2021 Foundation Gala Entertainment
Rich is the co-host of B100’s Good Morning Kamloops with Cheryl Blackwell, and part-time watch model (judging by his bio picture). Rich is a born-and-raised Kamloopsian, who is old enough to remember when the Northills Mall was a drive-in theatre.
He has been happily married to his wife, Carmelina, for over 17 years and has two beautiful children: Lukas (14) and Peyton (12). In the summer you can find Rich on the golf course. In the winter you can find him huddled at home, holding his clubs tight, and praying for the golf season to arrive.
Rich is proud member of the Kamloops community, and thrilled to be a part of the 2021 TRU Foundation Gala – A Community Affair
Photo credit: Emily-May Photography
Slow No Tempo
A cappella quartet. Vocal Group. Vocal Band. Whichever name you prefer, Slow No Tempo is four guys making music with just their voices, based in Kamloops, British Columbia.
The group formed in the fall of 2018 and they sing a wide variety of music; from rock to sea shanties to jazz to barbershop and everything in between, all with their beautiful blend of voices and unique humour.
Slow No Tempo has wowed audiences at everything from gala events to the Farmer's Market, and every year they choose a local charity for their Singing Valentine fundraiser. This will be Slow No Tempo’s third TRU Foundation Gala. Fun fact: the 2019 gala was their first public performance.
Dueling Pianos Vancouver
Paul Gibbons and Kevin Coles bring you Dueling Pianos Vancouver!
They've been performing in the lower mainland for over 25 years. They are multi-instrumentalists with a large resume of skills and repertoire to entertain.
On the dueling pianos front, they are a very popular choice of entertainment for numerous settings, such as private corporate events, casino stages, weddings, birthdays and regular weekly pub events.
They will rock the boogie woogie rockin’ blues of Jerry Lee Lewis, standards from Elton John and Billy Joel, stadium sing-a-long anthems from Queen and Journey, classics of the Beatles, modern and everything in between… a fun time is guaranteed for all! Requests are always welcome and encouraged! The more crowd interaction, the better!
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Madison Olds is on her way to becoming Canada’s next big breakthrough recording artist. In 2018, Madison released her debut album “Blue”, to the world and it opened many doors, including supporting the likes of: Willie Nelson, Kacey Musgraves, Neon Dreams, Scott Hellman and more. Her feature single “Moments in the Mountains” (written for Kamloops’ 2018 BC Winter Games) was selected as the soundtrack for the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver. Her follow-up single “Thank You” launched Madison up the Hot AC Radio charts in Canada, placed her within the Top 10 of CBC Searchlight 2019, and helped garner several international showcases with Music Matters in Singapore, Fall 2019.
After recently winning first place at the International Songwriting Competition (Screenshot Category), along with the news of being a Finalist in Unsigned Only 2020, Madison is starting to turn heads. With over 3 million streams on Spotify, Madison launched six new releases in 2020. Her track, BEST PART of ME, earned her the title of Future Star, with Bell Media/Virgin Radio, and the song continues to be played by stations across Canada. She is currently #24 on iHeart Radio Canada HOT AC and #28 on Canada Top 40 charts and #29 on Billboards Emerging Canadian Artist chart. Stay tuned for her new single coming out in February.
Ruston, Ward and Graham
Ruston, Ward and Graham have been playing jazz and other genres of music as a trio for the better part of the last fours years. Kris Ruston (guitar) holds a music diploma in jazz studies from Capilano University. Rich Graham (drums) and Alex Ward (bass) both have extensive experience playing live music and teaching the improvisational arts associated with jazz and its sub-genres. Together, the trio have provided live entertainment for galas, festivals, and exclusive clubs all over BC that demand a certain type of atmosphere and expertise that only these three musicians can supply. Influenced by improvisers from the 1950s to the present day, audiences from all walks of life can enjoy the dynamic swinging vibes that this trio is able to create on stage.