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Year in review: Celebrities who visited us in 2013

About 300 people gathered at Nelson
About 300 people gathered at Nelson's Lakeside Park in July to welcome federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau.
— image credit: Bob Hall photo

1) Justin Trudeau: The federal Liberal leader received an enthusiastic welcome from 300 people at Lakeside Park in July. The next day he visited Kokanee Glacier park, where his brother Michel was killed by an avalanche in 1998. Later that week he stirred the pot by telling a Kelowna audience he supports legalizing marijuana.

2) Ziggy Marley: The band leader and member of reggae royalty played the Capitol Theatre in June. He and family members also visited Touchstones and signed the guestbook for the exhibit City in Flames.

3) Indigo Girls: Renowned American folk rock duo Amy Ray and Emily Saliers played a sold-out show at the Capitol in September as part of their first comprehensive Canadian tour. “Canada is very, very passionate about music,” Saliers told {vurb}.

4) Ron Sexsmith: The Canadian singer-songwriter played the Spiritbar in October. {vurb} editor Sam Van Schie ran into him at Oso Negro, where he let her take his picture (seen at left) provided she wait a little while before posting it online. He later tweeted in reply: “Good coffee.”

5) Boy George: The Culture Club frontman-turned-DJ performed at The Element night club in Castlegar in September. While in the area, he posted an Instagram photo of Kootenay Lake and the orange bridge.

6) Mickey Hart: The Grateful Dead drummer played two sold-out shows at the Capitol Theatre in February. First in line for tickets was Chris Ray, who waited outside for three hours. “This is great,” he said. “A home town show.” Hart also played the Kaslo Jazz Festival in August.

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