Rita Chiarelli D. Brian Campbell photo

Juno award winning ‘goddess of the blues’ opens BV Concert Association’s 57th season

Rita Chiarelli and her three-octave voice is in Smithers Oct. 4.

The Bulkley Valley Concert Association (BVCA) opens their 57th season at the Della Herman Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 4 with the return of Rita Chiarelli. Her “leave-it-all-on-the-floor” Sunday afternoon performance at Midsummer Festival some years back is legendary.

Rita Chiarelli is Canada’s most highly acclaimed female roots and blues artist. With a Juno award and four subsequent Juno nominations, she is known across Canada as the “Goddess of the Blues.” Chiarelli is a gifted songwriter and an entertaining performer, but it is her soaring three-octave voice that sets her apart from her peers, inspires awe and often tears in her audiences, and causes critics to gush.

Chiarelli is anything but predictable. Over the past five years she has released Cuore, a recording of traditional Italian folk songs, which won the World Music category at the prestigious Canadian Folk Music Awards; Uptown Goes Downtown Tonight, a highly acclaimed collaboration with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra; and Music From the Big House, an award winning documentary movie filmed in Louisiana at Angola prison, which premiered in New York and L.A.

As if creating beautiful music wasn’t enough, Rita has entered the film world by starring in the critically acclaimed Music From The Big House. She also developed the original concept for the film, one that takes Rita on a pilgrimage to the birthplace of the blues, Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary a.k.a Angola Prison. She never imagined that her love of the blues would lead her to a historic jailhouse performance with inmates serving life sentences.

Her most recent release is the critically praised Music From The Big House Soundtrack, recorded Live with the musical inmates of Angola Prison as seen in the film and featuring Ritas gut-wrenching performance of These Four Walls.

Over the past decade Rita Chiarelli has won every major Canadian blues award, including multiple Maple Blues awards, CBCs Great Canadian Blues Award, Toronto Independent Music Awards, Hamilton Music Awards, Manitoba Blues Society and the Hamilton Blues Societys Lifetime Achievement Awards. Most recently Rita was awarded the prestigious Maple Blues With A Feeling Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2017, Rita was honoured to be selected as the Artist In Residence at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City.

Showing no signs of slowing down, Chiarelli continues to tour incessantly in North America and Europe. She comes to the Bulkley Valley on the heels of her performances at the Baden Blues Festival in Switzerland and the Brasov Jazz & Blues Festival in Transylvania with her all female R&B band, Sweet Loretta. For her Smithers appearance, Rita is joined by three Sweet Loretta members, (“awesome musicians who are also women”) : Emily Burgess on guitar; Lauren Falls on double bass; and Elena Kapelaris blowing her tenor sax.

Individual tickets for Rita Chiarelli (ritachiarelli.com) are on sale now at Mountain Eagle Books: Adults $25, seniors (60-plus) $20, youth (under 18) $16. If not sold out, tickets will also be available at the door.

A limited (125) number of season tickets are on sale until Oct. 4: $90 for all five fabulous shows in the 2018/19 series. Individual ticket sales for performances after Oct. 4 will commence on Oct. 5. Season brochures are available at Mountain Eagle Books, the Smithers Public Library, the Tyhee Market in Telkwa and other outlets around the valley. Contact the BVCA at bvca.me, facebook.com/BVConcertAssociation; bvconcertassociation@gmail.com.

BVCA wishes to acknowledge the assistance provided by our funders, partners and sponsors: The Province of BC, BC Arts Council, BC Touring Council; Government of Canada, Canadian Heritage; H&R Block & The Interior News.

–Submitted article

 

Just Posted

Fire ban back in effect for Northwest Fire Centre region

Starting May 24, both Category 2 and Category 3 prohibitions will be in place

Convicted animal abuser Catherine Adams to return to B.C. court in July

Catherine Adams is under a 20-year ban on owning animals, from a 2015 sentence in Smithers

Share the road goes both ways

Bad cycling is a hazard to both cyclists and drivers

Alfred sentenced to nine months for sexual interference

Defence says its time to stop jailing Indigenous people

Air Canada brings new Dash 8-Q400 to Smithers airport

Air Canada has made some changes to its fleet serving Smithers Regional Airport (YYD).

600 new campsites coming to provincial parks and recreation sites across B.C.

Tourism Minister announced half of the new spots to 13 most popular provincial parks

Municipalities protest after B.C. declares marijuana growing ‘farm use’

UBCM president seeks answers in letter to John Horgan government

CMHC defends mortgage stress test changes amid calls for loosening rules

Uninsured borrowers must now show they could service their mortgage if rates rose two per cent

Nisga’a Nation tourism industry hits the road

First pilot tour to the Nass Valley is set for this summer with Indigenous Tourism BC

B.C. woman left ‘black and blue’ after being pushed off 40-foot cliff at lake

West Shore RCMP looking for witnesses as investigation continues

Thunderstorms to bring heavy rain, risk of flash floods in the southern Interior

Ten to 30 millimetres of rain to fall over the early weekend

MAY 23: the first of 1,200 trailers start arriving

LNG Canada has a transportation plan in place to minimize impact

Unbe-leaf-able: Agassiz man finds more than 200 four-leaf clovers in a month

Walt Hardinge has found more than 219 four-or-more leaf clovers this spring alone

Crews fight fire with fire to keep blaze from northern Alberta town

The wildfire now covers some 920 square kilometres

Most Read