Friday, January 30, 2015

Popular Sugar Shack Festival set for Saturday

The North Coast celebration of all things Francophone is almost upon us, with Saturday's Sugar Shack Festival of events set to launch, first with a Friday night concert.

Tonight at 8 PM the Pastiche Trio take to the stage at the Lester Centre of the Arts, providing a sample of the folk music of French Canada.

As an added bonus for concert goers,  the opening act for the Pastiche Trio will be Prince Rupert's own Ben Cornwall.

Tickets for the event tonight are available at Cook's Jewellers or at the Lester Centre. Admission is 15 dollars for adults, 10 for students with a reminder the cost increases to twenty for those who purchase at the door.

The fifth edition of the Sugar Shack goes into full swing on Saturday with a number of events planned for the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre from 11 am to 2 PM. 

Organizers have a day of fun planned for the whole family, with toffee on snow, live music and a sampling of some of the cuisine of French Canada.  The Pastiche Trio will also make an appearance during the Sugar Shack, providing more of their traditional sounds.

Tickets for the the Sugar Shack can be purchased through the AFFNO office in the Hecate Strait Building on 1st Avenue East or at Cook's Jewellers.

Admission for Saturday's Sugar Shack is 15 dollars per adult, 10 dollars for children ages 6 to 12, five dollars for those 3 to 5.

There will be a number of prizes awarded through the Sugar Shack festival for those in attendance, including a Grand prize of a return trip for four adults to Jasper, Alberta with VIA Rail.

Those that have purchased their tickets in advance will also be entered in the draw for a return trip to Haida Gwaii for two adults with vehicle courtesy of BC Ferries.

The Sugar Shack launch event social took place on Thursday evening at Cowpuccino's, setting the scene for the celebrations to come through to Saturday evening.

More on the Sugar Shack festivities can be found from the Facebook page created for the celebration. You can also get more information or volunteer your time by calling 250-627-4313

The Festival is organized by AFFNO, the association for Francophones and Francophiles of the Northwest, you can learn more about their work here.

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