We are soooo excited and honoured to be invited to the Victoria Django Festival Feb 10, 11 and 4th. This is a somewhat new festival in it’s 5th year but has already garnered international attention with a reputation for some of the finest gypsy-jazz artists.
Friday Night Dance and Speakeasy at White Eagle Hall kicks the festival off with two floors of Cabaret and Speakeasy stages offering the full festival experience!
White Eagle Polish Hall, 90 Dock Street, Victoria, BC V8V 2A1
Saturday Night Hot Club & Opera House stage is the main event featuring a headlining performance by The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet. Also on the bill are Hedgehog Swing, Deanna Knight & the Hot Club of Mars, Seaside Swing Dance Company and Jack West (circus act).
St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 680 Courtney Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2C1
Get your tickets in advance folks and plan to enjoy the full festival.
It is going to be a djamming good time!
I have been invited to the Enigma Restaurant in the new year to sing 3 sets along with Michael Dunn and Don Kellett. Not too often that we have a 3 set performance so that will ensure for lots of variety and some wonderful instrumentals by Hotties Michael and Don. Please come out and enjoy a great dining experience and support our first time at this venue.
I had the great pleasure to be part of another special celebration at the St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church today. This was the 3rd annual Olde Thyme Christmas Vesper with a talented cast of vocalists and a stellar band including Saul Berson, Jamie Croil, Peter Juric, Ingrid Mapson, Siobhan Walsh, Don Stewart, Michael Wagler, Eliot Polsky, Patricia Meilin, Dave Ivaz, and our special host Margaret Gallagher! What a treat to share a fun rendition of White Christmas…Drifters style.
So pleased to announce our return to Commercial Drive. After several years of a regular gigs at The Libra Rm (flooded / under renos / no idea when it will reopen) we were bounced over for a stint at the Roma Cafe (not a great room / lost live music license) We have now landed at the ever popular Cafe Deux Soleils. This cultural hub of The Drive is a lovely listening room with great food, good sound and friendly staff. We will charge a small cover of $6 and play two sets starting at 7pm. If all goes well this will become our monthly show on The Drive.
We always have such a blast at the Goorin’ Bros Hat Shop in Yaletown. Drop by to say hello and find yourself a lovely new chapeau. We will be there on the next two Saturdays. The staff are often serving up complimentary cocktails to enhance your shopping experience
The Nov 26th fun is part of the CandyTown celebrations!
Come on out to this intimate dinner and concert at the Gallery Bistro in Port Moody. Enjoy a special night out with a delicious set menu. So intimate that The Hotties may not even plug in. Experience Michael’s fine instruments as they were meant to be heard….fully acoustic. I will also kick off the night with a few a cappella songs…. to warm up the room. This is our first dinner / concert and we are excited to share the night with YOU! Reserve your seats early to avoid disappointment.
Two Sunday’s in a row sharing the stage with this wonderful trio, supporting my original songs. I feel quite a home in the sacred setting of these jazz vespers and look forward to my first time at Northwood United with this line-up. Hope you can join myself, Simon Kendall and Finn Manniche Sunday Oct 23rd, 4-5pm in Surrey….. everyone is welcome.
For the past several years I have been lucky enough to perform in one of the most spectacular churches in Vancouver, St. Andrew’s – Wesley United. Once a year with my beloved Hot Club of Mars and a second time with selected musicians who support the lyric and melody of my original songs. This Sunday I will enjoy the stage with Simon Kendall on piano and Finn Manniche on cello.This is a real treat for me.
For those who have yet to experience a Jazz Vespers or wondering “what is that?” It’s a one hour church service with an injection of about 35 minutes of music. St. Andrew’s is a United Church with enlightened ideas on spirit , insight to our current times and often moments of humour. Just taking a little time to be in a sacred space with community ……is reason enough to participate. I know I struggle with finding faith in humanity sometimes but I always feel better after I have spent some time in my mind and heart focused on how i can heal and be a better person. I know this ripples out and contributes to a greater good……
Sunday Oct 16th @ 4-5pm St. Andrew’s United Jazz Vespers 1022 Nelson St @ Burrard 1022 Nelson St
Join myself and The Hot Club of Mars @ the Brackendale Art Gallery on Saturday, Oct 29th. Such a sweet space for a concert. The owners Thor and Dorte are long time friends and we always enjoy the warmth of the gallery …..and the Salmon Bisque. Word on the street….is there are changes coming for this wonderful space. I hope you can add our little masquerade to your calendar and come on out to see us AND support folks who continue to host live music.
I like to encourage folks to venture out of the city to this lovely town for a walk around, hit the trails or even spend the afternoon in Whistler and catch our concert on the way back. All in all…it is a great destination for Halloween Wknd. We will offer a prize for best costume (Martian ……or otherwise) Hope to see you there!
Saturday, Oct 29th / 8pm
Brackendale Art Gallery
41950 Government Rd., Brackendale, BC
Tickets $20 / call 604 898 3333 / also @ door
Well, I am on the other side of another successful H’Arts for the Homeless.
Each fall I have the honour of producing this signature event for The Lookout Society. I put a load of thought and time into creating one of the most unique and enjoyable evenings in our city. This event raises funds and awareness around Homelessness featuring a custom cabaret filled with stories told through circus, dance, music and images. It is such a blessing to be able to hire some of the finest talent Vancouver has to offer. A special element of the night is our 8 Live Painters including crowd favourites Bill Higginson, Olga Rybalko, Sandra Diaz and Donna Giraud. Gorgeous fine art is created before your very eyes and then auctioned off live by the hilarious David C. Jones.
This year we had Wayne Stewart as our emcee, The Ladies in White and Double Rainbow greeting folks with splendor and magic, The Sidewalk Cellist adding her soulful sounds to the cocktail hour, Chris Edmonstone taking care of our fun photo booth and I even took the stage to share my song “The Good That I Can Do”. We finished the night with our raffle for an $18,000 Harley Davidson. All that and so much more…Silent Auction, yummy food and even a visit by Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson … the icing on the cake!