Past Events

DAUGHTER OF THE MOON

Saturday, 10 November 2018  |  Doors at 20:00, Music from 20:30

Daughter of the Moon — none other than Vancouver’s sublime songwriter Natalie Ramsay — celebrates the release of her new album.  Come celebrate with her.

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IAN JANES

Saturday, 13 October 2018  |  Doors at 20:00, Music from 20:30

We are delighted to welcome back this great Nova Scotia songwriter.  Ian’s East Coast Music Award nominated album”Yes Man” has received wonderful notices from the music press, as has his latest single, “Can’t Remember Never Loving You”, which was originally heard in the TV show “Nashville”.

Ian’s performances are stunning.  His exceptionally strong songwriting might fit comfortably into a country genre, but the magic happens when these gorgeously crafted songs are married with his love of delicate jazz chords and a voice that is pure blue-eyed soul.

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DIEMM: “Ten Thousand Miracles” Album Release Concert

WEDNESDAY, 19 September 2018  |  Doors at 19:00, Music from 19:30

We are delighted to welcome back Diemm, the brilliantly introspective poet and Celtic harpist who played an absolutely transcendent show here in June.  This concert is special: it celebrates the release of her “ethereal, neo-classical chamber folk” album, Ten Thousand Miracles.  Her band will include bassist Oliver Swain and percussionist Ben Johnson.

Come enjoy the music and pick-up the new album.

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ACQUA: Music for Cello Octet and Dancers

SATURDAY, 15 September 2018  |  Performances at 19:30 and  20:45, Doors 20 minutes in advance

The Allegra Chamber Orchestra presents the premiere of “Acqua”, by Composer-in-Residence Elizabeth Knudson. The work was conceived for cello octet and four dancers (Paula Pacheco Ribeiro, Oksana Maslechko, Alex Shigetomi, and Marie Taylor), with original choreography by Linda Arkelian.  The performance is made to be viewed from above, so most of the audience will occupy the mezzanine; but there will be seating for those for whom standing would be a challenge.

Also featured on the program will be music for water percussion, performed by percussionist Katie Rife.

There will be two performances of the program one at 7:30pm and another at 8:45pm. Space is limited, so please reserve well in advance.

If you reserve a space and find that you cannot come, please cancel your reservation or advise us so your space can go to someone else.

In keeping with both the water theme and the gift economy nature of Notional Space, Allegra Chamber Orchestra will be regifting all your financial support from the evening to the intrepid Coast Protectors — so please give generously.

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DON ALDER

FriDAY, 6 JUly 2018  |  DOORS AT 19:30, MUSIC FROM 20:00

Vancouver’s internationally acclaimed fingerstyle guitar legend returns home after a three month European tour to blow down our house.  Don picks, strums, beats, and cajoles an orchestra-worth of sound from an acoustic guitar.  Like superman, he bends steel (strings) with his bare hands.

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RAHMA HADDAD’S EVENING OF MIDDLE EASTERN DANCE

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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IAN JANES

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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ANNA BAIGNOCHE + ANDY TABB WELCOME BAND

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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DIEMM + TOM VAN DEURSEN

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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RAIN COAST CHOIR + JOSHUA WOOD + SINÉAD SANDERS

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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THE BURYING GROUND

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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EAST VAN GUITAR NIGHT

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

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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.

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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!