Agrifair 2022 Concerts
Bring your chairs, your blanket or just sit on the grass, get ready to dance the night away! There is no assigned seating for any events.
Friday's Headline Acts
White Thunder Dance Theatre Friday @ 2:30pm
White Thunder Dance Theatre was founded in 1987 by Champion Hoop dancer Gary Abbott. The goal of the group is to promote First Nations culture within their own culture and with all cultures. The theatre troupe, based in Chilliwack BC, is made up of dancers from all over our province. They have traveled and performed throughout North America sharing their songs.
White Thunder Dance Theatre has performed for The Wild Salmon Rally, Simon Fraser University Aboriginal Day, Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival in addition to numerous cultural events. Group leader Gary Abbott is a Champion First Nations Hoop Dancer who truly captions the spirit of Canada’s Aboriginal People.
Gary has shared his Native traditions with countless visitors to British Columbia and has performed at many corporate events including the opening of the new Vancouver Convention Centre.
The hoop dance was, in the original form, part of a healing ceremony to restore harmony and balance in the world. It is also believed that a dancer adds a year to his life for each hoop he passes through while he is dancing.
The hoop dance and other colourful, vibrant Fancy Dances performed by White Thunder Dance Theatre are a wonderful First Nations tradition.
Karima Essa Friday @ 3:30 PM
A three-time Canadian National Dance champion, Karima Essa is Vancouver’s very own Bollywood star. An incredibly charismatic and passionate performer, choreographer and instructor, she has used her one-of-a-kind Bollywood talent to entertain diverse audiences at festivals, theatres and in schools across Canada. In 2014, her love for Bollywood took her to the screens in Mumbai, India, as a two-time finalist on Omni TV’s reality show, Bollywood Star. With style, grace and a flair for the dramatic, she has been captivating adult and young audiences for decades.
Saint Solider Friday @ 4:15PM
Saint Soldier is a Punjab-born Canadian hip hop and spoken word artist. His work discusses Sikh and Hermetic spiritual principles, while touching on social justice issues from time to time. He's released 3 studio albums over the past 10 years; Infinity(2011) Duality(2016) and Karma(2020). He calls this trilogy "IDK".
Blues HooDoo Friday @ 8:00PM
Drawing heavily from ’70s instrumental jazz fusion, Vancouver-based Blues Hoodoo is the toe tapping, hip gyrating fix you need to take you into the musical stratosphere. More mojo than magic, the group blends funk, jazz and blues, leaving plenty of space between the notes.
Drummer Ron Wells and guitarist Konrad Breuers have been playing together for more than 20 years; it’s no wonder then that their musical chemistry has matured dramatically since their humble beginnings. Existing somewhere in between lounge lizards and intimate coffee shop gurus, Blues Hoodoo have evolved through different players, formats and recordings into the well-oiled funk-fusion collective you hear today.
Rounding out the band are Shawn Stewart on bass, Stuart Young on keyboards and our newest member, Ian Putz on saxophone. Their unique twist on Wayne Shorter’s “Birdland” is just one example of how the players work off each other naturally and organically. Supplemented by the band’s original material in these same genres, songs will often take a new direction (or two…or three) during every performance. The level of trust among band members enables them to take risks, creating a tapestry of sound that takes off into adventurous harmonic territory over syncopated infectious grooves.
Ryan McAllister Friday @ 8:45PM
Ryan McAllister is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer. Over the last fifteen years he has played thousands of concerts on five continents with artists ranging from Sam Roberts and Noah Gundersen to Willie Nelson and Carly Rae Jepsen. He has recently played along side multiple Grammy-award winner Michael W. Smith, Juno award winner Brian Doerksen, and multiple Juno winner Tim Neufeld & The Glory Boys. He's headed up the bands Dakona and North Country Gentlemen and his music has appeared on Billboard, MTV, Much Music, Top 40 radio, film and TV and has been nominated for Covenant and Dove awards. An accomplished studio producer, McAllister has worked with dozens of independent artists and produced and co-wrote up-and-coming country artist JJ Shiplett’s debut album, Drifter. He produced and co-wrote Tim Neufeld & The Glory Boys Hootenanny album which won the 2016 JUNO Award for Christian/Gospel Album of the Year.
