Väsen: a new take on Swedish folk music

The Swedish acoustic trio Väsen, celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, has developed their own spin on traditional Swedish Folk music over the last three decades, lending what they feel is a virtuosic level of rhythmic and melodic complexity to their both their studio albums and live performances. The Rogue Folk Club, will present the…

Kobo Town: Colourful Caribbean stories through music

Kobo Town, winner of multiple music awards including the prestigious Juno award, will be performing at the Wise Hall on Apr. 16. The event is organized by Caravan World Rhythms, a non-profit organization that promotes music from diverse cultural backgrounds. Founded and fronted by Toronto-based Trinidad singer Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town is named after the…

By the Light of the Dark Moon tour: Ayla Nereo

Musician and performer Ayla Nereo will bring her soulful voice and unique sound to the Fox Cabaret on April 5, 2019. Drawing on themes of compassion, life and our relationship with the earth, Nereo’s performance seeks to allow her audience, and herself, to experience life in the present moment, calling to attention our relationship with…

Coquitlam contra dance

The Sybaritic String Band will bring the sound of contra dance – their blend of Celtic, English Country and French-Canadian music – to the Festival du Bois in Mackin Park, Coquitlam on Mar. 22 with a goal of creating a thoroughly danceable atmosphere for all. “It’s an interesting mixture between the dancers, the musicians and…

Ainu and Haida singers share stage and indigenous spirit

The Museum of Anthropology in conjunction with the Centre for Japanese Research at UBC will present an evening of unique music by indigenous singers from both Japan and British Columbia on March 14. The event will showcase traditional music from Hokkaido Ainu singers Mayunkiki and Tomoe Yahata, along with Haida singer Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson and her…

Memories of blue in Vancouver

A new production of the life of famed poet and activist Gwendolyn Brooks will be performed in a variety of media. “It’s a live biopic, a music video, a poetry performance, all mixed up into one giant onstage show,” says Sarah Fornace, co-artistic director of No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. No Blue Memories: The…

Shahzad Ismaily goes solo at the Western Front

New York-based multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily will be performing at the Western Front on Feb. 26. Having recorded and toured with artists such as Laurie Anderson, Ben Frost and Colin Stetson, the acclaimed accompanist and band member sets out to bring a more intuitive, improvisational direction in his solo shows. “I will plan to have around…

Christopher Ho – the otherworldly musician

Some singers start early in life. Christopher Ho picked up his first guitar at age 15, managed to write a song the day after, and ever since has found his calling. After a two-year long hiatus, and with ten albums and hundreds of songs in his repertoire, Ho is ready to get back into the…

Derek Gripper – Music as an ongoing, collective process

Derek Gripper, Cape Town guitarist, will share his version of Western Classical and West African griot music at St. James Hall in Kitsilano on Jan. 26, 2019. Challenging the categories of homage and originality, the composer-performer interprets and transforms the works of Sebastian Bach and revered Malian kora player Toumani Diabaté, in hopes to reveal…

A Scandinavian musical state of mind

Hailing from Røros, Norway, SVER seeks to bring fresh perspective and energy to traditional Scandinavian folk music. The quintet brings their bold energetic brand of Norwegian Folk Music to the Rogue Folk Club on Jan. 16. A rich history and sound Nearly every region of the world has its own kind of folk music. Some…

VR meets art

Kiran Bhumber and Nancy Lee will be presenting Telepresence, an interactive virtual reality (VR) experience on Dec.14 and 15 at Western Front. The creators of the project bring together their mutual experience in music and visual and multimedia art in a piece which seeks to subvert the hierarchy of aural and visual artistic elements. “The medium…

Good Tidings! A Christmas gospel special

This December, for the 15th consecutive year, the Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir will light up the holiday season with their annual Good Tidings! A Good Noise Gospel Christmas concert. Joined once again by award-winning jazz singer and B.C. native Maureen Washington, Good Noise will ring in the holiday season with several vibrant, nearly sold out…

Nylez K – pushing the music envelope

This year has been a busy and memorable one for R&B and hip hop artist Nylez K, taking the plunge to pursue music full-time, doing multiple live performances in and out of the city, all while releasing his new hit single Remind Me recently with an EP on the way for next year. Nylez K will be…