Upcoming Events

THE NORTH SOUND

FRIDAY, 24 MAY 2024  |  DOORS AT 19:30, MUSIC FROM 20:00

Forged deep in Treaty 7 Territory, where the prairies rush towards the foothills, The North Sound is a partnership between lead singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Forrest Eaglespeaker and vocalist and composer Nevada Eaglespeaker. As spouses who play and write together, the themes of family, love and sacrifice are inescapable. At the heart of great songwriting is great storytelling, and The North Sound give shared voice to tales of tribulations overcome, traditions celebrated, and everyday triumphs.

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HAIDA ORCA SANCTUARY BENEFIT with LUKE WALLACE

SATURDAY, 25 MAY 2024  |  DOORS AT 19:30, MUSIC FROM 20:00

Join singer, songwriter, activist, local favourite, and all-around goodnik Luke Wallace for a special benefit concert to help establish a sanctuary for the rehabilitation and rewilding of orcas held captive by the aquarium entertainment industry. This is a joint project between the Haida nations and We Belong to the Sea, a local nonprofit organization. Even if you cannot come to hear Luke (and Foghorn Lil of the Tiny Milkshakes, who will open), please consider giving your generous support to this project.

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JAMES HOULAHAN

FRIDAY, 7 JUNE 2024  |  DOORS AT 19:30, MUSIC FROM 20:00

Join us for an evening with acclaimed Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter James Houlahan. James has produced a substantial body of work, including six albums over the past twelve years, since devoting himself full-time to presenting his own music. James puts substance over style, in a voice beautifully described by Glide Magazine as “rustic open-heartedness”. His work is is often driven by bluesy chops or floated over acoustic guitar rhythms that could have come straight from a 1960s Greenwich Village coffee house or West Texas roadhouse. This alchemy of Americana has made James a mainstay of the Indie scene in LA.

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MEDUSA QUARTET

WEDNESDAY, 26 JUNE 2024  |  DOORS AT 19:30, MUSIC FROM 20:00

Wielding a sound that would turn classical music scholars to stone, these four folk musicians are reimagining the Western string quartet. By reviving string timbres previously regarded as too ugly for “polite society,” Medusa tempts us to redefine what is beautiful.

Since their formation, this adventurous quartet of Georgia Hathaway, Lea Kirstein, Marta Sołek, and Saskia Tomkins have been slaying all across Canada, including at Vancouver’s own Rogue Folk Club and in the showcases at this year’s Canadian Folk Music Awards in St. John’s, where their debut album was shortlisted for album of the year.

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COUPLAND FISHER VOLKOV: SONGWRITERS IN-THE-ROUND

SATURDAY, 6 July 2024  |  DOORS AT 19:30, MUSIC FROM 20:00


Claire Coupland, Ian Fisher, & Sammy Volkov recently crossed paths at the Folk Alliance music conference in Kansas City.  Quick friendships were formed and the three songwriters, respectively from British Columbia, Missouri, and Alberta, cooked up the plan to share their heartfelt songs and humorous stories in an unforgettable night of “in-the-round” performances for their West Coast tour of Canada this summer.

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ZMI

SATURDAY, 13 July 2024  |  DOORS AT 19:30, MUSIC FROM 20:00


Zmi is a composer and pianist from Shizuoka, Japan whose boundless expressiveness is matched only by her irrepressible delight.  Whether finding her way through extemporaneous “Piano Diaries”, much like a young Keith Jarrett, or writing in a more formal, structured way, her work conveys an exuberant, if gentle embrace of the world.  Although Zmi’s tenderness and romanticism is uniquely identifiable, it’s also impossible to resist easy comparisons:  her more dramatic compositions often feature lush pentatonic motifs, giving them the kind of cultural rootedness you might expect from a composer like Sakamoto Ryiuchi; some of her short pieces have a touch and feel that evoke Bill Evans or Lyle Mays; her expressionistic work combining piano and voice call to mind experimentations by Patrick Watson or Sufjen Stevens.  Zmi is looking to raise the funds to record her next album.  Come help get her back into the studio.

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SARAH JANE SCOUTEN

MONDAY, 15 JUly 2024  |  DOORS AT 19:30, MUSIC FROM 20:00

Sarah Jane Scouten is a Canadian folk and Americana songwriter. Her songs are musically steeped in history, paying homage to 60s and 70s country songwriters, British folk revival, and bluegrass and old time music; but we can also hear the impact of her move in 2019 to the hills of southwest Scotland. Lyrically, she is grounded in the present and her work is emotionally resonant and poetically deft. Sarah Jane is touring her fifth album, Turned to Gold, released in the Fall of 2023, and we are lucky to have her bringing her work and spirit back to Canada.

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TIM READMAN: ALBUM RELEASE LISTENING PARTY

SATURDAY, 7 September 2024  |  DOORS AT 19:30, MUSIC FROM 20:00

Vancouver’s Tim Readman — musician, singer, songwriter, producer and music journalist — is celebrating the release of a new album: Songs from Eighth & Eight. The work is titled for the arts and community space initiative, led by Massey Theatre in New West, where Tim was an artist-in-residence and where the songs were written. Although he’s an accomplished performer, touring broadly throughout North America, Europe, and the UK, on this night, Tim will be DJing his new record, rather than performing it live, providing commentary along the way. Songs from Eighth & Eight stands as a collection of protest songs, deeply relevant to our present moment, exploring themes of climate change, political conflict, and social inequality.

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