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Harvest Festival shines the light on local talent

The Maple Buds Ladner Showcase will take over the Market Stage with some of the best budding talent in our region
Warren Dean Flandez is just one of the many local talents that are part of this weekend’s Barnside Harvest Festival at Paterson Park in Ladner. Photo courtesy Barnside Harvest Festival

Barnside Harvest Festival will be shining the spotlight on local Delta talent on Saturday afternoon when the Maple Buds Ladner Showcase takes over the Market Stage with some of the best budding talent in our region.

Here is a sampling of the local artists being featured in this year’s festivities:

Warren Dean Flandez

A luminary in the Canadian music industry, with a sound and style that’s uniquely his own, Flandez blends soulfully charged R&B/pop with the uplifting sounds of gospel and has become a celebrated voice across many genres.

Blue Strange

This Canadian three-piece, melodic blues-rock band formed in Ladner as Dirty Mike and the Boys, with Mike Stewart, guitar and vocals, Blair Nielsen on bass, and Terence Donnelly on the drums. The boys have been playing together for more than 10 years, sharing stages with The Sheepdogs, 54-40, Bif Naked, The Zolas, Daniel Wesley, The Boom Booms, and more.

Kate Yahn

Kate Yahn combines the glamour and strength of rock n’ roll with a sophisticated storytelling edge. Often echoing the energy of Stevie Nicks, the vocal abilities of Linda Ronstadt, and the style of Debbie Harry to draw listeners in.

The Rambling Gentlemen

This vocal duo plays traditional jazz standards in the style of the 1930s and 40s. Their arrangement of standards are inspired by groups and individual artists such as the Mills Brothers, Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians, Al Bowlly, and so on.

The band is led by Emmett Martin Hatlelid, a young and up-coming jazz vocalist from Ladner with a love for the traditional jazz styles.

Bryce Malenstyn

Delta-born vocalist, Bryce Malenstyn now thrives in the vibrant music scene of Toronto. For the past three years, he has been immersed in studies at Humber College, where he has honed his musical talents and expanded his creative horizons. Specializing in funk, soul, and jazz, Bryce is a vocalist who shines in both his original compositions and captivating live performances.

Dog Gone

Indie alt-rock, creative guitar riffs and catchy vocals make for an entertaining show with Dog Gone. With guitars, bass and lead singer switching every song, Dog Gone aims to showcase all their member’s best tunes.

We also have two local authors being featured in the Storyville zone in Kids World.

Alison Acheson

Alison Acheson is the author of 11 books for all ages, including her most recent, Dance Me to the End, a memoir of caregiving, and the picture book she will share at the event - Little House in a Big Place.

Alison Monk

Alison Monk has lived in England, Lesotho (Africa), Germany and now Canada. She currently lives in South Surrey with her husband Rod. Most of her teaching career in Canada was spent teaching in Ladner. Now retired, she enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren, playing pickleball and writing stories. Her first children’s novel, Noah’s Universe, was published in June 2023.