Who We Are
The 1st annual Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival is organized by a committee of community-spirited individuals from civic, business, and artistic enterprises that saw the need and the unique opportunity to create a community arts festival that brings together live jazz music and visual art in the quaint and beautiful setting of Fort Langley, British Columbia. What started as an idea and a few conversations in late 2017, grew quickly into a reality after the favourable support and interest by the Township of Langley, local community groups and businesses and members of the community. The festival was incorporated as a non-profit society in June 2018.
The objectives of the festival are to:
- make live jazz music and the work of local visual artists accessible to local residents, British Columbians and visitors;
- provide performance venues for musicians, visual artists, youth talent and emerging artists;
- contribute to the economic diversity of Fort Langley through presentation of quality cultural experiences;
- enhance Fort Langley’s historic tradition of live music, art, cultural awareness and fun for people of all ages.
We hope you have fun and enjoy all that the Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival has to offer!
Adele LaRiviere, Digital & Social Media Director
Adele’s eclectic background includes time well-spent in the East Kootenay as a newspaper editor and journalist. A life-long learner, she returned to college in 2004, earning honours and a computer graphic design diploma, eventually adding social media marketing. She completed a successful web-programming and multi-media technician contract for the R.C.M.P. at the Pacific Region Training Centre in Chilliwack. For over a dozen years Adele raised butterflies for B.C. Film, celebratory release, and educational purposes. She lives in North Langley with Dave Edmondson, her husband of 36 years. They have two sons and four grandchildren; Elvis, a feisty rescued Chihuahua; and a well-loved 1942 Ford Gypsy truck. Adele is the owner of Yodel River Design.
Andy Schildhorn, Stakeholder Relations Director
Andy is the president of the Fort Langley Community Association and vice-chair of the Fort Langley Legacy Foundation. He was founding director and past president of the Fort Langley Business Improvement Association and is a retired member of the Langley Township Fire Department. Andy has been living in Fort Langley for 27 years and works as a realtor. He is a strong supporter of enhancing Fort Langley’s historic tradition of live music, art, cultural awareness and performance opportunities for youth and emerging talent.
Dave Quinn, Artistic Director
Dave has been playing tenor sax and clarinet professionally for more than 40 years. As leader of RazzMaJazz Entertainment Productions, Dave has numerous duos, trios and ensemble groups that play regularly at corporate and community events, festivals, private functions and licenced establishments. He has a unique ability to entertain audiences with a wide range of swing, traditional and popular jazz, R&B and funk music. Dave lives in Fort Langley with his wife and daughter and can often be seen playing regularly at local restaurants, cafes and wineries, as well as at establishment throughout the lower mainland. Dave is excited to make live jazz music, performed by professional world-class artists, accessible to the local and surrounding community.
Elaine Brewer-White, ArtWalk Director
As a graduate of The Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Elaine has spent more than 30 years creating in clay. From public gallery installations, commercial gallery shows and portrait commissions to outdoor murals, soup bows and flower vases, she continues her romance with this versatile medium. Elaine has lived in North Langley for 28 years and has two daughters, three cats, a dog and one husband - a master clown with Circue du Soleil. Elaine looks forward to showcasing local visual artists and their work through the Festival’s self guided artwalk and demonstrations.
Karen Zukas, Executive Director
Karen is a senior public affairs, marketing and stakeholder engagement professional with more than 30 years of expertise in project management, event management, stakeholder relations, public relations and marketing for large multi-stakeholder organizations. Karen has lived in Fort Langley for six years with her husband and daughter, both of who are professional musicians. She is a Director with the Fort Langley Community Association and brings a passion for the arts and a keen interest in the Fort Langley community. She is thrilled to be working with the organizing committee, local community and business organizations, and the municipality to create a festival that celebrates live jazz music and the visual arts.
Lynda Fourchalk, Finance Director
Lynda has significant experience in finance, administrative management and cost/benefit analysis. To compliment her love for numbers, she also has event planning and backstage support experience. As the owner of Quest Admin Analytics and Services, she currently is a Cost and Process Analyst specializing in fuel analytics. Born and raised in the lower mainland, Lynda and her husband live in Langley, BC, close to their kids and grandkids. Lynda is a welcome member of the team and is eager to be part of this exciting community event.
Teresa Pippus, Community Dance Director
Teresa is the Self-Employment program manager at Community Futures and owner of The Joy of Working. She has been coaching entrepreneurs and creating and delivering employee and customer retention workshops for over 15 years. Teresa has also owned four successful hospitality industry businesses, which has drilled one important principle into her mind: happiness is profitable and sustainable. From delivering business boot-camps to keynote addresses, Teresa loves helping people create a more fun and abundant world through work and business. As a resident of Fort Langley, Teresa is excited to help showcase local musicians and artists while bringing the community together.