Tunes NOTES: Pat Chessell delivers his ’Christmas Kitchen area Party’ back to Surrey

Surrey-raised musician Pat Chessell returns with a debut Xmas song he’ll perform at this weekend’s Surrey Tree Lighting Festival & Holiday Industry.

Heard on Youtube and other platforms, “Christmas Kitchen area Party” is a entertaining, quickly-fiddlin’, festive number prepared by Chessell, Ivan Boudreau and John Bowman. Musicians who contributed their talents are whistle player Geoff Kelly (of Spirit of the West fame), fiddler Ray Legere, keyboardist Simon Kendall (Doug and the Slugs), banjo participant Kevin Evans, background vocalist Jordan Pritchett (Faber Generate), bassist Boudreau and drummer Gord Robert.

The music was recorded at LFFC Studios in Vancouver, wherever the Maple Leafs-loving Chessell now life with his bride and toddler (rapid, anyone get that boy a Canucks jersey for Xmas to established him straight).

With some of musical friends, Chessell is a Day 2 performer at the pageant, now a two-working day function Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 25-26) at Surrey Civic Plaza. This 12 months additional songs is promised on a few stages with the likes of Warren Dean Flandez, Appear Fly with Me (Michael Bublé tribute), Merry & Shiny, Josh Bogert, Phat Santa Swing and other folks. Specifics are posted on


It’s time once more for Surrey Arts and Business enterprise Awards, a 7th yearly function prepared Tuesday, Nov. 28, at the Sheraton hotel in Guildford.

In the new music category, the 2023 award finalists are Glisha Dela Cruz, Jason Model and bluegrass band Jackson Hollow.

Other nominees involve Surrey Children’s Choir, Sireen El-Nashar ( Zaytuna Solutions Society) and Amarjeet Singh (Naad Arts Centre Culture) in the Cultural Ambassador group, along with Arts and Innovation award finalists Praise Theatre Ensemble and Arts Ministry (Praise Staff), SMASH Theatre Faculty and Studio 73.

Surrey Board of Trade hosts the awards luncheon, to attribute visitor speakers Lana Popham (B.C.’s Minister Tourism, Arts, Tradition and Sport) and David Babych, former Canucks participant and alumni member. For tickets and much more data check out or simply call 604-581-7130.

Henri Brown on stage in 2022 at Blue Frog Studios in White Rock. (video screenshot)


Surrey’s Henri Brown (bass/vocalist) is amid musicians featured in a two-element concert venture aimed at “reclaiming” Vancouver’s ‘Black Strathcona’ space. Hogan’s Alley is wherever Brown’s cousin, Jimi Hendrix, was a regular visitor to his grandmother’s residence and attained money sitting down in with groups at community clubs.

On Saturday, Dec. 2, the Seem the Alarm songs/theatre business presents two Ebony Roots live shows at Strathcona Church, a stage for some of B.C.’s ideal Black/African-descent musicians and performing artists.

The initially session will feature traditional soul/Motown seems from Brandon Thornhill, Carlos Joe Costa, Russell Jackson and quite a few much more, although the second concert promises a much more modern day vibe with Brown, Krystle Dos Santos, Missy Dee, Sam Chimes and other individuals using the stage. Tickets are $30/$35 (or “pay what you can”) on

Seem the Alarm was developed in 2017 to take a look at tunes and “sound alarms,” or create dialogue and consciousness on social concerns by its programming. The Ebony Roots concerts are finished in affiliation with two other Vancouver-based orgs, African Descent Culture and Hogan’s Alley Culture, and The Black Arts Centre in Surrey, or BLAC. I’m keen to know far more about BLAC, described as a Black youth-owned and -operated gallery and community website around Surrey Central Station.


In Vancouver at 1022 Davie St., the constructing that has housed Famous people for more than 40 decades was constructed in 1908 as a area the place persons could delight in dancing and concerts. In the 1990s I worked across the street at the WestEnder newspaper, and the club was constantly packed for dancing. Several years before it was a rock/hippie hangout (named Dante’s Inferno, then Retinal Circus) where by Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, Velvet Underground and The Doorways done.

Now, Celebrities is owned by Blueprint, the enterprise that co-manufactured Surrey’s FVDED in the Park audio competition at Holland Park in modern a long time, in advance of the plug was pulled last March.

The Vancouver venue’s 115th birthday was celebrated Tuesday, Nov. 14, with a cocktail party and recreation of a photo taken Nov. 14, 1923, on the dancefloor of the location (then recognized as Lester Courtroom) at the Fireman’s 25th once-a-year ball.


I’m genuinely intrigued by “The Storyville Mosquito,” coming to New West’s Massey Theatre this weekend (Nov. 25-26) with miniature sets, puppetry, cinematography and dwell tunes by Child Koala and string trio, all performed, filmed, projected and scored in serious time on stage at each and every overall performance.

“A young mosquito leaves his compact town in the place to search for fame and fortune in the big city and fulfill his desire of playing in a single of the best bands of all time at Sid Villa’s Songs Corridor,” points out a write-up on Audiences witness a team of performers bringing this tale to existence concurrently on phase and on screen. Pursuing every single display, the viewers can go to the stage, discover the sets and talk to the performers. Seems exciting to me. Tickets begin at $45 on or get in touch with 604-521-5050.