Summer packed with fabulous shows!

by Deanna Knight on June 22, 2016

I have been working hard to fill this summer up with fabulous concerts. I’m so please with how it has all danced out and look forward to hitting some stellar stages and sharing our music with you all. We will even venture out of town for a rare mini-tour to the Kelowna area so please help us spread the word and create a successful adventure for us.

NOTE -  tickets are already on sale (***Sun Yat-Sen Gardens, ***Mission FMF !!!)  

SUMMER QUICK LIST - Details can be found under LIVE on this site.

June 26th   Vancouver Jazz Festival / Roma Café / 7-9pm
July 6th       Brentwood Jazz Evensong /Burnaby / 8pm
July 7th       Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens /Vancouver / 8pm
July 13th     Surrey City Centre / 6:30 – 8pm
July 17th     St. Andrews Vespers / 4-5pm
July 18th     Kino Café on Cambie / 8:30 – 11pm
July 22-24  Mission Folk Festival / concerts & workshops
July 27th    Trout Lake Summer Series / 6:30 – 8:30
July 28th    Roma Café on the Drive / 7-9pm
July 29th    Harmony Arts Festival / West Van / 5:45 – 7:30
Aug 15th    Kino Café on Cambie / 8:30 – 11pm
Aug 25th    Roma Café on the Drive / 7-9pm
Aug 26th    Dream Café / Penticton / 8pm
Aug 27th    West Kelowna World Music Fest / 5:30 – 6:15pm
Aug 27th    Kelowna Parks Alive! / Kerry Park / 9:30-10:30pm
Sept 23th    Royal City Swing Dance / New West / 8:30-11:30pm
Sept 25th    St. Stephens Vespers / 4pm / SOLO

HIGHLIGHTS

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Vancouver International Jazz Festival – 2 shows for us hosted by The Libra Rm (currently under renovations) NOTE: All Libra Room concerts will be held at the Roma Cafe 1510 Commercial Drive / just one block north of the Libra. Sunday, June 26th will be the full Deanna Knight & the Hot Club of Mars 7-9pm. Thursday, June 30 will be The Hot Club of Mars without myself but possible special guests. this is also a 7-9pm performance.

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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens Enchanted Evening Series is an intimate concert with seating for only 100. This gorgeous concert always sells out and is our most magical summer show. The Gardens will again offer gourmet picnic baskets to enjoy in the gardens prior to the show. You can order these when you purchase your tickets and they will be ready for you when you arrive. Enjoy your dinner in the glow of the garden and then settle into the magic of the night .

Ticket and Picnic Dinner info HERE 

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Sounds of Summer @ The Plaza at Surrey City Hall on July 13th has lots of space for swing dancers. Come on out and bring your dancing shoes and your lawn chair to share in the fun. This is our first time performing in this space so I hope to see ours fans out enjoying this vibrant community space. 

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Thrilled to be invited to the 29th Annual Mission Folk Music Festival. This festival has been on my hit list since I joined the Hot Club back in 2001. We will be featured on the Saturday MainStage along with workshop fun and more. Tickets are only $29 and there is camping (musical jams) to enjoy on top of all the day time music. I can’t think of a better place to be!

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For 26 years, the Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver, has been a signature summer event. The 12 day festival draws crowds from all over the Lower Mainland to celebrate a harmonious balance of visual, culinary, literary and performing arts on the spectacular West Vancouver waterfront. World-class musical performances, inspiring visual art and mouth-watering gastronomic events!

HOT CLUB HITS THE ROAD – Summer 2016 Mini-Tour

You can’t imagine the effort that has gone into getting our band out of the Greater Vancouver area. I have tried on a number of occasions over the past 15 years but only managed to succeed a couple times.  I am self taught at this booking dealio and with all the festival and grant applications, communications, contracts, billets, travel expense etc. I often hit a number of road blocks and eventually drop the ball.  Seems we hit a stroke of luck this time and will head to the Kelowna area at the end of August. Thanx to my old friend Karma Reine for instigating this adventure. We will return to the wonderful Dream Cafe in Penticton Friday, Aug 26th as well as the West Kelowna World Music Festival and Kelowna’s Parks Alive! on Saturday, Aug 27th. More details to come but please help us spread the word and help make our little mini-tour a great success!

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One of my monthly shows with The Hotties has been moved to the NEW Grant St. Social (the old Roma Cafe @ Grant and The Drive) Here is a little poster for the changes. NOTE: the time is now 6-8pm (a little earlier) and I had to add shows for May and June as I’m not around for the last Thursday. The Hotties will continue (instrumentally) with the last Thursday for fans who come down to see us. NEW SHOWS with myself are May 19th and June 26th. The June shows are part of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and listed in the program as 7-9pm so we will stick to that. I can’t see the Libra Rm being ready for June so in all likeliness…those will also be at The Grant St. Social. Sorry for any confusion. Summer is getting a little nutty!!2016_libra_spring_8x10

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Mother’s Day celebration with two shows!

by Deanna Knight on May 7, 2016

ONE: So pleased to kick off my Mother’s Day at the Unity of Vancouver morning service. I will be the special guest, joined on stage by the talented Bill Costin and Shawn Soucy. This is all in keeping with the promise to get out and share my original songs more often. Seems to be going over very well as I keep finding new venues and communities that are excited to host me. This will be a special space with a loving congregation. Very much looking forward to singing with everyone, as they sure love to sing together at Unity!!!

Mother’s Day Service at 11am / Unity of Vancouver / 5840 Oak St. near 41st

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TWO: Come on out and enjoy Atomic Radio Productions Swing Dance @ The Backstage Lounge on Granville Island. I’ll be joined on stage by The Hot Club of Mars with special guests Saul Berson (sax, flute and clarinet) This is a lovely community of dancers and the monthly event always kicks off with a swing dance lesson. If you need a little brush up on your swing moves or if this is all new…no worries – you will be in good hands. And for those who remain shy and would rather enjoy the band and watch the fabulous dancers…that is all good too.

The night will go something like this:

6:00 PM – 12:00 AM | Bar until 12:00 | $12 at the door
7:00 PM – Beginner Swing Dance Lesson
8:00 PM – 11:00 PM Live music by Deanna KNight & the Hot Club of Mars
11:00 PM – Blues and retro hits
(9:30 PM – Dance Competition!!!)

You don’t have to wait to SWING!
Contact: info@atomicradioproductions.com

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After producing many house concert style events around the city…in homes, chocolate cafes and penthouses, my husband and I finally hosted one in our very own cozy living room. I can’t think of a better christening for us than to have the super talented Coco Love Alcorn share her magic.

It was a sold out success (no surprise there) and we filled the room with many local choir members who Coco had been working with in the area to support her new “soon to be release” CD called The Spirit Sessions. A recording jammed packed with spirituals for a new time that encourage love and light in the way …..only Coco can do!.

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I was thrilled to warm up the room with a few of my songs and turn the stage over to Coco and her friend Tom Van Deursen (The Boom Booms) We all washed in the sweets sounds and joined in for much of the show. What a treat for everyone who attended and a grand kick off to what I’m sure is a series of house concerts….in my home!

My son and his buddy were thrilled to have Coco play their request – Intellectual Boys!!!! And my very own intellectual boy (hubby Dave Biggs) was thrilled to photo bomb this shot…ha!

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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!

Get your TICKETS HERE

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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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