Courtesy of Jocelyn Pettit - Jocelyn Pettit is originally from Squamish, B.C., and was returning home from studying in Scotland when her luggage was stolen from YVR.

Qualicum Beach house concert raises funds for musician’s stolen luggage

Fiddler Jocelyn Pettit will play a mix of Scottish, Irish, North American music

A Qualicum Beach woman is hosting a house concert to raise funds for a B.C. musician whose luggage was stolen from YVR airport in Vancouver.

Jocelyn Pettit was returning back to B.C. for a summer of touring when her suitcase containing her music and dance equipment was taken off the baggage carousel at the international airport.

Pettit is currently taking her Masters of Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Pettit had several shows scheduled in B.C. for her summer tour, and now she’s added one more in Qualicum Beach, at Joyce Beaton’s house.

Beaton contacted her to set up the show after learning of Pettit’s loss of equipment.

The show will feature Pettit on fiddle playing alongside friend and colleague Ellen Gira on cello.

The two study together in Scotland.

“We’ll be performing a lively, uplifting evening of music. Some traditional, some contemporary, some original music,” said Pettit.

Together, the two will play a mix of Scottish, Irish, North American and Nordic music. Pettit and Gira will share music they’ve been working on over the past year.

Pettit has played in Qualicum Beach before, but not for several years. She played here last at the Qualicum Acoustic Cafe with her band, the Jocelyn Pettit Band.

“[I’m] looking forward to being back on the island … it will be great to be back in the area,” said Pettit.

The show takes place Tuesday, Aug. 20. Doors are at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Entrance is by a suggested minimum donation of $20.

RSVPs are required, and anyone interested is asked to email Joyce Beaton at beatonqualium@gmail.com. The address is available after RSVP.

As for Pettit’s luggage, she says she’s reported the theft to RCMP and is working with YVR to provide feedback on the security at their baggge claim.

Despite the loss, she is happy to have a supportive community to help her recover from the theft. She’s excited for the opportunity to perform in a house show environment.

“It will be a really intimate evening. We’ll be performing acoustic. House concerts are so lovely for that reason, you can really connect with the audience because you’re so close. It’s really fun performing house concerts. It’s really great energy,” said Pettit.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Parksville soccer player invited to elite soccer academy in Portugal

Wylee Frank aspires to become a professional player

Regional District of Nanaimo to start delivering new garbage bins

Updated automated curbside collection service set to get underway Oct. 1

Qualicum Beach volunteer Mark Watson honoured for 30 years of service at fire hall

‘He has such a good spirit in everything that he does’

B.C. Ferries increasing passenger capacity after COVID-19 restrictions

Transport Canada 50-per-cent limit being phased out, no current plans to provide masks

Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

B.C. man prepares to be first to receive double-hand transplant in Canada

After the surgery, transplant patients face a long recovery

Island Health provides Baby Beds for infants

A safe place for baby to sleep is key to reduce sleep-related deaths

Shopping resumes aboard Nanaimo ferry sailings

B.C. Ferries reopens gift shops on Queen of Cowichan and Queen of Oak Bay

Shellfish industry get funds to clean up at Island sites and beyond

Businesses can apply to cover half of costs to clean up so-called ‘ghost gear’

Grocers appear before MPs to explain decision to cut pandemic pay

Executives from three of Canada’s largest grocery chains have defended their decision to end temporary wage increases

Bringing support to Indigenous students and communities, while fulfilling a dream

Mitacs is a nonprofit organization that operates research and training programs

Most Read