Ebony Roots break ground in Yaletown

Promoting awareness and understanding of the history of Black communities in Vancouver is what inspires Brandon Thornhill. Ebony Roots (part two), with Thornhill as the show’s producer and vocalist, is a curated musical display of Black history in Vancouver. The concert, to be performed at the Yaletown Roundhouse Performance Centre on Feb. 9, takes attendees…

Yungchen Lhamo turns music into an offering

“We all love to be happy, we don’t want to be suffering,” says Tibetan singer Yunchen Lhamo. Lhamo showcases her values of healing and of joy with her upcoming spiritual-inspired performance. “I think, collectively, we can heal and we can send love to the world,” Lhamo says, about her upcoming shows. Lhamo has seen solid…

Celebrating joy this holiday season with Good Tidings! A Gospel Christmas

Vancouver gospel choir Good Noise is bringing its “Good Tidings! A Good Noise Gospel Christmas” show back for its 20th anniversary season this December. This year’s shows, on Dec. 15th and 16th, feature guest performances from gospel and R&B singers Timothy Fuller and Crystal Hicks. “As individuals they command the stage. And as a duo,…

Mad Pudding – A Canadian cross-cultural twist on Celtic music

Mad Pudding brings their unique Celtic Funk sound to the Mel Lehan hall at St. James Community Square, on Nov. 26. For guitarist, vocalist and founding member Andy Hillhouse, Mad Pudding is all about bringing a unique sound that’s both true to the band members and totally danceable. “I think folks are in for… a…

Hopeful Monster at Modulus Festival – An experience in experimentation

This year marks the 12th iteration of Music on Main’s Modulus Festival, a four-day event filled with music, conversation and a closing night pizza party. One such performance at Modulus features a collaboration between Costa Rican-born composer Mauricio Pauly and Armenian-Canadian pianist Eve Egoyan. Pauly and Egoyan are one of the headlining acts at the…

The music of community and culture

Come Toward the Fire’s celebration of Indigenous musicians Music’s universal connection allows people the chance to explore another nation’s cultural heritage. UBC’s Chan Centre, situated on Musqueam territory, hosts Come Toward the Fire – a Sept. 16 daylong celebration of Indigenous cultures with artisan showcases, food vendors, and musical performances. Amongst the line-up of Indigenous…

Folk Fest – Music near the beach

Broad and eclectic in range, and with something for every music aficionado, this year’s festival is global in spirit. For three days, morning to evening, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival (Jul 14–16) hits the grass at Jericho Beach Park. The festival schedule is posted online, and with over 40 music acts – with roots in…

Blues at heart

The Steve Kozak Band is bringing the blues to Blue Frog Studios in White Rock, June 3 with special guest Sherman ‘Tank’ Doucette. Born and raised in Vancouver, Kozak and his band will be performing a mix of both covers and original songs, spanning the gamut of different blues styles but with a healthy dose…

A dynamic celebration of the music of Ennio Morricone

The guitar’s musical flexibility offers new experimental compositions, says Marc Morin, guitarist for Montreal Guitar Trio (MG3). Celebrating its 25th anniversary, MG3 brings a virtuosic, energetic groove at Victoria’s Hermann’s Upstairs on May 16. “The interesting thing with the guitar is that it’s not just one instrument,” says Morin. While it’s often a lot of…

Eastern and Western, a contemplation of identity through music

Award-winning composers and musicians Layale Chaker, Kinan Azmeh and Dinuk Wijeratne share a worldly musical mix that reflects on the ephemeral meaning of home at the Chan Centre on May 5. The show, titled The Journeyed Compass, takes listeners through original compositions by the trio, blending Middle Eastern, South Asian and Western Classical music, as well…