Denman Island, BC


Concerts Denman

Arts Denman is proud to present the
16th Annual Concerts Denman Series for the 2006-2007 season!

All concerts are held at the Denman Island Community Hall from 8-10pm. Sumptuous desserts and refreshments are available in the Back Hall following each performance, where you also have the opportunity to speak with the artists about their work. Concerts Denman's 16th season is poised and ready to dazzle its audience once again with an eclectic array of music, theatre and dance!

Fouquet-Dolin Cello DuoFouquet-Dolin Cello Duo
Friday, October 13

Veteran Québec cellists, Guy Fouquet and Elizabeth Dolin have both made many successful recordings, founded a number of chamber groups, and performed throughout North and South America and Europe to critical acclaim. They have also been performing as a duo since 1988. Their CD "Barrière, Mozart, Fouquet" features sixteen Mozart opera arias arranged for two cellos, and includes one of Fouquet's compositions, "Solitude". Fouquet and Dolin combine their prodigious talents to play with "affection and imagination" (Ottawa Citizen), and a "lovely mature restraint" (Blair Thomson).

John Reischman and the Jaybirds
John Reischman and the Jaybirds Saturday, November 25

John Reischman and the Jaybirds is widely regarded as one of the top bluegrass bands today. Reischman, a master mandolin player, "consistently inventive, exciting and clean, and head and shoulders above most bluegrass players in sophistication" (Option Magazine), is joined by the equally accomplished Jaybirds: Nick Hornbuckle (banjo), Greg Spatz (fiddle), Trisha Gagnon (bass and vocals), and Jim Nonally (guitar and vocals). Their second CD, "Field Guide" was named one of the best CDs of 2003 by Acoustic Guitar magazine, and was also nominated for a Juno that year (best roots and traditional group). Their 2005 release, "Heading West" is also receiving rave reviews. Described as having a "variously bluesy, hard-edged and haunting" sound, and as "one of the most interesting bands on the circuit today", this group will wow you with refreshing interpretations of traditional songs, original compositions, and stirring three-part harmonies.

Phil Dwyer and Ingrid JensenPhil Dwyer and Ingrid Jensen
Saturday, January 27

Red hot; white hot; too hot; too cool: You're going to love this show so much you won't know what to do with it. Five jazz greats on one ticket on our stage: the multi-talented Phil Dwyer, "a monster of musicianship" (Winnipeg Free Press), on saxophone, and virtuoso Ingrid Jensen on trumpet - both raised on Vancouver Island, both Juno award winners who have made it big in the jazz world internationally - accompanied by Dave Young, considered by many to be Canada's premier jazz bassist, Geoff Keezer, "one of the finest contemporary pianists performing in jazz today" (, and the amazing Jon Wikan on drums. Sizzle...

* Ruth Terry Memorial Concert

Kahurangi: Maori Dance TheatreKahurangi: Maori Dance Theatre
Friday, February 23

This evening of entertainment by New Zealand dance and theatre group, Kahurangi, includes chants, martial arts techniques, powerful songs, and beautiful traditional Maori dances, some dating back to the early 10th century. This troupe is known for enrapturing audiences with their energetic, culturally fascinating, and visually stimulating performances. Here's what one reviewer from The Village Voice had to say about a Kahurangi New York performance: "From rapid finger flutters to haka warrior poses, thrusts, and vocal outbursts so strong you feel them in your gut, [this] troupe kept us riveted as they unfolded a Maori creation myth in a dozen sections." A great show for the whole family!

Daniel BolshoyDaniel Bolshoy
Friday, March 9

Ottawa guitarist Daniel Bolshoy's engaging stage presence, and the technical mastery and prevailing musicality of his playing are drawing audiences to him and to the repertoire of the classical guitar. Bolshoy has won top awards at home and in eight international competitions, and has been the featured soloist with orchestras in Canada and the U.S. He has put out two CDs: "Resonance", a collection of guitar solos, and "España", with mezzo-soprano Julie Nesrallah in the Nesrallah-Bolshoy Duo. Bolshoy is "a rising star" in the classical guitar world: "Concert presenters and guitar lovers in general must take note of the emerging figure of this exciting and expressive young guitar virtuoso...with his brilliant technique and passionate temperament [he] promises to become a major figure of the international guitar scene." (Ricardo Iznaola, classical guitarist)

The Chucky Danger BandThe Chucky Danger Band
Saturday, April 21

In their tailored black suits, with their poetic, intelligent lyrics, layered melodies and sweet vocal harmonies, The Chucky Danger Band is a little reminiscent of the early Beatles; yet they have a distinct very "now" sound firmly planted in the concerns of the 21st century. These four young men from P.E.I. (brothers John McPhee on acoustic guitar and lead vocals and Rob McPhee on bass, Colin Buchanan on lead guitar, and David MacDonald on percussion) are skyrocketing to success. Their CD "Colour" is receiving rave reviews and audiences love their dynamic rock and roll stage presence. This band will thrill you with a show, “quite jaw-dropping in its skill, variety, and seamless orchestration” (The Guardian).

A Tribute to a Lover of the Arts

Photo courtesy Denman Island ChocolateRuth Terry was a valued supporter and patron of Arts Denman presentations. She always enjoyed any opportunity to experience the arts in our community. When she passed away in March of 2004, a fund was established to help ensure the ongoing success of Concerts Denman and many generous donations were made in her memory. Ruth would be thrilled to know that this fund will continue to support live music and theatre on Denman Island. She always believed that culture enriches us and brings us closer together.

One event each year in the Concerts Denman Calendar will be designated the Ruth Terry Memorial Concert, an opportunity to remember Ruth’s spirit and to donate to the fund and to ensure its long term viability. This year the Phil Dwyer and Ingrid Jensen concert on
Saturday, January 27 will mark the occasion.

Ticket Information

  • Series Tickets: All six concerts for only $70.
  • Mini Series: Three concerts for only $38.
  • Single Advanced Tickets: Adults $14, Students $5.
  • Single Tickets at the Door: Adults $16, Students $5.

Tickets are available in advance at the following locations:

  • Denman Island General Store: 335-2293
  • Abraxas Books: 335-2731
  • Bop City Records, Courtenay: 338-6621

For additional information, please contact Jennifer West (335-1256) or Deborah Graham (335-1999).

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