Children’s Showcase wraps up the season with Aytahn Ross as “The Great Balanzo Sunday, April 3, 2:00 pm at the Centre Stage Theatre in SUMMERLAND


Children’s Showcase wraps up the season with Aytahn Ross as “The Great Balanzo”. After travelling the world, the Great Balanzo has decided to settle in Canada. As he sets up his home and unpacks his suitcase, he creates the stage set and story while balancing and juggling almost everything he touches – with quite a lot of help from the audience! Aytahn Ross is a classically trained actor who has brought his passion for circus and comedy to audiences across Canada for more than 20 years.

Suitable for ages 3 and up, the performance will be Sunday, April 3, 2:00 p.m. at the Centre Stage Theatre in SUMMERLAND.


Tickets are $12 at the door and are also available in advance at the Tumbleweed Gallery. For more information, please call Jacinta Ferrari at (250) 493-0475.

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The Children’s Showcase Society is a non-profit organization that has made quality live performances accessible to Okanagan families for more than 30 years. For more information about Children’s Showcase, please contact Jacinta Ferrari (250) 493-0475. Many thanks for your interest and support!


PRESS RELEASE March 1, 2016 COD GONE WILD Okanagan Tour

Cod Bio Pic b&w 2It’s shaping up to be a busy St. Patrick’s Day/Week for Okanagan based Celtic band Cod Gone Wild. They have announced 10 shows during the week of St. Patrick’s Day (March 11-20) between British Columbia and Alberta. They will be starting the tour in Grand Prairie, Alberta on March 11-12, before returning briefly to the Okanagan for a couple of local dates; in Summerland, at the Centre Stage Theatre, Monday March 14th and at the Creekside Theatre in lake Country, March 15th, an annual show that will also feature the Okanagan Celtic Choir under the direction of Cod Gone Wild front-man, Andrew Mercer.

“It has become a tradition for the band to host a few St. Patrick’s Day shows in the Okanagan. So, even though we are heading to Alberta this year, we wanted to make sure that we were able to get back in between, for a couple of local shows as well,” said Mercer.

As many people know the Cods recently bid farewell to band mate and friend Anjuli Otter, who married and moved to Saskatchewan. Anjuli was with the band for four years, was an amazing addition, and played a large role in the band’s success over that time. “Anjuli’s departure certainly left a void, some uncertainty, and unanswered questions around who was going to fill that void,” said Mercer.

Then along came Susan (Sue) Aylard. Sue started her violin studies before her 3rd birthday at the Vancouver Academy of Music. During her studies throughout western Canada she placed first in the Senior Division at the BC Festival of the Arts, her “Sabeon Trio” twice competed at the National Music Competition and most recently she received the prestigious Okanagan Arts award. Sue has travelled the world performing in Sweden, Russia, Denmark, Mexico, the USA and Ireland.

Sue happened to catch a Cod Gone Wild show in Blind Bay at the Shuswap Lake Festival of the Arts when the band played there this past July. Upon learning that the band was looking for a new fiddle player, she contacted them to set up an audition.

No stranger to fiddle music, having fronted her own bands, “Cats and the Fiddle” and “Rough Pearl,” not to mention performing with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, joining the Cods was a natural progression for an already accomplished violinist/fiddler. Mercer is excited about the new direction of the band. “Sue nailed the audition and is a true professional in every sense. We are delighted to have her on board and we feel quite fortunate to have found someone locally to join us and represent our region as we travel and share our music.”

Cod Gone Wild will be showcasing their new fiddle player in their upcoming St. Patrick’s Day shows, but Sue has already performed close to 40 shows on the road with the band since joining in late August. Fans can expect all the St. Patrick’s Day classics as well as original material from the band, leading up to their next album release later this spring.

Okanagan Show Information:
March 14th – Centre Stage Theatre, 9518 Main St, Summerland. Tickets available at the Summerland Art Gallery. Showtime: 7:30 pm
Doors at 7:00 pm. Tickets – $25.00. All ages.

March 15th – The Creekside Theatre (featuring the Okanagan Celtic Choir), 10241 Bottom Wood Lake Rd, Lake Country, tickets available by calling the theater at 250-766-9309. Showtime: 7:30 pm, Doors at 7:00 pm. Tickets – $25.00. All ages.

For more information about Cod Gone Wild visit their website.
Media Contact and Other Inquiries: Andrew Mercer
Phone: 250-307-1954