When music tells a good story

Taiwanese Canadian harpist Vivian Chen joins in Chor Leoni’s annual Christmas choral celebration at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church from Dec. 16–19. The celebrated harpist has performed with the Vancouver Opera and on the international stage and is excited to bring forth a joyous seasonal reprieve that is equal parts serene and light-hearted. “Sometimes for Christmas…

Children’s classical music – A different world of sound

Music is an experience. Unfamiliar sound, such as classical, allows the listener a chance to explore says David Bui. Bui leads the third and final show, Nov 20, in the Music is a Theme Park series, a kids-focused concert series presented by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Leading the VSO as its RBC assistant conductor, Bui says the…

Bringing it all together: Queer as Funk wants a space for everyone

Fostering fun and community to live audiences – by bringing funk, motown and soul along the way – Queer as Funk, a queer-led inclusive band, is set to bring a good funky time to the TD Community Plaza for the Coquitlam Summer Concert Series on Friday, Sept. 2. “It’s that sort of mission of building…

Whale songs mingle with soulful harmonies

Separation, both animal and human, from the natural world needs to be healed through musical connection, says Leah Abramson, singer-songwriter/composer of Songs For a Lost Pod. Using orca vocalizations as rhythmic beats, Abramson explores themes of interspecies communication, intergenerational trauma, and sorrow for a polluted planet. The show is imbued with compassion for orcas, who have…

Music to sustain perseverance and triumph

Pianist Ian Parker brings his classical talent, and a handful of musical friends, to the Kay Meek Centre for a Ukraine benefit concert on May 29. The performance features an assortment of classical music pieces from Bach, Saint-Saens, Brahms and Schumann, that were either composed or arranged for a more intimate chamber group. The net…

Carving a bold musical space

Music is engaging storytelling for Anishinaabek MC and singer-songwriter Leonard Sumner, who performs a mix of roots, country, and hip-hop. Sumner brings to the Chan Centre on March 5 his people’s tradition of storytelling by speaking truth to his experience, and encouraging others to do the same. “It’s super important to see Anishinaabek people telling…

When classical rigour meets improvisation

Cellist and composer Peggy Lee will be featured in two upcoming performances this month. On Nov. 1, Coastal Jazz will be re-airing a performance by the Peggy Lee Band from this year’s TD International Jazz Festival, and on Nov. 19, Handmade Blade, featuring Peggy Lee, trumpeter JP Carter and guitarist Aram Bajakian, will be performing…

A mix of history and intercultural compositions

Released on September 10 by Moshe Denburg’s band, Tzimmes, The Road Never Travelled is their first album to come about in more than 25 years. Comprised of music recorded by the band over the past three decades, The Road Never Travelled is not just a mix of what Jewish music has to offer, but Denburg’s own experience with Jewish…

The Pat Chessell Band – An eclectic mix of Celtic Maritime tunes

The Pat Chessell Band brings its blend of Celtic and Maritime music to the Glades Gardens in South Surrey on July 10, 2021. Employing a mix of upbeat jigs and pensive balladry, the band’s performances are comprised of mostly original material, both inspired by and supplemented with classics and Celtic favourites. “Sometimes people tell me…

Vox.Infold – music as a 4D experience of space and dimension

Co-presented by the Coastal Jazz Festival, the Indian Summer Festival and Lobe Studio, Vox.Infold is a special music project that transforms enchanting vocals into an immersive sound experience with the latest sound technology. “It is called 4D spatial sound. The studio [at Lobe] is equipped with speakers in the ceiling and under the floor. The…

DJ O Show: pushing boundaries and subverting expectations, DJ style

Orene Askew, known professionally as DJ O Show, is an Afro-Indigenous two-spirit DJ from North Vancouver’s Squamish Nation Reserves. As she wraps up her four-year term on said Nation’s band council as well, Askew says that she’s excited to get back to DJing full-time, performing a diverse array of live music, as social gathering restrictions…