Time for change…

by Deanna Knight on August 14, 2017

Over a 6 week healing from surgery this spring, I had plenty of time to  contemplate my career, my family and lifestyle.  I’ve been on stage since I was 5. Early days were filled with musical theatre, choral tours and Kiwanis where much of the admin and details were taken care of. I hit the ground running after collage and dove deep into the hustle of the ever-changing music industry.  I co-founded a successful jam-band, backed and recorded with many fine songwriters, created a busy singing telegram service, wrote and recorded my first solo CD and had many interesting run-ins with label executives and music big-wigs.

I’ve shared songs in hospice, hotels, community parks, dance halls, schools, restaurants, festivals, gardens, street parties, carnivals, fairs, weddings, funerals, churches, conventions, rallies, ferries, …the list goes on. I’ve had the pleasure of fronting the fabulous Hot Club of Mars in Vancouver for the past 16 years and pulled together ensembles to share my “soul song” as well. I’ve even found time to share harmonies with Grateful Dead cover bands and started up another telegram service dedicated to new babies.

As the value of arts and community continue to degrade in this age of digital distraction, I find myself continuing to work hard for little financial gain. Artists wear all the hats these days and as great as it is to have creative control in this new digital era, we often don’t have the funds to build a team around us. Leaving us to be the manager, publicist, booking agent, social media expert, web master, accountant, radio tracker, musical director, stylist…..yaddah yaddah. The list goes on and YES the richness of these adventures often fill my heart with love and appreciation but unfortunately the hours put in average to about a “buck an hour” pay. This is not a great retirement plan :)

So – Some major changes are in the works. I can’t share details as of yet but the ball is rolling. Know that i will always find ways hit the stage and share my voice. I’m what they call a “lifer.” I was born to sing and bring happiness and healing to the world through song. I’m confidant that I have more songs inside of me, so I hope to find some quiet to have them surface and I do have plans to record another solo CD.  This journey has always been a magical one. Sometimes I just need to get out of my own way and let the magic unfold <3

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Summer gigs finished up

by Deanna Knight on August 14, 2017

What a fun-filled summer I have had with so many wonderful stages in parks, streets, rooftops and gardens. It is such a treat to play all-ages shows outside where folks gather for music, picnicing and dancing. Every year I feel blessed to play more and more of these FREE community events as cities and community centres continue to build up their summer concert series and provide these special events.

Thnx to Surrey, Britannia, the West End, Trout Lake, Port Coquitlam, Edgemont as well as Gibson’s Jazz Festival and several private parties.  What a great time we have had playing for you all.

Here is a bit of a fuzzy pic but one of the sweetest stages we hit for a great backyard celebration.

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Summer Concert Series

by Deanna Knight on June 27, 2017

Summer is here and we have some great concert series to share with you all. I sure love an all ages outdoor stage to play our uplifting songs for everyone. Hope to see you out with your lawn chairs, picnics and dancing shoes. Remember to bring your kiddies, grandparents, nieces and nephews, neighbours etc. These shows are a great way to relax with friends and family while supporting live music in your community.

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WED. JUNE 28 / 6:30 – 8pm  This is our first time at Sounds of Summer Holland Park in Surrey. There will be plenty of room for dancing so bring your dancing shoes, lawn chair, picnic and the kiddies :)  MORE INFO HERE

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SUN, JULY 2nd / 2-4pm  So pleased to return to this lovely summer concert stage at Leigh Square in Port Coquitlam. Room to dance on the sides of the grass! MORE INFO HERE

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WED, JULY 12th / 6:30 – 8:30  I sure love to play in my very own East Van hood! This is the perfect family event since the playground is right next to the grass …where we share our music. There is some room on either side of the stage for dancing too. MORE INFO HERE

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FRI, AUGUST 4th / 7-9pm  This is our first time at the Edgemont Village Summer Series and we are so looking forward to connecting with our fans on the North Shore. Looks like it will be a great street dance party. I don’t see much online about this one but there is some MORE INFO HERE

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Sunshine Coast Jazz Festival

by Deanna Knight on June 26, 2017

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So much fun was had in Gibson’s for our return main stage performance at their sweet Jazz Festival. We also had the pleasure of playing a Legion Hall Dance the same night where we kept the dance floor packed until we all turned into pumpkins at midnight. What a wonderful warm community on the Sunshine Coast. Can’t wait to go back!

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Super summer booked up!

by Deanna Knight on May 1, 2017

Here is a quick reference of upcoming summer shows. A few new stages for The Hotties including Haywood Bandstand downtown Vancouver and Edgemont Village in North Van. Plenty of FREE outdoor, all ages events with room for dancers and picnics!!

