The Acoustics in the Sunset Theatre are quite remarkable and make it an ideal concert venue for touring musicians. Thanks to the insistence of Julie Fowler, the first official show at the Sunset Theatre as the IMA Harp Concert in 2005. It marked the beginning of this new adventure with the most beautiful sounds - Harp and Bag Pipes. Since then, there have been countless musicians who have shared their talents on the stage of the Sunset and it has been voted one of the top 10 venues to play, by BC Musicians Magazine. The Sunset is proud to be one of the main venues for the ArtsWells Festival and play host to some of Canada's top musicians such as Tanya Tagaq, Carole Pope and Rae Spoon, Stephen Fearing, CR Avery to name a few. The Theatre also hosts its own concert series throughout the year along with its other programming.
IMA Harp Concert
The Plaid Tongued Devils
Ross Douglas (x2)
August with Beverley Elliot
Red Venus Blue Tango
Dana Marie Battaglia
Joey Only - Cloggeroo
Pugs & Crows
Small Kitchen Chaos
A Fusion of Scottish Trad, Swing, Bluegrass,
Jazz Soul, Blues, and Pop
“Like Robert Johnson returned from the crossroads, is a welcome moment in the
future of Scottish music...” – Mumble Music @ Celtic Connections 2016
Ewan Macintyre has a long musical pedigree – as lead singer with the award-winning Edinburgh collective Southern Tenant Folk Union, he performed the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland at top venues & major festivals including Celtic Connections and in 2011 the band won Americana Artist of the Year. He recorded 2 critically acclaimed albums with the band, receiving stellar reviews from Mojo, Q, The Guardian, Irish Times, Uncut, Irish Mail on Sunday, Hot Press as well as live TV performances on RTE’s ‘The Late Late Show’ & ‘The View’. Ewan has supported a diverse mix of acts ranging from 'Hot House Flowers' to 'Coolio'.
Over the last two years, Ewan has traveled back and forth between the UK, Canada, and Ireland, working with musicians across both sides of the Atlantic and touring extensively to communities across all three countries. In 2015 Ewan recorded his first solo E.P. “You Probably Look Better Naked Anyway”, a mix of genres and styles presented with a Celtic Soul feel. The album reached #3 in the National Folk/ Roots charts of Canada. Having recently finished touring the album material alongside three alternate trios, 2017 will now bring those musicians together to further develop the music. Rooted in the storytelling folk genre, Ewan infuses his music with layers of Swing, Scottish trad, Bluegrass, Jazz Soul, Blues, and Pop. Over the course of an evening, the band will go from heartfelt ballads to all out virtuosic improvised malady.
Fearless, Unique, Soulful World Fold, Funk, Rock Opera
by Seth Macdonald and Shara Gustafson of Mamaguroove.
“... downright enjoyable...tightly played mix of alt.folk,
reggae-tinged funk and country bluegrass…" TASTY FANZINE
“Utterly captivating… heavily influenced by Latin guitar, reggae,
rock opera and other world music and driven with thought
provoking songwriting.” LA ON LOCK
“...dramatic, exotic and inspiring…..an impressive and stirring set of songs." Unfinished Humans is all about vibe and ‘guroove’" GONZO
“…although plenty of rock moves and pop hooks here, you cannot escape the depth of the African beats and folk melodies in this music…It is playful, even while reaching deep and is quite hard to resist. So why bother…. There is a lot of variety and it all works.” FOLKWORLD
“Reggae slams into funk in this new song from Canadian band Samson’s Delilah. …Singer Shara Gustafson has an amazing voice.” I SING IN THE KITCHEN