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Audience loves Daponte’s Valentine’s Day performance

Popular entertainer puts her heart and soul into Crofton show
Edie Daponte expresses love so well through song during a Friday night pre-Valentine’s Day performance at the Osborne Bay Pub in Crofton. Damian Graham is behind her on the drums. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

The special occasion arrived early at the Osborne Bay Pub in Crofton Friday night with a romantic dinner and intimate show by Edie Daponte and her quartet.

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It was the first of five performances on successive nights at various Island locations for Daponte through Valentine’s Day.

She always holds a special place in her heart for the audiences that have turned up regularly for her shows in Crofton over the years. Some made the trip over from Salt Spring Island this time to see her perform.

The last time Daponte performed in Crofton before COVID in 2019 it was more like another holiday with heavy snow blanketing the area that night. “Merry Christmas” she quipped on that occasion.

There was fortunately none of that this time and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the show without worrying about any frightful weather outside.

Daponte wore two different red dresses during the performance and always delivers her best for lovebirds with a program that includes many well-known favourite love songs, some originals and a few with international renown.

Other backing musicians, among Victoria’s finest, included: Attila Fias on piano, Joey Smith on bass and Damian Graham on drums.

Daponte concluded the show with ‘I Wish You Love’, the theme for the program and an appropriate send-off until she returns again.

Love is in the air at the Osborne Bay Pub in Crofton with Edie Daponte and her quartet of Attila Fias, Joey Smith and Damian Graham. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Attila Fias, left, on piano and Joey Smith on bass, part of Edie Daponte’s backing band at the Osborne Bay Pub in Crofton Friday. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Quartet playing a special Valentine’s Day show at the Osborne Bay Pub in Crofton, from left: Attila Fias, Joey Smith, Edie Daponte and Damian Graham. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Edie Daponte gets into her Valentine’s Day groove at the Osborne Bay Pub in Crofton, backed by Attila Fias on piano, Joey Smith on bass and Damian Graham on drums. (Photo by Don Bodger)

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