Variety is par for the course with Vancouver’s longest-running songwriters’ showcase, where listeners can expect to discover talented artists who are new to them, and hear familiar voices in a
Variety is par for the course with Vancouver’s longest-running songwriters’ showcase, where listeners can expect to discover talented artists who are new to them, and hear familiar voices in a different way. It’s a unique live music experience: a warm, unplugged vibe, great stories, and of course, superlative song-writing. On September 18, SongBird North launches its 23rd season in Vancouver at the Roundhouse. The all-Canadian line-up includes host/producer Shari Ulrich, Toronto’s Shawna Caspi, Montreal’s Matt Stern, and Nashville veteran Bruce Miller.
SongBird North: Where Writers Sing and Tell is produced by Shari Ulrich for the Songwriters Association of Canada. The SAC gratefully acknowledges the support of the SOCAN Foundation. For more information on the SAC’s mandate, activities and membership programs, please visit www.songwriters.ca.
A Roundhouse partnership with Songwriters Association of Canada
Background: Since 1995, SongBird North (formerly Bluebird North) has been a mainstay in Vancouver for songwriters from across the continent, as a bi-monthly showcase that features four talented singer/songwriters of widely varying styles, on stage together, taking turns playing their own original songs and sharing stories with one another and the audience about their work. The series has toured nationally, and has established itself in several other Canadian cities. Vancouver remains its longest-standing host city.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS – September 18, 2018
Toronto-based singer-songwriter Shawna Caspi performs solo, but there’s a whole band under her fingertips. She believes in poetry and the power of one person and one instrument, accompanying herself with a remarkable lyrical fingerpicking guitar style. Her performances capture audiences with grace and intimacy whether the setting is a living room, a festival stage, or the bar car of a passenger train. Shawna loves the landscapes of her travels and while weaving them into her songs, she has also been portraying them on canvases, painting one-of-a-kind works of art inspired by the rich scenery she sees on tour. Shawna’s fourth album “Forest Fire” is a collection of songs about burning things down and building them up again. When the words get heavy, they are held up to the light of love and gratitude. With these songs, Shawna strives to be unafraid, to embolden quieted voices, to tell the truth above all else. http://www.shawnacaspi.com
As an artist on A&M Records Canada during the 1970s, Bruce D Miller released an LP with hit singles “Anna Marie”, “Rude Awakening” and “Summer of Our Love,” produced by David Foster and Gaye DeLorme. During this time he also penned hits for Pure Prairie League, Prism, Valdy and Susan Jacks. Since the early 1980s, Bruce has been a recording artist on Capitol Records Canada, had songs used in film and TV, and was a staff writer in Los Angeles for Homewood Music, Rick Hall’s Fame Music in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and at Sony/Tree in Nashville. Bruce and Muscle Shoals co-writer Walt Aldridge penned a #1 hit in the U.S. for Reba McEntire, “The Fear of Being Alone.” Bruce’s songs have been released by Rascal Flatts, the Dixie Chicks and many others, totalling more than 20 million sales worldwide. Today, Bruce divides his time between Oregon, Nashville and Vancouver, and most recently has written with and had releases by Poco (“Hard Country”), Shari Ulrich (“You Will Always Be My Friend”), Me and Mae (“My Heart Goes On Without You”), Carvin Walls (Lacey), and the Nashville Pieholes (“One Woman’s Trash is Another Woman’s Treasure”). http://www.brucemiller.ca
MATT STERN is known for his infectious melodies and authentic, heart-centered lyrics. Born in Montreal and based on Vancouver Island, his songs have reached audiences in France, Germany, Nicaragua, South Korea and Japan. In live performance, he is known for his uplifting energy, warmth, and ability to spontaneously inspire a sense of community. Matt is currently participating in a year-long master class with renowned vocal improvisor Rhiannon (Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra). He has performed with burlesque dancer The Velvet Unicorn and his song Precious and Sacred was published for author Debora Abood’s book dedicated to Indigenous children. This summer he was a featured performer at Campbell Bay Music Festival on Mayne Island and for the second time at the French Festival in Victoria. His latest music video Chance to Live from his album Magic was praised by Radio-Canada International for promoting body positivity and cultural diversity. Matt writes and performs in Japanese, French, English and Spanish. http://www.mattstern.com
SHARI ULRICH (Host / Producer)’ s 45-year career – from Pied Pumkin through The Hometown Band and on as a solo artist and multi-instrumentalist – has led to 23 albums, including collaborations with Bill Henderson and Roy Forbes (UHF), Barney Bentall & Tom Taylor (BTU), and the bluegrass band The High Bar Gang. Her work has garnered several Juno Award nominations and two awards, induction into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, and a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for English Songwriter of the Year. Her passion for songwriters sharing a stage has led her to produce the Bluebird North and SongBird North series for the SAC for over 21 years, both locally and nationally. She is currently recording a new album, slated for a winter release with Borealis Records. www.shariulrich.com
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