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Arts: Coming to Maple Ridge

Poetry, swing dancing, the Blues and open rehearsals for a choir all taking place in Maple Ridge.
Emily Hernandez

Dessert and Dance at GSS

The Garibaldi secondary music department is getting ready for its annual Dessert and Dance fundraiser.

Live swing dance music will be performed by the Garibaldi secondary school jazz band and the Golden Ears jazz band.

All proceeds from the event will go towards the costs of the upcoming spring performances, retreats and trips.

The dance takes place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Feb. 4 in the Garibaldi secondary school cafeteria.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and include the dance and dessert.

• To purchase tickets call 604-463-6287, ext. 2028, go to or visit the Garibaldi secondary school office at 24789 Dewdney Trunk Road in Maple Ridge.


Holy Wow

The Holy Wow Poets will be presenting the third annual Poets and Artists Extravaganza.

The free event will feature poet laureate of New Westminster Candice James, Royal City Literary Arts Society vice president Janet Kvammen, North Vancouver poet Deborah L. Kelly of Heartworks Poetry and resident poet laureate and director of Holy Wow Poets Canada Phil Ransom.

• Poets and Artists Extravaganza takes place at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7 in the lobby at The ACT Arts Centre, 11944 Haney Place. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.


Harpoonist and Axe Murder

The Vancouver-based, Juno-award-nominated duo The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer will be bringing its  blues act back to Maple Ridge.

Shawn Hall, the harpoonist, and Matthew Rogers, the axe murderer, will be infusing a jolt of renewed energy into the raw and primal blues, delivering a sound described as “greasy, gritty blues and soul, and punched with a hit of rock and funk.”

Hall is armed with booming vocals and an arsenal of harmonicas and Rogers with a mess of foot percussion and a road-worn Telecaster.

The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer takes place at 8 p.m. on Jan. 28 at The ACT Arts Centre, 11944 Haney Place in Maple Ridge.

• Tickets are $38 for adults and seniors and $15 for youth. To purchase call 604-476-2787 or go to


Choir open rehearsal

The Maple Ridge Choral Society Choir is holding an open rehearsal.

The choir is an inclusive, non-auditioned choir.

The rehearsal takes place from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 31st St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 12145 Laity St. in Maple Ridge

• For more information call Isabelle at 604-479-2649.