The Gathering Festival is now over. See you in 2018.
We are thrilled to be hosting Marcus Mosely and the Sojourners along with Company B Jazz Band, Locarno, Dawn Pemberton, The Iskwew Singers, the Carnegie Jazz Band and many local acts
The 2017 Gathering Festival Community Celebrations occurs on Saturday June 17th at Emery Barnes Park. The event starts at 10 AM with an Aboriginal opening and a free pancake breakfast followed by performances from some great Vancouver bands. The celebration also features Wheelchair Dance, the Gathering Place Choir, Slice Youth performers and so much more. A number of other activities will be presented, including face painting, art demonstrations, kids games and more.
The Sojourners: When Canadian blues icon Jim Byrnes called Vancouver based gospel singer Marcus Mosely on the phone a few years ago to ask if he could round up a few friends to record some back-up vocals for a new album, no one could have guessed what would happen next.
From the moment Mosely and his pals stepped up to the microphone and began singing, they realized that they had something very special going on. When Byrnes dubbed the trio The Sojourners the name stuck and – as they say – the rest is history.
The Sojourners featuring Marcus Mosely, Will Sanders and Khari McClelland, are a rock solid unit and proof positive that faith can move mountains. But, don’t let that scare you away. Sinner or saved – wherever you are on your own personal journey, you should listen to The Sojourners. You’ll feel better for it.
Company B Jazz Band is Vancouver’s foremost vintage jazz harmony group. A 6-piece ensemble featuring a female vocal trio (à la the Andrews and Boswell Sisters) framed by clarinet/sax, guitar, and upright bass, “the Company” has been entertaining the masses since 2007 with their tight blend, driving rhythms, creative arrangements, sharp image, and charming wit. To date, the group has released 3 albums and performed all over their native British Columbia as well as the USA and China.
After more than 7 years performing together, Company B Jazz Band has become a very popular act in Greater Vancouver’s thriving swing dance community, and has delighted audiences from all walks of life in concert venues and music festivals all over the Pacific Northwest, most notably in Vancouver’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015), and the Sacramento Jazz Festival in California. The group enjoys frequent airplay on CBC Radio 1 and 2, having been featured on Hot Air, Canada Live, Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Café, and in live broadcasts on The Early Edition for British Columbia Food Bank Day in 2012, 2013, and 2014 alongside Chor Leoni Men’s Choir and Maestro Bramwell Tovey. In October 2014, Company B Jazz Band traveled to New Orleans to perform in The Boswell Sisters Revue, a concert organized by the granddaughter of Vet Boswell featuring a hand-picked selection of 3-part harmony jazz groups from all over the world. The event was broadcast live via the internet and was covered by the Wall Street Journal, in which Company B was honoured to receive a mention. Most recently, Company B Jazz Band completed an 11-date tour in China for the 2015 Jiangsu Jazz & World Music Festival.
Dawn Pemberton has deep musical roots that take her powerful voice from gospel and soul to jazz, funk and world music. She has become a staple of the Vancouver music scene and can often be found tearin’ it up as a vocalist, teacher, facilitator, choir director and “go to girl” for live performances and studio sessions. A passionate songwriter and performer Dawn crafts her music with a sense of adventure, quirkiness, and serious groove and shapes it into her own unique and dynamic package. Tight, expressive and bold, Dawn will hit you where it counts, funk you up and make you say “Go ‘head!”
Locarno is the Latin project of JUNO Award winning musician, Tom Landa. Like him, the music is equal parts Mexican and Canadian. Tom was born and raised in Mexico City, and moved to Canada in his teens. In the mid nineties he formed the Folk Roots band, The Paperboys, who have been touring world-wide for over 20 years. In 2009 Tom joined forces with producer Joby Baker (Alex Cuba, Adonis Puentes, Cowboy Junkies) and trumpeter Miguelito Valdes (Omara Portoundo, Afro Cuban All Stars) and in 2010 Locarno released ‘Una Mas Y Ya Nos Vamos’ The music was a mix of Son Jarocho inspired folk tunes with Afro-Cuban rhythms. The album went on to be nominated for a WCMA and garnered rave reviews.
Since then the band has honed in on their sound and incorporated more of their influences such as music from Columbia, African Sukous, Mexican Marimba Music, Venezuelan Joropo and Brazilian Forro Music. Perhaps where the band shines the most is in the live shows which features Tom Landa on jaranas and guitars, Kalissa Landa on violin, Robin Layne on marimba, congas and timbales, Pedro Mota on guitar an vocals, Aaron McKinney on bass, Liam MacDonald on drums, congas and pandero, Mark D’Angelo on trumpet and Nick La Rivere on trombone.
As the CBC’s Michael Juk says, “Don’t miss the chance to see this band. You’ll find yourself singing their praises too”
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