Past Events

TONYE AGANABA, CORRINA KEELING, and EARNEST ICE CREAM: a Benefit for Good Pitch Vancouver

Wednesday, 10 July 2019  |  19:00 to 22:00

How often do you get the warm deliciousness of Tonye Aganaba and Corrina Keeling, and the chilly deliciousness of Earnest Ice Cream in the same room? You’ll have to ask Tonye and Corrina — who are, fortunately for them and us, often found in the same room — about the nature and extent of their ice cream habits. But we’d wager that YOU don’t often have the chance for this tasty triple-threat.

This evening is a benefit concert-cum-pig-out for Good Pitch Vancouver, a singular organization leveraging the social impact of Canadian-made documentary films with a creativity and reach that even the filmmakers themselves frequently cannot imagine. If you cannot join us for this benefit concert (and ice cream!), we urge you to learn more about Good Pitch and to lend them your most generous support.

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BOOK LAUNCH: Bill Arnott’s Gone Viking: A Travel Saga

MUSIC: Bill Arnott and Michael Averill

Thursday, 4 July 2019  |  Doors at 18:30, Music & Reading from 19:00

Join bestselling author, poet, songwriter Bill Arnott to celebrate the publishing of his new travel memoir, Gone Viking: A Travel Saga. Bill treks the globe in the wake of the Vikings, finding adventure and hilarious misadventure.

The evening will also feature live music with Bill and Michael Averill performing work from their collaborative CD, Studio 6.

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ROBERTALANFUTUREHEARTS & TEN MOON

Tuesday, 18 June 2019  |  Doors at 20:00, Music from 20:30

robertalanfuturehearts is a unique project, presented by a group of forward thinking jazz and folk musicians from West Toronto and East Gothenburg: The sound of human interaction snapped to the grid of music and language. Led by Robert Alan Mackie, Canadian double bassist and writer, their performance features spoken word poetry, free improvisation, and the rhythmic sensibilities of traditional music, combined in an immersive, wholly contemporary experience.

robertalanfuturehearts will be joined by Ten Moon. whose music places fantastical lyrics within dreamy soundscapes.

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GEORGE FAMILY SUNDANCE FUNDRAISER

FRIday, 24 MAY 2019  |  Doors at 20:00, Music from 20:30

Murray Porter, Dalannah Gail Bowen, Buckman Coe, Oceanside Dakota, and MC Ostwelve headline this musical fundraiser in support of the 2019 George Family Sundance. The George Family have been heroic in protecting the land and water in T’sleil-Watuth traditional territory. Come show your appreciation for their tireless work.

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OLIVER SWAIN

SATURday, 11 MAY 2019  |  Doors at 20:00, Music from 20:30

Oliver Swain continues his celebrated “chamber folk odyssey” — a creative, genre-bending approach to roots music — at Notional Space as he tours Western Canada. Oliver is a brilliant multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter, whose music combines the erudition of an ethnomusicologist, the whimsy of a stand-up comedian, and the rousing urgency of a social activist.

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ILLITERATTY

SUNday, 5 MAY 2019  |  Doors at 18:30, Music from 19:00

Earle Peach, Albert Klassen, Kirsten Daub, Natalie Philp, Simon Kendall, and Wesley Skakun play a diverse repertoire that is deeply musically literate, drawing on diverse “metafolk” traditions and genres; and their tight instrumental interplay and complex vocal harmonies are anything-but-ratty.

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BLACK DOG STRING QUARTET

FRIday, 3 MAY 2019  |  Doors at 20:00, Music from 20:30

Violinists Elyse Jacobson and Molly McKinnon, Violist John Kastelic, and Cellist Doug Gorkoff comprise one of the hottest ensembles in Vancouver. Black Dog String Quartet will premiere John Kastelic’s songs for voice and string quartet, and will be joined by special guest Tony Kastelic. Erasing the lines between classical music and contemporary folk music, these latest songs sparkle with ingenuity, thoughtfulness, and lyricism. As a counterpoint to the songs, the group presents Brahms’ stunning String Quintet #2.

