Double Up with my Tree-O and The Hotties

by Deanna Knight on April 11, 2019

A special double bill that has only ever happened one other time. Enjoy my sweet Tree-O where I share my original songs alongside super-stars Simon Kendall (piano) and Finn Manniche (cello) AND my long time gypsy swing ensemble The Hot Club of Mars. This evening will showcase 2 of my projects in one very special night of stories and songs. Watch for fabulous surprise musical guests too!!!

Tickets will be on sale in advance at The Blackberry Giftshop in lower Gibsons and Embellish

Please find more info at this FB event listing. You can also share and invite from here is FB is your kinda thang :)

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Oliver Swain on the Coast!

by Deanna Knight on April 11, 2019

Oliver and I met at the Victoria Django festival a few years ago. He is the artistic director and a fabulous talent with a passion for all kinds of music. His vocal tone is something to be experienced and his passionate performance always gets me right in the heart.

We will share a night together at a house concert in Gibsons with limited seating so please purchase your tickets in advance. You can email me directly info@deannaknight.ca  or call 604 362 1280. I am always so grateful when folks step up and commit early as it relieves so much stress on our end. This promises to be a night of songs and stories that will surprise and delight.

Help us spread the word by sharing this FB event listing and invite your friends and family! Here we are last time – can’t wait to see how it all unfolds a second time around :)

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Oliver Swain
www.oliverswain.com
Oliver Swain has been a celebrated musician for years, held in high regard in acoustic and folk music styles for both his astonishing instrumental and vocal abilities, though he seldom gives the genre a fully traditional treatment. Oliver Swain strays towards the whimsical, the spiritual, and the socially conscious side of what he likes to refer to as “chamber folk odyssey”, and it’s these beguiling and provocative elements that make him unique as an artist and songwriter. Devon Leger even called him “The Zen Rock Garden of old time music” No Depression “This is genre defying at it’s best… beautifully played and performed, each song a mini masterpiece.” — Paul Jackson, Fatea magazine UK

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Return to April in Paris – Djangofest

by Deanna Knight on April 11, 2019

Celebrating our return to this wonderful annual festival showcasing the roots of what we do. Gyspy-jazz and Django Reinhardt’s music has carried my main project for over 18 yrs. The Hot Club of Mars has kept me busy and on stage for close to 2 decades and I still LOVE what we do. The music is fun and uplifting. If it doesn’t get your toes tapping or better yet, get you up out of your seat on to the dance floor…then you might what to have that checked  ;)

Tradition would have me produce a cabaret at this festival but this year I had too much on my plate and I’m learning to say no from time to time. I will however showcase a new friend Devora Laye on washboard and saw…..yup….saw. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to witness the sweet sounds of this old timey showstopper alongside some of our most beloved songs.

The festival is 3 days of talent in Kitsilano at St. James Hall.
Tickets are on sale now HERE

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Building community

by Deanna Knight on April 10, 2019

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Hotties hit the Coast for 2 shows!

by Deanna Knight on January 22, 2019

I’m so thrilled to have my dear Hotties join me once again for a dance at the Gibsons Legion #109. This time we will spice things up with the talented Lucy Faulkner kicking off the night with a swing dance lesson at 7pm. Lucy has years of experience and is new to our community. Come learn some moves, brush up on old moves or skip the lesson and the dancing all together …come for the music.  Know that the lesson is for everyone and you need not have experience or a partner to enjoy. Hope to see you there!

SAT. JAN 26th @ the Gibsons Legion

TICKETS @ the door
LESSON @ 7pm
CONCERT @ 8pm
Members: $8 (concert only) $10 (concert & lesson)
Guests: $12 (concert only) $15 (concert & lesson)

We hope to turn this into a regular thaaaang…yippee!!

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JAN 27th @ The 101 BREWHOUSE & DISTILERY

If the Legion does not work out for you then you are in luck! We will hit the local 101 Brewhouse for a little afternoon concert. Come tap your toes alongside a little bevie and appie perhaps?

We plan to hit the stage around 2:30 for a couple sets. This show is by donation so please bring real money :)  Be mindful that there is no room for dancing at this venue.  The Legion will be a fabulous room to shake it up! Hope to see ya!

