VICO – Sounds of two homes

The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO) has released their debut full-length album, In the Key of the World. The album, which consists of a multicultural and broadly-influenced array of chamber, folk and orchestral music, features the works of four Canadian or Canada-based composers, including UBC’s own Dorothy Chang. Chang’s suite, Lost & Found, takes the listener through an…

New takes on classic carols

The Nadeau Ensemble is set to (tentatively) bring their brand of Christmas cheer to the Evergreen Cultural Centre on Dec. 12. The Vancouver-based trio, which gets together once a year, consists of harpist Janelle Nadeau, violinist Serena Eades, and multi-instrumentalist Joaquin Ayala, takes a free-spirited approach to Christmas classics. “Some of the Christmas music we…

Matt Stern: be gentle, be understanding

Montreal-based Kanen and Victoria-based Matt Stern will blend their respective brands of singer-songwriter music for Coup de Coeur Francophone, a concert which is (tentatively) scheduled Nov. 28 both online and at Studio 16. Stern, who is also originally from Montreal, speaks of his experience as a bilingual anglophone solo artist making music across different lands…

Raven Chacon: Inside the music

Three musical performances of the works of New Mexico-based composer, sound artist, and visual artist Raven Chacon, including a performance of his composition American Ledger, will be presented virtually on Nov. 20, at the University of British Columbia’s Chan Centre, by the UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble. “With American Ledger, I’m using the score as an opportunity to…

Persian sounds on Canadian shores

In September, Iranian-Canadian musician and composer Saeid Kooshki joined Tsleil-Waututh filmmaker and poet Rachelle George for an evening of music and poetry at Maplewood Flats in North Vancouver. While George recited the works of her great grandfather Chief Dan George, Kooshki brought to the performance 36 years of experience with the santoor, a traditional Persian…

Alisa Blanc: raising the musical bar

B.C.-based francophone singer-songwriter Alisa Blanc performed her brand of moody smooth guitar pop for the Surrey Fusion Festival on Sept. 28, 2020. While she is currently writing music and studying in Japan, Blanc was raised in France before moving to B.C. During that time she has made the most of B.C.’s francophone singer-songwriter opportunities, all…

Celeigh Cardinal: singer, songwriter, storyteller, artist

Drawing from rock, blues, soul and folk influences, Celeigh Cardinal’s commanding voice and detailed personal lyricism centre her varied – and often arduous – experiences in her music. Cardinal champions Indigenous musical representation by way of her own presence and by uplifting fellow Indigenous artists. The Edmonton-based singer-songwriter has been awarded the 2020 Juno for…

Nêhiyawak – Indigenous trio dismantles colonial conceptions

Amiskwaciy (Edmonton)-based trio ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐊᐧᐠ (nêhiyawak) has been nominated for Best Indigenous Artist or Group in the 2020 Juno Awards for their debut full-length album nipiy. Kris Harper, the band’s lead singer, songwriter and guitarist speaks to the influences and inspirations behind the band’s genre of Moccasin-Gaze – an Indigenous play on the British-derived, guitar-heavy, wall-of-sound genre Shoegaze –as…

Surrey Virtual Canada Day – Sade Awele brings her soulful sound

Sade Awele, Nigerian-born Vancouver-based singer-songwriter, shares her blend of neo-soul, afro-soul, alternative and contemporary R&B, all while drawing on her personal and cultural experiences and heritage. “My dad is from the Yoruba culture, and [with] Yorubas they always say that music is in our blood. So, I found that as I write songs, there are…

Joshua Feinberg – Musical migration

Joshua Feinberg, a New Yorker who started learning piano at age four, didn’t expect his musical journey would lead to the faraway land of India. However, drawn to music improvisation and composition, he found his love for sitar and Hindustani music in his teenage years and since describes himself as a musical immigrant. “Indian classical…

Music for everyone

“Between our passion for music and helping people, it just seemed like a logical step to open a school where we were open for everyone, every type of learning, every age and had essentially no barriers,” says Kris Schulz, co-owner and operator of Horizon School of Music. Schulz, who teaches electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals…

Music for social change at St. James Music Academy

St. James Music Academy (SJMA), located in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) of Vancouver, has been providing free music education for children in the community for more than a decade. It is a charity organization that is mostly backed by private donors and it provides children from grade one onwards after school free music education based…

LeFLOFRANCO: thinker, musician, artist

“I think, therefore I am…but, who am I?” This is the question that Ottawa musician LeFLOFRANCO, or simply, FLO, tried to answer in detail on his first full length album, Force inhérente,meaning inherent strength, released Sept. 27, 2019. It’s also the question FLO will continue to answer during his two shows on Mar. 7 and 8,…