Canadian hitmakers host free concert

Bryan Potvin (The Northern Pikes) and Kevin Kane (The Grapes of Wrath) will perform at Bench 1775.

Two musicians who helped generate Canadian hits in the mid-80s and early-90s are pairing up for a special treat for their fans.

Bryan Potvin (The Northern Pikes) and Kevin Kane (The Grapes of Wrath) will perform their own material as soloists and favourites from both bands together.

The Grapes of Wrath (I am Here, You May Be Right) and The Northern Pikes (She Ain’t Pretty, Dream Away) produced some of the catchiest and most heartfelt singles and videos to come out of Canada during their time. Although the bands shared similar values musically, they only performed on the same bill once during their heydays. Fast-forward some 20 years later and the guitarists from each of the bands find themselves living just blocks away from one another in Toronto. The pair got together to hang out with a couple of guitars and jammed. Now are playing a handful of acoustic dates together in July.

Potvin will be drawing heavily from his just-released debut solo album, Heartbledwhite. Kane will be performing several of the songs from last year’s Grapes of Wrath comeback, High Road, and said he may slip into a song or two from his next solo project.

The pair will be playing at Bench 1775 on Wednesday evening, there is no charge for admission.


Lots on tap at Shatford Centre

The Shatford Centre continues to be a hive of events this summer.

Kristy Gordon’s workshop, Portrait Painting with a Full Palette, will be coming on July 18. Artist Lori Goldberg will be giving an artist talk on Aug. 8, followed by a weekend course entitled Capture Naramata. The Colour and Harmony exhibit by Artists of the South Okanagan-Similkameen is on display until July 30.

For children, Creativity Camps are being held until Aug. 15 with a different theme each week. For more info visit


Hip hop artist up for awards

Rob “Kasp” Sawan, a hip hop artist from the Penticton Indian Band, is nominated for two Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards. Winners for the Aboriginal Entertainer of the Year and Best Hip Hop CD are selected by an online vote at until July 19.