SPRING SPEAKEASY SESSIONS

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IT’S TIME TO GET TOGETHER AGAIN!

Shake out those “glad rags” (evening clothes)! The Roaring 2020’s are here to stay at Evergreen, and so is our new socially-distant series of speakeasy-inspired, in-person live events. Join us for our Spring Speakeasy Sessions, featuring talented local performers and two special speakeasy performances we’re calling The Swing Sessions! 

We are selling tables – not tickets! – to our speakeasies to ensure social distancing, so there will only be 14 tables available per show. Don’t wait to secure your seats – our Spring Sessions are going to be “berries” (great), and we have lots of supportive ticketing & refund policies in place. All tables are on sale now!

The safety of our Staff, artists, and visitors continues to be our top priority. We encourage all visitors to read our full safety plan before joining us in any of our spaces.Join us for our Spring Speakeasy Sessions, featuring talented local performers and two special speakeasy performances we’re calling The Swing Sessions!


 

OUR 2021 SPRING SPEAKEASY SESSIONS: 

WILL’S JAMS: Rocks & Roots!

June 05, 2021 | 3:00 + 7:00pm

Will Stroet of Will’s Jams is the ultimate star of kindie rock! A  JUNO-, WCMA- and CFMA-nominated musician,CBC Kids,Universal Kidsand KidoodleTV star, educator and dad, he’s well loved for his original rock, folk, and blues music with witty wordplay and catchy choruses.

Since 2005,Will’s performed 2,000 shows for young audiences across Canada and China. His bilingual music in English and Frenchinspires kids to be active, healthy, creative and engaged in the world. Will’s 10th album, Rocks and Roots,” has been nominated for a 2020 CFMA and WCMAand is a celebration of nature, the outdoor and trying new things. 

*Table for 2: $36  |  Table for 4: $60


 

JOËLLE RABU & NICO RHODES: Piaf & More! 

June 12, 2021 | 3:30 + 7:30pm

With a music career spanning over 3 decades, Canadian singer-songwriter-actor Joëlle Rabu is being drawn back to the stage as she joins forces with her son, award-winning pianist Nico Rhodes.  

Piaf and More’ is a musical revue combining some of those iconic ‘chansons réalistes’ of the Piaf era, as well as contemporary storytelling ballads sprinkled with intimate conversations of life’s sorrows and humour.

*Table for 2: $70  |  Table for 4: $125

 


 

THE COMIC STRIPPERS: Fully Clothed!  

August 07 + 08, 2021 | 7:30pm

Intimate – but not interactive – some of Canada’s best improvisational comedians take on your suggestions and create spontaneous comedy sketches right before your eyes.

In this stripped down two person version of the show, members from the cast shed their characters, keep their shirts on, and the laughs going. Designed for more intimate settings and smaller venues, this is your chance to get to know the real comedians underneath the bow ties. 

*Table for 2: $70  |  Table for 4: $125


 

DAWN PEMBERTON & GAVIN YOUNGASH

August 21, 2021 | 3:30 + 7:30pm

Vancouver soul dynamo Dawn Pemberton is the secret weapon of funk and soul groups all over Western Canada, with a deep musical foundation rooted in tradition. Dawn spent her formative years surrounded by a family of multiinstrumentalists and developed a true love of music as a young girl.

In addition to regularly collaborating on the projects of her peers and having an educated background in jazz voice and piano, Dawn is a talented and passionate songwriter in her own right. A staple of the West Coast music scene, Dawn can be found tearing it up as a vocalist, arranger, and go-to for live performances and studio sessions.

*Table for 2: $70  |  Table for 4: $125


 

AND INTRODUCING… OUR NEW SWING SESSIONS! 


The Swing Sessions are a shift from our usual programming to invite our audiences to try something new + enjoy the smooth rhythms of Afro-Soul and R&B. Join us for a new series featuring emerging, BIPOC artists whose musical influences carry generations of sound with them. Re-connect with the arts this spring through the percussion of drums and guitars from the Latin American Coasts of Colombia and El Salvador. 
All Swing Session tables also go on sale December 07, 2020! 

These new Swing Sessions are the first in a new line of youth-focused programs to inspire the “Flaming Youth” of the 2020’s to get together in a safe + accessible way, where everyone is welcome and the unbelievable talent of BC’s BIPOC artists are celebrated as an integral part of our arts & culture community. Don’t wait to grab your tables – we have a feeling this exciting addition to our Spring Sessions are going to sell out fast! 


