Cranberry Community Hall

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    David Harvey
    It is always nice to attend music concerts at Cranberry Hall.

6834 Cranberry St, Powell River, BC V8A 3Z5, Canada
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Welcome to Cranberry Hall, Powell River’s finest acoustic music venue and host to several community groups and organizations.  One of the older buildings in the Cranberry area of town, built in 1954, the hall is run by a non-profit charitable society of volunteers whose mandate is to serve the community and encourage public participation through the sponsorship and rental of our 70-seat hall. Cranberry Hall sponsors two monthly music events, hosted by members of our board of directors – a Song Circle held on the second Sunday of the Month and an Acoustic Coffee-house on the last Sunday of each month.  We regularly co-sponsor events with community groups such as the Friends of the Library and the Sunshine Coast Music festival and a number of groups rent the hall on a regular basis for choral, dance, writing and other activities. We pride ourselves on being able to offer the lowest rental rates of any public venue in the Powell River region and welcome inquiries from anyone looking for a comfortable, well equipped location for your events.

April is the beginning of the new astrological year, so this month’s song circle is all about New Beginnings – perhaps a song about a frest start, or simply a new song you’ve learned that no one has heard before, or a new technique you want to demonstrate for everyone. Maybe you learned a new instrument or found out about a new singer. Maybe you song contains the word ‘new’ or ‘beginning’. Or maybe it doesn’t – that’s fine too. After all, the Sunday Song Circle is about songs, any kind of song, and and all instruments or voices are welcome. We’d love it if you come out and join us. Last month some people came just to listen and the people who played all loved an appreciative audience. Hope to see you Sunday April 10th at 2:00pm.

Hosted by Scott Ritter. Musicians, poets, storytellers, comedians and others performers are welcome, or come and just be part of the supportive family friendly audience in a relaxed café setting. Coffee, tea and snacks are available. Admission by donations ($5.00 suggested). Performer signup is from 7:00-7:30 only.

Last month it was all about love. Next month we’re so close to the Ides of March, we decided our theme is BETRAYAL! There must be a million songs that have been written on the topic and we’re hoping you’ll come and share some of your best ones with us. We’re an easy-going group of singers, players, and folks who just want to come out and listen and we’d love to see you on March 13th at the Cranberry Hall at 2:00pm. Murder-ballads, my-baby-done-me-wrong songs, I’m-So-Lonesome-Since-My-B

March 15-18, 1:30-3:30 pm, Minicomic Camp for teens 11+. Create your own comic book from script to storyboard to mock-up to mastercopy during this 4-day camp. Each day begins with a drawing warm-up led by one of four fantastic Powell River artists: Meghan Hildebrand, Caitlin McDonough, Giovanni Spezzacatena, and Luke Ramsey.

March 19, 10:30-noon, Hatch-a-Plot for kids 7-10.  Kidnap two characters, give them a BIG problem, set them somewhere amazing, add a speech bubble, turn up the heat! Face the problem, tie up the plot, end with a BANG!

Hosted by Scott Ritter. Musicians, poets, storytellers, comedians and others performers are welcome, or come and just be part of the supportive family friendly audience in a relaxed café setting. Coffee, tea and snacks are available. Admission by donations ($5.00 suggested). Performer signup is from 7:00-7:30 only.

Monthly Sunday Song Circle hosted by Pat Buckna.  Come and sing a song (a capella or instrumental accompaniment), share lyrics or music with others or just come to listen.  We go around in a circle and each participant can invite others to sing harmonies, play along, or simply listen.  If you’re not singer, join us anyway for an afternoon of great music. Open to all ages, styles as long as it’s acoustic.  Admission by donation ($5 suggested or what you can afford). If you’re interested, join our Facebook Group and download song sheets and music charts

Monthly Acoustic coffeehouse hosted by Scott Ritter. Musicians, poets, storytellers, comedians and more are all welcome. Each performer gets 10 minutes on stage, or just come and be part of a supportive audience. Admission is by donation ($5 suggested). Café seating. Coffee, tea and snacks available. Performers sign up from 7:00-7:30 pm.

We started the year off with a Fiddle Jam, CJMP Radio board training sessions, a two-day Urban Homesteading Workshop, a concert by Rick Scott and the first  monthly Cran Hall Acoustic Coffeehouse of the year.

In addition to our regular weekly group sessions, the Cranberry Ratepayers held a meeting, Laura Balducci hosted an Art Show, the Powell River Dollars organization held their AGM and the Urban Homesteading group held another workshop.

The One Voice Choirs and the Writer’s club began their weekly get-togethers this month, the Powell River public library held Campfire Sessions and hosted a reading by Sunshine Coast publisher and author Howard White. The Powell River SLAM presented another wildly popular evening and Pat Buckna and Clay Brander brought Juno award-winner Old Man Leudecke to the hall for a sold-out performance. The Cranberry Community Hall Association held their Annual General meeting.

In March the library hosted another writer event, and Pharis and Jason Romeo put on a singing workshop and concert.  The Volunteer Shuffle organizers held an orientation event and our monthly Fiddle Jam and coffee-house continued with a variety of new performers, poets, and storytellers.

Cindy Church and Natham Tinkham presented a special Mother’s Day show at the hall and the hall played host to a Saturday birthday party as well as a show featuring The Harp Pixie and local duo, Lotus and the Wildfire.

Thanks to a grant from the Powell River Foundation, we began preparations for the exterior restoration and painting of the hall which took place over the summer. The Yoga group held a Solstice Event in June, and indoor events quieted down with the longer days and warm weather. Victoria duo Quinn & Qristina Bachand performed to a sold-out crowd in August and the library hosted a Teen Drama Camp.

In September, we-co sponsored a free publishing and songwriter’s workshop with the Sunshine Music Festival featuring Juno award winners Helen Austin & Paul Otten,  Pat Buckna brought in two strong Alberta songwriters –  Leeroy Stagger and John Wort Hannam.

In the middle of the month, we once again hosted the Rossander Film Festival and all Mondays through Friday evenings were filled with regular group sessions. The One Voices Choir presented a pre-election song fest and a group rented the hall for a private family dinner. We began our outdoor landscaping project this month.

A busy month that saw a new exercise group hosting daytime sessions, and an Irish language learning group started up.  One weekend we hosted a Record Sway, and the library hosted their fall Poetry Slam.  Oliver Swain saw a strong turnout for his CD launch concert and our own Scott Ritter and Geoff Allan opened for The Chimney Swallows.

Dan Vincent, and Al MacKenzie from the Senior’s Centre completed work on our new engraved outdoor sign and thanks in part to a grant from the Powell River Arts Council purchased a digital projector and small sound system that will be available for groups to rent for their activities. The Powell River Public Library presented the winners of their Tiny Stories competition and a Theatre and Puppetry Event. As well, the hall launched two new regular monthly events – Movie Nights and a Sunday Afternoon Song Circle hosted by Pat Buckna and we wrapped up the year with a full-house at our final Acoustic Coffeehouse on December 27th.