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Friday Night Beer Garden

Odd Duck

When: Friday, July 27, 2018, 5:00–10:00pm
Where: Gower Point Road, by the roof-top parking lot

Odd Duck

As the name implies, Odd Duck is actually four bands in one! Donna Newsom, Mark Sainsbury, and Dave Roughley are three independent singer-songwriters who have joined together with Copper Cove Road (an established and talented North-Shore four-piece band) to create a musical experience of uncommon diversity. Odd Duck delivers both engaging originals and convincing covers (including Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Van Morrison, and many others) for all occasions. Contact Dave at 604-886-6888.

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Saturday Entertainment

Ashley Hautala

When: Saturday, July 28, 2018, 12:35pm and 4:30–4:55pm
Where: Main Stage, Gower Point Road

Ashley Hautala

My name is Ashley Hautala and I'm 19 years old. Music has been a part of my life since I can remember but I began pursuing my passion when I was 9 and my grandfather gifted his guitar to me. I've had many incredible teachers and encountered countless amazing people along the way that have not only shaped me as a musician but as the person I am today. Since then, every song I've written, every performance on stage and every car ride where I've blasted music and sang in my car has changed me for the better. Although it's a lot of work, the end result of all the practicing and time put in has always been a good one and I hope to continue this journey for the rest of my life.

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Sunshine Coast Roller Girls

When: Saturday, July 28, 2018, 3:15–3:45pm
Where: Gower Point Road

Sunshine Coast Roller Girls are a group of women with a common goal: to bring the sport of roller derby to the Sunshine Coast! They hosted their very first local sanctioned bout in September 2011 to a sold-out audience in the Sechelt Arena, and have continued to please crowds since then with exciting bouts, public scrimmages, fundraising events such as DJ nights and Burger & Beer nights. Today they are proud to have almost 30 members in the League, ranging from the Red Tide Warning travel team to referees and non-skating officials and volunteers. www.sunshinecoastrollergirls.ca

Sunshine Coast Roller Girls

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Sunday Entertainment

Dance Works Academy

When: Sunday, July 29, 2018, 1:20–1:50pm
Where: Gower Point Road

Dance Works Academy

Dance Works Academy was established in Gibsons in 1993, and over the past 20 years has evolved into a full performing arts school.

Dance Works Academy presents Spectrum Youth Dance Company consisting of dancers ranging in age from 10–19 years of age. In addition there will be performances by choreographers and members of the Adult Company and Dance Works Jr. Performers.

Dance Works Academy

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Saturday Evening Live Entertainment

Amy Hef

When: Saturday, July 28, 2018, 5:00–6:00pm
Where: Gower Point Road, next to main stage

Amy Hef

Amy Hef has been compared to artists like Pink, Tegan and Sara and Roxette.

Splitting her time between Alberta and LA since 2007 and finding successes along the way as an honor student at Musicians Institute (Hollywood, CA) 90.3 AMP Radio’s Rock Star, a Breakout Artist, winning YYC Music Awards 2017 – Female Artist of the year and George Stroumboulopoulos included her in his list of Top 3 Buzz Bands.

Life wasn’t always lived this ‘out loud’ for the now singer/songwriter/recording artist. The youngest of five kids growing up in northern Alberta she barely spoke a word before the age of 11. She had four other siblings who did all the talking for her. Her pre-school teacher hilariously thought she was deaf because she never responded to any of her questions – Amy didn’t realize she was supposed to.

Being a bit (understatement) on the chubby side as a kid with little or no confidence she stumbled on No Doubt and Gwen Stefani and their video “Just a Girl” – and everything changed in that moment. Amy knew who and what she wanted to be. She took up the drums, which lead to the guitar and songwriting. That’s how Amy found her voice and a way to connect with the world.

Shedding the weight and finding her music and her voice meant saying goodbye to all those childhood insecurities. This deep love affair with music coupled with her respect for all those who have gone before and those who continue to build her ever-expanding musical knowledge have brought her to this point.

With Amy’s natural talent, compassion and sense of humour, this multifaceted artist brings a truly unique, energized and interesting vibe to everything she does. There is a fun, fresh, bright, kind, insightful perspective in every song and every live show. The days of being the extreme introvert are over. Amy found a strong and powerful voice through music – and she’s never looked back.

Amy is working and creating again in the studio in LA, Canada and Sweden.

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Half Cut and The Slackers

When: Saturday, July 28, 2018, 8:00–10:15pm
Where: Clamshell, Winegarden Park

Brian Swanson, keyboard and vocals, started playing in bands at the age of 14. He formed the Penn Kings at 16, released an album (AS We Are) in 1973, toured Canada from 1974-1978, formed Local Traffic in 1985 until 2005. Brian is an avid lover of old cars and is actively involved with the Coasters Car Club.

Ken Shearsmith, bass guitar and vocals, started playing at the age of 15 in dance halls in the Fraser Valley. After turning 19 he played throughout BC before coming to the Sunshine Coast in 1976. He then joined local musician Rick Brown playing clubs from Alberta to Ontario before settling back down on the coast. Ken has been playing with Doug in various groups since 1996.

Mark Evans was raised on the coast until leaving in 1976 for college. He returned in 2006 to retire. Mark has been engaged in Rock bands across the western provinces since high school. Mark plays drums, guitar and vocals.

Bob Ewert was born in the summer of love! Somehow he managed to make it to 2016... the summer of world discontent. That said, he's still pretty groovy! After a 20 year musical hiatus, Bob has re-grooved, dusted off his guitar and now enjoys playing the local scene with Half Cut and the Slackers.

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