Where there is Hurricanes there is Lovebullies

Where there is Hurricanes there is Lovebullies

The Fisher Peak Winter Ale Concert Series is wrapping up with just one amazing concert remaining on Tuesday, May 14 at the Key City Theatre’s gallery stage at 7:30 p.m.

This series was created to bring together a local artist with a non-local touring artist to foster connections and treat audiences to something intimately unique.

All four previous concerts from January to April have been sold out. Event collaborators, the Fisher Peak Performing Arts Society and the Key City Theatre, are elated with the success and are encouraged to continue in 2020.

On May 14, ticket holders will be captured by The Hurricanes, Stacy DeCosse and Ally Blake, a Cranbrook/Kimberley duo that combines Stacy’s vocals and guitar playing with Ally’s beautiful harmonies and Irish fiddle.

Both ladies have played in numerous local bands, community events and coffee houses. Their friendship always included music and they are thrilled to finally be playing country, folk and rock music together as The Hurricanes!

PEAK Music and Shred Kelly Funds Amplified by Province

PEAK Music and Shred Kelly Funds Amplified by Province

Concert lovers, festival-goers and music enthusiasts will be able to enjoy more music while artists hone their skills and music developers create new projects, thanks to the province’s one-year $7.5-million renewal of Amplify BC.

“B.C. is home to so many creative artists who inspire us all with their talent,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “With Amplify BC, we are helping musicians to be able to follow their passions while supporting an industry to continue to thrive and showcasing all that B.C.’s music scene has to offer.”

Local vocalist pairing with Kootenay singer-songwriter

Local vocalist pairing with Kootenay singer-songwriter

Don’t let her age fool you. Pyper Standing, 13, has been dropping jaws since she was eight-years-old, belting out cover songs that experienced singers wouldn’t attempt.

When she draws in a breath and lets the song escape, the reaction of the audience is always the same – total disbelief followed by ear-to-ear smiles.

Foote Kicks Off for JUNO Nominee March 27

Foote Kicks Off for JUNO Nominee March 27

Connor Foote is a Cranbrook country/folk singer and songwriter who will open the 2019 Winter Ale Concert at Key City Theatre on Wednesday, March 27 for 2019 JUNO Nominee, The Slocan Ramblers.

Foote (pictured above) has shared the stage with Valdy, Ken Hamm and Ben Rogers and toured B.C. and Alberta with Jack Marks and Friends. He is one of six local performing artists who will entertain audiences alongside touring artists in one of the five 2019 seasonal concerts formulated by The Fisher Peak Performing Artists Society (FPPAS) and the Key City Theatre (KCT).

2019 Winter Ale

2019 Winter Ale

The Wardens and McQuaid Deliver Winter Ale

Cranbrook and area music lovers are in for a phenomenal treaton Wednesday, February 13 when Kimberley’s Oliver McQuaid opens the second sold out show of five Winter Ale Concerts.

THE Wardens (from Banff) headline the event on Key City Theatre’s Gallery Stage. This is the fourth year that the Fisher Peak Performing Artists Society has partnered with the Key City Theatre to further the development of local performing artists by pairing them with a seasoned touring entertainer.

Catering by The Heid Out Restaurant and Fisher Peak Brewing Company makes these events one of the best places in Cranbrook to enjoy a night out. The enthusiastic response of audiences has been reflected through 2019 ticket sales. January and February shows were sold out and purchases of series ticket packages more than doubled the 2018 total, reserving 44% of available seating per event.

2019 Winter Ale Concert Series

Join us for another exciting series of the best in Canadian and Local Artists

The Winter Ale Concert Series features a rising Canadian touring artist opened by a local performing artist. The intimate performances are held in the Gallery of the Key City Theatre with prime food and beverage service by the Heid Out Restaurant & Fisher Peak Brewing Company - a winning combination for the audience! 

January 16 at 7:30 pm Dave McCann and the Firehearts with Opener Alphonse Joseph

February 13 at 7:30 pm The Wardens with Opener Oliver McQuaid

March 27 at 7:30 pm The Slocan Ramblers with Opener Connor Foote

April 17 at 7:30 pm Holly Hyatt Band with Opener Pyper Standing

May 14 at 7:30 pm The Lovebullies with Opener The Hurricanes

SUPER SAVINGS on the purchase on SERIES TICKETS that includes all 5 events.


Limited tickets available - venue capacity of only 80

$27.50/ticket, discounts for KCT & FPPAS members ($22.50). $UPER $AVINGS when you purchase series tickets $112.50 for all 5 events! An excellent gift that brings great entertainment value over and over again!


