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White Rock Chamber Music Next Concert March 12

The next White Rock Chamber Music concert to be held is Saturday, March 12 at 7:30 pm at Crescent Gardens Retirement Community, 1222 King George Blvd.
The concert will feature: Sunny Chan – violin, Vivian Wu  – piano, Leanne and Connor Page – Celtic music with voice, harp, penny whistle and percussion, Caroline McDowall – poetry reading, and Don Brown – accordian.
Admission is a suggested $5.00 donation with funds going to Peninsula Arts Foundation for music scholarships for youth of the Semiahmoo Peninsula.

The Peninsula’s Got Talent Contest 2016 Results

The Peninsula’s Got Talent Contest 2016 Results

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We had a full house at Blue Frog Studios Sunday Feb 28th. The room was filled with eager performers, their supporting friends and families and some fans from the community all looking forward to hearing some excellent music. The contest was open to applicants in music, dance and theatre but only musicians applied this year. There were 3 categories, Solo, Duo and Group and in total 13 acts performed ages 12 – 17.  We were really impressed with the caliber of music that came out of this young collection of musicians and there was an interesting range of genres which made it enjoyable.

Some had never performed in front of a live audience before and some were seasoned performers but they had all prepared well for the contest and did not disappoint.

The winner of the Solo category was 17 year old Ava Carich who sang and played guitar on an original composition entitled Three. In the Duo category the winner was Fionn (17 year olds Alanna and Brianne Finn-Morris) indie folk/pop artists who sang their original song Magazine Face and played mandolin and guitar. In the Group category the winners were The Rays (17 years olds Harry Seely on guitar, Joyce Deng on bass, Jackson Silvester-Lee on drums, Adrien Rebselj on piano, and Maria Lesyk vocals). They performed Starlight by Muse.

As far as our organization is concerned this was definitely a success. We are delighted to have given these young artists an opportunity to compete and gain experience. We are so proud of all of them. They had to have put in a lot of hard work to achieve the level of performances that they presented and they all deserve our congratulations.

Everyone who won was awarded prize money in the amount of $300 each. Two of our sponsors for this event White Rock Chamber Music and The Peninsula Community Foundation contributed to the prize money that was given out.

We would like to thank Blue Frog Studios for doing an excellent job. It is the first time we used their services but it won’t be the last. Having the event at Blue Frog added to the atmosphere and we are looking forward to seeing the video and hearing the recording that was done.

We would also like to thank the volunteers who gave their time and expertise to the event.

MC: Natalie Dunnill
Judges: Bob Douglas, Heidi McCurdy, Dennis Enns, Susan Pendleton, and Meryle Ardagh

Peninsula Arts Foundation directors: Mike Sheeshka for doing an excellent job coordinating the stage and recording requirements with the Blue Frog staff and Shirley Boni for handling the door, and also past director Annette St. Andrews for coming out to give us a hand.

We would also like to thank the Province of BC, Gaming Branch for providing funding to our organization which allowed us put this contest on.


The Peninsula’s Got Talent Contest Feb 28th 2016

Our contest takes place this Sunday at Blue Frog Studios and we are really looking forward to it.

We have been very pleased with the interest in this event and are looking forward to seeing the contestants perform in front of a live audience. Our finalists range in ages from 12 – 17.  Some are experienced at performing and for some it is their first time singing solo on stage. They are all excited about the opportunity though and we are happy to provide the chance for them to shine.

This venue is very intimate and only has 100 seats so we have had to limit the audience to just the contestants and invited guests. Depending on the interest next year we may have to be prepared to have more seating available.

The results will be posted on our website and printed in the Peace Arch News next Friday.

Thank you to our supporters – The Peninsula Community Foundation, White Rock Chamber Music, The Peace Arch News and Province of BC Gaming Branch for making this event possible.

The 2016 Peninsula’s Got Talent Contest

The Peninsula Arts Foundation is holding a Talent contest for performing artists in Music, Dance and Theatre who are between the ages of 12 to 17.  Applicants must be a resident of the White Rock/South Surrey Peninsula.

The finalists will perform live on February 28th from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Blue Frog Studios in White Rock.

Applications must be sent by email including private link to your YouTube video, maximum length 5 minutes. Your email should also include your name, age and talent and brief bio about yourself.

Categories are Solo, Duo and Groups with cash prizes being awarded in all three categories.

Submit your emails to:

Deadline for submission is January 15th, 2016.

Peninsula Arts Foundation is looking for new Board Members

Our Foundation awards grants in support of excellence, innovation, diversity and community involvement. The work of the foundation is supported through the active participation of volunteers, membership fees, donations and corporate sponsors, with additional funding from government programs. All monies received by the Peninsula Arts Foundation go directly to the grants program, and all directors on the Board are volunteers.

Peninsula Arts Foundation is currently looking for new board members. We serve on the board because we have an interest in the arts and giving back to our community.

We hold our board meetings once a month and also attend events that we organize. Our main focus is to provide financial support to local individuals and groups involving young people in all areas of the arts.

If you would like to become involved and are interested in joining our board please contact us at and submit a brief resume describing yourself, your interests and any relevant experience.

Individuals who have experience in fund raising, have strong computer skills and past experience being on a board are encouraged to apply.

White Rock Chamber Music Next Concert October 10th

The 2015-16 White Rock Chamber Music season is ready to begin on Oct. 10 at 7:30 pm

Crescent Gardens Retirement Community, 1222 King George Blvd, Surrey

This first concert will feature a wide variety of music:

Roger Wecker  – violin
Ida Yang – harp
Lorelle Demont-Loomis – piano
Vivian Wu – Chinese zither
Kaylee Yoon – violin accompanied by Annie Yeh – piano
Angelina Van Dyke – soprano.

Admission is a suggested $5.00 donation with funds helping Peninsula Arts Foundation provide music scholarships to youth of the Semiahmoo Peninsula.



The Deadline for 2015 Grant Applications is September 30th

Applications for 2015 are due by September 30th

Please download your application from the grants page and submit the required supporting documents with it.

You can mail your application to the P.O. box noted on the application.  We also accept emailed applications to



Anybody for Tea – Sat Sep12 – White Rock First United Church

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Peninsula Arts Foundation presents the play  “Anybody for Tea” performed by the Surrey Youth Theatre Company.

Where: White Rock First United Church, 15385 Semiahmoo Avenue, White Rock (Lower Hall)

When: Saturday September 12th

Doors open at 1:30 Curtain goes up at 2:00

Tickets available at the door

Admission includes beverages, sweets and door prize ticket

$10.00 Seniors, children and students $15.00 Adults

Call 604-531-8393 for more information or email


By The Sea Make and Take Art Project – White Rock Farmers Market Aug 16

Join us at the White Rock Farmers Market on Sunday, Aug 16.

The market is located beside the whaling wall 15154 Russell Ave and runs from 10:00 to 2:00.

We will be doing a By The Sea themed, make and take art project and card making demonstration.

Sign up to be on our list for upcoming workshops.

Look for our blue tent near the entertainment stage.

See you there.

Sat. May 9th – 25th Annual Dinner Dance “License To Thrill” – 5:30 at Semiahmoo Secondary

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An organization like ours relies on memberships and donations. We encourage you to support the Peninsula Arts Foundation. Your membership and donations do make a difference.

Contact Us:

P.O. Box 75267 -
RPO White Rock
Surrey, BC V4A 0B1
Tel: (604) 531-8393