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Elevate proudly presents two unique and dynamic performers at the Union Street Grotto this Friday starting at 7 p.m.

Erin Junkala (above) and Annie Handley perform March 14 at the Grotto.

Erin Junkala (above) and Annie Handley perform March 14 at the Grotto.

The people at Elevate Arts would like you to know there are places in downtown Courtenay where you can eat delicious food, bring your kids and see and hear exciting artists from around the region.

Elevate proudly presents two unique and dynamic performers at the Union Street Grotto this Friday starting at 7 p.m.

Part of our mission is to bring you edgy, quality programming throughout the year and to work with our partners and community members to ensure the arts have a lively presence in the Valley.

Annie Handley is a talented and exciting local artist. Evolving from her early years of songwriting and playing as a solo performer and later as lead singer with a rock band, she’s now supporting the release of her first full-length CD No Shooble.

Her writing touches on many personal and sometimes universal thoughts and feelings but is always infused with with her rich vocals and a bit of that West Coast vibe, sandy beaches and salt-spray.

Erin Junkala was born and raised in beautiful Thunder Bay and recently just relocated to Vancouver Island. She has entertained many people in various settings from pubs to weddings to the streets in Europe.

Her love for music follows her wherever she goes. A lively and gifted singer-songwriter as well as an adept and original cover artist, her concerts are geared toward fun and usually include a variety of genres such as folk, indie and almost everything in between.

We’re looking forward to you joining us at The Grotto for a family friendly evening of music, food and fun with a distinctly West Coast flavour (and a touch of northern Ontario). We suggest a donation of two toonies at the door.

Stay tuned for more excellent evenings in downtown Courtenay – site of the Elevate Arts Festival 2014.

For more, visit www.elevatethearts.com and www.facebook.com/elevatethearts.

— Elevate Arts

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