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Westbank Country Opry January 27, 2019
January 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm$15.00
Kenn Kardish is our Special guest this month. Kenn began his singing career in Victoria where he and his wife Fran performed mostly at senior’s residences, the Victoria Icelandic Club, the Victoria Ukrainian Association, the Victoria Holland Club, Elks Clubs, Eagles Clubs and Legions on Southern Vancouver Island. While in Victoria, he was a member of the all male Greater Victoria Police Chorus where he sang second tenor. The Chorus toured the United Kingdom, Alberta and British Columbia over the years.
They moved from Victoria to Calgary in 2001. They entertained at a variety of venues in Alberta for many years and during 13 winters spent in Arizona were part of a band called “Desert Coyotes” with many engagements in the Mesa and Apache Junction areas. Kenn and his wife were victims of the monumental Alberta flood of 2013, after which they moved to West Kelowna.
Kenn has entertained locally at the Theatre Kelowna Society production of “ Good Ole’ Country Comfort” September 14-October 2, 2016, numerous senior retirement complexes, Senior’s centres in Peachland, Kelowna and West Kelowna, Westbank Country Market, Westbank Legion and Kelowna Legion. They enjoy going to jams and have been to a significant number in Arizona, Alberta and British Columbia.
Adele Dewar is also our Special Guest this month.
Originally from New Zealand, Adele moved to Canada in 2000. Music has been part of Adele’s life since first singing at a country music club in 1990. In NZ Adele became part of a country music vocal trio, entering various country music competitions and winning many country music awards, which led to the trio being invited to perform at many concerts, festivals and fundraisers. Adele was also a lead vocalist in a 5-piece country rock band “Tennessee Drive”, playing clubs, pubs, festivals, corporate and private events. When members of the band went in different directions Adele became part of “Hi Jinks”, a full time working duo. This enabled her to branch out into other genres, singing a mix of Pop, Rock’n’Roll, Country, Blues & Jazz. Exploring the different genres was a breath of fresh air, and the popular duo made their mark in the circuit.
In 2000, it was with mixed emotions Adele played her final NZ gig the night before she flew out to start her new life in Canada. Unfortunately, her music career was put on hold as Adele suffered many vocal issues about a year after arriving. Even though she was unable to perform she was played a significant role in getting the Penticton Sunshine Cabaret up and running where she was the entertainment director for 4 years, and also a Director for 6 years with the Penticton Peach Festival. Adele is Managing Director at the Banbury Green RV & Camping Resort in Kaleden.
Now, after a few years of perseverance working hard on regaining her vocals Adele is loving performing once again.