Vancouver jazz musician Malcolm Aiken, who also performed in the 2020 virtual Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival, became the first-ever 50/50 raffle winner.  (Special to Langley Advance Times)

New horn comes from Fort Langley jazz fest raffle

Vancouver musician wins 50/50 and uses it to buy a trumpet

Trumpeter Malcolm Aiken has had his eye on a new horn for some time.

After winning a small windfall of cash from the Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival’s first-ever 50/50 raffle last month, purchasing that trumpet is expected to become a reality very quickly.

Aiken, a Vancouver musician who performed at the 2020 virtual festival, took home $1,805 after buying two $50 tickets online last month.

“I really wanted to support the festival. It’s such a great organization,” he said of his motivation to participate.

Aiken is an international performer, recording artist, and music educator who performed in last year’s local festival with the world-Latin band called Mazacote, and also with the Siobhan Walsh Band in their Tribute to Aretha Franklin.

“I was super surprised to get the call saying I had won,” he said of the 50/50 raffle.

RECENT: Fort Langley festival looks for rising musical star for summer performance

“It was very unexpected. I’m going to put the winnings towards a new horn I’ve been eying.”

The other half of the money will go back to the festival, and specifically to supporting music programming and the jazz education workshops, said Karen Zukas, co-founder and executive director of the festival.

“I had the pleasure of presenting the jackpot prize to Malcolm,” Zukas said. “It was rewarding to be able to give someone such great news during COVID, especially to a musician, as most performers have not been able to work during the pandemic.”

She said festival organizers are definitely planning to do another raffle during this year’s festival, set to run July 23 to 25.

RELATED: Fort Langley Jazz Fest takes part in new Canadian Online Jazz Festival

“It’s a great way for people to support the festival and musicians, and fun for participants to win half of a pot of money,” Zukas said.

Established in 2018, the Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival is a not-for-profit organization with the mandate to enrich cultural life in the Fraser Valley by bringing together emerging and established jazz acts and visual artists to Fort Langley, Zukas said.

The festival provides opportunities for B.C. musicians to connect with new audiences, supports opportunities for artist education and professional development, and offers music lovers access to world-class performances while providing economic benefit and exposure to the community.


Is there more to the story? Email:

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Fort LangleyJazzMusic

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A local resident is concerned about the low voter turnout in the recent school board byelection. (Langley Advance Times files)
LETTER: Few Langley residents bothered to vote in school trustee election

A local letter writer wonders why the current situation didn’t prompt more people to cast ballots

An agreement between the City and the Langley Lions Housing Society would set out income and age requirements for the new Birch replacement building (Langley City image)
Agreement on seniors rental building a first for Langley City

Sets several conditions to ensure project is affordable for low- and moderate-income seniors

Another member of the Peterson Road Elementary School community has tested positive for COVID-19, the Langley school district reported Saturday. (Undated Google Street View image)
Another COVID-19 case reported at Peterson Road Elementary School

School has reported two positive tests in two days

Seveya Jepsen is inviting people to stop by her Pet Food Drive on Saturday, March 6, 2021. (Jepsen family/Special to the Langley Advance Time)
Langley girl’s 10th birthday goes to the dogs, and cats, and rabbits

Seveya Jepsen is concerned that animals have enough food so she’s hosting a pet food drive.

The Kimber family of Boston Bar lost their home in a fire. Blaine Kimber’s daughter created a fundraiser to help rebuild the home with the goal of $100,000. (Screenshot/GoFundMe)
Fundraiser created for Boston Bar family that lost everything in weekend fire

Witnesses say the Kimber family escaped the fire without injury, but their home is a total loss

(The Canadian Press)
‘Worse than Sept. 11, SARS and financial crisis combined’: Tourism industry in crisis

Travel services saw the biggest drop in active businesses with 31 per cent fewer firms operating

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Pictures and notes in from friends and classmates make up a memorial in support and memory of Aubrey Berry, 4, and her sister Chloe, 6, during a vigil held at Willows Beach in Oak Bay, B.C., on December 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Mother of slain daughters supports recent changes to Canada’s Divorce Act

Sarah Cotton-Elliott said she believed her children took a back seat to arranging equal parenting

Victoria man Brett Andersen is asking for people’s help to secure him one of eight free tickets to the moon. (Screenshot/@brettandersen Instagram)
Victoria man wants your help securing a free ticket to the moon

Japanese billionaire offering eight people a trip to the moon

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store

Conservation officers were told the mussels were found in a moss ball from a Terrace pet store.

Hockey hall-of-fame legend Wayne Gretzky, right, watches the casket of his father, Walter Gretzky, as it is carried from the church during a funeral service in Brantford, Ont., Saturday, March 6, 2021. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky remembered as a man with a ‘heart of gold’ at funeral

The famous hockey father died Thursday at age 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease

Most Read