The White Rock Elks Club jam is helping keeping music alive during the pandemic at Bakerview Park each Sunday. (Jaki Grey photo)

White Rock Elks’ Musical Sundays continue at Bakerview Park

Club’s regular jam session has moved outdoors while weather permits

The closure of the White Rock Elks Club – due to the COVID-19 pandemic – hasn’t shut down the club’s live Sunday jam for musicians and music lovers.

Membership and entertainment director Jaki Grey reports that the jam, run by long-time member and past president Don Alton, has simply shifted operations to the outdoors – Bakerview Park (18 Avenue and 154 Street) to be exact.

“We haven’t been able to do anything in the club since COVID started,” Grey said. “So I said, ‘why don’t we just do the jam in the park?’”

The event has been running every Sunday for two hours, starting at 2 p.m. (weather permitting) and Grey notes that an average of six to 11 musicians have been playing to audiences of some 15 to 20 people since the jam restarted about four weeks ago.

READ ALSO: B.C. music festivals consider options over coronavirus

READ ALSO: Music industry feeling the effects of COVID-19 pandemic

“Everyone’s distancing – we’ve been very happy with that,” said Grey.

“All the musicians sit in a circle and there’s an outer circle of people who come to listen.”

It’s an all-acoustic event, she explained and the groups do without vocal microphones to lessen the potential for spreading the virus.

“Most people play guitars and we have one banjo and another man is a clarinetist who comes out and joins in,” she added, noting that the music “can be anything – there’s a lot of country, with a few up-to-date tunes and some oldies thrown in.”

As a bass guitarist, Grey is one of the few musicians to play electric, she said. “I take an amp, that runs off a battery, with me.”

It’s a very easy-going, non-intimidating environment, she added.

“It’s very low key – just a fun thing to do,” she said. “Let’s hope this good weather continues for another month.”

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Horgan’s election call ‘nakedly opportunistic,’ political scientist says

Premier says campaign will ‘fully comply’ with public health directions

Dozens of Canadian venues to light up red in support of entertainment workers

Local facilities among dozens across Canada to participate in Light Up Live

Canada West Golf Championships cancelled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions

UBC, UBC-O, UFV and UVic athletes will not hit the links this year, Kelowna was set to host

PHOTOS: Inside Surrey’s new in-rink private school, which isn’t all about hockey

Glarea Elevated Learning school has opened at Excellent Ice

CRIME STOPPERS: ‘Most wanted’ for the week of Sept. 20

Crime Stoppers’ weekly list based on information provided by police investigators

B.C. reports 96 new COVID-19 cases, one hospital outbreak

61 people in hospital as summer ends with election

‘Unprecedented’ coalition demands end to B.C. salmon farms

First Nations, commercial fishermen among group calling for action on Cohen recommendations

Earthquake off coast of Washington recorded at 4.1 magnitude

The quake was recorded at a depth of 10 kilometres

B.C.’s top doctor says she’s received abuse, death threats during COVID-19 response

Henry has become a national figure during her time leading B.C.’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

BC Liberals must change gears from election cynicism, focus on the issues: UBC professors

COVID-19 response and recovery is likely to dominate platforms

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

B.C. could be without a new leader for multiple weeks after Election Day: officials

More than 20K mail-in voting packages were requested within a day of B.C. election being called

Vancouver Island sailor stranded in U.S. hospital after suffering massive stroke at sea

Oak Bay man was attempting to circumnavigate the world solo

Majority needed to pass COVID-19 budget, B.C. premier says

John Horgan pushes urgent care centres in first campaign stop

Most Read