Get your Swing on in New Westminster!

by Deanna Knight on January 21, 2015

And NOW for a Real Dance!!!

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Royal City Swing – 4th Anniversary Valentine’s Dance on Friday, Feb 13th

7:30PM – Midnight @ Sapperton Pensioners Hall (318 Keary Street, New Westminster BC)
Drop-in lesson @ 7:45 – 8:30PM / $15 ($12 for students & seniors with valid ID)

Call (604) 773-3637 for info.
Facebook Event listing HERE

Enjoy a large, hard-wood dance floor. Come one come all.
FYI – vintage theme, dress to impress!

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Honoured and excited to support my roots!

by Deanna Knight on January 21, 2015

Riverton in Print – Photo Exposition
Benefit for Fundamentals for Change

Thursday, February 19th at 434 Columbia Street in Chinatown. TICKETS HERE

I’m so please to announce my support of this wonderful organization, helping a small community just outside Kingston Jamaica. My mother was born in Jamaica and her roots go back 3 generations. I have been looking for a way to give back and keep a connection with my heritage and I have found it!! Fundamentals for Change (FFC) is doing great work for the children and community of Riverton and myself & the Hot Club of Mars will share our music at their next event. Please come out in support!

Fundamentals for Change (FFC) is hosting a photo exhibition to raise funds for a school in Riverton Meadows, Kingston, Jamaica. Inspired by Vancouver’s Pivot Society, FFC handed out 15 disposable cameras to youth in Riverton last November. We wanted them to feel empowered to artistically showcase their community to the world in print. The best photographs will be sold at a exhibition event.

Tickets are $20, which include canapés, live music, door prizes and drinks for sale. ALSO - with your ticket you receive $10 off art sales!

100% of proceeds go towards FFC projects in the Riverton community.


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Strong Women ~ Strong Voices

by Deanna Knight on January 12, 2015

I am so thrilled to be invited to this Annual  International Women’s Day Concert with some of Vancouver’s finest female vocalist and musicians. What a treat this will be to share a few of my own songs and be backed by such stellar talent. This is all in benefit for ATIRA to help support their work in ending violence again women and children. This is a very popular event so get your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Brackendale Eagle Festival

by Deanna Knight on January 12, 2015

We really enjoy our annual show at the Brackendale Art Gallery as part of their Winter Eagle Festival and Count. It is such a unique venue and sweet spot to enjoy a concert. Come on up for a hike around during the day and stay for a light dinner and our concert. There is even a little room for dancing at the back of the hall. It is not a huge hall so get your tickets in advance if you can.
Call 604 898 3333 for tickets

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Farewell 2014 – Welcome 2015 !!

by Deanna Knight on January 12, 2015

I can hardly believe another year is wrapped up and here we are at 2015!
Here is a little look back:


The Hot Club of Mars continued to build momentum in 2014
with wonderful new stages including the Terri Fox Theatre, The Pheonix Theatre and Hycroft Manor as well as return appearances at Vancouver AND Pender Harbour Jazz Festivals, Harmony Arts Festival and the gorgeous Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens. We are always so happy to inspire dancing, both with the younger swing and electro-swing clubs …as well as the seniors. We’ve added some super fun new songs with this in mind. Our repetoire is diverse, up-beat and such a pleasure to share with you all. Thanx for coming out!

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2014 saw changes in 2 live music venues that affect us directly. The Kino Cafe has hosted the cities Flamenco community for eons as well as The Hot Club of Mars (on the 3rd Monday) for over a decade. I left this monthly show in June as the working conditions for our band were degraded so low…I just couldn’t stick around. I returned in November after meeting Steve Allen….the passionate new owner who has a wonderful vision to improve this space and keep this once successful live music venue ALIVE!!! Gosh does our city need more of this.  I see good things coming come down the pike for The Kino Cafe with fresh energy and an owner who cares about the music and the musicians. Steve is a comedian, so expect plenty of comedy, more live music and the much loved Flamenco!

