Another great day at the Festival! The weather was a little brisk at times but overall warm and welcoming. The morning kicked off at 11 am with a Drum Making Workshop in the Memorial Hall. Those in attendance learned the traditional art of drum making from Sts’ailes First Nation member Darren Charlie. The drum has always held an important place in the culture of the local First Nations people and Darren openly shared the significance, philosophy and etiquette of the drum.
The art market again offered unique one-of-a-kind finds and the beach stage was a non-stop display of outstanding musicianship. The opening performance by the Jesse Peters Trio had the crowd begging for more. From their opening Jazz numbers to their closing R&B and Hip Hop vibes they had the audience in the palm of their hands. Madagascar Slim was back to steal more hearts and the final two Latin groups, Los Morenos and Locarno, had the entire crowd, young and old, up on their feet.
Musical heavyweights Hans Theessink & Terry Evans gently rocked the Memorial Hall crowd with their feel-good soul-blues performance. The contrast of Evans velvety tenor and Theessink’s deep baritone was beautifully captivating and the involuntary toe tapping of the audience was a naturally fitting compliment to the duos inviting presence.