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GABRIEL DUBREUIL TRIO: with Madeleine Elkins and Chad Galpin

SATurday, 20 APRIL 2019  |  Doors at 20:00, Music from 20:30

Violinist Gabriel Dubreuil is an astonishingly delightful and versatile musician. If you were lucky, you caught his electrifying show here last year with cellist George Crotty. He returns to Notional Space with guitarist Madeleine Elkins and bassist Chad Galpin. Gabriel calls their instrumental bent “swing-grass”; but The Celtic Connection considers their sound to be “a hot example of Celtic music and jazz fused together by superb musicians.” Come try to peg their virtuosic interplay for yourself… if you can.

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Re:Sisters  +  Fraser Union  +  What It Is!  =  benefit concert for WISH Drop-In Centre

Saturday, 6 April 2019  |  doors at 20:00, music from 20:30

Three great groups, one great cause. Come support WISH Drop-In Centre, which helps street-based sex workers on the DTES meet their basic daily needs.

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BONFIRE NIGHT BENEFIT FOR AUNT LEAH’S PLACE: BLUE DIRT GIRL, SARAH WHEELER, REID JAMIESON BAND

Friday, 5 April 2019  |  Doors at 19:30, Music from 20:00

blue dirt girl is the latest musical project of singer, songwriter, guitarist, and Vancouver indie mainstay Kathryn Sutherland. The Notional Space show will feature Albert Klassen on bass and Jason Overy on drums, along with special guests Sarah Wheeler and Reid Jameison. 

This show will be a benefit concert to support Aunt Leah’s Independent Lifeskills Society, helping to prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless and mothers in need from losing custody of their children. The event is graciously co-sponsored by Luppolo Brewing Company, on tap for the evening. It will also be advanced ticketed by blue dirt girl — which is a nice way to show your support for Aunt Leah’s House if you cannot attend — so be sure to check the full information at the link below.

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MOIRA SMILEY

Sunday, 31 March 2019  |  Doors at 19:30, Music from 20:00

The great American composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Moira Smiley will present her solo show “The Voice Is A Traveler”, interweaving arresting original songs with American and European folksongs that speak of journeys and border-crossings, both geographical and metaphorical, and with stories that underscore the longing that drives the peripatetic life.  Moira will be joined by special guests Rene Worst and Jen Scott.

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CITIZEN JANE

FRIday, 29 MARCH 2019  |  Doors at 20:00, Music from 20:30

We love Citizen Jane.  And we love the way songwriter, guitarist, mandolinist, and lead singer Reenie Perkovic and violinist extraordinaire Lea Kirstein describe their unique indie-folk sound: “Two parts daydream, one part grunge.”  Their debut album, “In the Storm” has received excellent notices and their live performances display both polished, sophisticated musicianship and compelling, raw emotional resonances.

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DANIELLE KNIBBE

SATurday, 16 MARCH 2019  |  Doors at 20:00, Music from 20:30

At Notional Space, we don’t play favourites; but sometimes favourites play Notional Space. Danielle is, quite frankly, one of the most brilliant young songwriters in North America. Her compositions are presented in arrangements that feel simultaneously spare and lush. The offhand rawness of her gorgeous vocals are backed by intricate harmonies, always delivered with deft understatement. With bassist Connor Walsh and guitarist Bryn Besse, Danielle is touring her just-released “The Ribcage & The Heart”, the follow-up to her astonishing 2016 debut album, “Some Curious Birds”.

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FUNDRAISER IN SUPPORT OF SUTIKALH AND ULLUILSC ST’ÁT’IMC LAND PROTECTORS

SATurday, 9 MARCH 2019  |  17:00 to 22:00

Come celebrate and support the defense of traditional St’át’imc territory and help to fundraise for Sutikalh and Ulluilsc camps. Many wonderful artists have either created pieces for this event or are donating existing work for auction. The inimitable Ostwelve will MC, and there will be food, drumming, and many other activities.

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THE ACOUSTIC GUITAR PROJECT

Saturday, 17 November 2018  |  Doors at 20:00, Music from 20:30

One Guitar. One Week. One Song. Six Songwriters.

The Acoustic Guitar Project is a global music platform and concert series, taking place in 50 cities around the world, that inspires musicians to write an original songs and record them in one week.  One songwriter starts the cycle with Vancouver’s special guitar, writes a tune, and passes it off to the next artist when their week is up.  The project culminates with all five songwriters coming together for a show to share their fresh works and stories behind them.  This is that show.

