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2017 Guest Performers

Season opens January 27th with Illiteratty! 

Illiteratty plays “metafolk”…meaning, original swing, European cabaret, ambient, celtic, rockabilly, a cappella, folk, world, pop, (did I mention folk?); with sharp lyrics and up to 5 part vocals. The instrumentation is from 3 to 6 people…full complement is guitar, mandolin, violin, keys/accordion, standup bass & small percussion. It’s funny, angry, idiosyncratic, intelligent, and extremely varied…

Illiteratty is Earle Peach (composer, guitar); Albert Klassen (mandolin); Kirsten Daub (violin); Mark Bender (standup bass); Simon Kendall (keys and accordion); and Todd Biffard (percussion)

February 3rd WhiteHorseRider aka Shawn Bullshields with Kohei Yoshino  

Shawn has been playing guitar and singing around Vancouver for many years   With a personal style reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen and Bruce Cockburn, he has a broad appeal to all audiences. He’s got a fantastic voice and an engaging presence!   You’ll agree – this guy is worth seeing! We will be saying ‘I knew him when!’. 

February 10th – Wes Mackey

With more than 50 years in music, Mackey has gone from working the dusty honky tonks of Georgia to performing in five star venues, festival and concert stages around the world , including places like Iceland, Russia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and many others. WesMackey

Mackey learned to play the guitar from the seasoned old blues players of the South where he was born and raised. At the urging of his father he eventually left “Big Estate” in rural South Carolina and moved to Augusta, Georgia where his career really began.

His first gig paid 50 cents and a chicken sandwich but soon he found himself working in bands that would back up touring artists including Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, Stevie Wonder and many others.

For years he toured as a side man and the road finally took him to Canada. After some well documented challenges that took Wes astray and away from music, eventually he took front and center developing a diverse and interesting career that gave birth to his eclectic take on the blues.   Wes’ Website


February 17th – Beverley Elliott

FNL is so excited to welcome Beverley back!  Since we last saw Beverley at FNL, she was awarded with ‘the Pick of the Fringe’ for her 2016 Fringe show,  Sink or Swim!  Of course, Sink or Swim would be remarkable, with Beverley’s sense of humour and beautiful voice  As well, Beverley is filming season 6 of ONCE UPON A TIME, reprising her role as GRANNY, AND, she’s about to release her new cd SUNDAY MORNING –  original and cover songs that will get you in a Sunday morning state of mind, produced in every way possible by the wonderful Tony Chamberlist. Release date tba!   Come and get caught up with Beverley on February 17th!   


February 24th –  Craig Addy & the Quiet Hearts Ensemble

Quiet Hearts Ensemble Founded in June 2013, Quiet Hearts Ensemble has been providing exquisite and unique musical experiences with their Music Oasis series.  Music Oasis is an intimate and relaxing musical occasion that is like a holiday away from everyday pressures. The Quiet Hearts Ensemble improvises, or rather spontaneously composes, beautiful music.  Listeners are transported, moved and inspired by enchanting flavours of music embracing classical, new age, jazz, folk and world styles. It’s romantic. It’s meditative. It’s soothing. Listeners rave that they “can’t believe” these musical journeys are composed on the spot.

Members of the Quiet Hearts Ensemble include: Craig Addy – piano, organ Performer’s ARCT, B.Mus. (UBC) Craig is also a member of the Amicus Music Duo and the founder and creative director of Under the Piano, sound spa for body, mind & soul. Howard Meadows – clarinet, recorders, flutes B.Mus. (UBC)  Howard sang with the Phoenix Chamber Choir (Vancouver) for 3 years and for 10 years in the Vancouver Chamber Choir. Howard is also a member of the Amicus Music Duo. Anand David Embry – flute, vocals, harmonium, percussion Bachelor of Music, Certified Clinical Musician  Anand is classically trained in flute, composition and voice. As well, his love of world music, in particular the music of India, inspires his ability to improvise various musical flavours. Currently, he is part of an integrated medical clinic in Vancouver and is the resident therapeutic musician and voice therapist. As a counsellor and vocal coach at Empower Health, he uses the power of music and voice to clear away obstacles nurturing new growth, increasing insight, awareness, vitality and health.


March 3rd – Nathen Aswell

Nathen Aswell  www.nathenaswell.com  is a gifted keynote speaker, recording artist and musician. His instrument is a NS Stick – a fascinating stringed instrument like a guitar, but not!  Nathen believes that his calling in this life is to inspire and heal through his talks and his heart-centered music-making. His CDs “Little By Little” and “YES” are celebrations of life, transformation, evolution and the oneness of humanity, delivered in a variety of popular music styles. An FNL not to be missed!  

