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!
The Hot Club of Mars and I had the pleasure of sharing our music with a vibrant swing community in New Westminster this fall. The Royal City Swing Club has been running now for many years and has a wonderful space at the Sapperton Pensioners Hall with events, lessons and live bands. We sure have a great time each and every time we have the opportunity to play for dancers. Our music is meant to be danced to and having the space to do that….fills my heart with joy! Word has it that a spring dance retreat is cooking up with this club. Sign our mailing list or LIKE our fan page on Facebook to keep up to date on all Hot Club of Mars activities.
Just can’t seem to shake the “shakedown” out my bones. Always happy to join forces with old friends and beloved songs from the Grateful Dead. This all-star band will rock the Shipyards stage at the base of Lonsdale just east of the Quay in North Vancouver. Hitting the stage from 5:30 – 10pm. Wow…not sure I will make it for all 3 sets since I venture off to Jonifest the following day…. but i will try.
Live @ the north shore green market… Grateful Dead tribute with members of JGBC:
Eric Stephenson (bass)
Tyler Gibson (keys)
Mikey Lunt (drums)
Jeffrey Kornblum (percussion)
Deanna Knight (Vocals)
+ on guitars from Buddy & the Scarecrow:
This is a free family friendly event.
FB event listing HERE
I am thrilled to be invited to the 20th Anniversary Jonifest celebrated on Saturday, Sept 17th noon – midnight. This festival is all things Joni Mitchell with her most dedicated fans from around the globe. I joined this private list just after meeting Joni at Ruby Lake Resort in 2013. The “listers” have chosen the same location for the festival this year and I know all kinds of folks have their fingers crossed that she will make an appearance. I think it is VERY unlikely as I’m not even sure Joni has made her way back to Canada after suffering an aneurysm 15 months ago in her LA home. She sure does love Ruby Lake though and it is a short distance from her BC home but I don’t believe she is travelling as of yet.
I will hit the stage with my pianoman Simon Kendall and who knows…I may even share a Joni song or two. After all these years of being a huge fan I have yet to perform anything by Joni. She has such unique melodies and can sing…damn high. Just finding musicians who will attempt to play her stuff is a challenge as she is in a league all of her own. I do have a wee hit list that I have had a hankering to sing…. so perhaps it will happen. No better push has come than this!
Jonifest was private until recently so check the site and come on up the Sunshine coast for some fun!