Swingin’ on the Sunshine Coast x2

by Deanna Knight on February 21, 2018

Thrilled to have both the Gibsons and Roberts Creek Legions Halls booked for Deanna Knight & the Hot Club of Mars. Last June we played the Gibsons Jazz Festival and witnessed the full dance floor for a hoppin’ 3 sets of tunes… I actually moved to the Sunshine Coast. It is exciting to be here now and to invite my sweet swing band over to join me in my new community.
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Both nights are billed as dances so bring your dancing shoes and have some fun with us. There is a kitchen at both Legions and they do serve dinner prior to the dance. Remember – you don’t HAVE to dance. You can always sit and enjoy the music as well but we are thrilled to have dance floors to offer our fans! Tell all your friends….tell a whole bunch!

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Double Bill Salon Series Gibsons

by Deanna Knight on January 23, 2018

Sunday, Jan 28th will be the second concert in my Double Bill Salon Series. This time we feature the wonderful Chris Ronald with his strong songs and delightful stories. I’m thrilled to share Chris with my new community here on the Sunshine Coast. I had the pleasure of singing harmony vocals on Chris’s award winning CD Timeline. This concert will be a full double bill with myself and Simon Kendall (Doug and the Slugs) on piano. I’ll share a set of my original songs and a few covers (Traditional folk, tango, swing) So looking forward to this sweet night together.

You MUST RSVP me directly to save your seat. Payment through E-transfer is appreciated. Please email dthesinger@gmail.com today as seats are limited. 

This new focus on my own songwriting is very exciting. 16 years of booking, managing and performing with The Hot Club of Mars was a real blessing and I am very proud of what we accomplished together. Now it is time to focus inward and share my “soul song” This recent move was a great leap of faith to a new community with very few folks who know me. If you have friends or family on the Sunshine Coast and can help spread the word…I would be so grateful :) 2018_chris_doublebill

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Hotties return to Commercial Drive

by Deanna Knight on November 30, 2017

With my move to Gibsons BC….. I’m not sure how often I will get back into the city for performance but I’m thrilled to return to the Libra Room on Commercial Drive Thursday, Nov 30th / 6:30 – 8:30. Swing on by for some fun with myself and The Hotties!

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SheMoon presents Oliver Swain

by Deanna Knight on November 30, 2017

Here in my NEW HOME of Gibsons BC, I will be keeping active musically in a variety of ways. I hope to put more focus on my songwriting and performance of my own “soul song” I’m always so pleased to present talented artists. This Salon Concert will be hosted by my friends Lehe and Jonah and I will open the night with a short set …with Oliver accompanying me on a couple songs. You MUST RSVP directly to reserve your seat. You can pay in advance for your ticket via Etransfer …..and remember there is limited seating.

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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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