KSS concert set to spread optimism

Dance to feature several well known performers from Vancouver Island

Tyler Carson

Tyler Carson

A “fun” raiser to raise awareness about the possible closure of Kwalikum Secondary School is happening this weekend in the form of a dinner and dance with performances by celebrated local talent.

“We just wanted to do something fun,” said Julie Austin with Oceanside Communities for Quality Education. “Because there has been so many meetings and so much of this other stuff happening we thought it would just be nice to do something for families.”

The proceeds from the concert will go towards building an all electric shuttle bus at the school mentored by Randy Holmquist of Canadian Electric Vehicles.

The event this weekend begins with a dinner at Lefty’s Fresh Food in Qualicum Beach. The dance will follow, featuring Hayley Sales, Tyler Carson, Tom Cronin and Kumbana Marimba.

Sale’ sweet and soothing voice has been garnering international attention with her music in recent years, from Japan to Australia and the United States.

Tyler Carson has just returned from a tour of Europe with Tom Cronin. Carson’s music has taken him around the world from an early age including Japan, Thailand, Cayman Islands, New Zealand and the Jerry Lewis Telethon in Hollywood. His music has Celtic, blues, bluegrass and Gypsy violin influences.

Besides touring Europe, Cronin was the leading member of several UK touring bands and is skilled in a multitude of instruments.

Kumbana Marimba’s bright and energetic music has been snatching smiles all over Oceanside since last year.

Tickets to the dance are $20, $12 for students. 

Dinner and dance tickets are $40, $25 for students. Children under 12 are free. Get tickets at Lefty’s and Mulberry Bush Bookstore in Qualicum Beach.