Nothing like a Cabaret!

by Deanna Knight on April 4, 2016

I must say, I take great pleasure in curating cabarets full of local talent. I love all of the performing arts and having an opportunity to share them with new audiences and hiring creatives in my community…..is such a treat!

The April in Paris ~ Hot Club Cabaret cast is finalized for 2016 – check it out!

Alongside our swingin’ vintage flare we will sprinkle in the tapping toes of Alex Clancy as well as the return of burlesque darling Miss Lydia DeCarllo. Mixing the night up with hot swing, bossa, tango and more, I’m sure The Hot Club of Mars is Vancouver’s most eclectic gypsy swing ensemble. This year we will all delight in the charms of Jack Garton (Maria in the Shower) as emcee and perhaps he will share a song or two with the band. Enjoy the Parisian atmosphere created by Sue Baines on accordion and bring your dancing shoes… as you just might be inspired to get out of your seat and shake it!

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Busy April coming up

by Deanna Knight on March 8, 2016

Lots to look forward to this April with a great variety of performances, including  Solo shows, a little Grateful Dead, and the 10th Annual April in Paris Cabaret. 

Tuesday, April 5th – Just Singin’ Round Showcase – This lovely fundraising event happens each month at the Vancouver Rowing Club. It not only features local singer-songwriters but  includes dinner and added entertainment from the fabulous group of hosts. April is a special one for me as I’ll hit the stage with 3 friends. Chris Ronald  - who I had the pleasure of singing back up vocals on his latest CD,  Andrea Menard – a powerful lady who sings songs from her heart and has coined a new musical genre The Music Messenger AND the most wonderful Coco Love Alcorn (I seriously love this talented lady) Coco will hit the stage in the second set along with regulars Beverley Elliott, Yvonne Skimming and Mark James Fortin. A night not to be missed. I will be performing my original songs alongside pianoman Simon Kendall.

Thursday, April 7th – Goorin Bros Hat Show in Yaletown – This is just the sweetest little gig. I perform as a trio or quartet that include as select Hotties. We play 5-7pm. Enjoy a free cocktail and live music while you shop (or browse) many amazing hats! How fun is that?

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Friday, April 15th – Deep Cove Coffee House (opener) – I’ll hit the stage with my originals once again. The main act for the night just happens to be Stringz Aloud, so I will ask Hotties Joe and Don to join me for a few of my songs too.

Monday, April 18th – Kino Cafe on Cambie – This is a monthly residency (3rd Monday) that The Hot Club of Mars has held for years …. beyond when I joined the band 14 yrs ago. We like to try new material and invite guests to join in the fun. Casual / pass the hat.

Friday, April 22nd – 10th Annual April in Paris / Hot Club Cabaret - Always a highlight of our year as we kick off this 3 day Django Reinhardt music festival presented by The Rogue Folk Club. I produce this night as a cabaret with lots of special talent sprinkled into our show. Expect swing and tap dancing, Parisian accordion, perhaps a little circus and always a stunning burlesque number. This year we celebrate the return of Miss Lydia…oooh la la! Tickets on sale now….get ‘em while you can.

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Saturday, April 23 – JG~BC @ The Fairview – Come celebrate the music of Jerry Garcia with this “who’s who” of the BC Jam scene. Blues man Mark Crisinger leads this great lineup of musicians. I just love digging back into these songs (as painful as it is to my old ears playing with drums and electric guitar again…ha!) What a treat it is for my soul. NOTE: I’m always a little shocked at what time we hit the stage. Could be as late as 11pm. Watch my this site or my FB fan page for updates on that.

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Thursday, April 28 @ The Libra Rm - Our second residency of the month….last Thursday.  This is an early show 7-9pm always followed by more great music.  I just love being able to walk to a show in my own hood…and have a couple cocktails. Tends to loosen up the vocal chords ;)

Friday, April 29th @ Friday Night Live FNL – This is an monthly show hosted by a comedy troupe. I will share original songs alongside my pianoman Simon Kendall and may even participate in some improvised comedy.

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All these performances are listed on this site under LIVE…. where you will find more info on times, tickets, addys etc.

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Coffee House with Spirit

by Deanna Knight on February 5, 2016

I have the great pleasure of joining this lovely line up of talent at the Unity Spiritual Centre on Tuesday, Feb. 9th. I have been slowly ramping up  appearances of my own compositions and have the pleasure of returning to stage with my long-time pianist and collaborator, Jane Milliken. Looking forward to connecting with this heartfelt community. 2016unity

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2016 ~ kicking it off right!

by Deanna Knight on February 5, 2016

I am so pleased to celebrate this new year with a huge sense of HOPE. I send my prayers and blessings to the sacred Spirit Bear of the North West Coast and wanted to share this gorgeous work of art by Simon Haiduk.

This week the world celebrated the final agreements to protect the Great Bear Rainforest.  After almost two decades of hard work and negotiation, BC First Nations, the Province of BC, logging companies, and environmental organizations have produced the most comprehensive integrated forest management plan in North America, and perhaps on Earth.

