The Wendy Brook Festival held their 40th annual Concert on April 5 with over 250 in attendance. In addition to highlighting the amazing young talent in the Vegreville area, this is the fourth year that the event was broadcast over the radio courtesy of Country 106.5 FM and Perogies and Jam.

The Wendy Brook Music Festival goes back to 1961 which started with the annual Wendy Brook Carol Concert. In 1979, the Wendy Brook Women’s Institute became the driving force when they started the Music Festival. In 1986, the Rotary Club became a major contributor for many years and then in 1999, the Wendy Brook Committee was established to provide the leadership and continues to this day.  The Vegreville community has had a strong commitment to the music throughout this time as evidenced by the many volunteers, sponsors and contributors. Larissa Bombak and Viola Braun-Fox organized the event this year with the aid of many volunteers.

At 7:00 pm, Emcee Collette Miller welcomed the audience to the event and ‘O Canada’ was led by Debbie Fedoruk accompanied by Viola Braun-Fox on piano. 

Town of Vegreville Mayor Tim McPhee congratulated the Wendy Brook Festival for their 40 years of music contribution to the community and presented a Town award to them for their outstanding service over these years.

The performers for the evening were:

  • Claire Pasay (piano) – ‘Sonatina in G Major’ by L. V. Beethoven 
  • Odelia Rayavarapu – ‘Waiting, Waiting” by John Forster
  • A.L. Horton Gr.1 Ukrainian Bilingual – ‘Dva Barantsee’ by H. Chubach
  • Mundare School Gr. 1 – ‘Roar’ by Katy Perry
  • Audrey Larkin – ‘Into the Unknown’ by Patrick Hale
  • Oliver Horon, Torrin Lockhart, Adam Mills – ‘Majster Svyrd’ by Ivan Franko
  • Clayden Lutzak (fiddle) – ‘Valse Gisele’, ‘Shoe Jig’ and ‘Reel de Lindbergh’
  • Chelsea Malabanan – ‘Ed the Invisible Dragon’ by D. Rhodenizer
  • A. L. Horton Gr 6 Ukrainian Bilingual Acapella – ‘Oj Chornaja’ by Chorna
  • Cally Austin – ‘Everyone Wants to be a Cat’ by Al Rinker
  • Miya Burghardt & Emily Couchman (piano duet) – ‘Colours of the Wind’
  • Shade Clark (fiddle) – ‘Willow Springs’ by Spade Cooley
  • Calder Langkow & Maxim Rudyk – ‘Three Sideways Stories’ by Louis Sachar
  • A. L. Horton Gr. 4B (recorders) – ‘Counting Stars’ by One Republic
  • Winnie Lange (recital) – ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ by R. Dahl
  • Dylan Vadnais (trumpet) – ‘Summertime’ by George Gershwin
  • Abigail Bellamkonda – ‘Be Unto Your Name’ by L. DeShazo & G. Sadle
  • Sophia Kim (piano) – ‘Sonata in G Major’ by W. A. Mozart
  • A. L. Horton Gr. 5 Ukrainian Bilingual (choral speech) – ‘One Inch Tall’ by Shel Silverstein
  • VCHS Senior Jazz Band – ‘Song for my Father” by Horace Silver, ‘Foot Prints’ by Wayne Shorter
  • Ken Timanson – ‘Plant a Radish’ by Harvey Schmidt
  • Julia Dolejsi ( w/ ukulele) – ‘Riptide’ by Vance Joy
  • Saint John’s Singers – ‘We Believe’ by T. Ryan, M. Hooper, R. Fike

Between the five sets this evening, Viola Braun-Fox announced the awards and sponsors of each of the categories. At the end of the evening, Emcee Collette Miller congratulated all the performers for showcasing their talent.

Thanks go to Viola Braun-Fox and the many Wendy Brook volunteers, Jamieson Brown of Country 106.5 FM, and Ralph Arndt and Greg Probert of A. L. Horton School for their support.  Perogies and Jam volunteers for this event included Byron James, Randy Kereliuk, and Don Harfield as the sound technicians, Rob Hughes as photographer, and Gordon Forbes for equipment set up.  

Perogies and Jam was pleased to have sponsored the Community Music Award to the Saint John’s Singers (Adult Choir of the St. John Lutheran Church) this year.

The Wendy Brook Music Festival relies on its many volunteers who selflessly give of their time throughout the year and especially during the months of January through April to make this event a success and a credit to our community.  Please go to the Wendy Brook website http://wendybrookmusic.wix.com/wendybrook for more information.  

Thanks everyone!  Check out the photos below from this year’s event.


Photo Gallery
Photography Courtesy of Rob Hughes