Hodge: Night of the Arts concert a fundraiser with a big heart

So, are you wondering what I thought about our recent civic election? So am I.

So…are you wondering what I thought about our recent ‘civic’ election? So am I.

In truth, I’m still trying to sort it out myself. A whole other part of me says it does not really matter—it simply is what it is. Once I get it figured out appropriately for public scrutiny I will let you know. Capital News readers will be the first to know, I promise. (Old habit that ‘promise’ stuff).

As well, my battered brain remembers (a possible concussion from the sharp blow to the ego) I had a deal with the Capital News not to write about local politics while I was on city council. As I am still on council until early December,  we will all have to wait until then.

Stay tuned everyone.

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This Saturday night promises to be a very special night of musical magic and fun. The Kelowna Community Theatre plays home to the Seventh Annual Night of the Arts concert and silent auction.

The musical showcase event is a yearly fundraiser and awareness concert focusing on rallying support for youth at risk, homeless, and those at need within our community.

It is a wonderful night of music, friendship, and caring about others. An amazing lineup of musicians and artists are taking part in this year’s show.

It is a very special night you do not want to miss. For seven years now one of my dearest brothers, Curtis Tulman, and I have gathered Okanagan artists together and asked them to contribute their talents towards the needs of many in our community.

Year after year, we are blown away with the sharing and caring our musical and artistic friends are willing to make.

Beneficiary of the event this year is the Metro Community, which among other valuable projects run the Metro Central facility in downtown Kelowna.

The organization provides counseling services and a safe gathering spot (including a coffee shop) for the homeless or those at risk in our community. Metro Central is located on Water Street kitty-corner from City Hall.

The Deb Stone Band is among the headliners of the evening, featuring the diverse, spectacular vocals of the Kelowna singer. The group has released two CDs, one an original collection, and the second a tribute to the legendary Patsy Cline. Stone has performed at all seven Night of the Arts. “She’s amazing. The woman nails everything she sings and is a total thrill to work with,” Tubman said.

Curtis ought to know since he’s been named the Canadian Country Music Association’s ‘Special Instrumentalist of the Year’ three times.

Also rocking up the stage this Saturday will be the popular Jimmy LeGuilloux Band, which naturally features well-known local rock icon. LeGuilloux, nationally acknowledged for astounding guitar and song writing skills and a wicked voice.

Over the years LeGuilloux has been the leader of various B.C. bands including Who’s On Bass, Vicious Fishes, and The Influence.

The night’s opening set will kick off with the brilliant bluegrass band Day Late and a Dollar Short, followed by Teena Gowdy, and then the amazingly talented Robert Fine and his Dreamland Dance Band.

Also taking to the stage at the Kelowna Community Theatre on Saturday will be the James Balfour and Justin Dueck.

Both exceptional men will wow audiences with their own talented bands and original tunes.

Metro Central has been working extremely hard the past several months constructing a super silent auction chalked full of exceptional gifts.

Among the myriad of items available are a number of works by local artists including Yvonne Moorish, Nikki Balfour, Dave Stratten, Marion Krahn, and others including a custom oil painting done of your own home.

Other assorted silent auction items include a few stellar wines, (including Jackson Triggs’ World’s Best Syrah, Black Hills Nota Bene), or a plethora of diverse goodies including romantic packages at local hotels and B&Bs.

Doors open at 6 p.m. concert starts at 7 p.m.

Admission to the concert is by donation.