Wide mix at acoustic cafe

Aaron Cadwaladr and Dinah D are on tap at the Accoustic Cafe, to be held at Rotary House in Qualicum Beach.     - Submitted
Aaron Cadwaladr and Dinah D are on tap at the Accoustic Cafe, to be held at Rotary House in Qualicum Beach.
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Qualicum Beach’s Acoustic Cafe, with music, poetry, story telling and song is heading into its fourth year and organizers are excited about the performances that will take place.

Host Joyce Beaton said the feature performances range from folk to jazz to spoken word — to anything that folks might find to be entertaining. They are excited about this year’s lineup which includes musicians from Saltspring Island, Victoria, Gabriola Island and Washington State.

Fans of the gig can also look forward to Nanaimo spoken word performers the Wordchikz who are booked for next month.

Held on the first Friday of the month the Qualicum Acoustic Cafe has been so successful, tickets will now be sold ahead of time, rather than at the door.

“As we sold out every show last year and were turning folks away, we started to sell tickets in advance.  Tickets go on sale at the Qualicum Vintage Candy Store on 2nd Avenue on the Saturday before the show,” said Beaton.

This month’s lineup of entertainment features Dinah D and Aaron Cadwaladr.

A solid upright bass player and gifted singer and songwriter, Dinah D is also a 2010 Juno nominee who lives on Gabriola Island.

Performing over the last 17 years, Dinah D’s skill is backed up by strong song-writing talent with roots that go deep — far back to the days of Viper jazz — and a sound that is steeped in the blues.

With one foot in the Blues/Swing genre and the other in Soundscape/Folk/Bluegrass/Poetry/Experimental; Dinah D has been a busy gal.

Her multi-award winning band, The Kerplunks, has probably been the biggest bang yet, taking Dinah D to the JUNO awards three times. Dinah D’s Contraband Swingclub is a six-piece swingin’ machine, with an album titled Most Definitely Live.

She will take to the Rotary House stage in Qualicum Beach this Friday with accomplished guitarist Aaron Cadwaladr.

West Coast-based singer-songwriter Cadwaladr is among the new generation of artists in this province’s vibrant indie music scene. His folk-roots infused debut release Wade Through the Dark showcases Cadwaladr’s rich and resonant voice and poetically compelling lyrics combined with his openness to eclectic musical influences.

Doors at Rotary House open at 7 p.m. with the open stage starting at 7:30 pm.  After a short intermission the feature act begins at 9 p.m. and wraps up around 10 p.m.

Performers looking to showcase their talent on the open stage are strongly encouraged to contact organizers in advance.

Tickets are $5 and can be bought at the Qualicum Vintage Candy Store on Second Avenue.

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