Sooke is a small, seemingly quiet little town. Sleepy from the outside. But when you’re on the inside, it’s a completely different deal. For those in the know, this is an incredible little town bursting with brilliance and talent.
One example is Sooke’s Carol Whitney. Her most recent musical venture has been playing the handpan, also known as the steel hand drum.
This video below, shot by Sylvia Mcavany, shows Sooke’s Carol Whitney playing her recently repaired handpan. While she’s only been playing for a year, clearly this woman has music in her soul.
This video shows Whitney playing a handpan called a “CFoulke.” It was “made by the man who repaired and re-tuned my handpan (by Victor Levinson of Russia),” writes Whitney. “Colin Foulke builds handpans as magnificent as those of Victor.”
Whitney can often be found at the Kemp Lake Cafe, home to Sooke’s only open mic jam happening on any given Sunday.
The Kemp Lake Cafe has an open invitation on Facebook:
“Calling ALL Performers!!! ALL ages, ALL talents, ALL acts, ALL genres!!!! We want you! New to performing and feeling jittery? Start building your confidence by putting yourself in front of the BEST audience the Island has to offer. Not a performer? Come discover the budding (and seasoned) talent while enjoying a delicious meal and making lots of new friends. Kemp Lake Cafe — the ONLY place to be on a Sunday afternoon. Everyone welcome. 1-5pm.”
Visit Kemp Lake Cafe’s Facebook event page here for more information, whether you want to go onstage or off. And if you want to hear more of Carol Whitney with her handpan, she’ll probably be the only one at the open mic on Sunday wearing a reflective jacket.
PS: If you have a video or story of some of Sooke’s hidden treasures, let us know! We’ll happily boast about local talent!