Wednesday on the Wharf
Music lovers will recognize many of the names on the bill this year, starting with Vernon’s own modern-celtic Cod Gone Wild, who will open the series on July 5th. Indigenous-Folk singer Kym Gouchie, last in Salmon Arm in fall 2022, will appear as a trio on July 13, followed by the up-and-coming Métis pop/folk/indie five piece band Kaely Jade on July 20th. To round out the month, the internationally-based Gabriel Palatchi Trio will get the crowd moving with latin-jazz and funk-tango rhythms on July 27th.
August will be off to a hopping start, courtesy of the 1930’s swing- and jump-blues sounds of the Alberta-based Misery Mountain Boys on August 2nd. Lillooet/Pemberton-based The Spiritual Warriors, who wowed audiences last year with their fusion of roots-reggae and indigenous vocals, will bring their laid-back rhythms to the WOW stage on August 9th. As part of a community kick-off on August 16th, ROOTSandBLUES featured artists and award-winning Francophone folk greats Le Vent du Nord will enliven the park with their highly rhythmic and soulful music, drawn from across the Celtic diaspora. Local favorites Josh + Bex will play as a five piece on August 23rd, and soothe away any post-festival blues with their folk-inspired smooth harmonies and gentle lyrics. And finally, local favorite and award-winning country music gentleman Ben Klick and his band will close out the series on August 30th.
As always, audiences can bring their lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics down to the park, and know there will be plenty of room for dancing. Don’t forget to bring some cash for our donation collectors at intermission - your support enables us to produce the concert series year after year.
On July 7-9th, 2023, 2RMX partners with Tk’emlups te Secwepemc to present a FREE three-day feast of contemporary Indigenous Music and Culture at the beautiful Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Pow Wow Arbor in Kamloops, BC. Bring The Children Home features more than 40 incredibly talented and diverse Indigenous artists, toplined by Haisla Hip Hop megastars Snotty Nose Rez Kids (SNRK) and electric powwow supergroup The Halluci Nation (formerly A Tribe Called Red). ~~~ BRING THE CHILDREN HOME will be live-streamed at feast.2rmx.ca ~~~ Co-headlining/featured artists include: Métis Canadian Folk Music award winner Amanda Rheaume, urban/rez roots hip hop vital voice Leonard Sumner, 2-Spirit powerhouse singer Shawnee Kish, veracious Mohawk singer song writers Logan Staats and sister Layla Black, sovereign story/song-weaving Anishinaabe sisters Leanne Betasamosake Simpson and Ansley Simpson, ambassador and iconic songwriter of the people, Keith Secola, Inuit folk rock legend Willie Thrasher, Mohawk Rez Bluez Master Murray Porter and bass badass Helene Duguay, conscious evolutionaries of Chicano hip hop Atzlan Underground, and 2-Spirit trans house music diva Quanah Style, just to name a few! Also joining us for this stacked lineup are roots rock soulful The North Sound, fierce Haida rocker warrioress Kristi Lane Sinclair, folk/country spirit captivatress Kym Gouchie, Black Owl Bluesman Gerald Charlie, soulful pop heart-opening Hayley Wallis and the Brighter Futures, contemporary roots singer/songwriter Mimi O’Bonsawin, young blues phenom Garret T Willie, ‘For The People’ soothing storytellers Margit Sky Project, Indigiqueer pop artist Nimkish, Indigifunk empowerhouse Curtis Clearsky and the Constellationz, roots rock reggae artists The Spiritual Warriors, hip hop roots fusionists The Melawmen Collective, and punkabilly pranksters, Jason Camp and The Posers. The roster also includes an array of BC-based hip hop artists, such as Earthchild, Kiva MH, Geo aka The Voice, A’a’liyah, Rich & Beka, SacRed, and more, plus 2-Spirit neuro-divergent performing artist Madeline Terbasket aka Rez Daddy, and much more! Leading up to the 3-day cultural feast in Tk’emlups, 2RMX’s Summer Movable Feast Tour launches on June 30 at Lytton First Nation to commemorate 2 years of Nlaka’pamux resilience since the Lytton Fire, then proceeds July 2to the St’at’imc Nation (Lillooet), and July 4 in the Secwepemc Nation (Skeetchestn). Each unique event includes a core of nationally and internationally known artists, as well as local and regional talent from each of the territories. “2RMX planning was buffeted by the effects of human-caused-climate-change again this year, forcing us to move four venues and communities at the last minute, including our main event”, stated Meeka Morgan, 2RMX’s Artistic Director. “2RMX is eternally grateful to the communities who came to aid and host us this year. Our hearts go out to 2022’s 3-day festival venue, the community of Cache Creek, who suffered catastrophic flooding again this spring. We hope to return with musical medicine when it is the right time to do so, as we continue to envision a return to our original host community of Lytton, BC. We found ourselves reaching out to Tk’emlups te Secwepemc to host and are so thankful they embraced us with their support.” As BRING THE CHILDREN HOME is the 2RMX theme of 2023, it seems surreal yet so meaningful that the healing music of 2 Rivers Remix will envelop in love the nearby former site of Kamloops IRS where the 215+ unmarked graves of Indigenous children were confirmed in May 2021. And so, water who brings us all life, brought us to where we needed and navigated to be. While planning and carrying out the Movable Feast events this year, the shifting waters reminded us that we also must be ready to shift, make changes, and move, but also to reach out, collaborate and cooperate with kindness and grace. For more info or to register for FREE go to virtualfeast.ca
Chetwynd/Moberly Lake School Shows/Workshops
Private School shows and Workshops
Soniquinn Studios - Recording Children's Album
I am the recipient of a Canada Council Grant: Explore and Create Concept to Realization to research, write and record a children's music cd in my ancestral language. I am beyond excited to get recording after many delays due to life situations and a world pandemic I am finally going to be laying down some tracks with the help of Rachelle Van Zanten, Dan Barton and Elijah Quinn. Stay tuned!
McBride Centennial Elementary + Secondary School
Private School Show
Valemount Elementary School
Private School Show
PG Symphony Sessions: Shun uts'utejun
Morfee Elementary School
Private School Show
Hixon Elementary School
Private School Show
“Kym Gouchie is such a force. She has the ability to instantly draw you into the center of her incredible songwriting with her soaring vocals. Her music provides an opportunity to heal and be together. The generous stories she shares transport you and transcend the physical. I cannot wait for the next time I get to experience her live again and join together in round dance.”
— Piper Hayes, Singer-Songwriter and Voice Instructor @ Centennial College
“Kym Gouchie is an artist who has the ability to momentarily make us feel that time can stand still. Performing with a combination of soulful expression, focused intent, integrity, and artistic depth, Gouchie embraces and holds audiences while imparting messages and truths in songs that need to be heard. Kym Gouchie is a force… As artistic director of the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival I have witnessed Kym Gouchie mesmerize an audience and inspire fellow artists. Kym is a truly unique artist who seamlessly blends the contemporary with the traditional.”
— Peter North, Artistic Director/Salmon Arm Roots & Blues
This song is my tribute to the murdered and missing Indigenous Women and Girls. My hope is to create awareness while honouring the victim's families and communities along the Highway of Tears, a 700 km stretch of highway between Prince George & Prince Rupert in British Columbia, Canada.
May we never forget our lost and stolen sisters. May their families find justice. May their families find peace. May we never forget the thousands of Indigenous women, girls and men who are missing and who have been murdered. May their beauty live forever, in the hearts of you and me.