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Peter Hum and Keith Hartshorn-Walton ©Brett Delmage, 2017
Peter Hum and Keith Hartshorn-Walton ©Brett Delmage, 2017

Friday, July 13, 8:30 p.m.: The Barrhaven Neighbourhood Jazz Series at Anabia Cupcakery Cafe

A search for vegan cupcakes has led to the launch of a new jazz series in Barrhaven that will feature accomplished professional jazz players – all who live in or near the ‘hood.

This Friday, suburban jazz fans can get their jazz fix in their own backyard, at the first show in The Barrhaven Neighbourhood Jazz Series at the Anabia Cupcakery Cafe. The series will begin with the trio of Keith Hartshorn-Walton (bass), Richard Page (saxophones) and Peter Hum (keyboard).

Expect to hear jazz standards and original compositions by Hum and Page, both “wonderful tunesmiths” according to Hartshorn-Walton. The music will be “fairly mainstream and a good introduction for people who aren’t familiar with jazz."

The series had two beginnings, the first a conversation at a show at GigSpace, where all three were playing. “We were were joking that there’s a bunch of jazz musicians who live in Barrhaven,” Hartshorn-Walton said. “We could get our own band together with just Barrhaven folk.”

The next came from Hartshorn-Walton's own search for baked goods. He and his wife are “always on the lookout for vegan options”. For cupcakes, they inevitably ended up having to bring their own – until they found a vegan version at Anabia. The owner was already sponsoring open mic nights and they realized a jazz series would be a good fit.

“So we discovered the place because we were looking for vegan cupcakes and then found this would be a great place to host a jazz event.”

And they’ve done just that, not just for this Friday, but for three successive months to start. Mélanie E. will sing vocal jazz in August, and September will bring Dixieland featuring Craig Kennedy on banjo.

Is there a 'Barrhaven sound'? ”We’ll have to find out. Maybe we’ll create one!” says Hartshorn-Walton.

Anabia Cupcakery Cafe not only sells cupcakes but also coffee and local craft beer. The event is all ages. Admission is by donation (Pay-What-You-Can).

Keith Hartshorn-Walton (bass), Peter Hum (keyboards), and Richard Page (saxophone) will open the Barrhaven Neighbourhood Jazz Series on Friday, July 13, 2018, at 8:30 p.m. Admission  is by donation (pay what you can). The show will be held at the Anabia Cupcakery Cafe, 3570 Strandherd Drive (near Longfields Drive), in Barrhaven. The all-day OC Transpo route 80 stops close by; the frequent and all-day Transitway spine route 95 (Barrhaven Centre) stops at the Strandherd Transitway station, 13 minutes walk away.

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