul Bay Road. Volunteers will be collecting donations from spectators before and during the parade.
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