2014 Entertainment News Year in Review

Looking back on the top entertainment stories from 2014

Shirley Williams of Lac la Hache is the Showcase Gallery featured artist for the month of April.

Jan. 1

Dakota Daulby: a rising star

Actor Dakota Daulby loves to get out of Vancouver every once in a while and visit his grandparents Lonia and Dave Craig in 108 Mile Ranch.

Acting is something the 19-year-old always wanted to do, something his grandma can attest to.

“We used to see him out in the yard, talking away to himself, thinking, ‘Oh, boy. What’s wrong with this child’?” she explained with laugh.

“I don’t know what it was. He’s always studying or becoming a different person. Someone always has to go over lines with him. We all become a character in his latest show or adventure.”

 

Jan. 8

Mawhinney returns for Cowboy Concert

Fresh off winning the Western Music Association’s 2013 Cowboy Poetry Book of the Year Award, Mag Mawhinney was set to entertain folks at the 14th Annual Cowboy Concert in 100 Mile House on Jan. 18. She was joined on stage by Kelowna cowboy singer Jeremy Willis and Alberta singer/songwriter Tim Hus.

 

Jan. 15

Michelle Brown’s artistic trade-off

While deciding which pieces to hang at the Showcase Gallery in 100 Mile House on Jan. 7, Michelle Brown talked about a move that changed her life, and renewed her passion for painting. Tired of the “rat race,” she quit a finance position with the Abbotsford Police Department and moved to 108 Mile Ranch, where she tried to paint as much as possible.

 

Jan. 22

Parkside Art Gallery gets makeover

“This has been a long time coming,” said Veronica “Roni” Forcier.

The Parkside Art Gallery shop manager was talking about new renovations completed there. The main showroom, shop and side galleries had all been painted, new slat board was put up, and large mirrors blocking large windows were taken down in the gallery, which brought a lot more natural light into the showroom.

 

Jan. 29

True cowboy entertainment

It was no surprise the 14th Annual 100 Mile House Cowboy Concert went off without a hitch. The surprise was a presentation before the show to its organizers by Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett.

The framed document handed to Mark and Kathy McMillan read: “In appreciation of 14 years organizing the Cowboy Heritage Concert. Thank you.”

 

Feb. 5

Side-splitting hilarity

Guffaws, giggles and side-splitting hilarity were the order of the day for the packed house at the Laughlopolis Comedy Combo Tour held at Cariboo Christian Life Fellowship (CCLF) on Jan. 28.

“I think I even heard a few snorts,” said Pastor Rick Barker, who set up and hosted the two-and-a-half-hour event.

Known to some as Canada’s premier clean stand-up comedian, Leland Klassen headlined the night.

 

Feb. 12

Classical music teacher likes what he hears

Music teacher Curtis Wolfe said he was pleasantly surprised by the local classical music scene when he moved to Lone Butte five years ago.

Compared to his previous home in Enderby, the 100 Mile House area is “highly developed,” said Wolfe, who has been teaching music since the 1950s.

 

Feb. 19

Finding time to create

In the busy world of Lianne Heales, a little bit of pressure is a good thing.

The 108 Mile Ranch resident was February’s featured artist at the Showcase Gallery in 100 Mile House. She said joining the Cariboo Artists’ Guild about four years ago motivated her to start painting again.

 

Feb. 26

Michelle Brown captures beauty of B.C. backyards

Greeting visitors when they walked through the doors of the Parkside Art Gallery in 100 Mile House was a large, three- by five-foot painting of Mount Baker cutting into a crisp blue sky.

Artist Michelle Brown spent many mornings, coffee cup in hand, in the presence of that view from her back patio in Abbotsford.

 

March 5

Hunnies seek public input on future donation to local cause

The Hun City Hunnies wanted to know, ‘Who should it be?’

The local non-profit community improvement society was looking for help naming a local cause to receive half the net proceeds the group plans to raise at their upcoming concert.

Thanks to the Hunnies, Creedence Revived – a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band from Chicago – performed in 100 Mile House on May 18.

 

March 12

CAG ‘childhood memory’ paintings on display

Members of the Cariboo Artists’ Guild travelled way back into their respective pasts for inspiration – all the way back to childhood.

A month-long group show on display at Showcase Gallery in 100 Mile House featured paintings created with the theme “childhood memories” in mind.

 

March 19

Local bankers cashing in as big name acts

The music industry’s biggest stars, past and present, were rehearsing for one huge show in the South Cariboo.

It was really a “who’s who” of headliners, as the likes of Katy Perry, Liza Minnelli and Pitbull were just some of the acts – well, caricatures of them, anyway – warming up to perform for charity at the 100 Mile House Bankers’ Variety Show in 100 Mile House on March 29.

 

March 26

Local musician drumming up community support

South Cariboo musician Candace Copley was drumming up social media support while competing in a nation-wide contest looking for Canada’s best new artist.

As thousands of musicians around the country did – including dozens in this part of British Columbia – Copley entered CBC Radio’s Searchlight competition, and she was looking for mouse clicks on its website.

 

April 2

Grads stepping onto runway

Local grads were set to do a little turn on the catwalk for an upcoming fundraising event.

The Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School 2014 Grad Fashion Show took place April 10 at 100 Mile House Junior Secondary School.

The theme was “Glow.” The event raised money for prom and grad ceremonies. Close to 40 students got involved organizing and modelling.

 

April 9

‘And away we go’

Art isn’t an exact science, and the creative process isn’t easy to explain, but artists have their ways, and they create.

For Shirley Williams, “pictures should be places you can go.”

More than a dozen paintings by the Lac la Hache resident were on display in April at the Showcase Gallery in 100 Mile House.

 

April 16

Curtain rising soon on 100 Mile Festival of the Arts

It was almost time for local residents, young and old, to take the stage under the bright lights and deliver performances for adjudicators.

The100 Mile Festival of the Arts, which went from April 22 to May 2, saw close to 375 entries in four disciplines – speech arts, vocal, piano and instrumental.

 

April 23

Cariboo Idol is back

Auditions were slated for Cariboo-Chilcotin artists.

Cariboo Idol has featured some awesome artists over the years, and organizers were hoping to hear more when auditions started in May at the South Cariboo Rec. Centre in 100 Mile House.

The vocal talent contest is open to singers of all ages from the Cariboo-Chilcotin. It was missed last year, so organizer Rob Fry was expecting a good turnout.

 

April 30

Cue community theatre workshops

The 100 Mile Performing Arts Society was looking for local talent.

Community theatre in 100 Mile House is going in new directions – and aspiring thespians were invited to play a part.

The Performing Arts Society had workshops planned for anyone interesting in taking the stage, or working behind the theatre curtain as a director.

 

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