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Hodge: Coming of spring brings music scene alive in Kelowna

Last week, I accidently left out a couple of great musical events in my list of events to take in.

The Kelowna City Band will host A Night in Havana on Wednesday, April 27, at the Mary Irwin Theatre. The great night of music will feature Latin music and dance.

Tickets are available at Rotary Centre for the Arts or Select Your Tickets. As well, donations and used instruments will be collected for a youth band in Cuba. For more info go to www.kelownacityband.org.

Meanwhile, one of my favourite bands around, A Day Late and Dollar Short, will help celebrate the upcoming opening of the new child care centre at Trinity Baptist Church with a concert at the church Friday, April 29. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.,  music starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at Prospera Credit Union Kelowna Branches at 100 -2106 Harvey Ave. or 15 3151 Lakeshore Rd., or Trinity Baptist.

Here’s another musical tip. The  Streaming Cafe first live album release show will take place April 21. Pat LePoidevin, originally from Princeton but now living in Sackville, N.B., is hitting Kelowna on April 21 to mark the release of his new live album. LePoidevin live at Streaming Café—check it out.

And last but not least, make sure and jot down April 27 also as the night to take in the 36th annual Kelowna Civic Awards.

I’ve had the pleasure of being chairperson of this committee the past two years so I can guarantee that this year’s event will be a great night.

Aside from saluting the final three nominees for each of the 24 different awards (and some yummy food), the night will also feature a few tunes performed by local singing star Robert Fine.

The Civic Awards  organizers are pretty pumped up about the new format, which will see the awards ceremonies take place in the Kelowna Community Theatre.

Tickets are also available at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the awards starting at 7 p.m.

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With the NHL playoffs now upon us, it’s time for my annual attempt at being a playoff Rasputin.

So here’s my predictions for the NHL playoff matchups.  You can cut this out, pin it on the fridge and then laugh at me later.

In the Western Conference, the Vancouver Canucks will finally thump their nemesis the Chicago Black Hawks in six games. Detroit will slide by Phoenix in five games, San Jose will down Los Angeles Kings in six games thanks to goalie Antti Niemi’s brilliance, and Nashville will upset Anaheim in six thanks to the brilliance of their net minding and the subsequent suspect goaltending of Anaheim.

Despite the huge scoring line of Ryan Getzlaf, Cory Perry and Bobby Ryan, the Ducks will disappear early.

The Eastern Conference will see Boston rally to edge Montreal in seven games as things heat up in that rivalry, Tampa Bay will rally as well in edging Pittsburgh in seven games after Fleury, I predict, gets hurt in game three. (If Fleury stays healthy then the Penguins might advance to the next round).

Once again goaltending will save the day as Buffalo rides the brilliance of Ryan Miller to victory over the powerful (but weak in goal) Philadelphia Flyers.

If Philadelphia suddenly gets hot goaltending, they could reach the finals, but based on the regular season, their shaky goalies will probably spell the demise of the Flyers.

Washington will edge the Rangers in a surprising seven game series.

I’m predicting the final four teams to be Vancouver and San Jose in the West and Boston and Washington (Philadelphia) in the East.

Watch for a Vancouver-Boston final with the Canucks finally winning their first Stanley Cup.

 

hodgepodge2@shaw.ca

 

 

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