Sun, May 26th - Commercial Drive Legion
$17 Advance tickets available online at raincoastchoir.com
or in person at High Life and Red Cat Records
$20 at the door
Rain Coast Choir's Legacy Tribute Showcase honours artists we've lost, and the music that lives on. The choir will be joined by Marco Marin (drums) and Kellan Benz (bass).
The Showcase will take place at the iconic Commercial Drive Legion, featuring performances by Monica Lee Band and Jack Garton, with special guests Chelsea Johnson, Adam Farnsworth and Elise Hall-Meyer.
Doors at 7pm - Music starts at 7:30pm
All ages welcome - Cash bar (19+ ID required)
RAIN COAST CHOIR
Rain Coast Choir is a non-auditioned, 4-part Rock/Pop choir based in East Vancouver, BC and led by Joline Baylis. We create fine-tuned vocal arrangements of classic songs and current favourites. Over the years, we’ve sung songs by Paul Simon, Fiona Apple, The Beach Boys, Neil Young, Bahamas, M. Ward, Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen and more!
Since our inception in 2016, we have grown to a group of over 35 passionate and dedicated singers, and have performed at St. James Hall, Full Circle Studio, Notional Space, and One Thousand Rivers. We will be welcoming new members in September for our Fall 2019 Season.
MONICA LEE BAND
Monica is good at sad songs. Beautifully flawed, lost and on display, vulnerable yet still powerful she captures our essence and mirrors it back to us. Playing piano, guitar, viola and her voice, Lee has produced a collection of stories and songs that will bring you back from where ever you have been.
Raised in Alberta on a crazy cocktail of Classical and Calypso, yet surrounded by speed metal and country music, she has been running from her roots since she was 19 and first hit the road. She studied Jazz, sang with a big band, a gypsy swing band, toured with a hip hop poet playwright and had a weekly house gig in the heart of East Van at the Libra Room on Commercial Drive for 15 years. There she tried on every style and genre and loved them all. Genre bending and not afraid to sing her truth, Lee’s soulful songs can be both powerful emotional exposés and fun runaway hoedowns.
Playing with her longtime collaborators Jesse Waldman on Guitar, Michael Simpsonelli on Drums and Steven Huston on Bass, Monica Lee offers up a set of her most haunting songs from on their forthcoming release Farewell.
Steeped in the solitude of the mountains and islands of the Pacific Northwest, raised in the boisterous and irreverent East Vancouver arts community, Jack Garton’s music is a dance party for the vulnerable at heart. In the lineage of Weird and Wonderful Canadian songwriters Leonard Cohen, k.d.Lang, Corb Lund and Geoff Berner, Garton’s songs alchemize brokenness and pride, and celebrate the sheer “absurd difficulty of being alive” (Geoff Berner) with wit and grace. Over the last ten years while touring Canada, the USA and Europe, Garton has developed a distinctive voice on the accordion, mixing cajun, european and country styles with ease into an exciting roots music feast. Whether backed by his powerful band the Demon Squadron or solo, armed with an accordion and trumpet, his shows are theatrical, fluid, confessional, and fun. They reflect a lifetime of devotion to the art of live music as well as an impressive breadth of life experience including his roles as a father and husband, local gravedigger, theatre artist and music teacher.
Garton’s 2016 release “Move the Mess Around” is a manual for living with commitment, set to a roots roller-coaster soundtrack courtesy of his loyal band the Demon Squadron.
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