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Join us for Summer 2024!

The Chase & District Festival Society is excited to once again be hosting the Village of Chase Lakeside Music Series for the summer of 2024!

This year’s schedule includes the Chase Canada Celebration, Music on the Lake, Chase CornStock, and Chase Pride Celebration.

All our events are held in Secwepmcul’ecw at Tsqúqw7e (Chase Memorial Park). 

Canada Day 2024

From kids games, live music, vendors, a beverage garden, and a dance party featuring lasers projected throughout the park, there is something for everyone to celebrate the 157th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. 

Music on the Lake

Bring your lawn chairs and come enjoy free live music every Tuesday evening at 7pm in July and August. Featuring a mix of local and touring bands of different genres at one of BC’s most spectacular outdoor theatres along the shore of Little Shuswap Lake.

Interior Savings CornStock

What do you do when the world’s most delicious corn is grown where you live? Host an annual celebration of course! Since 2010 we have partnered with Interior Savings to bring our community together for an evening of music, activities, food, and hot-buttered corn. 

Pride Celebration

In 2023 Chase hosted it’s first public Pride Celebration. The 2024 occasion promises to continue the joyous celebration of love, acceptance, and unity, as residents and visitors come together to show their support for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

2024 Performer Schedule

The Melawmen Collective
July 1, 5pm
Presented by Heritage Canada

The Melawmen Collective is a contemporary Indigenous alternative fusion woven together with elements of hip/trip-hop, rock/folk, righteous rhymes and rich harmonies, carried through with experience, manifestation, and visions of intergenerational stories of pain and healing. The Melawmen Collective brings a uniqueness to their sound like no other, drawing in a wide variety of listeners through sharing their own journeys of life through their musical evolution together. ‘Melawmen’ means medicine in the Secwepemc language, and the unceded territory of the Secwepemc People in what is now known as BC, is where co-founders Meeka Morgan (vocals, Secwepemc/Nuu-Chah-Nulth), Rob Hall (Vocals/Guitar ), Geo Ignace aka Geo The Voice (Vocals, Secwepemc/Cree), and Kiva Morgan-Hall (Vocals- Secwepemc/Nuu-Chah-Nulth), continue to grow. The collective is honoured to be joined by Cass Gregg (Bass-Tŝilhqot’in/Scottish) and Victor Laso (Drums-Republic of Chile).

Road Waves
July 1, 8pm
Presented by Heritage Canada

Road Waves is a fun-filled, soul-rock explosion. Experience the sonic adventure that is Road Waves; a dynamic ensemble seamlessly melding the raw energy of rock, the groove of funk, and the sophistication of jazz into an electrifying genre-defying fusion. Conceived a decade ago by visionary front man Ji Sharp, the band has swiftly ascended as a tour de force in the realm of live performances. This fiery unit has a deep bond with their audience, with each performance delivering an energetic and emotional experience that captivates and energizes listeners. Their live shows skillfully mix precision and spontaneity, creating a memorable experience that lingers long after the music ends.

Ben Klick
July 2, 7pm
Presented by Mayor Lepsoe

Ben Klick is a fun-loving, interactive storyteller who fell in love with music at age 4. His engaging personality has gained the attention of fans across Canada and awarded him the 2023 BC Country Music Award for “Traditional Country Artist of the Year”, along with 6 other BC Country Music Awards, and 5 International Country Music Awards to date. Releasing a self-produced full-length album in August of 2021 giving fans an insight into Ben’s personal life journey, he’s raised over $150,000 for his annual fundraiser in support of MS Canada, “Music Fest MS”, while also taking the time to work on his artistry as a songwriter and guitar player while traveling between his hometown and Nashville, TN. With a heart for family, community, and music, Ben Klick is known to take audiences on a journey with his modern country sound mixed with a traditional twist.

