6 August 2011
During Peach Fest, the Penticton downtown markets were moved onto Martin Street, as Main Street was booked for the big Peach Fest parade. I was asked to man (woman!) the booth for Penticton Writers and Publishers group (and a couple of their projects: Raise A Reader and BC Youth Write Camp).
While I enjoyed the activities at the booth itself, I was delighted to find that we had been assigned a space in the PERFECT spot! We had shade almost all morning, AND we were right next to one of Penticton’s great coffeeshops, AND most wonderful of all, we were entertained the entire time by one of Penticton’s great young musicians, Kirk Dixon, on acoustic guitar, accompanied by his dad, Blake. Kirk has loved guitar since age 2, and really started focusing on playing it at about age 12. In 2006, he was given the top jazz player at the Capilano College Jazz Festival, and a year later won the Penticton Guitar Wars competition. In Grade 12 he became intrigued with new flamenco, and composed songs for his first CD, released in 2009. He has just released a second CD, this past June. At 19 years old, Kirk is enrolled in the Faculty of Science at UBC in Kelowna. (Learn more about Kirk here).
Our booth was originally directly in front of Kirk, and we were disappointed when Linda, the market manager, moved us a few feet to the north. But we soon realized her wisdom, as crowds of admirers stopped to watch the performance. Folks of all ages obviously loved the music, and we were treated to some pretty cool dance moves from young spectators as well. Kirk’s CD’s were flying off his table, and his guitar case was joining in the music, as tinkling coins quickly filled it.
If you missed Kirk, don’t despair. Be sure to attend the Sunshine Cabaret in Gyro Park on August 13 for an evening of free entertainment featuring Kirk and friends. Kirk also plays at the downtown market once a month. You can also check out his facebook page and enjoy some of his music on YouTube videos posted there.
Meanwhile, hope you enjoy these snapshots of the Kirk Dixon Duo and some of their fans!