PEAK Music a perfect grand finale

PEAK Music a perfect grand finale

The 2019 ‘PEAK’ Music Festival located in downtown Cranbrook’s Rotary Park, hosted by Fisher Peak Performing Arts Society, earmarked the grand finale of the weekly concert series Summer Sounds & Dancing in the Park.

Thousands of people of all ages gathered across the two days for over 20 hours of music August 30 and 31, ranging from folk to rock to the “high octane funk” headliner, Five Alarm Funk (pictured).

PEAK Music Festival ROCKS Rotary Park

PEAK Music Festival ROCKS Rotary Park

The second annual Peak Music Festival proved to be a most fitting musical segue between the Cranbrook Summer and Fall.

Fisher Peak Performing Artists Society pulled out all the stops in hosting the premier musical experience of the Labour Day weekend in Rotary Park August 30 and 31, and the crowds came down in support.

PEAK Music Festival nearly here

PEAK Music Festival nearly here

It’s going to be a musical feast this weekend at Cranbrook’s Rotary Park.

Fisher Peak Performing Artists Society presents two days/evenings of groovy sounds with the 2019 PEAK Music Festival – a free admission extravaganza featuring 10 accomplished acts.

The fun gets rocking on Friday, August 30 at 3:30 p.m. and runs to 11 p.m. and again on Saturday, August 31 from noon to 11 p.m.

Summer Sounds August 24

Summer Sounds August 24

August 24 featured performers

6 p.m. Four Deer Run – Four Deer Run was the brainchild of Mike “Swampy Mcduff” Guarnery. When asked about the origins of the band he says he “just wanted to be in a band.” Partnering with Curtis Kaldestad and Brian Bova they had a good run with local band Sketch! until splitting the take six ways proved too difficult and they went their separate ways with $47.50 apiece. After some time away for mourning and soul searching, the remaining members thought to audition hundreds of local musicians for the lead guitar gig with the new band. That never happened.  Local singer-song writer Kevin Martin came over to jam one night and never left.

Summer Sounds August 17

Summer Sounds August 17

August 17 featured performers:

6 p.m. Tall Timbers – Welcome Cranbrook’s newly formed trio, Tall Timbers! The group consists of Drew Prinn, Landon Schira, and Ken Vargas (pictured above). Tall Timbers is a multi-instrumental trio, putting a unique spin on the tunes you know and love. Their soulful three-part harmonies and powerful lead vocals are sure to keep you tapping your feet and singing along!

Summer Sounds August 10

Summer Sounds August 10

August 10 featured performers

6 p.m. Deep Cedar

Often mistaken for the wildlife, J Lee Appleby finds solace wandering, whispering and sharing his passion for folk music. Deeply encouraged by the sounds of old and new, Deep Cedar has toured relentlessly with adventure in mind. Sincere, honest, soulful and calming (sometimes sleepy) commonly describe J Lee Appleby’s lonesome original music as Deep Cedar along with his new spins on old classics.

'PEAK' Festival opens opportunities through partnerships

'PEAK' Festival opens opportunities through partnerships

Vancouver’s Five Alarm Funk has ignited fans across Canada and will be taking Cranbrook by storm as the headline act for the 2019 ‘PEAK’ Music Festival.

Their sights are set on bringing their magic to festivals throughout the world with fiery rhythms, punchy horns and gang-chant vocals. The two-day festival is unleashed Friday, August 30 and Saturday, August 31 at Rotary Park in Cranbrook and is completely free to everyone thanks to multiple funding partnerships secured by the volunteer organizers of the Fisher Peak Performing Artists Society (FPPAS).

Summer Sounds August 3

Summer Sounds August 3

August 3 featured performers

6 p.m. The Quimbys – The Quimbys are a roots-folk duo, with an affinity for cosmic Americana and ’80s New Wave (with plenty of Can-con to fill in the blanks).  Since their first ‘LOCALS’ show together in early 2000, they’ve run the musical gamut from jazz to traditional folk to contemporary indie rock. If it’s fun, they’ll give it a whirl. Featuring Ferdy Belland on guitar and vocals, and Erin Dalton on vocals, (very) occasional kazoo, and sass, The Quimbys favour outdoor gigs and small intimate venues. When not making sweet music together, you’ll find Ferdy swinging a hammer in between shows and playing bass for Canadian rocker BIF NAKED. Erin spends her days purveying whimsy at her indie bookshop, Huckleberry Books, in Cranbrook.

Summer Sounds July 27

Summer Sounds July 27

July 27 featured performers at Summer Sounds - Dancing in the Park

6 p.m. Taz McLean  –  Taz McLean’s unique original music will grab your attention. He grew up in the East Kootenay and has been involved with Musical Arts since he was 10-years-old. Immersing himself in the music scene, Taz has established himself as a professional musician on tour around B.C. and Alberta. In 2018 he headlined a sold-out show at the Key City theatre. Taz has a special place in his heart for Cranbrook, home to his family and many of his dearest friends.

Summer Sounds - July 20

Summer Sounds - July 20

July 20 featured performers

6 p.m. – Aaron Alander – Also registered through SOCAN under the Band name Radix Bloom, Aaron has toured around the Bulkley Skeena Valley area from Prince Rupert through Terrace. He has performed at many small festivals choosing a repertoire of mainly originals over a time span of almost four years. On top of this he has session recorded multiple instruments (guitar, drums, bass) and vocals, as well as cover drummed for many bands.