The annual Music Program Year-End Student Showcase Celebration show presents five faculty-led ensembles from the Contemporary Music & Technology Program for one night of scintillating performances at SpiritBar in Nelson’s Hume Hotel on December 15. With more than two dozen budding student stars eager to put their musical chops on display, it’s the perfect way to cap four months of hard work.
Students and faculty from Selkirk College’s Contemporary Music & Technology Program will be on stage at Nelson’s SpiritBar for the annual Music Program Year-End Student Showcase Celebration on Thursday, December 15. The show will feature five different ensemble bands all performing different genres of music. Tickets for the 7:30 pm show are available at the door.
“This will be my last SpiritBar show after starting the tradition of having our students play out in the community in 2002,” says veteran music program instructor Laura Landsberg, who is set to retire from teaching in the new year. “When I first began teaching in the music program, our ensembles typically got their performance experience from playing in forum class. I felt it was an important learning opportunity for the students to get to play out in the community. It’s very valuable for the instructors and the students to share and celebrate what we do within our greater community. I feel very proud to have started this tradition in the music program and hope to see it continue for at least another 20 years!”
The five bands featured in the SpiritBar show will cross-cross musical genres with something for everyone. Singer-songwriters, soul, contemporary pop, classics and modern rock will all be part of the mix in an evening full of memorable covers sprinkled with a few originals.
Passion for Performance and Education
A featured guitarist and vocalist with the ensemble band Don’t Believe The Hype, second-year student Jay Porteous can’t wait to get up under the lights at SpiritBar.
“This is why we are in this program, to share our love of music and to share who we are on stage,” says the 19-year-old. “A show like this gives us that opportunity to get in touch with our community and show people how amazing this program is. I have so much fun when I am on stage. For me it’s about the connection not only with myself to the music, but with everybody else. It’s an experience and it’s fun to be part of that experience for everyone at the venue.”
Guitarist and vocalist Jay Porteous will be one of the featured student performers at the annual Music Program Year-End Student Showcase Celebration that takes place at Nelson's SpiritBar in the Hume Hotel on December 15.
Porteous grew up in Kelowna and was inspired to get into music by her classical musician grandparents. Growing up with a music-loving father, she fondly remembers family road trips where her dad cranked the likes of Green Day and AC/DC. It’s that combination of influences that give Porteous her chops and her fondness for classic and modern rock. At SpiritBar, her band will be performing covers from Kings of Leon, the Killers, Arctic Monkeys and more.
“Being a guitarist, all the great catchy licks and detailed playing is found in classic rock,” Porteous says. “There is not too many shredding, epic Van Halen solos in today’s pop music, so I gravitate towards music with a heavier edge.”
While still in high school, Porteous was leaning towards a post-secondary pathway focused on the sciences. She instead decided to pursue her true passion and desire to further develop her talents at Canada’s only contemporary music program. As she puts the wraps on her third semester on Nelson’s Tenth Street Campus, Porteous is emboldened by what she has learned so far and is looking forward to her next steps with both her education and career.
“It was terrifying at first because my life back home was all I knew, I had never lived on my own or away from my family,” she says. “I remember driving with my dad driving down the hill and seeing the ‘Welcome to Nelson’ sign, I thought: ‘what have I done, this is a big mistake!’ Then I got here and met my roommates who are wonderful people and my best friends now. Once I met all my classmates and teachers, I realized that this was the best decision I have ever made. I have found my people.”
Porteous, her classmates and the ultra-talented Selkirk College faculty will take the stage at SpiritBar on December 15 starting at 8 pm. Doors open at 7:30 pm with tickets at the door for $10 ($5 for Selkirk College students). All proceeds from the evening show will go towards scholarships for music program students.