U4 Friday @ 9:30PM
U4 is a U2 Tribute Band with singer Scott Jackson of Stone Poets/Abandon Paris, Steve Crane, renowned guitarist and vocalist of Sonic Overdrive, renowned bassist Nick Haggar and drummer Clayton Hill of Trooper.
From the legendary ‘Joshua Tree period to ‘How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb’ all eras are covered with equal attention to detail. U4 is not just a great tribute band; but a complete theatrical experience which engages, captivates and leaves audiences wanting more. Incredible vocals and musicianship compliment the most truthful reproduction of U2’s iconic sound.
Combined with costumes and staging you have a show that is truly memorable. Presented with uncompromising sound, lighting and video production, U4 is a must see show for all lovers of U2 music.
Saturday's Headline Acts
Sponsored by G&F Financial Group
Howe Middle School Band @ 2:00PM
Howe Middle School Band is back to entertain you this year. They stole the show last year with their performance, they had the crowd dancing and singing along to some of your favorite songs. Bring the whole family and support the local artists of tomorrow.
Karen Lee Batten @ 8:00PM
Karen Lee Batten’s first distinctive musical memory came at the age of 4, when she memorized her father’s vocals as she watched him in concert. Inspired to develop her own voice, the British Columbia native of Abbotsford sang in choirs at the elementary and high school levels, and entered vocal competitions using Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” as her reliable favourite. These experiences marked the early foundation for the passionate vocal delivery and dynamic range that would later come to define her.
Hot off winning the BCCMA Fans’ Choice Award in 2020 and the success of that year’s single, “Too Strong”, Karen Lee is adding a forceful modern edge to her distinguished country soul. Her newest release – the 2021 party single “Drinkin’ Song”, which has garnered over 130K streams on Spotify and over 200K views for its official video – continues to lay the groundwork for more new music on the way. Karen Lee Batten’s voice remains as timeless as it is relevant – commanding an adoring spotlight wherever
a song might take her.
We are One - Drag and Comedy Show @ 9:30 PM
Get ready to laugh, dance, sing and be in total awe at these Queens and a King. Our event will be headlined by non other than Scarlett BoBo from Canada's Drag Race.
That's just the start, Anida Tyhole will be our host, with performances by Justin Abit, Camelle Toe, and Scarlett Rose.
This show will leave you wanting more, but it's a one night only event so be sure to get there early and pick your spot.
PLEASE NOTE: You must be on the fair grounds before the gates close at 9:00 pm to attend. This event is inclusive and open to all ages, however due to possible language content anyone under 18 must be be accompanied by an Adult.
Sunday's Headline Acts
Sponsored by: Columbia Cabinets
The Springmans @ 8:00 PM
The Springmans are an award-winning, ukulele-strumming, conga-drumming musical group made up of proud dad, Perry Springman and his four talented kids: Emma, Ryan, Sarah and Jacob. But the real powerhouse of the band is Springman wife and mother, Julia, who schools her children on the road and at home as they perform at over 100 venues per year!
Since the 2016 launch of their first children’s album, Happy Beach, The Springmans have been bringing joy to audiences of all ages across North America. Packed with upbeat, original songs like “Chimichanga,” “Unh Uh No Way,” “Bouncy Bouncy” and “The 3 Minute Clean-up,” Happy Beach received a National Parenting Products Award and a Canadian Covenant Award for “Best Children’s Album of the Year” and was recommended by the Parents’ Choice Foundation as “a likeable collection celebrating kindness, appreciation, family and gratitude.”
The Springmans' enthusiastic concerts effortlessly gain audience involvement within dance moves and contagious lyrics. Always family-friendly, each of the Springman kid take part in singing, dancing and/or playing an instrument, creating fun music, reminiscent of one perfect “happy beach, without end.”
Tim and the Glory Boys @ 9:15PM
Tim & the Glory Boys are independent recording artists based out of Abbotsford, BC. Lead singer, Tim Neufeld, has toured the world for over a decade, shared the stage with countless Canadian Country, Roots and Gospel artists, and won multiple JUNOS, Dove, and Covenant awards. The Glory Boys are a Canadian Bluegrass Trio of backwoods hillbillies with world-class facial hair and infectious on-stage energy. Together, the guys have been entertaining live audiences across Canada since 2013 with their unique blend of boot-stompin' country bluegrass, elaborate production elements and a healthy dose of blue-collar humour.