Handsome Lou
July 9, 7pm – Show & Shine Night
Presented by Chase Rotary Club

‘Handsome Lou’ is a Western Canadian blues-funk-rock band formed in 2024 with as diverse a musical background as one can get. Sandro Cuzzetto’s progressive rock influences grace the drums and percussion with flair and ingenuity second to none. Brendan Methot’s classical piano training and a deep love for groove rounds out the backline with tasty lines on the bass and harkens back to the glory days of rock and roll on main vocals. The two guitar slingers are Jeremy Kneeshaw and Eric Schwalb, and both come with all kinds of fancy fretboard finesse. Jeremy drifts in and out of dreamy passages or gets down and dirty, laying on crunchy blues riffs while Rico(as he’s known to the band) escapes into soaring jazzy solo’s or punches out deftly placed rhythmic blasts. All four musicians collectively bring out the best in contemporary to classics, pop to funk, serious to not-so-serious. Whether it be a corporate event that needs a fun final act or a backyard bbq that needs a dance party, inviting Handsome Lou to entertain is always a good idea.’

This evening’s performance will also include a Show & Shine event at the park. 

 

Conor Gains
July 16, 7pm
Presented by Donna Smith-Bradley *PREC

Selling out shows at local venues since he was 13 and even catching the attention of the late Les Paul who invited him to play on stage at the famous Iridium Jazz Club in NYC, are the exact moments that just seem to find Conor Gains. Now, with thousands of shows around the globe under his belt, including the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival, the award-winning artist from Cambridge, Ontario has caught his stride with his debut EP Three, co-produced with Mike Wise (Ellie Goulding, James Blunt) and out now via Wax Records. Already creating a massive buzz across Canada and the US, it is clear that there was a lane ready and waiting, for an artist like Conor Gains. As real and raw as it gets, Conor is the true definition of a road warrior, playing close to 200 shows a year. Now with a team behind him, the right music, and the right moment – this singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist (violin anyone!?) and producer is quickly becoming known as Canada’s next big thing. Authentic, organic, and out-of-the-box, Conor Gains has no desire to follow the pack. This is definitely a journey you will want to follow.

 

Devin Cuddy
July 23, 7pm – Sports & Rec Night
Presented by Sunshore Golf Course

Devin Cuddy is a singer songwriter based in Toronto. From an early age he was drawn to music of the past. While sifting through his father’s (Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo) CD collection, he found the music of Louis Armstrong and New Orleans blues piano players like Dr John and Professor Longhair. After attending York University for Jazz Piano, Devin starting hanging around Toronto’s Cameron House, where he was inspired by the local singer songwriter scene. He began his performing career alone at the piano, playing every Wednesday night. It was during this time that he began writing and testing out his own material on an ever growing crowd. Drawing from inspirations like Randy Newman and Steve Earle, Devin started to build up a catalogue of his own material. When the Cameron House decided to start a label to showcase local artists, Devin was quickly recruited. His first release, Volume One, was released in late 2012 and was nominated for a Juno. The record was a blend of his love for New Orleans blues and outlaw country. In support of the release, Devin and his band headed out on a cross country tour opening for his father’s band, Blue Rodeo. “This was a tour that really shaped my band, and taught us a lot of about how to be a band and succeed on stage” Devin said “I’m very lucky and grateful to have had such an opportunity at such an early point in my career”.

You can find Devin and his band traversing the country, taking his unique sound and stellar live show from coast to coast to coast.

 

Mallory Chipman
July 30, 7pm
Presented by Chase Lions Club

Award-winning singer-songwriter, Mallory Chipman, has never shied away from making music outside the box. Her genre-bending tendencies, powerful sound, and story-driven songwriting has been described as “some of the finest folk rock currently being made” (Amplify Music Magazine) and has set her apart as “a rising light in Canadian music” (NewTec Radio). No stranger to the road, Mallory has toured internationally, and released five records to her name both as a solo act and with her side projects, Mallory Chipman & the Mystics and The Goddamsels, all of which have seen noteworthy Canadian radio charting. Most recently, she released an EP written based on birdsong melodies of Alberta birds entitled As Though I Had Wings that charted in the National Folk/Roots/Blues charts Top Ten. Alongside her performance work, Mallory was named the Edmonton Public Library’s inaugural Musician in Residence in 2023, and was celebrated as a member of Edify Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, Class of 2023 for her boundary-pushing musical innovation and pedagogy

 Soul Patch
August 6, 7pm – Pride Night
Presented by The Bepple Family, in memory of Jim Bepple

Jon Treichel and Kira Haug, both from the Shuswap and Kamloops, have been playing together for 20+ years in various formations of musical acts.  Soul Patch, is their original vehicle of Funk, Latin, Rock, R&B, Blues, Reggae and Dance Hall.

