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.
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
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.
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.
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 HERE
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.
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.
Here are some amazing photos of H’Arts 2015
by Andy and Samuel Cotton.
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!
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
Join myself and The Hot Club of Mars for some good old country fun on Sunday, September 20 from 10 am to 4 pm
Head out to Campbell Valley Regional Park, in the Township of Langley and experience the charm of an old-fashioned country fair at the 37th annual “Country Celebration”
This fabulous fall tradition combines nature, heritage, agriculture and community. Enjoy the bike powered main stage, circus skills workshops, kite-making, raku pottery workshops, story telling, cow milking demonstrations, live raptors, and so much more! From perogies to Filipino cuisine to mini donuts to freshly squeezed lemonade, choose from a variety of classic country fair food to fuel your day’s activities.
Check out the full 2 DAY musical line-up HERE
We sure hope to see y’all there!
Admission is $3 per adult, $2 child 7-12 and senior 65+
Children FREE 6 and under, and anyone dressed in pioneer costume
Deanna Knight & the Hot Club of Mars will appear at a variety of Concert Series in lovely parks and gardens in and around Vancouver. Enjoy the uplifting sounds of our music under the open skies. Bring a blanket and picnic dinner, cold bevies …..and don’t forget to bring the kiddies. Most shows are ALL AGES and FREE !
THUR, JULY 16th - Enchanted Evening – Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens / Vancouver / 8pm
Kicking off our summer shows in this magical garden in Downtown Vancouver. This particular series offers delicious picnic dinner for advance purchase along with your tickets. There is a variety of choices and price points. So enjoy a delicious dinner in the gorgeous gardens before our show starting at 8pm. Tickets are on sale now and always sell out for this intimate concert in a very charming setting.
Purchase on line HERE or by phone 604-662-3207 ext 211
FRIDAY, JULY 17th – Twilight Concert Series / Mission, BC – Heritage Park / 7 -8 PM
Our bi-annual appearance in Mission is always a treat with a view of Mount Baker and a great mix of folks dancing on the grass. Youngins’ to seniors….my kinda show. Always a great line-up of FREE music HERE
SUNDAY, July 19th - Leigh Square Bandshell / Port Coquitlam, BC / 2-4 pm
Another bi-annual visit to PoCo. Home of guitarist our Don Kellett, who will most certainly rip out his gypsy-jazz original, PoCo Swing. This series is usually in Lion’s Park but has been moved to Leigh Square this year.
THURSDAY, July 23rd – Douglas Park / Vancouver, BC / 6-7pm
Looking forward to our first time playing music in this park. Rain venue is inside the Community Centre. More info HERE
SUNDAY, July 26th – New Westminster Street Festival / New West, BC / 1 – 1:45 and 3 – 3:45 pm
Hosted by the Royal City Swing Club, we will play 2 dance sets for all the street dancin’ people. Good times are to be had and you could even learn some fancy foot work ….at the free lessons. Plenty to see and do. More to be listed HERE soon.
WEDNESDAY, August 19th – Trout Lake Summer Concerts / Vancouver, BC / 6-8pm
This will wrap up our summer concerts in the parks ….right in the back yard of several Hot Club members. The stage is adjacent to a wonderful little playground for the kids. Great sight lines to see both the children and the band. There is even a paved area that works well for swing dancers. Looks like another fun line-up.