Mark your calendars for two very special upcoming events. On Friday, Dec. 1, the Sh-Booms return to the stage with their Comeback Show. The Sh-Booms are Boyd Norman, Ken Gustafson, Colin Mailey and Mike Weber. Nikki Weber, a legend in the Coast’s music community, is involved in the production. Nikki, at age 90, is still going strong. “This show is very important to me because the guys have been through a fairly rough year,” says Nikki. Major illnesses to different Sh-Boom members has kept the group sidelined, but they are looking forward to their return to the stage. Joining them will be the J Tones Trio consisting of Joan Vernon, Jan Gillis, and Joy Germaine, whom Nikki has been working with to prepare them for the show. All this local talent will be accompanied by Miles Black on piano, Kristian Braathen on drums, and Sacha Fassaert on guitar. It promises to be an excellent musical evening of doo-wop, jazz and great voices. Sh-Boom Comeback Show with the J Tones Trio and Maddy Weber is on Friday, Dec. 1 at the Sechelt Legion at 7:30pm. Tickets $20 available in advance at Strait Music, MELOmania, Blackberry Shop or by calling Nikki at 604-740-0933.
On Wednesday, Dec. 6, xwu’p’a’lich, Barbara Higgins will be at the Gibsons Public Library telling her stories. This past August, Higgins released her book, Etched in My Memory: My Life as a Shishalh Rememberer. An autobiographical work, Higgins recounts the years from 1940 to 1993, encompassing her childhood growing up in Egmont, her years earning a degree at the University of Victoria, to her time in Fort Good Hope, NT. Higgins, a local elder, was designated as her band’s Rememberer when she was just seven years old. Though “unwilling” at first as she didn’t want the spotlight, she came to recognize that, “It is my duty to pass along what I know.” Though written, the tone and style of these stories is very much grounded in the oral tradition with asides, colloquialisms and amusing anecdotes wrapped into the larger telling. Higgins reveals herself as a mischievous sort of person, claiming “I’m one of the orneriest, contrariest people alive,” and laying the blame for her “pleasant disposition” on having been weaned on goat’s milk due to her inability to digest cow’s milk. Humour aside, Higgins’ stories recall a different time on the Coast, a time of plentiful fish and community feasts, and documents the changes she’s seen over 60 years, a life spent learning, teaching and healing. Xwu’p’a’lich, Barbara Higgins reads at the Gibsons Public Library on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 6pm. Free. Everyone welcome.