A&E briefs: Bluesy house concert, Nutcracker auditions, fiddle contest winners

Moscow Ballet to hold youth auditions for its upcoming Nutcracker performance

Auditions will be held Monday for the Moscow Ballet’s upcoming show The Great Russian Nutcracker.

Youths aged six to 17 with at least one year of training in ballet will have a chance to audition for roles in the two Nov. 11 shows at Sagebrush Theatre.

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Roles available include party children, mice, snowflakes, snow maidens and others. Auditions are free but the ballet says there may be a casting fee. For those chosen to take part, rehearsals will be held at host studio Academy of Dance, 910 Camosun Cres., throughout the fall.

The auditions will be held at 4 p.m at Sagebrush Theatre, 821 Munro St. For more information and to register, visit nutcracker.com/youth-auditions and choose Kamloops from the list.

Fiddle winners announced

The results of the 30th Old Time Fiddle Contest are in.

The fiddling bout was held Saturday, Sept. 8, and featured fiddlers from Kamloops and surrounding communities, plus some as far away as Yellowknife.

Winners from Kamloops include Lysia Ternier, who took first place in the little junior category (age nine and under) and six-year-old Sterling Therrian, who second in the same.

Exton Harding took the youth (17 and under) prize, Gordon Lynn won in novice and Harley Jansen won it in the seniors.

Colin Mahoney represented the River City taking first in the intermediate category.

In the open category, Vic Ukrainetz of Kelowna took first place, while Kai Gronberg of Abbotsford took first in the championship.

Blues and folk guitarist to make himself at home

The Home Routes music season kicks off on Friday, Sept. 21, with Joel Fafard performing at a Kamloops home.

The B.C. musician is a finger-style and slide guitarist who has released six albums with original and traditional folk and blues songs. His latest release is Cluck Old Hen.

In 2006, Fafard won a Western Canadian Music Award for outstanding instrumental album. He’s been nominated for a Juno and a Canadian Folk Music awards.

To arrange to attend, call 250-377-1664.

The people behind the season are looking for other locations for concerts. One each is planned for Oct. 20, Nov. 18, Feb. 5, March 6 and April 4.

Anyone interested in hosting can contact organizers by email to homerouteskamloops@gmail.com.

Block party in Valleyview

The Valleyview Community Association will host a block party on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Valleyview Community Park next to Marion Schilling elementary on Park Drive.

Several businesses will be donating to the event, which is free.

Live music will be provided by Evan Wilds, there will be a hot dog barbecue and other activities for children.

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