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TOP CLOWN: Gordon White is “The King” in Kooza

Fort Langley resident Gordon White plays “The King” in the touring production of Cirque du Soleil’s KOOZA now showing in Vancouver until December 27. After touring with Cirque’s VAREKAI for the past six years, Gordon is happy to be performing … Continue reading

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BARBADOS DAY: Thank you to all the volunteers!

The raising of the Barbados Flag at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery last Saturday, also raised $3,200 for the Canadian Museum of Flight. The annual Barbados Day fundraiser put on by the Gallery and the Red Stone Alley Band took … Continue reading

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BARBADOS DAY: The Sopwith has landed!

The Sopwith Camel made a terrific landing in the garden of the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery today. The WW1 bi-plane will be on display for the annual Barbados Day celebration tomorrow (Sat Aug 15 – Noon to 4 pm). Come … Continue reading

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LANGLEY ADVANCE: Caribbean flavour resonates through village

LANGLEY ADVANCE, August 21, 2014 by Roxanne Hooper. For five years, Kenrick Headley played with Liberace. This past weekend, he guest starred on the steel drums with his friends in the Red Stone Alley Band as they entertained at the … Continue reading

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WEST COAST HOMES: Historic inspiration

McBride Station is on a site in Fort Langley that once formed part of the country estate of early settler Charles Edward Hope. Hope House is a painting Alan Wylie was commissioned to create for Fort Langley’s Birthplace of B.C. … Continue reading

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HISTORIC TRUST: Willoughby Hall reopens

The long awaited re-opening of the restored Willoughby Community Hall (208 St & 83 Ave) was celebrated in style with bagpipes, flag raising, ribbon cutting and speeches. See more of Saturday’s grand re-opening ceremony at: http://www.willoughbyhall.wordpress.com

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HISTORIC TRUST: Willoughby Hall restored

Al Colton painted the Willoughby Hall for a community fundraiser organized by the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery (Historic Trust). The 2010 Concert at Chief Sepass Theatre, in memory of Shirley and Roy Baker, raised funds to help with the restoration … Continue reading

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HERITAGE MATTERS: Coulter Berry making history

While not intended, a rally at the Fort Langley Community Hall today brought back the joyful memory of the ground breaking celebration of the Coulter Berry building in August of 2013. The on-again off-again drama of the building’s construction continues … Continue reading

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HERITAGE MATTERS: Opening of arts & cultural cafe

This morning the Fort Langley community celebrated the opening of a beautiful new coffee shop on the riverfront. The LELEM’ Arts and Cultural Cafe operated by Seyem’ Qwantlen was launched with a traditional Kwantlen First Nation ceremony. The cafe, located … Continue reading

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RICHARD BRODEUR: It’s just like Christmas!

A painting by BC artist and Canucks’ former goalie, King Richard Brodeur scored big time at last night’s annual fundraiser for Aldergrove/Fort Langley MLA, the Hon. Rich Coleman. The evening’s theme, “It’s just like Christmas!”, recalled the B.C. Liberals’ unbelievable … Continue reading

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VOLUNTEERS MATTER: Thank you! to Shelly Roche

Gallery Artist, Joyce Trygg teamed up with gallery owner, Brenda Alberts, to pay tribute to an outstanding community volunteer. Shelly was honoured for her dedication and remarkable work for the Langley Animal Shelter.

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GALLERY ANNIVERSARY: Art for Willoughby Community Hall

The Willoughby Community Hall has served the community for 89 years. The Hall is under restoration with a new foundation and will continue to serve the Willoughby community. On Saturday evening at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery the Hall’s volunteers … Continue reading

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GALLERY ANNIVERSARY: 17th celebration, a musical treat

Brenda and Kurt Alberts celebrated 17 years of operating the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery on Saturday evening (Sept 21, 2013). Music in the Garden was provided by Willie MacCalder, legendary blues pianist of Powder Blues Band fame, and Langley’s own … Continue reading

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HERITAGE MATTERS: 250 cheer start of Coulter Berry

On Tuesday evening an enthusiastic crowd welcomed the Coulter Berry building with an official ground breaking ceremony.