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GD~BC hits the Coast for 3 Shows!

by Deanna Knight on December 14, 2018

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Catch GD~BC on our little Coastal Mini Tour. 3 Shows to choose from!

This project comes as a surprise to some of you who may be new to my music. It is actually taking me full circle to the early 90′s when I co-founded one of Canada’s finest jam bands The FatCats (who are still truckin’ along) This was an original project inspired by the songs of The Grateful Dead and to this day play live to a very “deadicated” following.

The mixed reaction I get when I mention this project proves to me that The Dead is somewhat mis-understood. Perhaps it is the colourful scene that surrounded the band or the experience of a really lousy live recording or just the name itself. In truth – it is not for everyone but I love the eclectic songs that mix psychadelia, blues, folk, country, rock ‘n’ roll and jazz to create an incredibly unique rock sound. The songs are heartfelt and fun to dance to and I have the pleasure of adding a sweet 3rd harmony to the already solid vocals of Gord Kushner and Brad Tidswell. Eric Stephenson is one of Vancouver’s finest bass players and keeps our groove solid alongside  Jeffrey Kornblum on percussion and Noel Peters on drums. AND I get to return to the stage with original FatCats keyboard player Tyler Gibson.  All in all….this is a side project that is fun for me and serendipitously brought together all my fav Vancouver jammers in one band. A nice break from centre stage though I do sing lead on a song from time to time :)

If you know fans of this music or folks open to a good time…please help spread the word on the Coast…Robert’s Creek on Friday, Powell River on Saturday and Gobsons afternoon on Sunday!!! Perhaps we will see YOU on the dance floor “shakin’ you bones”

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St. Andrews Vespers

by Deanna Knight on October 25, 2018

This will be a slightly new line-up with Anna Lumiere on piano and Finn Manniche on cello. I always feel so blessed to perform in this amazing venue. The acoustics are out of this world and we fill an hour service with 8 songs. This happens every Sunday by donation with free parking below St. Andrew-Wesley. Hope to see you there!

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Dinner / Concert in Port Moody

by Deanna Knight on October 25, 2018

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So happy to return to the sweet Gallery Bistro in Port Moody for another dinner/concert. I miss singing with my Hotties and can’t wait to catch up and swing the night away. Please RSVP for tickets by calling directly or better yet going to their website HERE There is very limited seating so please book early to avoid disappointment. If you know anyone in the area who might enjoy a night out…please help spread the word.

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GD~BC Prankster Party

by Deanna Knight on October 25, 2018

Gathering at Vancouver’s Fairview Pub on Broadway Saturday night for a Halloween Dance. Come in costume and shake your bones!!! Advance tickets HERE.

This is a talented group of jam-band lovers who can sure get the groove on together. It is such fun adding a little sugar to the already great vocals of Gord Kushner and BRad Tidswell. Happy to be keeping this music alive and well.

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10th Annual H’Arts for the Homeless

by Deanna Knight on October 24, 2018

Oct 4th brought the 10th Annual H’Arts for the Homeless at the Imperial in Vancouver. My 7th year producing this fun-filled event for The Lookout Health + Housing Society was another hit. It is always such a honour for me to curate some of Vancouver’s finest talent in music, dance, circus, poetry and visual art. Our 8 live painters kicked butt once again while David C Jones had us all giggling through the live auctioneer. The night was full of colour and inspiration with The Ladies in White, CR Avery, The Burying Ground, Mike Battie, Double Treble, Brooke Vandyk, The Hot Club of Mars, Balkan Schmalkan who all brought their A Game. CBC’s Kathryn Gretsinger was our emcee full of heart and holding together all the bits and pieces of the cabaret and awards.

One thing we NEED to tap into – is who out there has $$$ AND care about the issue of homelessness? We need to get more bums in seats and more folks out to support the important work of the Lookout. Homelessness hits not only the addicted and mentally ill but it hits seniors and families and folks who are just down on their luck.  So many live one cheque away from loosing their home and once that happens…it is very difficult to get back into the system. It can happen to ANYONE. Please contact me if you have ideas or connections that may help get the right folks to this event next year.

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