Saturday, June 17th / afternoon and eve dance
Gibson’s Landing Jazz Festival / dance @ The Legion

Tues, June 20th / 7pm / $10

Vancouver Folk Club / Jericho Sailing Club
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Sat, June 24th / 7:00 – 10:30pm / donation

Enigma Restaurant / D with Hot Club members

Sun, June 25th / 1 – 3pm / FREE

Haywood Bandshell / Alexandra Park / D&HCOM

Sun, June 25th / 7pm / D with Hot Club members

Britannia Summer Solstice Coffee House

Wed, June 28th / 6:30 – 8pm / FREE

Surrey Music in the Parks / D&HCOM

Sun, July 2nd / 2-4pm / FREE

Port Coquitlam @ Leigh Square / D&HCOM

Wed, July 12th / 6:30 – 8:30pm / FREE

Trout Lake CC Summer in the Park / D&HCOM

Friday, Aug 4th . 7-9pm / FREE

Edgemont Village Series /North Van / D&HCOM

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CBC’s Hot Air with Margaret Gallagher

by Deanna Knight on May 1, 2017

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I had the pleasure of sitting with Margaret Gallagher this week for a session on Hot Air. What a treat to chat with this lovely lady and to share some thoughts on Gypsy-swing, Django and my musical journey. I was invited back once I have a new solo CD in hand. A pretty good “kick in the butt” to get my act together on that  ;)

The show was promoting the Annual April in Paris Hot Club Cabaret and gave me a chance to also chat a little about my songwriting and Lullaby Stork…. pretty sweet.

You may be able to listen HERE on CBC.ca

OR HERE on CBC News

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Lullaby Stork takes flight in Vancouver

by Deanna Knight on March 28, 2017

 

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Finally!!! Lullaby Stork takes flight in the Vancouver area.

This has been a looooong labour and I’m so pleased to be able to offer this unique service to my community. Creating memorable experiences is one of my greatest joys as a performer. Especially if it revolves around a sacred moment with close friends and family.

Some of you may not know that I ran a singing telegram service in the Waterloo,Ontario region for many years throughout the 90′s. Balloon-a-toons kept food on the table, rent paid and gas in my car for 13 years. I was a one woman show and this little business kept me afloat and happily singing endless greetings dressed in a whole roster of characters.  No celebration was overlooked with the most popular being Birthdays, Anniversaries, New Babies, Retirements and Get Wells.

You can now book your very own singing telegram. I will arrive as feathered minstrel Lullaby Stork delivering your message in poetry and song. Create a unique and memorable experience for new parents, grandparents, colleagues and friends. I suspect that Baby Showers will be the most popular but lets think out of the box to CELEBRATE and WELCOME a NEW BABY at the hospital or once they arrive home. SHARE an exciting or long awaited BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT in this super fun and unique way or LIVEN UP a BABY SHOWER or GENDER REVEAL party ….which I hear is all the new rage these days!!!

I have created some extra fun by putting together what I am calling “Blessing Bundles” These are available in a variety of sizes and are added to the delivery to an added cost. They include a wide variety of locally sourced, eco-crafted baby gift items. So pleased to include products from Saje Natural Wellness, the Kootenay Soap Co., Bamboobino, Cookiella and more!

Visit www.lullabystork.com and book TODAY!
Email : lullabystork(at)gmail.com
Phone : 604 362 1280

 

 

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Annual April in Paris ~ Hot Club Cabaret

by Deanna Knight on March 27, 2017

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Deanna Knight & the Hot Club Cabaret has become a tradition at the 3 day April in Paris Festival. Deanna carefully curates a clever cast of local talent to add pizzazz and excitement to the evening. Alongside her vintage flare she will sprinkle in the tapping toes of Tosh Sutherland & Alexandra Clancy, the elegant swing dance of Catie Fissel & Dave Henderson as well as a stunning number by burlesque darling Ariel Helvetica. Attendees will be ushered in by the lovely Sue Baines on accordion and we celebrate the return of the hilarious emcee Kat Single-Dain as Gloria. Mixing the night up with swing, bossa, tango and more, The Hot Club of Mars is Vancouver’s most eclectic gypsy swing ensemble. Bring your dancing shoes… as you just might be inspired to get out of your seat and shake it!

Tickets on Sale HERE

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East Van House Concert

by Deanna Knight on March 10, 2017

Super excited to announce an East Van Double Bill House Concert with the super talented Chris Ronald on Sunday April 23rd. He will bring along John Ellis and I will bring along Simon Kendall. This promises to be a wonderful night of songs and stories …I hope you can join us. House concerts help create culture and community through great music and intimate experiences. Please RSVP to save your spot.
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Deep Cove Coffee House

by Deanna Knight on March 9, 2017

I will have some fun helping warm up the room at this lovely monthly event. Turns out David Sinclair is also on the bill and knows some of my songs. I have asked him to join me for a couple tunes…which is always a treat. NOTE:  I have 20 minutes. The night will be full of great music so please come down and enjoy! FYI – Looks like I will be added as a feature performer to this event in 2018. Come check it out and support live music in our community. 2017Deep Cove Coffee House - Mar

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