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BARBADOS DAY: Fundraiser helps keep heritage alive

Hip Hip Hooray! Last Saturday’s “Barbados Day” event at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery helped the Fort Langley Lions raise funds for next year’s May Day Parade. The annual parade, continuously running for over 90 years, is part of our … Continue reading

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BIRTHPLACE OF BC: Connecting with Barbados

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During their recent visit to Barbados, Brenda and Kurt Alberts of the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery were invited to a reception at the residence of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. The Alberts, together with other longstanding visitors to the Caribbean island, … Continue reading

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HAPPY NEW YEAR: from the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery

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A very “Happy New Year” to all from Brenda and Kurt at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery. We have an exciting 2013 planned at the Gallery including “Art on Ice” featuring Richard Brodeur in March; Alan Wylie’s 75th Birthday Show … Continue reading

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BIRTHPLACE OF B.C. GALLERY: Merry Christmas

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VILLAGE NEWS: Grand opening of Lee’s Market

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Fort Langley’s village core was reinvigorated with the return of the Lee Family’s grocery store. The new store, Lee’s Market, opened at 9 am on Sunday December 9, 2012, almost two years after fire destroyed their Fort IGA. Lee’s Market … Continue reading

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LANGLEY ADVANCE: Butter tart tradition into third generation

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By Roxanne Hooper. Brenda Alberts as a youngster, had her picture taken sitting on the bumper of her Grandma Vincent’s car. She now shares her grandmother’s butter tart recipe with all. Brenda Alberts, owner of Birthplace of B.C. Gallery in … Continue reading

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COLE ARMOUR: sings for Christmas Bureau fundraiser

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“Thank-You for Caring” – A Christmas Tea – hosted by Debbie Froese and Charlene Fassbender – helped support the Langley Christmas Bureau on November 18, 2012. Music was performed by the Langley Community Music School and special guest, Cole Armour. … Continue reading

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HERITAGE MATTERS: The Barbados connection

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The Honorary Consuls for Barbados and Jamaica visited Fort Langley’s Cranberry Festival last Saturday. Marilyn Moseley is the Honorary Consul for Barbados. Fort Langley is known as the Birthplace of British Columbia because it was here that Governor James Douglas … Continue reading

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LANGLEY ADVANCE: Gallery gardens backdrop to competition

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Thirteen artists have three hours to create medal worthy paintings. By Roxanne Hooper, Langley Advance A thousand dollars is up for grabs to the artist who can create the best painting in three short hours. For the second time, Birthplace … Continue reading

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LANGLEY TIMES: Birthplace of B.C. Gallery hosts Great Painters Challenge

Competition will pit 13 artists against one another in Fort Langley garden on Sunday Afternoon. By Monique Tamminga, Langley Times On your marks, get set . . . paint. Easels will be loaded with blank canvasses at high noon. At … Continue reading

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LANGLEY TIMES: Farewell to the Dean of Art

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Langley’s ‘Dean of Art’ has died. By Brenda Anderson Langley Times June 11, 2012 Well-known local artist Al Colton passed away in his sleep on Thursday, June 7 at Langley Memorial Hospital. The 90-year-old painter, whose images have hung everywhere … Continue reading

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FORT PUB: South-facing deck to offer village view

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Construction underway at Billy Brown Road and Glover Road will add a whole new dimension to the Fort Pub. A south facing deck is being built to overlook the village and create a unique village pub experience. Interior renovations have … Continue reading

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HERITAGE MATTERS: Willoughby Community Hall restoration

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Last year, Brenda and Kurt Alberts’ Heritage Matters Concert raised over $16,000 toward the restoration of the Willoughby Hall. Concert headliner, Cole Armour, was recently featured on Ellen DeGeneres. Tony and Gwen McCamley’s Athenry Development on 208 Street has commenced construction and … Continue reading

