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.
I’m so pleased to announce this wonderful evening with Chris Ronald @ Kitsilano’s St. James Hall on May 22nd. Presented by Vancouver’s Rogue Folk Club, I will share my own compositions alongside the talented Brenda Baird (Mother of Pearl) on piano and Finn Manniche (Van Django) on cello and guitar.
I had the pleasure of adding some harmony vocals to Chris’ new CD – Timeline. He is receiving lots of well deserved attention for his fine voice and well-crafted songs!! He will be joined by his producer and band-mate John Ellis as well as Rob Becker on bass.
This is a real treat for me. I continue to push myself to that vulnerable place of sharing my “soul song” I currently spend the majority of my performance time on stage with gypsy swingers, The Hot Club of Mars. It’s been over 13 years with this fine group, where I often feel more like a character than myself. I love the era and theatrics of it all and it is the perfect “safe place” for me. I almost feel like I have been hiding out in this band due to it’s comfort and ease but I miss the heart and soul of my writing, the old traditional folk songs that I love and the deeper meaning and purpose that a song can transform inside the listener. I also have a keen interest in environment activism and healing. These are elements of my songwriting and I are rarely have the opportunity to share with my audience. So, I’ve been chipping away at this solo project. Without too much personal pressure, I have been letting it unfold and blossom in it’s own time. I hope you can come out to enjoy this night of song and melody!
It has been almost 30 years since I have enjoyed the excitement of live theatre. My childhood musical theatre roots, are what inspired this life long journey within the arts. I was hooked on Barbra Streisand from an early age, collecting all her albums. Emulating her soaring voice and sometimes comical charm, opened my eyes to just how dynamic a singer can be. I remember weeping after seeing Sound of Music the very first time. Not only because it was over, but devastated that I would have to wait an entire year before I could see it again on TV.
I’m so grateful to my kindergarten teacher Mrs. Robinson, who put me on stage as a soloist in our holiday concert. Soon after that, the school’s music teacher Mrs. Rose Merkly took me under her wing, teaching me auto-harp and entering me in many Kiwanis Festival competitions. From clicking my heels at the age of 8 as Dorothy, to singing in the hills of the Alps as Maria at the age of 18…I was engulfed in my love of musical theatre productions and awe-inspired by the team work that goes into making the magic.
I’ve witnessed The Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret Society for years here in Vancouver. I’ve enjoyed so many of their events and productions from the sidelines and just thrilled to play a small role in this NEW Musical Extravaganza! The Scarlet Queen of Mercy is “over the top” fun with fine local talent, kick-ass music and a dedicated crew. It’s a 2015 immersive production based in the 1950′s…filming a 1920′s musical. Sounds confusing?….it can be, but you get lost in the chaos and who knows….you may even get cast in a role yourself. I accepted the small but mighty part as Arlene Belafonte and even though I am not singing in this play…I do get to spread my wings a little and work with some of Vancouver’s most creative and well respected artists.
Here is the Trailer, some early Reviews, FaceBook, and Ticket info:
Film Trailer – HERE
Georgia Straight - Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret’s The Scarlet Queen of Mercy reigns over different eras / by Tony Montague
Vancouver Courier - Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret time travels to 1950s Hollywood
FaceBook page…please share HERE
Tickets $25 – $35 / HERE Note: Everyone is encouraged to dress up in the era and may be moved to VIP seats!
Here is my head shot for Arlene Belafonte.
Perhaps beckoning to my Jamaican roots….?
I have had the pleasure of performing each year in this special 3 day festival hosted by Vancouver’s Rogue Folk Club. This will be my 3rd year celebrating the extra fun job, of produce opening night as a cabaret. Hope you can make it out to ANY or ALL of the nights. A journey into the inspired music of Django Reinhardt …with a packed bill of fine talent.
TICKETS ON SALE HERE
FYI - I moved to Vancouver in 2002 and almost instantly met this wonderful group of “gypsy swingers” called the Hot Club of Mars. Michael Dunn had been leading the upbeat, rhythm and swing band since the early 80′s. He had mentored, played and outfitted many a musician with his handcrafted acoustic gypsy-jazz guitars. I was relatively new to jazz and was a little intimidated to follow in a history of singer’s footsteps. I must say that the dancing and the toe tapping was intoxicating and the smiling audience told me…. I was in the right place. 13 years later we are still having fun and this April in Paris concert is always one of our highlights of the year.
APRIL IN PARIS - The 9th Annual Festival of Gypsy Jazz is always a highlight for myself and The Hotties. I take on an added production role and bring in some variety acts that keep us smiling all night long.
Friday April 24th
Doors @ 7pm
Swing dance lesson @ 7:30pm
Cabaret @ 8pm
I’m pleased to announce the return of our adorable emcee, Dusty Flowerpot’s very own 70 yr old swing sensation – Gloria. Vancouver’s Ariel Helvetica is the classic burlesque darling of the night. She will delight us with her special performance created just for April in Paris 2015 and danced live to the music of The Hot Club of Mars. With all her finesse and flare, movement storyteller Dianna David will introduce us to Mime Magician Meena Myna and I’ve just added a little sprinkle of barbershop …to boot!!
April in Paris cast 2014
Last but not least …..a special addition to this year’s cabaret is the Dusty Flowerpot Chorus Line. A “sneak peek” into the upcoming musical extravaganza brought to you by the fabulously talented Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret Society. “The Scarlet Queen of Mercy” runs for the month of May at the Strathcona Russian Hall.
NEWS FLASH - I accepted a small and vital role in the upcoming “The Scarlet Queen of Mercy” Been a long time since I was part of a theatre production and I’m very excited to work with a team of talented folks. Due to the time commitment…I will share the role. I’ll be sure to post my performance nights soon. You don’t wanna miss this one folks…so much fun! More info HERE
SUNDAY April 5th / 4-5pm / Deanna Knight FOURtet
@ (Burrard and Nelson)
I always look forward to sharing my songs in sacred space and THIS SUNDAY is extra special. I get to stretch my wings a little with fine Vancouver talent beyond The Hotties. Please join me with Simon Kendall on piano, Finn Manniche on cello and guitar and Karen Graves on flute and sax. What a treat…..wow!
Photos by Carol Carson