Artist: Sally Franks
Feature Winery: Bartier Brothers
We’re ready for a bigger and better Back Alley Concert Series than ever before! The Beer Shop & Social, open daily on the lower level of the “Old Firehall” building, will be sprawling out past its newly-licensed outdoor patio to make enough room for a couple hundred people to come down and enjoy art, in all its forms. The Timbre Wolves from Summerland will be kicking off the concert season, this electrifying rock band will knock your socks off with their voices and hits from the 80’s to now, covering artists such as Heart, Starship and more! Our artisan ales, and Noteworthy Gin & Tonics, are always served fresh on-site everyday, but for this first concert on June 10th we’ll be welcoming Dubh Glas Distillery to come mix their Noteworthy Gin in fine craft-cocktail fashion, as well as Bartier Brothers Winery to pour us their estate wines. Oliver’s newest food-truck, Vagabond Kitchen, will be parking their shiny slick rig in the concert area, and we’ll also have our new daily Wine Crush “picnic station” inside the Shop.
If you haven’t been to one of our concerts, let’s paint you the picture. First, we brew beer with courageous flavour and alarming drinkability. Then, we narrow down the hordes of available musical talent until we’ve got the perfect musical groups booked. Next, we call up some friends in the wonderful world of wine and spirits to see who’s available to come pour their craft. And finally, we search out some local artists who’d be into dressing up our walls with their creations for the evening. We spend Saturday morning sprucing up the back alley area with tents, stage & sound, vibrant shade sails, and the cleanest porta-potties you’ve ever laid a cheek on. We open the gates at 6pm, the crowds settles in, music kicks off at 7pm, and echoes up and down the back alley until 9pm or so. Then folks duck into the Beer Shop for a pint, while us volunteers clean up the show as quick as possible.
Baskets and bags will be politely searched at the entrance, just to keep out glass and bad beer. Beer off-sales will be available after the show. If you need somewhere to sleep for the night, Centennial RV Park and Campground is a short walk down Fairview Road, the Lakeside Resort is a bit further down the road on Tuc-el-Nuit Lake, and there are plenty of motels and B&B’s around the region (see: www.winecapitalofcanada.com). Or you can also call the local taxi company (250-498-0022). Tickets are $15 + tax, pre-sold downstairs at the brewery’s Beer Shop & Social, and available at the gate (6pm).
This is a break-even event made possible through the energy of gracious volunteers (if you’d like to volunteer, please contact us at 778-439-2337 or firstname.lastname@example.org). We’re stoked to have you join the fun, as a volunteer or a guest, and savour the flavour!
Submitted by: Jim Ruhland, Event Coordinator, Firehall Brewery