Keep the Beat back for ninth year in Nelson

This student organized music/arts fundraiser for War Child Canada will be held at Lakeside Park on August 23.

Keep the Beat organizers receive a cheque from the Nelson and District Credit Union toward the event on August 23. Top row

Keep the Beat is back again!

Running for a total of eight years, this student organized music/arts fundraiser for War Child Canada will be held at Lakeside Park and will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, August 23.

With a wide selection of musical entertainment and dancing, this community event is sure to get your feet tapping and your fingers snapping.

The entire event is in association with War Child Canada; a non-government, non-profit organization which works with children and their families in war torn countries around the world.

By supporting War Child Canada with profits from the event, and by spreading awareness among the people, Keep the Beat will also be directly supporting children and their families through War Child’s main areas of focus: opportunity, education, and justice.

In previous years, Keep the Beat, on average, has had revenue of $12,000 and they hope to do the same this year. Every penny earned will be donated directly to War Child Canada.

Not only does Keep the Beat provide positive outcomes with community growth and a chance to show case local talent through musical and arts performance, but it also brings the community together for a day of music, dancing, and family fun.

This year, Keep Beat has a stellar line up with musicians from around the Kootenays. Musicians such as recent Starbelly Jam performers James Lamb and Mrs. Strange, local Symphony of the Kootenays director Jeff Faragher, the youthful, student led-L.V. Rogers jazz combo Swing Theory and the international talent Erica Dee.

Closing the night off will be Roy has Fire. This youthful band has toured around the Kootenays creating a name for themselves playing a rock/ alternative mix.

In addition to this spectacular day of music, this year Keep the Beat will also have a 50-50 raffle and a silent auction featuring many beautiful items donated by local businesses, a kids activity tent with bracelet making, hula hooping, face painting and various kids games, and a communal banner.

Due to the generous support from the community, all activities will be free with a donation box.

If there are any questions about Keep the Beat concerning the fundraiser, music or activities, you can contact Galen Boulanger at galen.boulanger(at) or Dunavan Morris-Janzen at dunny1233(at)

They also encourage you to check out their Facebook site or the official War Child Canada website,



Just Posted

Recycling subsidy means tax break for RDCK residents

Province steps in to fund newsprint recycling

Nelson searches for answers to fentanyl crisis

A packed event Wednesday featured seven speakers and plenty of questions

Police ask city for $100K budget increase

The extra money is needed to cover salary costs

Nelson firefighter wage negotiations in year six

Firefighting is an essential service, so strikes are illegal

EcoSociety asks city to become 100 per cent renewable

The plan would have Nelson ditch fossil fuels by 2050

Nelson homes found without working smoke alarms

Fire chief Len MacCharles says his members found 21 homes in need of alarms

COLUMN: Let’s keep your money circulating in the region

Chamber of Commerce executive director Tom Thomson on buying locally

Doug Bothamley Cash Spiel returns this weekend

The annual tournament runs Friday to Sunday at the Nelson Curling Centre

COLUMN: Taking another look at Kelowna

Columnist Donna Macdonald finds many things to love about the city Nelsonites love to hate

Earthquake gently rocks Nelson to sleep

Did you feel the earthquake? (Probably not)

RDCK holds open house on proposed boat launch

RDCK hosted an open house at Blewett Elementary to discuss plans for a boat launch at Taghum Beach

LVR Bombers volleyball team off to provincials

The senior girls’ squad secured a spot with a win over Trail last week

Most Read