 March 10th – Matt Grinke’s 24-Hour Piano Marathon! 

Matt Grinke has been playing with FNL for over 6 years …. and he has been invited to play at the Edinburgh Improv Festival in the summer of 2017.  FNL is pleased to provide the venue for Matt to raise funds to be able to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.  Starting at 7 pm on March 10th, and ending at 7 pm, March 11th, Matt will be playing a variety of  musical genres – from jazz to ragtime, from show tunes to video game scores, from sing-a-longs to meditation.  He’ll be livestreaming the event, and fundraising on Indiegogo.  Help support Matt’s dream, and come for all or part of his 24-hour adventure.  Go to www.mattgrinke.com to donate! 

Here’s the schedule:

7 pm to 9 pm – our Friday Night Live format, hosted by Joel Grinke

9 pm to 12 midnight – Blues/Jazz jam ….. musicians, bring your instrument and jam along!

12:00 am – 3:00 am – Loops, Games, Snacks, video games.  Play video games, while matt creates the music to back up the games.

3:00 am – 6:00 am.  More creative loops and die-hard gamers!  Gaming the way it was meant to be!

6:00 am – 7:30 am – Quiet jazz

7:30 am – 10 am  Jazz café.  Come and enjoy your favourite coffee beverage, and listen to Matt and his jazz trio, the Three Kings.  No better way to start your Saturday! 

10 am to 1:30 pm – Sing Songs!! All kinds of songs for all ages!  Bring yourself, bring your kids, bring the in-laws!  Sing to live piano!

1:30 pm – 5:30 pm – All Disney!  Matt is known as a ‘Disney Guru’, and here is the proof!  For this part of the marathon, Matt will be playing only Disney songs.  Bring your favourite!  Hear it live.  Sing along, if you want!

5:30 pm – 7 pm – The Lion King … Watch the Lion King movie while Matt plays the score …. Live! 

Here at FNL!  

 March 17th – Countermeasure! 

Countermeasure is the new sound in vocal music, known for their sophisticated arrangements, seamless harmonies, lively performances and infectious energy. Their dramatically choreographed show, where every song tells a story, has received standing ovations and critical acclaim worldwide. Featuring 14 of Canada’s top harmony singers, their genre-defying contemporary sound takes a cappella to the next level.
Formed in 2010, Countermeasure is led by award-winning composer/arranger Aaron Jensen. The group performs original songs and reimagined standards ranging from Cole Porter to the Beatles, with a strong accent on pop and jazz arrangements. It’s a cappella singing at its best, incorporating innovative live looping, vocal percussion, and instrument sounds made by the voice. Their broad-based musical eclecticism has opened doors for the group to headline international contemporary choral concerts, play the main stage at jazz festivals, coerce club-goers onto dance floors and collaborate in esoteric interdisciplinary art projects. They have shared stages with everyone from a cappella giants Naturally 7 and The Swingle Singers to top 40 stars Corey Hart and Blue Rodeo.
Countermeasure is really proud that Opera Somnia was nominated in three categories in the 2017 A Cappella Video Awards, including Outstanding Video! 

March 24th –  Blake Havard! 

FNL is stoked to welcome back singer/songwriter BLAKE HAVARD! Constantly writing and recording, his work has been enthusiastically received from Vancouver to Nashville and beyond. http://www.reverbnation.com/blakehavard

Blake has been writing songs, performing in bands while holding down various side jobs for many years! His dream has always been to become a world class writer and performer ( which he has found to be a never ending process!) To write a great song that people can identify with and feel moved by is hard to capture. And, to perform and reach an audience is another challenge.

Blake says that ‘My songs usually come from a real life emotion triggered by an event that affected me deeply. If I am laughing, crying or dancing during the songwriting process I know I am on to something!”   

Check out Blake on video here, then join us on March 24th! 


March 31st – Ross Douglas – singer/songwriter/storyteller!   

 We’re so thrilled that Ross is back at FNL to sing his songs and tell his stories!  For those who haven’t met Ross before, he is an award-winning songwriter, and has written and produced 3 albums of original songs. Some of his musical achievements include: being the piano player in the satirical glam rock The Choke Sisters, Playing “Brad Majors” in the first ever Canadian production of the ROCKY HORROR SHOW; Seeing much of the world as Piano Player / Narrator in the second-ever cast of BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR, including stops on-and-off-Broadway, and in Bermuda, and Berlin.  If you’ve seen him before, definitely come back to get ‘more Ross’ in our new FNL format!  If you haven’t seen him before, definitely make it out to experience his eclectic brand of music, humour, and story-telling!