Jazz hot spot on The Drive – The Libra Room - also found “much needed” new owners, moved the stage out of the cramped window and held on to 7 days a week live music. Not only one show… but two! The Hot Club of Mars is really enjoying the last Thursday of each month.  We hit the early time slot (7-9pm) which means we can stick around for more great music….usually the wonderful Tim Sars Trio. The food is good and you can count on seeing some great talent.

I had a few personal highlights as well in 2014. A couple new songs co-written with Vancouver composer and musical director Bill Sample and several new songs demoed in prep for something…not sure what yet…but happy to feel some creative-writing juices bubbling up. Thrilled to be asked to sit in with a Jerry Garcia band (JG/BC) this Fall. It looks like it will happen again, so if that is your thang….keep an eye out and come boogie. By far Easter Sunday was my biggest day, with 3 concerts. It was such an honour to perform at St. Andrews-Welsey for both the Easter morning service (complete with gospel choir) and Vespers with a debut quartet. This was all followed by an evening guest appearance with Swing Aggregation….big band style. It has been confirmed that I will return as a solo artists to St. Andrews for Easter 2015!!

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Special guest with Stringz Aloud

by Deanna Knight on November 20, 2014

TONIGHT in PORT MOODY – I will be a special guest with the Stringz Aloud Trio @ The GalleryBistro. This trio features Hotties Don Kellett and Joe Bourchier along with Susan Vigneux. Come on out and enjoy music inspired by the fabulous Django Reinhardt in a lovely “listening” cafe with a friendly vibe and yummy food.

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Dinner at 6:30: $14 + GST.  Concert only at 7:30: $15 + GST; 
Visit Gallery Bistro for tickets or call 604-937-0998
2411 Clarke St, Port Moody
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Flashing back

by Deanna Knight on November 11, 2014

My early years were all choral singing and show tunes. That was until I went off and joined the circus!

Well not really but it sure felt like it.  In the early 90′s I was one of the founding members of a psychedelic rock band called the FatCats. Along with some amazing young talent, we stirred up the Grateful Dead scene in Southern Ontario for years. The band keeps on truckin’ to this day and I still have a love for Jerry Garcia and his music.

I’ve found myself on stage with numerous Dead inspired bands after moving to BC in 2002.  TONIGHT I will hit the Back Stage Lounge on Granville Island with old  and new friends including original FatCat – Tyler Gibson on keys. Looking forward to this! Put on your dancing shoes for a hot lineup including Eric Stephensonn: bass, Jeffrey Kornblum: percussion, MegaDega Mike: drums, Brad Froese: guitar , Mark Crissingerr: guitar2014_JGBC

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go! Vancouver on Shaw TV

by Deanna Knight on October 28, 2014

Playing a little catch up here with such a busy summer and couple month of illness…. I fell behind in documenting our summer fun. HERE is our video from Shaw TV’s go! Vancouver. Thanx to Video Journalist Paul McLellan for his interest and support.

Deanna Knight & the Hot Club of Mars on go! Vancouver
OR click the image to play the Youtube video!! Please like and share!

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Just Singin’ Round – Nov 4th

by Deanna Knight on October 28, 2014

So please to announce my return to Just Singin’ Round at The Rowing Club in Vancouver. Been a long time since I joined in the fun of this monthly event. I will be sharing my original songs solo voice …along with other talented songwriters.

Tuesday Nov 4th will include myself,  Norman Foote, Adam Woodall, and regulars – Mark James Fortin, Yvonne McSkimming and Beverley Elliott.The featured charity for the November show is Fit4Defence.   Come enjoy a night of incredible entertainment, good food and terrific company.

Doors open at 6pm and tickets are selling fast.
Contact Yvonne at yvonne@synergycollective.ca
or call 604 726 5277 to reserve today!

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You can find more info HERE

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Lovin’ LIFE Benefit Gala – Abbotsford

by Deanna Knight on October 28, 2014

Come join myself and members of The Hot Club of Mars for this event in support of
LIFE Recovery – helping set women free from substance addictions.

When: Friday, November 14th,
6pm (doors open at 5:30)
Where: The Phoenix (33780 King Road, Abbotsford)
Tickets $125 • Early Bird Tickets $100 (until September 15th)

Tickets are available HERE
Or call for tickets 604-855-4440
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