Open your eyes to jazz!

Although he was born without the ability to see, don’t think Karl Schwonik is anything less than a brilliant, skilled master of percussion.

Although he was born without the ability to see, don’t let it blind you into thinking Karl Schwonik is anything less than a brilliant, skilled master of percussion.  His work as a drummer is known all across Canada.

Working with inspirational performers, such as, P.J. Perry, Tommy Banks, Hugh Fraser, and Rémi Bolduc, just to name a few, has given him the opportunity to develop his craft and share his multi- genre style on a variety of platforms.  In fact, as soon as he graduated from high school, he was out the door and on tour with two-time Canadian Country Music Award nominee, Heather-Dawn.

No stranger to the busy life being involved in the music business brings, Schwonik has really been on the move for quite some time. The last two years alone have introduced him and his fellow band mates to an abundance of excitement including their CD “1+4” that was released earlier this year.

The album made waves in the Canadian jazz radio charts where they were number one for two straight months and, more recently, it was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for “Jazz Recording of the Year.”  Not too bad for a young buck from Gwynne, Alberta!

Karl Schwonik Jazz Ensemble is performing on Saturday, March 17 at 8 p.m. at The Arts Station in Fernie. Members: adults/$15; youth/$10. Regular: adults/$20; youth/$12. Available at The Arts Station, Freshies and Carosella

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Have a question or concern about this event or any others happening at The Arts Station?  Give us a call at 250-423-4842 or send an email to



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