Together they have written many original songs and released their first album ” Believe In Love”.  Soul Patch recently opened for Alex Cuba and have shared the stage with acts such as The Smalls, Five Alarm Funk and Long John Baldry. They have played at the Komasket Music Festival, The Kelowna Blues Fest, Salmon Arm Roots and Blues and have been regular guests at The Blue Grotto.

Kira Haug – vocals
Jon Treichel – guitar
Kristopher Ruston – keys
Neil Brun – bass
Jared Wilman – kit
 

Tanner Dawson
August 13, 7pm
Presented by Mattey Bros Ltd.

Country singer-songwriter Tanner Dawson solidified his status in the music scene after the success of his global heartfelt single “The Man You Make Me” in 2021. The release earned acclaim from numerous press outlets whilst gaining hundreds of spins and rotations on Canadian Radio. Tanner describes himself as “a songwriter first, an entertainer second, and a singer third”. Working in the welding industry, Tanner is the definition of a hard-working, blue-collar boy, striving to bring his working-class grit to the country scene.  After selling out numerous gigs in 2022, including the Roxy in Vancouver amongst other iconic venues, Tanner has built himself a solid reputation for performing high-energy shows and festivals that always leave the audience craving more. Later in 2022, Tanner performed a showcase (Diamonds in the Rough) at the CCMA’s. Fans eagerly await more of Tanner’s traditional country vocals with influences of rock, blues, funk, and 90’s country. Tanner is set to perform more shows to express his songwriting talents partnered with his unique, broad sound. The release of the upcoming EP is also sure to set the stage for big things ahead.

Dixie Fried Hep Katz
August 20, 7pm – Interior Savings CornStock
Presented by Interior Savings

Dixie Fried Hep Katz play a mix of traditional and original Rockabilly
music and have released two studio albums that excites people of all
ages. Touted as “The Future of Rockabilly” by “The Wheelgrinders”
recording and touring artists, this young trio consists of Porter Johnson,
singer-songwriter guitarist, Kyndra Johnson, Drums-backup vocals
songwriter, and, slappin’ upright bass player, Neil Graham. They are
heavily influenced by the Sun Records artists and other artists of the
’50’s including Eddie Cochran, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Duane Eddy
and modern rockabilly greats the Stray Cats, The Wheelgrinders, Cousin
Harley and Reverend Horton Heat. The Dixie Fried Hep Katz have
quickly developed a large following and have set their sites on more
recording and touring.

Payphones
August 27, 7pm
Presented by Safety Mart Foods

Payphones’ music masquerades as bouncy, danceable, nostalgic folk-rock faire at first listen. Even their most bleak songs present new takes on familiar folk song structure, featuring driving drumbeats and an interplay of light and melodic piano with bright and percussive guitar strums. Stark verbiage, rock-inspired wailing vocals, and overt focus around queerness and disability give a modern edge to the music.

Our 2024 Partners

 We are grateful for the financial and in-kind contributions of our presenting partners 

We Create Reasons to Celebrate

About CDFS

The Chase & District Festival Society (CDFS) was established in 2009 with a mandate to promote arts and culture throughout the area. As a non-profit we work to deliver programming that is inclusive, accessible, and reflective of our community.

To date, all of our events have been free or by donation, as we believe everyone should be able to experience the arts without a concern of affordability.

We also work to ensure that we feature a range of artists and performers from different backgrounds, genres, and mediums. As part of our selection criteria we aim to reflect the diversity of our community through delivery of experiences that appeal to youth, seniors, and Indigenous Peoples.

Our strategy for sustainability and growth relies heavily upon our fantastic working partnership with other community organizations. Aside from providing events and activities for the community to enjoy, we also support other groups and initiatives through financial and in-kind donations.

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