Bluegrass Musical Celebration: To Celebrate the Life of Gene Bretecher
Bands from Alberta and British Columbia are joining family and friends in Concert:
“A Day Late and A Dollar Short”
“The Chris Stevens/Steve Fisher Bluegrass Band”
“5 On a String”
“Canadian Whitewater Reunion”
Musicians are volunteering their time with all proceeds from the concert going to support the family of Gene Bretecher
In September 2013, we lost one of Canada’s best banjo players, Gene Bretecher in boating mishap. Gene was a full time musician and a bluegrass legend. A recording artist and winner of many awards, he played with bluegrass greats in Canada and the United States. He had a fulfilling musical career as a player, teacher and recording artist.
Please join us for this Musical Celebration of Life and Fund Raiser
Where: Creekside Community Theatre
10241 Bottom Lake Road
Winfield, Lake Country, BC
When: Sunday May 25, 2014
Time: 1:00 PM – Doors open for Meet and Greet
2:00 – 4:30 PM – Bluegrass concert
4:30 PM – Post Concert Mingle with Family and Friends
Tickets: $25.00 plus Tax
Tickets: By phone: 250-766-9309
If you are unable to attend but would like to support the fundraising efforts please contact: Bob Bissillion of A Day Late and A Dollar Short:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Or phone 250-763-9997
From all the members of A Day Late And A Dollar Short
We would like to thank our fans, friends and all those who have attended our events over the years. We have put the band in an indefinite hiatus, but some of us will continue to play our music in various events and functions when we are called to help out.
If you have joined our mailing list, we will let you know if there’s a great event that we think you might enjoy.
For those that would like to know what is happening in the Canadian bluegrass scene, we invite you to check out our other website for events and resources. Bluegrass Hotline Canada
In the meantime thanks again for all your support and I’m sure our paths will cross again in the future!
A Day Late and a Dollar Short have a goal is to leave audiences 100% entertained with their up-tempo traditional and “Newgrass” Bluegrass music. Three and four-part harmony vocals are combined with red-hot acoustic instrumentals and on stage humor to keep their fans hooked.
Nominated for the Okanagan Music Awards three times and winners of the OMA 2006 Bluegrass Band of the Year, and the BC Bluegrass Association 2005 Band of the year, they have played to sellout crowds at almost every concert. In 2009 they where voted amongst the top three bands in the Central Okanagan by Okanagan Life Magazine.
Together since 2004, the boys boast nearly 200 years of musical experience amongst them. Converging here in Kelowna, the band members hail from all over Canada. Dominic Cormier on banjo comes from New Brunswick and Ron Hillcoff on bass from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Vic Ukrainetz on fiddle started out in Saskatchewan, Bob Bissillion and Darrell Corbel hail from Alberta while Jack Kinakin is a Kelowna, BC boy, born and bred.
One of their goals has been to increase the exposure of bluegrass music to new people. Building on the recent rise in bluegrass music popularity in the past decade brought on in part by the movie “Oh Brother Where Art Thou”, they have drawn new audiences to the bluegrass scene through sold out performances at Bunches Bistro, the Creekside Theater in Lake Country, The Mary Irwin Theater in Kelowna, the Centre Stage Theatre in Summerland and the Kelowna Community Theatre.
Here are some of the comments made by the concert attendees. Click here.
Through the sale of their CD’s, fund raising performances, and individual donations, the band has raised over $50,000 to support a variety of community projects. These include over $32,000 to support Cancer Care and $14,000 for a new daycare center to open soon at Trinity Baptist Church in Kelowna.