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Social event: Polaris Ensemble, April 1st

     Hi, everyone...another opportunity to socialize.  This intriguing group includes Margaret Gay, daughter of SFURA's Ian and Hannah Gay. Margaret was part of The Eybler Quartet which performed in a concert attended by SFURA members a few years ago. The evening is highly recommended by Evelyn Palmer and Dave Huntley.
     The concert is at 7:30 pm, and I propose that we get together for a light dinner beforehand, say at 5:30 pm.  St Mark's Church is on Larch, between 4th and Cornwall, in Kitsilano.  If someone is familiar with that area, could you get back to me with a recommendation for a friendly, reasonable restaurant that would suit a group of, perhaps, 10 to 15 people?
     Look forward to your response.

Tom O'Shea
SFU Retirees' Association  





Following the successes of a Maritime tour and recent performances in southern Ontario, Canada’s own ‘Arctic fusion’ band ENSEMBLE POLARIS will bring their innovative and big-spirited music to Vancouver on April 1, 2011, as part of their first tour in western Canada.


  Polaris incorporates an eclectic palette of musical influences, colours and techniques in their sound – early, folk, Klezmer, Hot Club of Paris, middle Eastern and southeast Asian, traditional Scandinavian, Celtic, Cape Breton, eastern European, classical, improvisatory, and avant-garde. The program, named after their latest CD, VIKINGS ON VACATION, features arrangements of traditional music from northern Europe and original tunes by members of the band, including Cod’s Anatomy, Beetroots for Nico, Waltz 39.3,the Steak Tune, the Valley Girls Waltz, and much more.


POLARIS’s creative artistry, kaleidoscope of instrumental colours, and easy-going performance style has won them enthusiastic response from audiences and critics alike. BBC Music Magazine called them “A superb ensemble…The arrangements are always spot on.” 

Ensemble POLARIS is:

Kirk Elliott, harp, accordion, Swedish bagpipes, violin;

Margaret Gay, cello;

Ben Grossman, hurdy gurdy;

Katherine Hill, voice, nyckelharpa;

Alison Melville, flutes, recorders, seljefløyte;

Colin Savage, clarinet, recorders, bass clarinet;

Jeffrey Wilson, percussion;

David Woodhead, guitar.




7:30 pm

St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Kitsilano

(1805 Larch St.)

Admission $23 ($18 sr/$10 st)

Tickets available at the door.

For more info: ensemblepolaris@hotmail.com

Or call 416-588-4301 (until March 26/11)

416-305-1732 (from March 27/11)