Ross Douglas on the web!





April 7th – Micah Barnes! 

We are delighted to be welcoming Micah Barnes to FNL!  Who’s Micah?  Well, he’s a successful recording Artist and founder of Singers Playground. Former Nylons vocalist.  His performing career started back when he was a teenager in Toronto, playing cafes and coffee houses when he was still in high school!  Joining the a cappella group The Nylons in 1989, Micah recorded and toured with the act for four years, appearing on international television and in concert. He wrote and arranged material for the recordings Four On The Floor and Live For Love, which led to their JUNO nominated hit single “Don’t Look Any Further” and radio play throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Leaving the group for Los Angeles to begin recording as a solo act, Micah worked with producer Brad Daymond (‘N Sync). That partnership resulted in the hard-hitting grooves of Loud Boy Radio, an album that won him critical acclaim and the attention of Rolling Stone Magazine as “An Indie Artist to Watch”. Touring his own mix of brash spoken word and intense beats throughout the U.S. led to the hugely successful club single “Welcome To My Head”. With superstar remix/producers Thunderpuss on board, the single gave Barnes a #1 Billboard hit in 2003.

After years of performing in rock n’ roll and dance venue, Micah’s musical focus returned to the piano and voice cabaret style of his early career. His next recording, simply titled Micah Barnes, mapped a more mature songwriter’s journey and brought the artist home from Venice Beach to settle back in Canada. Performing the songs as Molly Johnson’s opening act on her 2008 national tour, reintroduced his music and dynamic performances to audiences across the country and sowed the seeds of his latest album Domesticated.

…. and, what do others have to say about Micah?

FAB MAGAZINE Concert Review by Daniel Paquette

At the launch party for his self-titled CD, an outstanding collection of jazzy Cabaret Noir songs, Barnes delivered the best vocal performance I’ve seen this year. I consider him one of the best male vocalists in the world”.

Check out Micah here for yourself, then join us on April 7th at FNL!


 April 14th –   Good Friday!  Features First Nations Dancer and Storyteller, Nyla Carpentier!   

Nyla Carpentier (Tahltan/Kaska) is a multifaceted performing artist. She first started to dance at the Odawa Powwow in her hometown of Ottawa, Ontario. She started off as a traditional dancer though quickly found that the high energy of the fancy shawl suited her best. As a child she learned by watching other dancers in the powwow circle, following their footsteps and then practicing her moves. Now with 30 years of experience she also teaches the various powwow styles, sharing the dance steps and the history. In 2011, in partnership with Raven Spirit Dance Company, Nyla started the popular Powwow Bootcamp class which runs during the winter for 6 weeks at the Dance Centre in Vancouver. When she’s not dancing you can find her acting and writing. Drawing on her experience as someone of mixed heritage – her goal is to blend the past, present and create new works for the future. In the fall of 2013, she debuted her first one act play, 21st Century Tricksters at the Vancouver Fringe Festival. In 2014 she created a powwow based dance piece, Equating Echoes with musician David Newberry for Brief Encounters 21. She was also hopping about as Raven in Axis Theatre’s Raven meets the Monkey King which toured in 2013, 2014 and 2016. Recently, Nyla has begun to share her poetry at Slam competitions in Vancouver and facilitating poetry/dance/theatre workshops in schools.  

…… and, since it’s Good Friday …..  everyone is invited to stay after FNL for a sing-a-long with a viewing of the musical:   Jesus Christ, Superstar!  (the Wembley Stadium version)

 April 21st – Simon Kendall –  musician/songwriter (FNL fave!)

Simon was born in Wicklow County, Ireland and moved to Vancouver with his family at the age of six. He grew up on a diet of classical music interspersed with the suburban folk of the Kingston Trio and the twisted offerings of The Goons and Tom Lehrer. In the mid-sixties he fell off his high horse, trading the baroque for blues and the Beatles, and his French Horn for a bass guitar. He played in several psychedelic teenage hippie bands at be-ins and coffee houses in Vancouver culminating in creating music for the notorious 1969 Arts Club Theatre production of ‘The Beard’ which was busted for gross indecency.

In the early seventies, the transition from halcyon hippie days to the reality of playing bottom 40 music in Hastings St. strip clubs sent Simon screaming into the hills. Literally. For several seasons he planted trees in B.C.’s hinterland, using his hard-earned cash to support explorations into underground film-making in Montreal and partially finance an NFB documentary on tree planting life ‘Do it with Joy’ in 1977.

