Hodge: Celebrate musical ‘peace and joy’ at Jay Ess concert

There’s a gazillion great things to do over the next few weeks to celebrate the festive season.

There’s a gazillion great things to do over the next few weeks to celebrate the festive season, but one that interests me is the upcoming Jay Ess Music Studio’s Peace and Joy Concert set for Sunday, Dec. 18.

The evening is described as a “wonderful pot-pourri of seasonal student performances” in aid of the food bank. The fun is set for the Mary Irwin Theatre in the Rotary Centre for the Arts on Cawston Avenue, with the show starting at 7p.m.

Tickets are available at the RCA box office.

You are also kindly asked to bring non-perishable items for the needy food bank.


Some very special Christmas wishes go out to a good friend of many in our community, Capital News photographer Sean Connor.

Sean is currently in sunny California undergoing treatment for a tumour in his brain. In typical Sean style, he is facing the dauntless task with full energy and positive thinking.

Sean is an outstanding person and a remarkably talented photographer who has garnered national acclaim for his vivid and stirring photographs of news coverage around the world, including gripping war correspondent pictures from the Middle East.

Earlier this year, his tremendous photo show drew thousands to the display housed at the Kelowna Museum.

Friends and cohorts of the loveable big bear of a man have rallied together recently to host a Sean Connor Fundraiser Night set for Thursday, Feb. 2, at Kelowna Community Theatre.

Kim Calloway and others are organizing the event and I have happily volunteered to help however I can.

It should be a wonderful night of music and fellowship and I encourage you to help in whatever way possible.

Already a fine list or musicians are volunteering their time for the evening event and silent auction items are being collected.

An organizational meeting is set for this Sunday afternoon, 2 p.m., at Tom Collins Pub. If you want to be involved in Sean’s fundraiser, come to the meeting.

Sean is facing 10 more treatments before returning home for a well-deserved rest.

We love you Sean and look forward to your return.


This week is the last chance for you to submit your choices for names of people to be recognized in the Angel category of Charlie’s Angels Christmas List.

If you have any ‘angels’ you wish to mention, then send them to me by email before Wednesday at noon.

Every year I take total pleasure in acknowledging those people in my life, and the lives of others, who have taken time to help others, to lend a hand, share a moment, and/or make a real difference.

It’s a great opportunity for you to acknowledge that special someone who has put you or someone else you know first—that wonderful neighbour, friend, co-worker who has gone above and beyond to simply be kind or helpful.

Please email me (hodgepodge2@shaw.ca) the names of your angels and why they deserve the title, and I will print them in my Dec. 23 column.

I have been scribing those names in lists for more than 20 years now, and it has become tagged Charlie’s Angels Christmas List.

It is just a neat way of saying thank you back to folks who have made a difference.


Hard to believe it’s already time to think about how and where to bring in the New Year, but it is.

(Why does it feel like I am still trying to bounce back from the last New Years’ event? Ah yes, I still have vague memories of judging a really, really bad karaoke contest. Anyway…I digress).

If you are looking for a great venue in which to ring in the new season, then boogie on down to the Blue Gator and catch the groove of Rann Berry and Random Act.

Rann and gang are playing both Dec. 30 and New Year’s Eve at the popular musical hangout and the tunes ought to be superb.

Random Act is a full seven-piece line up featuring the usual suspects.

Aside from the smooth guitar and vocal skills of Rann Berry, the group  includes the solid drums of Scott Gamble, and impressive brass of Michael Fic, Justin Glibbery and The Uptown Hornz.

For more information, contact the Blue Gator. This is a fun night of music you will not want to miss.

Until next week—don’t forget to turn out the Christmas tree lights before tucking into bed.





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