Welcome to the Friday Night Live guest line up. Our spring 2020 lineup is shaping up to be one of our best yet. As guests are confirmed we will be adding them to this page. Don't forget to sign up for our weekly newsletter so that you never miss your favourite guests.
January 17, 2020 - Chris Ronald
Influenced by countless British and North American artists of the 60s onward, Ronald’s music has been described as “Canadian folk with British roots.” Ronald first got hooked on songwriting at age 15 when he put to music a poem he wrote in high school, but he only started to go public in his thirties after emigrating to Canada from England. In recent years, Ronald’s “keenly luxuriant voice and immaculate songcraft” have won him numerous accolades including a nomination for “Songwriter of the Year” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards for his Timeline album. 2017 saw Ronald’s fourth album, Fragments, released on esteemed Canadian folk label Borealis Records ahead of national and international tour dates. In live performance, Chris draws on his abilities as a highly skilled singer, storyteller and musician to deliver a unique and captivating show.
January 24 - Nyla Carpentier
Nyla Carpentier (Tahltan, Kaska, French, Scottish) is a multifaceted performing artist currently residing in Vancouver. She is a poet, a writer , an actress, a powwow dancer and workshop facilitator. In the past, Nyla has come to FNL and taught us Powwow dance, but this time we will be seeing a different side of her.
Nyla will be doing a reading of her new play, Dissection of a
Indian Aboriginal First Nation Indigenous Native Status Full-Blood Non-Status Halfbreed Métis Rez Urban Mixed Heritage Woman.
Her play asks the question, which part belongs to who? Told through family and personal stories, poetry, dance and a bit of song, she tries to find out who she is and where her mixed heritage is pulling her. Unraveling and weaving together her experiences to figure out how to fit within society and not set it on fire.
Nyla performed this show at the 2019 fringe last August to sold out houses and rave reviews. We are thrilled to have her coming to FNL to perform this work.
January 31 - Dino Dinicolo
Dino is a North Van based Musician, with a lot of world touring under his belt.
He brings with him a super unique act: bassist, vocalist, beat boxer, one man band and even incorporates some Gregorian throat singing into his high energy Funk, Soul and Jazz sound.
On stage and off, Dino's casual, friendly and funny personality comes through, which is why his live performances are so mesmerizing. Friday Night Live is super excited to have Dino coming to our stage.
February 7, 2020 - Beverley Elliott
Beverley Elliott is a Canadian actress and singer-songwriter. She is best known for playing the role of Granny in Once Upon a Time, Maggie Krell in Harper's Island, Brick Bannerman in Kingdom Hospital and Sally Duffield in Bordertown.
Beverley is an amazing performer with a huge list of credits. FNL invites you to learn more about Beverley at her web site
February 14, 2020 - Liam Sturgess
West Vancouver singer/songwriter/musician Liam Sturgess, is bringing his music to Friday Night Live..
Inspired by his idols Jason Mraz, Coldplay and Linkin Park, Liam released his first album, Hit the Stage, in 2013. Shortly after, he produced the follow up album, The Book of Prime. Liam has continued developing his self-produced sound developing albums that include Café des Rêves and fan favourite singles Woah!, Tuesday Afternoon and Kingdom Come.
February 21, 2020 - Stranger Friends
Stranger Friends is the brain child of Dean Thiessen. Dean is a Vancouver based pianist, composer and arranger. His piano trio, Stranger Friends, combines his appreciation of the jazz tradition, free improvisation and counterpoint within a collection of original compositions.
February 28, 2020 - Evan Kennedy
Evan is a north shore based full-time professional musician.
He has a timeless grit to his voice that’s is of rare quality (think Joe Cocker, Ray Lamontagne)
Evan’s story is all about family, he comes from a linage of vancouver based musicians and is now a loving husband and father of one and just announced.. Another on the way.
March 6th, 2020 - Deanna Knight
Deeply rooted in the Vancouver gypsy –jazz scene for over 19 yrs as the sultry and dynamic chanteuse of The Hot Club of Mars, Knight’s musical journey stretches well beyond swing. Recently drawn back to her “soul song”, Deanna performs her life-affirming, earth-loving, musical art with a healthy dose of both folk and jazz.
Her musical theatre roots shine through with an undeniable passion for melody and lyric. She has the rare ability to dive deep into your heart and mind …not only leaving you with chills but also thoughts of love, blessings, hope and healing….and perhaps a giggle or two.
March 13, 2020 - Joel Eddington
Joel Eddington is a Vancouver based magician who's been amazing audiences since the age of twelve. His primary focus is close-up, creating immersive moments of astonishment with cards, coins, & borrowed objects. He has performed on TV/web advertisements & has consulted teaching actors & directors how to perform magical effects. He has entertained at the Shangri La, The Vancouver Club, Science World, & numerous event spaces around the province. Joel has worked for a lot of companies including the cast of Riverdale, WorkSafe BC, The Westin Bayshore, Canadian Western Bank, Seaspan, China Eastern Airlines, Remax, & many more...
March 20th, 2020 - Spring Break
March 27, 2020 - Michael Fabro
Michael Is a full-time professional musician from New Westminster BC.
A one man band, loop artist and Latin Guitar extraordinaire.
It’s really quite incredible how fast of a player he is. People at shows are amazed at his technical skills. Michael has a cool story, studying latin guitar in Barcelona.
April 3rd, 2020 - Songscape Duo Returns
Songscape Duo is classical art song duo founded by Lynn Valley United’s own Music Minister, Frank Chu and American soprano, Madeline Miskie-Jaeger during the summer of 2014. The duo met while they were both completing advanced post-graduate degrees at The University of Maryland and bonded over many things, including their shared love of all things art song, the perfect balance of poetry and music. The special genre of art songs requires both singer and pianist to be fully immersed in the poetry and committed to expressing a unified interpretation of verse and music.
Madeline and Frank are excited to return to FNL and present part two of their “Story in a Song” programme. Each of the selections chosen contain a story told through song. The programme will contain a mixture of English, German & Russian Art Songs as well as some cabaret and Musical Theatre selections.
April 10, 2020 - JC Superstar Sing Along
An FNL tradition.
April 17, 2020 - Patrick Courtin with Mahogany Hall
Aa Tribute to the Great Crooners (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, etc). Vocalist Simon Paterson and pianist Patrick Courtin have done two seasons in Barkerville together, in addition to many jazz gigs. For this special trbute, they are adding an upright bassist to create a trio for this tour.
May 22, 2020 - Piano Adventures with Frank Chu
Special fund raising event
In this years instalment of Piano Adventures, Classical pianist and Lynn Valley United Church Minister of Music, Frank Chu will be presenting a concert of music not written for piano. All the selections will be either arrangements or transcriptions of works written for other instruments or mediums. Come hear how a solo violin work is transcribed for piano, how a Schubert Art Song is translated for solo piano or even how to take a beloved Sondheim piece for stage and arranged for solo piano.