The historic list of Canada’s songwriters is long, varied and impressive.
We collectively have a library of songs that speak to our roots and our varied histories.
“This collaboration will bring together folk, blues, country, jazz, soul, and Indigenous musicians from B.C. and other parts of Canada to celebrate, revisit and interpret songs from the catalogue of the great Canadian songwriters, both obscure and well known.”
Festival Artistic Director, Doug Cox along with musician/Producer Steve Dawson will curate an evening mainstage show featuring a collection of songs from Canada’s past and present. These songs will be reinterpreted by a full ‘house’ band put together specifically for this MusicFest collaboration. Some songs will be well known and others will be by lesser known Canadian songwriters who never achieved the recognition they deserved.
Canada Revisited is partially funded by a generous Grant received from the BC Arts Council. We thank them for their contribution and for supporting Live Music.
The Canada Revisited Collaborators :
Geoff Hicks – Drums
Geoff Hicks is easily one of BC’s most sought after drummers. His versatility both on the stage and in the studio has led him to be the first call for such greats as Colin James, Barney Bentall, Jim Byrnes, not to mention long-time friend, producer and guitarist Steve Dawson. Geoff’s drumming and percussion skills can be heard on numerous Juno Award-winning albums.
Rick May – Bass Guitar
Rick has worked, toured live and recorded with so many great artists including:
guitarist ANDY SUMMERS (Police)
producer DAVE OGILVIE (Nine Inch Nails)
members of DEVO
dobro master DOUG COX
pop soulster KUBA OMS
electronic jazzers LAPPELECTRO
jazz guitarist LARRY CORYELL
soulful roots & bluester LESTER QUITZAU
spirit of the west’s own LINDA McRAE
singer/songwriter LINDY VOPNFJORD
folk songwriter/singers LOWEN & NAVARRO
bohemian jazz/folkstress MAE MOORE
torch singer MARC ALMOND (Soft Cell)
producer MICK GLOSSOP (Van Morrison)
drummer MITCH MITCHELL (Jimi Hendrix)
singer NEIL OSBORNE (54-40)
drummer RICHIE HAYWARD (Little Feat)
singer/songwriter RICKIE LEE JONES
the ultimate rockstress SASS JORDAN
the one and only TAJ MAHAL
producer/mixmaster TCHAD BLAKE
and many, many others.
David Vest – Piano
The Horn Section:
Malcolm Aiken – Trumpet
Malcolm Aiken is a Vancouver-based trumpet player, producer and composer. In addition to his work as a solo artist, he has shared the stage with Chucho Valdez, Noel Gallagher, Patrick Watson, and Jimmy Bosch, performed for the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, and at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Dominic Conway – Tenor Sax
Saxophonist Dominic Conway was born and raised in East Vancouver.
With roots firmly in the rhythm & blues tradition and eclectic musical tastes, he has carved out a career as a sought-after contributor in a variety of genres, both on stage and in studio, over the past 15 years.
In addition to having worked with such artists as Jim Byrnes, Arkells, The Boom Booms and Jesse Roper, Dominic is also a founding member of Vancouver bands Malleus Trio and Big Fate, among others.
Jerry Cook – Baritone Sax
Jerry has been a professional musician since 1985, working primarily in the blues, jazz and commercial world of live performance and touring.
Jerry has worked with many artists including ;
Colin James (2012 Canadian Tour and album “25”)
Powder Blues (recording and touring member since 2003)
Jim Byrnes, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne, Brickhouse and others.