From Kaatza Lakeside Players theatre productions, choir groups and an abundance of independent crafters and artists, the arts scene is blossoming in Lake Cowichan.
However, if it was not for Music in the Lake, Lake Cowichan would be hard pressed for live music, other than the odd band playing here and there.
Live music is just as important an art form as any other artistic medium and nothing beats crowding around a stage to take in a decent band clambering away on their instruments.
Not only does Music in the Lake book bands and venues, but the musicians they recruit are of an impressive calibre, most of whom have been nationally recognized. Most local musicians and bands are forced to seek out venues and performances often in Victoria or in bigger centres on Vancouver Island, especially if their genre of music is outside of what is the norm in Lake Cowichan.
It would, for example, be difficult to imagine a full-blown hip-hop, electronic or punk rock shows happening in the community, although it is a funny prospect to envision.
The Ecclestons were in Lake Cowichan for the most recent Music in the Lake on Dec. 22 and the folk trio of musicians entertained a cozy room of people at Centennial Hall.
The support is most definitely present in Lake Cowichan for live music. If you’re a local musician, try showing off your talents to the community. Homegrown talent is usually well-received.
The next Music in the Lake performance is scheduled for the new year for local concert-goers and music enthusiasts.