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Langley’s Circus Lab joins national arts party

Culture Days are this weekend, in Langley and in B.C.!

Langley joins the ranks of many other B.C. communities celebrating Culture Days this weekend.

There are more than 230 free community events being held in Metro Vancouver area this weekend to celebrate the national Canada Culture Days.

Here at home, that fun is happening both Saturday and Sunday at Circus Lab in Walnut Grove.

Svetlana Delous and her team will be hosting circus classes for tots, kids, teens, and adults, as well as an evening performance called A Night at the Circus.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m. with the performance starting at 7 p.m.

Night of Blues

Blues fans might like to know that Jim Byrnes is going to be back in Langley this weekend.

He and Lindsay Mitchell are performing Saturday at the Baselines Pub, along with special guest performer Desiree Dawson.

The casual night of blues is set to get underway at 8 p.m. with tickets $25 at the door, 20340 Fraser Hwy.

Comedian at home

Fort Langley’s Scott Campbell, a Trinity Western University alumni, will be joining other members of the Panic Squad in a show this weekend in Abbotsford.

Gallery 7 Theatre, a performance group out of Abbotsford that involves a large number of Langley talent, is kicking off its 25th season with a special “super-clean” comedy show featuring Panic Squad.

This improv group travel the world performing and has made appearnces on the TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Now, Campbell is pretty excited to be performing in a show close to home.

The Get Ready to Laugh show is being held Friday at the Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way, starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and information are at

New music forum

Langley Community Music School (LCMS) is introducing a new, free event to engage the public in discussions around music.

On Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., the school will host its inaugural Bistro Music Talk.

With the popularity of the school’s Cafe Classico pre-concert conversations with Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann, the school decided to expand the concept of treats for the ear and mouth and mind.

“This first talk will cover some of the key differences between recording and performing,” Marcel said.

“It will explore how the culture and popularity of ‘acoustic conversation’ has changed the reality and realm of live concerts and performing-at-large.”

Topics will vary throughout the year, with the next November event already set to explore music and nature.

The event is being held in the music school lobby, 4899 207th St., about once each month. There is no charge for these events.

More information is at or 604-534-2848.

Indie band picked

Langley’s homegrown indie-rock band, Derrival, has earned a further distinction.

The boys have been hand picked as one of three winners to attend the inaugural Allan Slaight JUNO master class in Ontario next month.

They’ve won an all-inclusive, week-long trip to Toronto at the end of October for an artist development program, plus a trip to the 2016 JUNO awards in Calgary, a chance to perform at the JUNO Gala dinner and awards, a $10,000 music video award, studio time, and more.

Awards and accolades

The list is getting shorter.

The BC Country Music Association issued the list of final nominees for this October’s BCCMA awards, and as expected Langley still dominates the list, with names such as Dallas Smith, Karen Lee Batten, Gabby’s Country Cabaret, Chad Brownlee, and Robyn & Ryleigh dominating the roster.

Speaking of Langley musicians, a few of them are also on the list to perform during the awards ceremony, including Brownlee and Batten.

Following a weekend of workshops, and showcase events, the 38th annual awards show is set for Sunday, Oct. 25, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Hard Rock Casino in Coquitlam. Tickets are $45 by phone at 604-533-5088.


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