Past Events


Monday, 21 June 2018  |  Doors at 19:30, DANCE from 20:00

Join Rahma Haddad, special guest dancers Caroline Heleczi, Carla Naar, and Devorah (Deborah Kerr), and Rahma’s students for and evening of Middle Eastern dance and music. While the dance performances are choreographed to prerecorded music, Oudist Serwan Yamolky and drummer Tim Gerwing will perform a live set of Arabic music.

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Saturday, 16 June 2018  |  Doors at 20:00, Music from 20:30

The great Nova Scotia songwriter will take a break from Los Angeles, where he is recording the follow-up to his East Coast Music Award nominated “Yes Man”, to join us in Vancouver for an intimate, soulful evening.

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SATURday, 9 June 2018  |  Doors at 19:30, Music from 20:00

Anna B and Andy T bring their great bands and beautiful voices for a great evening of acoustic music.  Anna’s jazzy, folky repertoire is well-informed by her academic depth in ethnomusicology; but she plays straight from the heart.  Andy writes and renders traditional-feeling Americana with great sensitivity, virtuosity, and creativity.

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Monday, 4 June 2018  |  Doors at 19:30, Music from 20:00

What do Diemm and Tom have in common?  The both call Kaslo home and they both write beautiful songs.  You may know Diemm as the brilliantly introspective poet and harpist who played an absolutely transcendent show here last November.  You know Tom as the guitarist and songwriter from Vancouver’s The Boom Booms.  The two will play an acoustic evening of original compositions and collaborations.

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THURSday, 24 MAY 2018  |  Doors at 19:30, Music from 20:00

Joline Baylis directs this rock-and-roll community choir, which brings tight four-part harmony arrangements to contemporary music. Join them, along with Joshua Wood and Sinéad Sanders, for a rollicking end-of-term performance.

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THURSday, 3 MAY 2018  |  Doors at 19:30, Music from 20:00

The Burying Ground formed in 2014 as a duo, but Woody Forster and Devora Laye frequently perform their tight, torchy, old-timey Americana with a complement of wonderful instrumentalists — from strings large to strings small, from trumpets to tubas.  This event is a fundraiser to get them on their way to their first European tour.

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Saturday, 14 April 2018  |  Doors at 19:30, Music from 20:00

Local guitarist Alexander Flock presents a line-up of virtuoso musicians representing guitar styles from around the world.  Joining Alex on stage will be Les Finnigan, John Gilliat, and Rossi Tzonkov.

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LOOSE ROOTS: Gabriel Dubreuil & George Crotty

Sunday, 25 March 2018  |  Doors at 19:30, Music from 20:00


Violinist Gabriel Dubreuil and cellist George Crotty met as students at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Their music is rooted in Celtic fiddle tunes, but featuring a jazzy spontaneity and the intimacy of chamber music.

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Allegra Chamber Orchestra: WISH Drop-In Centre Benefit

Friday, 2 March 2018  |  Doors at 19:30, Music from 20:00

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Vancouver’s sensational all-woman chamber orchestra is  back at Notional Space, along with a lineup of very special guest artists, for an International Women’s Day concert. Proceeds from this event will go to Music Heals Canada to benefit the music therapy program for women at the WISH Drop In Centre on the downtown east side.  Advanced tickets are required, as space is limited.

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The Acoustic Guitar Project

17 November 2017  |  DOORS AT 19:30, MUSIC FROM 20:00

One Guitar. One Week. One Song. Five Songwriters.

The Acoustic Guitar Project is a global music platform — and concert series — that inspires musicians to write an original song and record it live in one week.

The Guitar Project takes place in 46 cities across the globe. This concert presents the 2017 work made by Vancouver’s five songwriters.

Dawna McLennan

10 November 2017  |  doors at 7:30,  music from 8:00

Dawna McLennan brings her unique “ethereal, neo-classical chamber folk” to Vancouver for an evening of music and poetry. Dawna is a harpist, poet, and songwriter whose words and music are both introspective and designed to foster introspection in her audience.

Peace Poppies present an Evening of Song & Poetry

9 November 2017  |  doors at 7:30, music from 8:00

The collective that works to imbue each year’s Remembrance Day with wishes for peace — and not simply valourization of war — will bring together pacifist poets and musicians in celebration of hopefulness.

