Canadian rockers 54-40 are coming to Telkwa July 18.

Canadian rockers 54-40 are coming to Telkwa July 18.

Kinsmen host 54-40 July 18

Service group hopes event will be start of summer concert series

This year, the Bulkley Valley Kinsmen couldn’t wait until the end of summer to throw another concert.

After scoring acts like Trooper, Kim Mitchell, April Wine, Emerson Drive and George Canyon in the first two years after building a massive outdoor performance space it’s understandable they were eager to get the barbecue grounds rocking again.

As an appetizer to the always-delicious Telkwa Barbecue, on July 18, Canadian legends 54-40 are taking over the stage, playing such hits as She La, Ocean Pearl, I Go Blind and  One Day in Your Life.

An opening band hasn’t been chosen yet.

This isn’t 54-40’s first time performing in the Bulkley Valley, although  chief songwriter Neil Osborne struggles when asked to recall the last time he came through northern B.C.

54-40 is well known to have an energized live show and this concert will be no different, Osborne said.

“We like to have fun, that’s for sure,” he said last week from his home in Victoria. “We’re lucky enough to have a catalogue most people are familiar with and we seemed to have learned over the years where to place those and how to engage the crowd.

“We’re looking forward to heading up there when the weather’s nice.”

The group has released more than a dozen albums over the last 30 years and next month, they are going to start crowdfunding for their next CD, Osborne said.

“We’re kind if chipping away on the writing process right now. It’s the early days yet.”

The concert is being co-hosted by the Bulkley Valley Kinsmen and the Bulkley Valley Gymnastics Association. The two clubs have worked together at past Telkwa Barbecue events and it seemed like a natural fit, said Bulkley Valley Kinsmen treasurer Mike Henfrey.

“The gymnastics club has been involved with the Telkwa Barbecue for the last two years and they’ve really impressed us with their work ethic and their desire to help,” he said. “This is just kind of an experiment and if the model works, then we’ll be looking at doing something similar next year work with other groups.

“It’s a good way for groups that are doing good things to raise money.”

Gymnastics club fundraising chair Becky Stavast said the club is eager to make this concert a success as well.

“We are so happy to be able to work with the Kinsmen and help put on another great concert,” Stavast said. “As a non-profit organization we’re always looking for fundraising opportunities and this event will allow us to offer more programming to kids in the Bulkley Valley.”

Proceeds from the concert will be split evenly between the two organizations.

Adding a second concert to the stage at the Telkwa Barbecue Grounds this summer brings the Kinsmen closer to their objective of hosting more events in the Bulkley Valley.

“We’ve always talked about, as a group, putting on a series of concerts — maybe one in June, one in July and then the big finale at the Telkwa Barbecue,” Henfrey said.

“The goal is to have a June, July and Labour Day concert.”

Tickets are on sale April 1 at Bulkley Valley Credit Union locations from Hazlelton to Burns Lake, Bulkley Valley Insurance offices in Houston and Smithers, the Bulkley Valley Gymnastics Club and Midway Service in Telkwa.

General admission is $35 and preferred seating is $45. Tickets will also be available at the door but will cost an additional $5.


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