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Bluebird North Vancouver

Event Date: 
Single day event: 11/22/2011 7:30:00 PM
Cost: $15 and S.A.C. members receive a discount at the door.
Where to buy tickets: At Door

Mike Weterings
Chris MacLean
Marianne Girard
Hilary Grist
Shari Ulrich (Host)

If the grey, rainy days of fall are getting you down, the Songwriters Association of Canada has the perfect antidote: its bi-monthly showcase Bluebird North: Where Writers Sing and Tell is a warm, colourful evening of music featuring four gifted singer/songwriters of widely varying styles, on stage together in an informal, acoustic setting. Now in its 17th year, the upcoming November edition has producer Shari Ulrich hosting Marianne Girard and Chris MacLean, two Toronto gems rarely heard in Vancouver, along with two of Vancouver’s own, Hilary Grist and Mike Weterings, as they play their original songs, and share stories with one another and the audience about their work. Each Bluebird North concert is different from any other – and once you’ve been to one, you’ll be hooked!

Bluebird 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 and the Government of Canada through the Creators' Assistance Component and Support to Sector Associations Program of the Canada Music Fund. For more information on the SAC’s mandate, activities and membership programs please visit

About the Performers

Chris MacLean is an award winning songwriter with an unmistakable clear and ethereal voice. She has performed solo, as a backup singer and with groups including Indo-Canadian ensemble, Galitcha and roots/folk trio Frida’s Brow, across Canada, the US and abroad. Chris’s most recent solo recording, Feet Be Still, features a variety of Americana and folk that leans toward traditional but always with feet planted firmly in the present. The title track won her the Colleen Peterson Award for Songwriting from the Ontario Arts Council in 2008 and a nomination for a Canadian Folk Music Award for English Songwriter of the Year in 2010.

Hilary Grist
is an art-pop-torch-folk songstress on a musical roll. Her highly anticipated third album, Imaginings, sees her commanding alto travel seamlessly from captivating wonder to driving indie pop to carefree dixieland romp. Released to a sold out crowd at the Cultch Theatre last September in Vancouver, the album's emotional depth, rich detail and confessional beauty has inpired generous praise from press and critics.  The last year has found Hilary touring and enchanting audiences back and forth across Canada and making appearances at festivals such as NXNE, Edge of the World and Pop Okanagan. Hilary's poignant, free spirited songs have been featured on many CBC Radio programs including DNTO and North By Northwest, and have received placements on TV shows such as Degrassi. Her music has also found eager new listeners south of the border through the iTunes Singer-Songwriter Spotlight in the US.

Marianne Girard
is described as 'a revelation' by the Toronto Star, and 'compelling and insightful' by Sing Out! Magazine. Born and raised in the south-western Ontario tobacco belt, her life as a songwriter and journeyman spans more than three decades; and it is one she has steadfastly shared with her audience, despite the vagaries of the music business. Marianne's songs paint vibrant landscapes, firing up the senses with 'a deep understanding of the human condition, a spectacular voice and irresistible rootsy grooves'. Her latest album, Pirate Days, won her a Canadian Folk Music Awards nomination for Best Contemporary Singer.

Mike Weterings is a two-time West Coast Music Award nominated Vancouver-based artist. He fronts his own group (which plays all originals with a distinct African slant to its trippy pop/rock sounds), and has also performed solo across Western Canada for the past 7 years. His music draws from a life experience that includes traveling around the world for 3 years visiting over 60 countries as well as studying and playing diverse music styles from jazz to soukous (Congolese dance music) to pop-rock. His sound is a effortless blurring of musical categories into a distinct, new, high-energy live and listening experience. Last year two of Mike’s songs finished in the top 10 out of over 7,000 entrants in the annual NSAI-CMT song contest. In the cookie cutter world of commercial music, Mike Weterings stands out as a distinct yet accessible musical experience.

Venue:The Roundhouse
181 Roundhouse Mews
Vancouver British Columbia