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DISNEY MATINEE: Benefit Concert for Music Heals

Sunday, 18 November 2018  |  Doors at 13:00, Music from 13:30

Kids love the songs from Disney films.  Adults love the songs from Disney films.  Who else loves them?  Musicians do!  (You know musicians: they often look like adults, but are really kids.)

In this special matinee concert, local artists — including Julia Spitale, Shera Kelly, Michael Averill, Natalie Ramsay, and many others — have worked-up covers of their favourites.  So come — and bring a kid or two with you!

This show is a benefit in support of Music Heals which raises money and awareness for music therapy programs.  Consider giving generously, even if you cannot attend.

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DAUGHTER OF THE MOON

Saturday, 10 November 2018  |  Doors at 20:00, Music from 20:30

Daughter of the Moon — none other than Vancouver’s sublime songwriter Natalie Ramsay — celebrates the release of her new album.  Come celebrate with her.

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IAN JANES

Saturday, 13 October 2018  |  Doors at 20:00, Music from 20:30

We are delighted to welcome back this great Nova Scotia songwriter.  Ian’s East Coast Music Award nominated album”Yes Man” has received wonderful notices from the music press, as has his latest single, “Can’t Remember Never Loving You”, which was originally heard in the TV show “Nashville”.

Ian’s performances are stunning.  His exceptionally strong songwriting might fit comfortably into a country genre, but the magic happens when these gorgeously crafted songs are married with his love of delicate jazz chords and a voice that is pure blue-eyed soul.

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DIEMM: “Ten Thousand Miracles” Album Release Concert

WEDNESDAY, 19 September 2018  |  Doors at 19:00, Music from 19:30

We are delighted to welcome back Diemm, the brilliantly introspective poet and Celtic harpist who played an absolutely transcendent show here in June.  This concert is special: it celebrates the release of her “ethereal, neo-classical chamber folk” album, Ten Thousand Miracles.  Her band will include bassist Oliver Swain and percussionist Ben Johnson.

Come enjoy the music and pick-up the new album.

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ACQUA: Music for Cello Octet and Dancers

SATURDAY, 15 September 2018  |  Performances at 19:30 and  20:45, Doors 20 minutes in advance

The Allegra Chamber Orchestra presents the premiere of “Acqua”, by Composer-in-Residence Elizabeth Knudson. The work was conceived for cello octet and four dancers (Paula Pacheco Ribeiro, Oksana Maslechko, Alex Shigetomi, and Marie Taylor), with original choreography by Linda Arkelian.  The performance is made to be viewed from above, so most of the audience will occupy the mezzanine; but there will be seating for those for whom standing would be a challenge.

Also featured on the program will be music for water percussion, performed by percussionist Katie Rife.

There will be two performances of the program one at 7:30pm and another at 8:45pm. Space is limited, so please reserve well in advance.

If you reserve a space and find that you cannot come, please cancel your reservation or advise us so your space can go to someone else.

In keeping with both the water theme and the gift economy nature of Notional Space, Allegra Chamber Orchestra will be regifting all your financial support from the evening to the intrepid Coast Protectors — so please give generously.

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DON ALDER

FriDAY, 6 JUly 2018  |  DOORS AT 19:30, MUSIC FROM 20:00

Vancouver’s internationally acclaimed fingerstyle guitar legend returns home after a three month European tour to blow down our house.  Don picks, strums, beats, and cajoles an orchestra-worth of sound from an acoustic guitar.  Like superman, he bends steel (strings) with his bare hands.

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RAHMA HADDAD’S EVENING OF MIDDLE EASTERN DANCE

Monday, 21 June 2018  |  Doors at 19:30, DANCE from 20:00

Join Rahma Haddad, special guest dancers Caroline Heleczi, Carla Naar, and Devorah (Deborah Kerr), and Rahma’s students for and evening of Middle Eastern dance and music. While the dance performances are choreographed to prerecorded music, Oudist Serwan Yamolky and drummer Tim Gerwing will perform a live set of Arabic music.