This success is a shining example of how amazing things can happen when we work together. The Great Bear Rainforest and area was the inspiration of my song Carry Me Home. You can check out a little video of the song HERE

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Finish off the season right!

by Deanna Knight on December 11, 2015

On 20 December I will share my final performance of 2015. Take a break from all that shopping, sit down and breathe in the spirit of Christmas. JIM BYRNES is the guest of honour for this special jazz vespers at the magnificent St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church. Other guests include Don Stewart and Jaclyn Guillou. Again this is a 4-5pm service with plenty of free parking below the church at Burrard and Nelson.

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St. Andrews ~ Vesper Bliss

by Deanna Knight on December 8, 2015

I am so blessed to be asked back over and over to the gorgeous sanctuary of St. Andrew’s Wesley. It really is a thrill to perform in such a gorgeous space and I am continually flabbergasted at the quality musicians who stand by my side. On Sunday, Dec 13th we celebrate a “Coming Home” theme, so I will mix holiday tunes in with a few of my own. Carry Me Home is an obvious good fit this time.

Joining me on stage - Simon Kendall on keys. John Ellis on pedal steel, mandolin and guitar and super duper bassist ….Wynston Minckler. This is a 4-5pm service. There is no admission though they do pass the  dish for offerings that go directly to the musicians of the day. ….and there is plenty of free parking below the church.

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Flashin’ Back

by Deanna Knight on December 8, 2015

Happy to share the stage this Friday with many fine musicians including the talented Mark Crissinger and my Fat Cat buddy from a 1/4 century back …Mr. Tyler Gibson on keys :) This is a tribute show with songs all in the key of  JG (Jerry Garcia) Always a load of fun to hit the stage with JG~BC and rock out like the good ol’ days. Mind I must say my ears have enjoyed the past 14 yrs of fun with The Hotties…. who have never had a drummer.  This will be a good time since I love singing harmonies and so rarely get the chance to do so.  I may  crank out a Dylan tune on lead, if i can get all the dang lyrics set in my brain. Come on down with your dancin’ shoes. You can find more info HERE2015_JGBC

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Feather Light Wings Debut!!

by Deanna Knight on November 6, 2015

Here is a new song that Bill Sample helped me finish up after it floated around in my mind and heart for several months. I had the great pleasure of performing Feather Light Wings with Michael Creber and Finn Manniche at the David Suzuki ~ Blue Dot Economics event on Oct 1st. This was a thrilling night for me as I’d not performed at the gorgeous Vogue Theatre in Vancouver before and I was able to showcase both my original songwriting as well as a few swing tunes with The Hot Club of Mars.

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H’Arts for the Homeless 2015

by Deanna Knight on September 16, 2015

Super thrilled to be producing this event once again. We have so many wonderful artists and entertainers coming out in support of The Lookout Society. Guaranteed to be a good time for a wonderful organization helping so many of the less privileged in our community.

Enjoy 8 super talented Live Painters : Lori Goldberg, Olga Rybalko, Bill Higginson, Asiza, Sarah Knoebber, Karen Myskiw, Sandra Diaz,  and  Jace Kim.

A top notch cast :  Including CBC’s Kathryn Gretsinger, Live Auctioneer David C Jones. Ladies in White, The Underground Circus, Lara Barclay and Lamondance, Reid Jamieson, Jillian Christmas, Sister Clan, The H0t Club of Mars and more!

Ticket are on sale HERE
More info HERE
Please come out and support this unique and fun event.

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Here are some amazing photos of H’Arts 2015
by Andy and Samuel Cotton.

 

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Bucket list performance!

by Deanna Knight on September 14, 2015

I am feeling so blessed. What a wonderful summer of performance I have had with The Hot Club of Mars. Now on to more fun and great excitement!!!

Thursday, October 1st is going to be one crazy day for me. I am not only producing an annual event in support of The Lookout Society (as I do each year) called H’Arts for the Homeless BUT I am also getting onstage with some fine musicians and visionaries at The Vogue Theatre in Vancouver,  for a night with Dr. David Suzuki and friends.

The plan is a short set of my originals with Michael Creber on piano and Finn Manniche on cello then a short set with The Hotties!!! I am working hard to get all my ducks in a row for this one folks and hope to see you at one of these fine events….I’ll be at both!

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BLUE DOT ECONOMICS: RETHINKING ECONOMICS FOR A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT
October 1st at the Vogue theatre, 7-10pm.
David Suzuki and Peter Victor in conversation with special guests

Canada’s most trusted influencer, geneticist and broadcaster, David Suzuki, has spent a career raising awareness of environmental issues. Economist Peter Victor, author of Managing Without Growth, has spent over 40 years working on environmental problems and is one of the founders of ecological economics. Both believe economics needs rethinking. These two influential thinkers will exchange views on what ecologists and economists need to learn from each other in order to come to a truly ecological economics that illuminates how human wellbeing can be secured within the planet’s limits.

To explore what ecological economics means on the ground, David and Peter will be joined by special guests Andrea Reimer, Tamara Vrooman & Merran Smith. The evening will also include entertainment by Deanna Knight, musical guests & Vancouver’s Hot Club of Mars.

Tickets: $19.95 plus service charges at voguetheatre.com

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