A Jamboree worth waiting for to kick off a New Year in Golden

Great music and great times are set to kick off 2012 at an old fashioned party for the ages.

As the start of another new year is coming upon us Kicking Horse Culture along with the Town of Golden are continuing to make plans for the weekend extravaganza of the reopening of the Golden Civic Centre.

Executive Director of Kicking Horse Culture Bill Usher said things have been coming together to give as many people as possible the chance to see what the new centre looks like.

“We started out with knowing full well that we wanted to give everybody a chance to get in the building. We knew that we had to create a variety of  different events. Both free and ticketed,” Usher said.

One of the newest events announced will be happening as part of the grand opening is an Elders’ Tea which will be held on December 27 at 3 p.m. This event will be open to the elders of the community and will give an early look at the building.

After realizing there was a need to have events over three days the decision was made to hold the events on the New Years weekend similar to what happened in 1948.

“As a musician and knowing the kind of music they would have played in the hall back then like The Golden Notes who played at the opening night in 1948. There would be guys playing piano, accordion, saxophone and violin. They would have been playing the old favourites and popular hits of the day. They also would have had a really sense of country and western swing from the late 30s and 40s,” Usher said.

This gave the group setting up the weekend a way to go when looking for possible performers for the weekend.

After getting a deal on bringing the performers to Golden the committee has been working hard to bring together the best line up they could for the big kickoff Usher explained.

“The Bebop Cowboys Western Swing Orchestra have been doing this for a long time. Roy Forbes is very well know in B.C and across the country. Roy is just a walking museum of older songs and music. Paul Pigat has been in Cousin Harley’s which is a rockabilly trio. Just a phenomenal, fiery guitar player. Russell deClarle has been with Prairie Oyster for over 30 years and  is a great crooner. Terra Hazelton (who Usher pointed out was recently an actress in FUBAR 2) was the lead vocalists with Jeff Healey’s Jazz Wizards. Denis Keldie has been all over the map in the last 40 or so years. He has played in one of the greatest rhythm and blues bands in Toronto. Denis has probably recorded on upwards of 3,000 albums in his career. He has played with everybody and anybody.”

But the event will not just been limited to dances.

“We have the opening night gala. This is to honour the past while also thanking the supporters. There are three major free events that will include an open house on December 31 which will run from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. which will include a guided tour. Then at 5:45 p.m. we will start off the first night family New Years party. This is a family event with many different things for families to do. This is happening in the lead up to 7 p.m. when we will have a countdown to New Year’s for them which will include a fireworks display,” Usher said.

For more information feel free to check out the www.kickinghorseculture.ca/civic-centre.


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