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IAN JANES

Saturday, 16 June 2018  |  Doors at 20:00, Music from 20:30

The great Nova Scotia songwriter will take a break from Los Angeles, where he is recording the follow-up to his East Coast Music Award nominated “Yes Man”, to join us in Vancouver for an intimate, soulful evening.

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ANNA BAIGNOCHE + ANDY TABB WELCOME BAND

SATURday, 9 June 2018  |  Doors at 19:30, Music from 20:00

Anna B and Andy T bring their great bands and beautiful voices for a great evening of acoustic music.  Anna’s jazzy, folky repertoire is well-informed by her academic depth in ethnomusicology; but she plays straight from the heart.  Andy writes and renders traditional-feeling Americana with great sensitivity, virtuosity, and creativity.

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DIEMM + TOM VAN DEURSEN

Monday, 4 June 2018  |  Doors at 19:30, Music from 20:00

What do Diemm and Tom have in common?  The both call Kaslo home and they both write beautiful songs.  You may know Diemm as the brilliantly introspective poet and harpist who played an absolutely transcendent show here last November.  You know Tom as the guitarist and songwriter from Vancouver’s The Boom Booms.  The two will play an acoustic evening of original compositions and collaborations.

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RAIN COAST CHOIR + JOSHUA WOOD + SINÉAD SANDERS

THURSday, 24 MAY 2018  |  Doors at 19:30, Music from 20:00

Joline Baylis directs this rock-and-roll community choir, which brings tight four-part harmony arrangements to contemporary music. Join them, along with Joshua Wood and Sinéad Sanders, for a rollicking end-of-term performance.

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THE BURYING GROUND

THURSday, 3 MAY 2018  |  Doors at 19:30, Music from 20:00

The Burying Ground formed in 2014 as a duo, but Woody Forster and Devora Laye frequently perform their tight, torchy, old-timey Americana with a complement of wonderful instrumentalists — from strings large to strings small, from trumpets to tubas.  This event is a fundraiser to get them on their way to their first European tour.

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EAST VAN GUITAR NIGHT

Saturday, 14 April 2018  |  Doors at 19:30, Music from 20:00

Local guitarist Alexander Flock presents a line-up of virtuoso musicians representing guitar styles from around the world.  Joining Alex on stage will be Les Finnigan, John Gilliat, and Rossi Tzonkov.

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LOOSE ROOTS: Gabriel Dubreuil & George Crotty

Sunday, 25 March 2018  |  Doors at 19:30, Music from 20:00
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Violinist Gabriel Dubreuil and cellist George Crotty met as students at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Their music is rooted in Celtic fiddle tunes, but featuring a jazzy spontaneity and the intimacy of chamber music.

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Allegra Chamber Orchestra: WISH Drop-In Centre Benefit

Friday, 2 March 2018  |  Doors at 19:30, Music from 20:00
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Vancouver’s sensational all-woman chamber orchestra is  back at Notional Space, along with a lineup of very special guest artists, for an International Women’s Day concert. Proceeds from this event will go to Music Heals Canada to benefit the music therapy program for women at the WISH Drop In Centre on the downtown east side.  Advanced tickets are required, as space is limited.

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The Acoustic Guitar Project

17 November 2017  |  DOORS AT 19:30, MUSIC FROM 20:00

One Guitar. One Week. One Song. Five Songwriters.

The Acoustic Guitar Project is a global music platform — and concert series — that inspires musicians to write an original song and record it live in one week.

The Guitar Project takes place in 46 cities across the globe. This concert presents the 2017 work made by Vancouver’s five songwriters.

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Dawna McLennan

10 November 2017  |  doors at 7:30,  music from 8:00

Dawna McLennan brings her unique “ethereal, neo-classical chamber folk” to Vancouver for an evening of music and poetry. Dawna is a harpist, poet, and songwriter whose words and music are both introspective and designed to foster introspection in her audience.

Peace Poppies present an Evening of Song & Poetry

9 November 2017  |  doors at 7:30, music from 8:00

The collective that works to imbue each year’s Remembrance Day with wishes for peace — and not simply valourization of war — will bring together pacifist poets and musicians in celebration of hopefulness.

Performances by the Left Coast Labour Chorus; Re:Sisters; Jim Edmondson & Madeleine DeLittle; Ruth Walmsley and Friends, Bill Hood & Georgina Arntzen; plus poets Christopher Levenson, Leslie Timmins, Ken Klonskey and others.