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Langley Township voters choose a new Mayor

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The civic election today produced a new mayor for the Township of Langley. Jack Froese was selected by Township voters to lead the municipal council for the next three years. Congratulations to Jack and the members of Council that won re-election, … Continue reading

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Langley singer, Cole Armour, on stage for David Foster Foundation

Today (Tuesday Oct. 25) Cole Armour sings “River Deep Mountain High” on Entertainment Tonight Canada. On Friday November 18, 2011 Cole performs with a Symphony Orchestra for the David Foster Foundation “Kids Helping Kids” benefit concert at the Red Robinson … Continue reading

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FLAG POLE: Community pulls together for Remembrance Day

Work on the installation of a flag pole in the veterans’ section of the Fort Langley Cemetery commenced this morning. The project was made possible by the Fort Langley Lions working together with the municipality through the Neighbourhood Improvement Program. … Continue reading

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Fort Langley Lions rally the community ’round the flag pole

The stormy weather over the past weekend did not spoil a garden party fundraiser at the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery on Sunday (Sept 25, 2011) evening. The skies cleared just in time to allow eighty supporters to come together to … Continue reading

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PLAY-OFFS: Langley Chiefs in Second Round

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In game four with the Alberni Bulldogs last Tuesday (Mar 1) Josh Hansen scored 9:37 into overtime to send the Langley Chiefs through to the second round of the play-offs. On the forecheck, Mike Tebbutt and Kody Dhaliwal forced a … Continue reading

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Gallery raised $16,000 for Langley’s heritage

Arts benefit Langley’s heritage In the early 1920s the Willoughby neighbourhood in Langley Township did not even have a school. Through volunteer effort, the Willoughby Community Hall was built in 1924 so that local children had a place to go … Continue reading

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BC Day Weekend: Artists’ Demos in the Garden at BC Gallery

Fort Langley, the Birthplace of BC, will be celebrating the BC Day weekend with historic charm and artistic flair. From 11 am to 4 pm on Aug 1 (Sunday) and Aug 2 (Monday), the Birthplace of B.C. Gallery artists will … Continue reading

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FORT TO FORT: Trail gets finishing touch over Glover

The acquisition of the waterfront property of the Bedford House (Jacob Haldi House)Restaurant by the municipality completed the vision of full public access to the Bedford Channel. All of the waterfront (more than 190 acres) is now in public ownership … Continue reading

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HERITAGE MATTERS: Cat Maple Secret Revealed by Marr

In the early days of Dr. Benjamin Marr’s medical practice, his family took in a little sick girl, Marie, from Aldergrove. During Marie’s stay at the Marr house, she grew attached to a cat. One day she went to the … Continue reading

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GOING BACK UP: Howie does Vickers for 40th Anniversary

Last night (May 21, 2010) the River Rock Show Theatre was the scene of 40 years of music from the band, Chilliwack, which evolved from The Collectors. The Collectors first single, “Looking at a Baby” rose to the top of … Continue reading

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Canucks lose in Chicago; Hawks legend scores in Langley

Last night the Black Hawks defeated the Vancouver Canucks in Chicago. At the same time one of the Hawks alumnus was scoring in Langley. The Silver Jet, Dennis Hull, was the star of an evening of support for B.C. Minister … Continue reading

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Langley Chiefs honour Kurt Alberts with naming of award

The Langley Chiefs held their annual awards banquet for the 2009-2010 season this afternoon at the Langley Events Centre. Big winners for the day were Langley natives Colton Beck and Brad Bakken who each walked away with numerous awards. The … Continue reading

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Cole Armour, talent showdown winner, sings for heritage

In 2008 and 2009 Cole Armour performed at the Merritt Mountain Music Festival and brought the audience to their feet. So began a journey into the world of music for an extraordinary young man. Cole was only nine years old … Continue reading

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