Lemon Bucket Orkestra

Hilary Stewart remembered with concert

The last concert of the season put on by the Quadra Cultural Committee will be, “A Concert in Memory of Hilary Stewart.”

Stewart was a long-time Quadra Island resident and benefactor and an enthusiastic supporter of Quadra cultural events for over 35 years. She is remembered for her ground-breaking studies of First Nations culture on the West Coast with books such as Cedar. She was a cultural anthropologist, lecturer, artist and free spirit whose books and drawings of Native culture are studied all over the world.

The concert will be held on Sunday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the Quadra Island Community Centre and for this special event tickets are only $10. The event includes a silent auction of Stewart’s artifacts during the afternoon and evening.

The entertainers for the concert will be Lemon Bucket Orkestra, a self-described “Balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk super band.”

From their beginnings as busking band in 2010 of four members, Lemon Bucket Orkestra now boasts as many as 15 members at times, and their performances have been heralded as ground-breaking.

Lemon Bucket Orkestra has been nominated for several awards and has performed at international festivals across the globe.

They recorded their latest album,  Moorka, in March of last year, following a three-month Canadian tour.

The Quadra Island performance will feature nine band members including Mark Marczyk on violin, Marichka Marczyk on accordion, Os Kar on savage drum, Jaash Singh on darbouka,  Stephania Woloshyn dancing, Ian Tulloch on sousaphone, Michael Louis Johnson on flugelhorn, and Nathan Dell-Vandenberg and Eli Camilo on trombone.

The band’s music is described as wild and joyful, which seems particularly apt for a celebration of Stewart’s life, as it also describes her spirit.

Tickets can be purchased on Quadra Island at Works of H’Art in Heriot Bay, Inspirations in Quathiaski Cove and in Campbell River at the Music Plant. There will also be tickets available at the door.