Performances by the Left Coast Labour Chorus; Re:Sisters; Jim Edmondson & Madeleine DeLittle; Ruth Walmsley and Friends, Bill Hood & Georgina Arntzen; plus poets Christopher Levenson, Leslie Timmins, Ken Klonskey and others.

Re:Sisters  +  Fraser Union  +  What It Is!  =  benefit concert for WISH Drop-In Centre

3 November 2017  |  doors at 7:30, music from 8:00

Three great groups, one great cause. Come support WISH Drop-In Centre, which helps street-based sex workers on the DTES meet their basic daily needs.

Emily Chambers with Alexander Flock; plus, special guest sets by Dawn Pemberton,  David Ward, and Terrence Jack

22 October 2017  |  doors at 7:30, music from 8:00

Come celebrate the work of videographer Michael Clarke, the visual force behind of Emily’s new music video and her wonderful VanJams project.

Farnaz Ohadi

18 Octoberber 2017  |  doors at 7:30,  music from 8:00

Acclaimed singer Farnaz Ohadi, along with  Spanish guitarist Peter Mole, present an evening of Persian Flamenco.  The duo will be accompanied by Flamenco dancer Andrea Williams and Persian classical dancer Fereshteh Zakeri.

C.R. Avery

3 October 2017  |  doors at 8:00, music from 8:30

Living in East Van, but celebrated far-and-wide for his imaginative, idiosyncratic poetry and music, CR Avery is a Neal Cassady or Tom Waits for a new generation.  He concludes a mini-tour with this hometown show to highlight his new book (“The Black Water Under The August Moon Parade”) and vinyl (“All the Angels Didn’t Scare Me”).

blue dirt girl: Aunt Leah’s Place benefit

22 September 2017  |  doors at 8:00,  music from 8:30

blue dirt girl is the latest musical project of singer, songwriter, guitarist, and Vancouver indie mainstay Kathryn Sutherland. The Notional Space show will feature Albert Klassen on bass and Jason Overy on drums. 

This show will be a benefit concert to support Aunt Leah’s Independent Lifeskills Society, helping to prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless and mothers in need from losing custody of their children. The event is graciously co-sponsored by Luppolo Brewing Company, on tap for the evening. Along with the blue dirt girl trio, the evening will feature a poetry performance by #ThinkingShip and music by ukuleleist Moira Chicilo.

Mohsin Zaman

6 September 2017  |  doors at 8:00, music from 8:30

Alberta’s great singer/songwriter has had an amazing year: he performed at the Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Calgary Folk Festivals; was appointed “Artist-in-Residence” with the Edmonton Folk Festival; and was voted Edmonton’s Male Artist of the Year.  He’s making his first trip to Vancouver to play St. James Hall — but we are lucky enough to get him the night before.  This Wednesday night show promises to be something very special.

Danielle Knibbe Trio

1 September 2017  |  doors at 8:00, music from 8:30

With bassist Connor Walsh and guitarist Bryn Besse, Toronto songstress Danielle Knibbe presents her compositions in arrangements that feel simultaneously spare and lush. The offhand rawness of her affecting vocals are backed by intricate harmonies, delivered with deft understatement.  Her 2016 debut, “Some Curious Birds”, displays the breadth and intelligence of her songwriting and gives a strong sense of the natural virtuosity her band exudes in live performance.

James Stuart Ferguson Band

25 August 2017  |  doors at 8:00, music from 8:30

James — along with bandmates Taylor Pawsey and Dave Julé — is releasing his debut EP and we are celebrating! Come join the party, and take-in the solid songwriting, excellent musicianship and polished vocal stylings of these Richmond, BC up-and-comers.

Songwriters Zach Kleisinger and Bre McDaniel will open the festivities.

Kate Reid

18 August 2017  |  doors at 7:00, music from 7:30

Slam poetry meets folk music and LGBTQ-themed tunes in celebrated queer-musical-activist Kate Reid. Her work is smart, funny, and biting; but it is also poignant and sweetly lyrical in the finest singer/songwriter tradition.

Julia Spitale

11 August 2017  |  doors at 7:00, music from 7:30

Come Celebrate the release of Julia Spitale’s great new album, “Good Again”. The record is cool for any number of reasons, not the least of which is Julia’s terrific songwriting talent. But it was also recorded and mixed (by Vancouver’s great Michael Averill) exclusively at the Vancouver Public Library!