Past Events

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!