In 1978 Simon got the call to join his old music buddies and transplanted Toronto graphic artist Doug Bennett in Vancouver’s upstart indie band ‘Doug and the Slugs’. This lead to 15 years as the band’s music director and goofy gargantuan keyboardist. They released 4 gold albums and performed from New York to the North Pole as one of the decade’s premier Canadian touring acts. Their independent 1979 single ‘Too Bad’ took the band by surprise by charting across the country and has been reborn in 1999 as the theme song for NBC’S’ The Norm Show’.

During a band hiatus in 1989, Simon returned to his pre-slug roots in film and theatre, music-directing plays and composing for film and TV. He won a Jessie Award for outstanding musical direction of ‘Herringbone’ in 1991 and shared the best musical score Genie Award with co-composer Al Rodger for ‘Cadillac Girls’ in 1993. The following year he retired from the band to pursue a full-time freelance career. He recently formed the instrumental R&B group ‘Sharkskin’ with three members of the Odds, and currently divides his time between composing, producing and performing.

April 28th – Double Helix: Tony & Peter Chotem – guitarists

This FNL will feature an intriguing and stimulating instrumental style that includes originals as well as jazz, Latin, and blues standards, with Tony and Peter Chotem  Tony and Peter, together known as Double Helix,  are repeat performers at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival who describe them this way:

       “Guitarist brothers Tony and Peter  Chotem play lush original jazz. With tantalizing hints of rock, folk, Latin, and blues,

their mix of acoustic and electric guitars is cool and inviting.” 

Reviews and comments of their 2014 tour:   http://www.coastreporter.net/entertainment/arts-entertainment/musical-legacy-for-double-helix-1.1987678And, they were reviewed in the 2014 November/December edition of Canadian Musician magazine:  canadianmusician.com/showcase/doublehelix/

Their original composition “Sigrid” was featured in the PBS Roadtrip Nation program, “Ready To Rise”, which premiered on February 12, 2016 on KQED, in San Francisco.  Check out their online EPK atwww.sonicbids.com/band/doublehelix/ ; where your can hear tracks from their latest CD (Phoenix Rising), view the EPK video, read their press reviews and check out their gig calendar.

On April 28th, Tony and Peter will share the story of their musical journey and inspirations, as brothers … and sons of a recording artist. 


May 5th –  The  Authentics!   

Meet THE AUTHENTICS! The band featuring iconic classic rock talents from the Lower Mainland: Al Harlow (Prism), Ab Bryant (Prism, Chilliwack, the Headpins), John Hall (Prism, Seeds of Time), Rocket Norton (the Rocket Norton Band, Prism, Seeds of Time), and Ray Ayotte (world-famous drum maker and a percussion master!).

THE AUTHENTICS deliver a mix of reunion and reminiscence featuring musical artists whose work together and in other projects has been much of the Lower Mainland’s, in fact of Canada’s, soundtrack for most of 40 years.

At an AUTHENTICS show, you will hear the music that inspired the careers of these local legends of rock as well as some of the “hits” from those careers. And every song is played 100% AUTHENTICALLY!

From Motown and the Stones through to the best of Canadian Rock, Al Harlow lets us know what we’re in for! “A musical romp among friends, through songs that inspired us to play instruments as kids, our own early attempts and B-sides, plus some which actually became hits – onstage reminiscing in our own back yard!”

May 12th – Brian Anderson AKA Arnie The Carnie – Magician 

Arnie the Carnie brings magic to FNL – literally. Arnie says that a Carnie is a liar, a thief, a conman, and a scoundrel – but that doesn’t mean he’s not a nice guy. We couldn’t agree more – Arnie is one of the nicest guys we know!

Arnie the Carnie has become a well-known and loved performer and has starred  in the critically acclaimed “House of Fun” and “House of Mystery” – both shows written and developed by Brian Anderson.  Arnie the Carnie can be seen performing some classic stunts of sideshow performers, street hustlers, ESP, and psychic entertainers.

Brian (Arnie) has also been a Mainstage performer at Vancouver Theatre Sports since 1991 where he helped to create numerous hits including Pants on Fire, Christmas queen, and The Year in Review. He toured internationally in over 1,000 performances of The Number 14, sang and danced at Bard On the Beach in Will Shakespeare’s Impro Musical, and hammered nails into his face as Arnie the Carnie

May 19th – Long-form musical improvisation …. music, stories, fantasy … from Alan Marriott and Sandra-Mae Luykx, with Matt Grinke on piano in preparation for their summer tour of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe! 






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