An informal gathering celebrating folk, roots and toe-tapping good times- bring an instrument and play or sing along. Wetting your whistle, optional. Guest hosts announced soon. Come join in this Ryga Arts Festival tradition!

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Showcasing BC Authors and Summerland Jazz

This engaging mixed program will include Sophia Jackson, Adam Lewis Schroeder, and Alix Hawley, plus fun jazz standards by Alan Crossley, Yanti and company.

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Wednesday in the Park: PRIMARY COLOURS

Sergei Ryga, Shae Ryga and Dan Marcelino share their acoustic approach to a wide spectrum of music, from Bruce Cockburn to Sting and much more. 

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Sold out last year, Outspoken! offers a delectable feast of slam poetry, storytelling and more from talented Okanagan artists, in a relaxed (and lubricated) atmosphere. Hosted by Summerland’s own Erick Thompson. Get your tickets early!

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PLAYS IN PROGRESS I: Biography of a Voice

Enjoy a reading and performance of soprano Mia Harris’ play-in-progress: the character journeys inward in search of resonance and vocal wisdom; a vocal journey that is mirrored by the human search for self acceptance. 

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ACOUSTIC BLEND: unplugged Folk and Jazz-

An evening of music with Ed Henderson, david sereda and our Summerland ‘pop up’ choir.

Ed Henderson: An ‘unplugged’ evening with Juno award-winning BC musician Ed Henderson performing solo guitar music from his dynamic and wide-ranging career, including iconic Canadian band Chilliwack, to the Olympic opening ceremonies and almost everything in between.
"...A dazzling display of low-key acoustic virtuosity.” …“marvelously lyrical” Georgia Straight

david sereda with Summerland Community Pop-up Choir- The second half of the evening will feature our Summerland community pop-up choir with david sereda, Canadian musician, singer, actor, playwright and activist, performing folk songs and more, plus an array of David’s own songs and poetry- and there may even be surprise guests.

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Showcasing local creativity
Join us for a screening of the short films created in last weekend's Smartphone film workshop!

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A public conversation about the role of the artist

Invited guests will include the visiting artists,Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, Bill Henderson, Ed Henderson, our two resident artists for 2019, Ahmad Meree and david sereda, and more to be confirmed.

Join us as we explore George Ryga’s view on agitation or entertainment and we voice our own current debates/views/thoughts on this conversation.

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Home-grown plays and Summerland stories 
Inspired by our Wine, Nature and Hiking/Biking trails, our downtown Summerland Theatre Trail leads you to five eclectic, original mini-theatre performances in downtown venues including The Bead Trails and Summerland Library. Five tours only, limited to 16 people each. Storytelling tour guides escort you between venues, some with treats! Sold out last year, get your tickets now!

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Experience iconic Haida artist, performer and activist Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, joined by Bill Henderson (from Canadian band Chilliwack), Claire Lawrence (early Chilliwack), Jodi Proznick (Juno nominee, bass), and talented vocalists Saffron Henderson and Camille Henderson.

Virtuoso artists and activists coming together with the spirit of improvisation that lives in both the Haida culture and jazz improvisation. We’ll hear songs in Haida and maybe hear songs from Grass and Wild Strawberries, the album Bill Henderson co-created with George Ryga.

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Ahmad Meree, david sereda and Heather Davies share their creative process

Ahmad Meree: Ahmad is returning to Summerland. Inspired by meeting our recent Syrian-Canadian community in the Okanagan in 2017, when he performed Adrenaline here in Summerland, this year he’ll be interviewing people about their experience of refugee camps and camping, as well as working with Artistic Director Heather Davies to begin developing a play around these conversations. Join us as Ahmad shares some of his creative process with us. 

david sereda & Heather Davies share the creative process they’re exploring to highlight stories and songs from the agricultural community. Davies’ trilogy “Silverfish” explores cultural intersection and unexpected meetings in unexpected places

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