Dancers are introduced at last year’s Father’s Day powwow.

Dancers are introduced at last year’s Father’s Day powwow.

Champion fiddler JJ Lavalee performs at multicultural gathering

Champion fiddler JJ Lavalee, and the Langley Ukulele Ensemble will be among the line-up of diverse entertainers.

Champion fiddler JJ Lavalee, and the Langley Ukulele Ensemble will be among the line-up of diverse entertainers participating in the Multicultural Gathering of Nations taking place at the Chief Will-Yum PowWow arbor at Sugar Cane this weekend.

The gathering to which the whole community is invited takes place Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12.

“We are so excited about the Multicultural Gathering this weekend at the Chief-Will-Yum Pow Wow Arbor,” says event co-ordinator Anne Burrill.

“There is a great lineup of entertainment, including the Langley Ukulele Ensemble, Metis fiddler JJ Lavallee, and local musicians and dancers.

“We have a variety of food trucks and vendors so there will be lots to choose from and a salmon grill dinner by donation on Saturday evening.”

“There will be a traditional Grand Entry at noon both days which will kick off the fun for the day. We also have activities for youth to participate in, so there is something for everyone.”

Bus tours of the Sugarcane community, including the newly restored heritage church will be available throughout both days.

Admission to the event will be by donation, with all proceeds supporting the cost of the event.


The schedule of entertainment Saturday begins with the opening ceremony and grand entry with flags of nations at the arbour stage starting at noon.

1 p.m.: Hoop Dancers.

1:40 p.m.: JJ Lavallee, award winning Metis fiddler.

2:20 p.m.: Angel Keys Choir.

3 p.m.: Langley Ukulele Ensemble.

4 p.m.: Latino Community Performance.

4:40 p.m.: Nighthawks country/rock band.

5:20 p.m.: Carmen Mutschele and Craig.

6 p.m.: Arnold and Wayne Lucier.

6:40 p.m.: JJ Lavallee.

There will be a traditional feast of a salmon dinner at 5 p.m. by donation.


Sunday’s events also begin at noon with the traditional opening ceremonies.

12:30 p.m.: Hoop Dancers.

1:10 p.m.: JJ Lavallee.

1:50 p.m. Williams Lake Pipe Band.

2:30 p.m.: Meera Shah.

3:10 p.m.: Powwow Dancers.

4 p.m.: Closing Ceremony.

Food vendors will be on site both Saturday and Sunday and will include French Sugar Shack, Epicurious Wild, Carmen’s Catering – BBQ Brisket; Fennel Cup- Indian cuisine; Cody’s Bannock and more.

For more information go to or look for the event on  Facebook.

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