Re:Sisters  +  Fraser Union  +  What It Is!  =  benefit concert for WISH Drop-In Centre

3 November 2017  |  doors at 7:30, music from 8:00

Three great groups, one great cause. Come support WISH Drop-In Centre, which helps street-based sex workers on the DTES meet their basic daily needs.

Emily Chambers with Alexander Flock; plus, special guest sets by Dawn Pemberton,  David Ward, and Terrence Jack

22 October 2017  |  doors at 7:30, music from 8:00

Come celebrate the work of videographer Michael Clarke, the visual force behind of Emily’s new music video and her wonderful VanJams project.

Farnaz Ohadi

18 Octoberber 2017  |  doors at 7:30,  music from 8:00

Acclaimed singer Farnaz Ohadi, along with  Spanish guitarist Peter Mole, present an evening of Persian Flamenco.  The duo will be accompanied by Flamenco dancer Andrea Williams and Persian classical dancer Fereshteh Zakeri.

C.R. Avery

3 October 2017  |  doors at 8:00, music from 8:30

Living in East Van, but celebrated far-and-wide for his imaginative, idiosyncratic poetry and music, CR Avery is a Neal Cassady or Tom Waits for a new generation.  He concludes a mini-tour with this hometown show to highlight his new book (“The Black Water Under The August Moon Parade”) and vinyl (“All the Angels Didn’t Scare Me”).

blue dirt girl: Aunt Leah’s Place benefit

22 September 2017  |  doors at 8:00,  music from 8:30

blue dirt girl is the latest musical project of singer, songwriter, guitarist, and Vancouver indie mainstay Kathryn Sutherland. The Notional Space show will feature Albert Klassen on bass and Jason Overy on drums. 

This show will be a benefit concert to support Aunt Leah’s Independent Lifeskills Society, helping to prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless and mothers in need from losing custody of their children. The event is graciously co-sponsored by Luppolo Brewing Company, on tap for the evening. Along with the blue dirt girl trio, the evening will feature a poetry performance by #ThinkingShip and music by ukuleleist Moira Chicilo.

Mohsin Zaman

6 September 2017  |  doors at 8:00, music from 8:30

Alberta’s great singer/songwriter has had an amazing year: he performed at the Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Calgary Folk Festivals; was appointed “Artist-in-Residence” with the Edmonton Folk Festival; and was voted Edmonton’s Male Artist of the Year.  He’s making his first trip to Vancouver to play St. James Hall — but we are lucky enough to get him the night before.  This Wednesday night show promises to be something very special.

Danielle Knibbe Trio

1 September 2017  |  doors at 8:00, music from 8:30

With bassist Connor Walsh and guitarist Bryn Besse, Toronto songstress Danielle Knibbe presents her compositions in arrangements that feel simultaneously spare and lush. The offhand rawness of her affecting vocals are backed by intricate harmonies, delivered with deft understatement.  Her 2016 debut, “Some Curious Birds”, displays the breadth and intelligence of her songwriting and gives a strong sense of the natural virtuosity her band exudes in live performance.

James Stuart Ferguson Band

25 August 2017  |  doors at 8:00, music from 8:30

James — along with bandmates Taylor Pawsey and Dave Julé — is releasing his debut EP and we are celebrating! Come join the party, and take-in the solid songwriting, excellent musicianship and polished vocal stylings of these Richmond, BC up-and-comers.

Songwriters Zach Kleisinger and Bre McDaniel will open the festivities.

Kate Reid

18 August 2017  |  doors at 7:00, music from 7:30

Slam poetry meets folk music and LGBTQ-themed tunes in celebrated queer-musical-activist Kate Reid. Her work is smart, funny, and biting; but it is also poignant and sweetly lyrical in the finest singer/songwriter tradition.

Julia Spitale

11 August 2017  |  doors at 7:00, music from 7:30

Come Celebrate the release of Julia Spitale’s great new album, “Good Again”. The record is cool for any number of reasons, not the least of which is Julia’s terrific songwriting talent. But it was also recorded and mixed (by Vancouver’s great Michael Averill) exclusively at the Vancouver Public Library!