Kootenay Savings Music in the Park: The Heavyweights Brass Band and Sly Violet

June 30 6:15 to 8:00 pm

Energetic, folk-rock meets New Orleans-inspired brass.

Opening up tonight’s sounds at 6:15 pm is Sly Violet. Sly Violet is an energetic, indie folk-rock-pop husband-and-wife duo based in Salmo. Featuring Violet Clarke (guitar, harmonica, keyboard, vocals) and Sly Boston (drums), their shows are lively and upbeat. Their modern folk music is driven by Violet’s guitar, woven with powerful vocals, and completed with Sly’s pocket drum beats.

After playing hundreds of shows across Canada over the past decade their unique musical style has been road-tested and enjoyed by audiences from coast to coast. From George Street in Newfoundland, to ski resorts throughout the Rocky Mountains, to festival stages in Ontario, Sly Violet is making waves in small towns and big cities across Canada with their engaging and entertaining live shows. Sly Violet has independently released 3 studio albums: "Feel Your Way Out" (2009), "King of the Mountain" (2011), and "Friends From Far Places" (2015). Feel Your Way Out earned BEST FOLK at the Barrie New Music Awards and a nomination for BEST FOLK/ROOTS at the Toronto Independent Music Awards. Violet won the Kawartha Lakes Idol competition in 2007 and went on to be a Top 100 finalist on the Canadian Idol TV show.

“This is some up beat folk ‘tunage’ best described as ‘modern folk.’ In Violet’s voice I hear the confidence of a seasoned performer such as Neco Case or Lily Frost.” — Colin Lock, Fernie Free Press

“Violet Clarke has the music inside... Her voice is as perfect for a hot summer day as it is for a cool fall night.” — Carolyn Nikodym, Fernie Fix Magazine, Fernie, BC

Headlining tonight, The Heavyweights Brass Band hits hard from 7-8 pm with its seasoned blend of groove, energy, virtuosity, and originality! For over a decade, this Toronto-based, New Orleans-inspired brass institution has brought people to their feet with an inspiring blend of original music and unexpected covers.

Their music has been featured on film, commercials, radio, and television and they have performed and recorded with the best in the game from percussion legend Giovanni Hidalgo to NOLA legends Roger Lewis of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Joe Lastie of Preservation Hall fame. Their extensive touring experience has given them the opportunity to share the stage with the likes of Trombone Shorty, The Roots, and The Soul Rebels, among many others.

In a genre typically represented by groups twice its size, this powerhouse quintet punches above its weight and always delivers the feel-good, let-loose energy that leaves audiences clamouring for one more song!

Music in the Park is held at Trail's Gyro Park every Thursday starting at 6.15 pm, except for the Night Market shows on July 7 and August 4 when the event will run from 5 pm. Come down and feel the buzz again at this fabulous outdoor summer event.

With entrance by donation, Kootenay Savings Music in the Park is the perfect opportunity to bring a lawn chair or a blanket, get outside and listen to live music with friends.

Please remember, No Smoking, No Dogs, and especially No Smoking Dogs!

Admission is by donation - $3 minimum suggested. Or buy a pass for the whole season for just $50.

Music in the Park Shows:
June 16 Boomer / Trail Pipe Band with Scottie School of Highland Dance
June 23 Diamond Willow / Maple Leaf Band
June 30 Sly Violet / Heavyweights Brass Band
July 7 The Night Market: Judy Brown Band / Petunia and the Vipers
July 14 Mountain String Band / Lisa Nicole Band
July 21 Blackout Summer / Clerel
July 28 Baker Street Blues / Apollo Suns
August 4 Holly Hyatt Trio / Jenie Thai* Wednesday Aug 10 TruckVanCar / My Son the Hurricane **
Aug 11 Ruckus / Plan B
Aug 18 The Hillties / Ndidi O
Aug 25 Rumour Mill / The Fugitives
Sept 1 Golden City Fiddlers / Raine Hamilton String Trio
* Night Market event from 5-8.30 pm with food trucks, market and beer and wine garden, in association with Trails Incredible Farmers Market.

**Please note Wednesday show.

For more detail on upcoming acts, please visit our events calendar at This show is made possible thanks to funding from Kootenay Savings, BC Arts Council, BC Touring Council, the Government of Canada, Tourism South Kootenay and Teck Metals Ltd.

Town: Rossland, BC
Venue: Gyro Park, Trail
Address: 1090 Charles Lakes Drive, Trail