This live entertainment series is a collaboration between Key City Theatre and the Fisher Peak Performing Artists Society, and supported by the Heid Out Restaurant & Fisher Peak Brewing Company.

Fisher Peak Performing Artists Society President, James Neve, Wins Kootenay Game Changer Award

Fisher Peak Performing Artists Society President, James Neve, Wins Kootenay Game Changer Award

The third annual Kootenay Game Changers awards ceremony Sept. 22 was the same as the first two.

Aside from being held at St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino’s Pavilion, the awards ceremony again shone a deep light of appreciation on a group of East Kootenay volunteers and community support game changers, most going about their business behind the scenes and without fanfare, some for many decades.

It was also once again a deeply inspirational, motivational and moving evening.

The brainchild of Danielle Eaton of Brook Public Relations, Kootenay Game Changers is a regional multi-media effort with e-KNOW, Black Press and B-104 and 102.9/The Drive, along with The Fernie Fix and Go Cranbrook/Go Kimberley.



Unique graphic designs from two local contemporary artists will play a valuable role in raising funds and awareness for the Arts. The eye-catching artwork will be printed on T-shirts and sold during the ‘PEAK’ Music Festival at Rotary Park, a new, open access and age friendly community event. The collaboration with graphic artists is part of an effort by the Fisher Peak Performing Artists Society to help develop the area’s arts and culture.

Jason de Rijk, owner of Sidekick Stickers, is sponsoring the cost and printing of the shirts. “The 1st annual 'PEAK' Music Festival is an excellent idea and platform for local artists to be seen and heard. This community is exceptionally creative, and there just aren't enough avenues for that creativity to flow and get the appreciation it deserves” said de Rijk. “Hopefully this will also encourage more budding artists to take a step further with their creations and foster a great support network for them. Art, in all its forms, is an amazing and underappreciated way to express our day to day lives and can sometimes be an awesome way to turn a negative into a positive. This really has the potential to bring our local art community together, bring some individuals out of their shells, and encourage them to thrive. This will definitely be a worthy event and organization to get behind and support!”, he added.

The festival features 10 local performing artists over a period of 17 hours of stage time. The event will wrap up a summer full of live entertainment in Rotary Park that has seen a steady 500-600 people attending on Saturday nights.



Alexis Shuffler

The “Peak-Symbol” design is the creation of Alexis Shuffler, a multidisciplinary artist, graphic designer, and letterer whose creative style is colourful. Shuffler enjoys all things artistic, from painting to calligraphy. Although raised in Cranbrook BC, she is currently a third year Bachelor of Design student at York University & Sheridan College in Toronto.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the ‘PEAK’ Music Festival, an event that features a choice sample of our city's great talent in the performing arts. I believe it is important to support our local artists, especially since Cranbrook is a community I am proud to be part of,” said Shuffler, who participated in the Sam Steele Sweetheart program in 2014. “It’s an honour that the Fisher Peak Performing Artists Society chose my design to promote their awesome event!"

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Mikayla Jones

The “Peak-Head” design is a free hand creation by Mikayla Jones, who says she has found growing up in Cranbrook “truly amazing”.  She’s always enjoyed creative expression and embraced the chance to design a graphic for the ‘PEAK’ Music Festival T-shirts. “This event offers a way to grow community support for the arts and gives opportunities to the younger generation to be involved in something exciting,” said Jones. “I am extremely thankful to be a part of an event that allows Cranbrook to come together.”

Full colour printed T shirts of Jones’ design will be given free to those who volunteer for a limited number of positions during the two-day event Friday August 31st and September 1st. Positions primarily involve extra hands with setup and tear down. Apply online https://www.fisherpeakperformingartists.com/volunteer/ or call Randy Tapp at 250-421-9930. 

The Rise of the 'PEAK' Music Festival

The Rise of the 'PEAK' Music Festival

Cranbrook’s Rotary Park hosts the ‘PEAK’ Music Festival Friday August 31st and Saturday September 1st with ten local bands scheduled to entertain on the outdoor stage. There is NO admission and all ages are welcome. The festival is a dream-come-true for the same volunteer group that organizes the very successful Summer Sounds concert series on Saturday nights, the Fisher Peak Performing Artists Society (FPPAS). “This event promises to be a mind-blowing way to wrap up summer in the Kootenays and bring the people of Cranbrook and surrounding districts together,” says James Neve, FPPAS President.