 

R&B AFRO-SOUL NIGHT: Sadé Awele & TRS  

June 03, 2021 | 9:00pm

Headliner: Sadé Awele is a Nigerian-born singer who is inspired by her Yoruba and Ibo heritage, which you experience in her music, one that ranges from afro-soul to conscious alternative R&B, neo-soul and contemporary R&B. Her music is certainly in a category of its own. Described by Exclaim! Media as an artist that needs to be heard in 2020, Sadé is the afro infused R&B artist you’ve been waiting for. Having won AFAM’s female artist of the year award, she has captivated spaces with her timeless lyrics and jazzy tone. She writes and performs any genre she likes without setting any boundary, relying on her emotions and intuitions.

Opening Act: TRS is an Ethiopian-Canadian artist born and raised in Vancouver BC. She has been musical in nature her whole life, and began to explore her voice, instruments, and songwriting from a very young age. She began performing as a solo artist by playing at Fortune Sound Club in 2019, and Her style often alludes to elements of the hip hop, soul and R&B classics that came before her, including sounds from the likes of Lauryn Hill, D’angelo, Aaliyah, Timbaland, J Dilla, and Sade. With her rich tone and smooth delivery paired with expressive and raw storytelling spanning love, loss, and everything in between, her music is made to make you feel.  

*Table for 2: $52  |  Table for 4: $92


 

AFRO-LATIN & INDIGENOUS RHYTHMS: John González & Kin Balam

June 10, 2021 | 9:00pm

Headliner: John González is a Colombian-Canadian accordion player, hand percussion player and teacher who specializes in Cumbia & Vallenato. He started playing the accordion when he was 10 years-old; his particular style of playing is heavily influenced by his teachers, travel, and broad cultural experiences.

He is also a community organizer of cultural events, where people from different cultures enjoy the diversity of dance and music, both Indigenous and contemporary.  He performs regularly around Vancouver and the Islands with his band Breaking Boundaries. Through the accordion John expresses the sounds of sacred chants, the Colombian accordion tradition and the sounds of two native indigenous flutes (Millo and  Gaita) accompanied by a strong percussion element.

Opening Act: Kin Balam (Balam Axayacatl S. Antonio) is a  Salvadorian-Canadian of Pipil Lenca Nahua heritage, guitar player, percussionist, singer, and composer. He started playing music at the age of three, using a drum stick to follow the tempo to all the different music that his family shared to him. One of the first styles that called his attention was Cumbia music, and he also studied classical guitar, trio music, and Afro-Latin rhythms on the congas. 

His musical project, Kin Balam, or Path of the Jaguar, portrays the struggles, beauty, history and warrior spirit of his journey in music and through life. His biggest inspirations before his 20’s  were Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Silvio Rodriguez. After his 20’s, he dedicated mainly to rap before coming back to the guitar to focus on flamenco music and to the study of his native Indigenous traditions from El Salvador, which involves the creation of native instruments. 

*Table for 2: $52  |  Table for 4: $92


 

SPRING SPEAKEASY TABLE PRICES 


 

We will be selling tables – not tickets – to each of our Spring Speakeasy performances.

Regular Program | Table for 2*: $70 | Table for 4: $125

Limited Program | Table for 2*: $52 | Table for 4: $92

All-Ages Program | Table for 2*: $36 | Table for 4: $60

We will be offering tables for groups of 4, and tables for groups of 2 to each show. Tables set specifically for groups of two will have the option to purchase additional seats (max. 2) to their table.

You will need to call our Box Office to purchase additional seats, so we can plan our event seating to ensure proper distance between each bubble of visitors joining us for the show. We know this complicates the process of buying more seats, but by starting our table prices for groups of two we’ll be able to ensure more members of our community can afford to join us for an in-person experience. 

*Add-On Seats are Available for Tables of 2!
To add additional seats to your table, contact the Box Office: 

 

604.927.6555

 

Image: David Mann, our General Arts Manager

A MESSAGE FROM THE “BIG CHEESE”

If you can call yourself a regular audience member at Evergreen, then you’ll recognize our General Arts Manager, David Mann. David oversees all the arts programming at our centre, and is the mastermind behind our new collection of events. Here’s a little message from the Mann himself: 

“Live Performance is Back at Evergreen!

I am thrilled to bring our loyal patrons a new series of Performing Arts presentations designed for our new collective reality in the 2020/21 season. The Evergreen Speakeasy Sessions are designed to create a fun opportunity to safely enjoy live performance experiences again!

Things were looking pretty bleak – and awfully quiet! – when we had to cancel all the shows that were booked from mid-March to the end of our 2019/20 Season and through next May. But things are changing! With full Covid-19 safety measures in place and socially-distanced cabaret-style seating in our Studio Theatre, we are offering a unique series of shows this fall, with another Speakeasy series to follow in the new year.

-David Mann

 

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