Welcome to the Friday Night Live guest line up. The 2018/19 season is now over and the FNL production team is hard at work putting together the 2019/20 season. Check back here often as our list of guests grows and tickets become available.
September 20th, 2019 - Matt Grinke's Happiest Big Band On Earth
What started out as an assignment in University grew into a full scale big band that is now called the Happiest Big Band On Earth. This full 17 piece Jazz Big Band brings a fresh sound to Disney favourites with arrangements written by Matt Grinke and played by some of the hottest Jazz musicians in Vancouver.
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September 27th, 2019 - Kristina Shelden of VAMS
Kristina Shelden is a Canadian singer, songwriter and performer of aboriginal descent based in Vancouver, BC. Her voice floats through tones, from sweet and soft, to sultry and vivacious, to a powerhouse sound that grabs you and lifts you with it.
Kristina started performing at an early age in choirs, musicals, and jazz bands. After putting herself through a year of basic musicianship in college, however, she suffered a c4/c5 spinal cord injury that threatened to end her advancing musical ambitions. But through hard work and determination, and despite her physical limitations, she is again performing at venues throughout the city, writing new music, and has joined the board of directors for the Vancouver Adapted Music Society.
As a self-taught songwriter, Kristina is set to develop her first full length original album. This record will explore the emotional challenges of love and loss, all the while emoting through the social lens of living and working with a disability, and as a First Nations woman.
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Vancouver Adapted Music Society (VAMS) was co-founded in 1988 by two Vancouver musicians, Sam Sullivan and Dave Symington, both tetraplegic.
Sam, who played keyboards, and Dave, a drummer, formed the society to tackle the barriers faced by musicians such as themselves – issues they had not come across before they became disabled as a result of sports injuries.
Sam and Dave formed a band around this time, Spinal Chord, with guitarist Don Alder and bassist John Shepp. Spinal Chord achieved national airplay, using their music as a vehicle for raising awareness of the talents of people with disabilities. In the mid-90s, the band members went their own ways. Sam entered politics, becoming mayor of Vancouver in 2005; Dave worked as a disability advisor at the University of British Columbia; Don has a highly successful solo career (and he has played at FNL); and John is a highly regarded producer/engineer (and multi-instrumentalist) working in the Vancouver area.
Learn more about VAMS here
October 25th - Quayside Voices
Pop. A Cappella
FNL regulars will remember Quayside Voices from last season's special event where they opened for Countermeasure. The response to their performance was so strong that we just had to have them back again to perform their own show.
Quayside is THE West Coast's A Capella Pop Squad, delivering fresh remixes of top 40 hits all with only their voices. Each show brings high-energy & heart felt performances featuring stellar vocals, beat-boxing, and creative movement.
The squad is loaded with talent. On top of their vocals, each singer has been professionally educated. From piano, guitar, to choreography, Quayside taps into these skills when writing each song or arrangement. They're passionate about A Capella too, and are excited to be a top band of this genre in the Lower Mainland.
November 1st - Shawn Bullshields
Shawn Bullshields is a singer/guitarist, and has a natural charisma and professional delivery that combines a repertoire of songs from the genres of pop, blues, country and folk: the point where they intersect is through his masterful singing voice. He commands instant attention because his voice conveys the truth, beauty and deep meaning within each song, expressed with the full weight of his personal life experience. Shawn sings from the heart, and each song is a gift.
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November 22nd - Higher Ground
Led by artistic director Janet Warren and accompanied by pianist Julian Pattison, Higher Ground is a North Vancouver based Choral Group that tours extensively throughout the lower mainland. While they are known for the uniqueness of their sound, Higher Ground still manages to perform their music with the integrity necessary to maintain the original intent of the composers work. The result is beautiful music that succeeds in moving their audiences with the intricacy and intimacy of the texts they choose to perform.
November 29th - Patty Verner with Miles Black
Vancouver Jazz fans are in for a real treat. Patty Verner is known as a performer who sings from the heart. A natural poet since childhood, Patty relates her poetic talents into her performances. Patty sings Jazz, Blues, Pop, Broadway and Classical songs.
Miles is well known on the Vancouver scene and is recognized as one of Canada's most accomplished jazz pianists.
Together, they are a duo that is not to be missed.
Learn more about Miles Black here
December 6th - Sweet Scarlet
The production team thrilled to have Sweet Scarlet for the Christmas show. Sweet Scarlet is made up of six friends who love a cappella music. With a background in choral music and a love for pop classics and contemporary favourites, Sweet Scarlet defines the genre of choral fusion by singing a wide range of unique and exciting music from around the globe.
Check Out Sweet Scarlet’s web site here
Check out of Sweet Scarlet’s videos here