Sam Steele Days Central Fairgrounds will proudly feature local artists on both Saturday June 20th and Sunday June 21st. The beautiful outdoor venue in Rotary Park Downtown Cranbrook will vibrate with the enchanting melodies and gyrations of musicians, singers and dancers plus a musical story-teller and the silly antics of Ronald Mc Donald.
Popular favourites returning to perform for the thousands of attendees will be; The Kimberley Pipe Band joined by Liela Cooper’s Highland Dancers, Trena Spears, Stages School of Dance, The Pickups (Golden BC) and The Royal Stewart Highland Dancers.
Newcomers who will experience Cranbrook’s exceptional hospitality are: The Kootenay Dance Academy as well as young singers Cassandra Bell and Amanda Spears. Although Dean Smith has contributed in previous years as the Music Director/Instructor with the Kootenay Christian Academy Jazz Band, this year he performs original compositions as a Story-Teller with guitar accompaniment.
On Saturday June 20th, live entertainment of the Community Talent Showcase will begin on Rotary Stage at 11:45am hosted for the first time by Emily Balfour. Sam Steele Showcase sponsor, Martech Electrical Systems Ltd. represented by Ilana Pretoruis says, "We’ve always maintained that what’s good for Cranbrook, is good for us. Sam Steele Days gives energy to the beginning of summer, and as sponsors, we look forward to the vibrancy the Community Talent Showcase will bring to the place we all live, work and do business in."
Performers will deliver an amazing variety show on Sunday June 21st beginning at 9AM until 3:30PM with host Matt Van Boeyen, (The Drive FM 99.1/102.9 radio). Nikki Gipman joined the Sam Steele Society in 2014 and is proud to be the Director of Sunday in the Park. “I’m excited to be expanding the Sunday festivities and stage show to include an array of local musicians, dancers and performers.” Nikki earned her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Management and strongly believes in supporting local artists. “Salvador Ready Mix Concrete is a proud sponsor of the Sam Steele Days festival. Please join us at our 2nd Annual Salvador Sunday in the Park Show – it’s a great event for the whole family”, invites General Manager, Lorne Isberg.
Exciting improvisational theatre welcomes the public on June 20th at the Studio/Stage Door between 1-4PM with entertainers all in character circa 1890 – 1910. “Miss Melodie’s School for Fine Young Ladies” will have some of the past Sam Steele Sweetheart candidates posing as graduates, ushering you in and serving home-made pie and sweet tea while you enjoy the performers of this all acoustic show.
Add that to AM Music’s Open Mic/Jam session across the street from the Studio/Stage Door on 11th Avenue and it can clearly be proclaimed that there has never before been a greater opportunity to enjoy local talent.
More information is available on the Sam Steele Days website www.samsteeledays.org
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