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Event Archive - Under Paris Skies: La Musique d'Edith Piaf: Edie DaPonte, Joey Smith, Damian Graham, Aaron Watson, Karel Roessingh

Fri. May 10th 2019 Dave Dunnet Theatre (All Ages)
7:30PM - 10:30PM
$35
Music lovers will have the chance to see the incomparable Edie Daponte again as she performers her show Under Paris Skies: The Music of Edith Piaf! Last year's concert was a huge sold out success, so don't wait to get tickets, they will sell out!

Edie promises to make people smile, laugh and cry … though mostly smile! In 2017, Edie’s song, “Island Rain” was awarded song of the year in the Jazz category by Vancouver Island Music Awards. In 2016, she was nominated vocalist of the year and her song “Ride the Wind” was nominated as song of the year in the Traditional Category at the International Portuguese Music Awards.

Under Paris Skies – La Musique de Edith Piaf is a unique show combining music and entertainment inspired by Paris. With a live four-piece band Edie will perform many of the French cabaret singer’s soulful and emotional numbers. Non Je Ne Regrette Rien; La Vie en Rose; Hymne a L’Amour; songs of enduring popularity, interwoven with Edie’s engaging style of audience-interaction, and interpretation of the French lyrics. She’ll also be mixing in some songs and stories that fit alongside Piaf’s oeuvre – inspired by a recent trip to Paris and meandering the city’s streets.

Channelling Piaf, with her rich timbre and captivating stage presence, Edie aims for a completely authentic experience and her experienced band will help create the atmosphere of an intimate Parisian theatre. Joining Edie are long-time collaborator Joey Smith on bass, and local favourites Karel Roessingh on piano, Jonathan Eng on drums and filling the important role of accordionist, Aaron Watson. All these talented musicians have long careers in the Vancouver Island jazz scene. You might not see Edie wearing the characteristic ‘little black dress’ that Piaf was known for – she prefers a little more flare - but she promises to deliver Piaf’s music as it was originally intended, with emotion and love.

Growing up in Quebec in a Portuguese family, Edie (named Edith at birth) feels Piaf has always had a role in her life, listening to scratchy vinyl recordings through her early years, despite not understanding the words in their French originals. As an adult singer Edie has witnessed again and again the strong emotional pull Piaf’s songs have on an audience. After a recent Courtenay show, a fan left the comment: “My French is rather limited but that did not stop me from being fully transported, getting completely lost in your sweet and powerful Edith Piaf renditions.” http://www.edie.ca

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Edie DaPonte (Jazz, Bossa Nova, Latin)

Equally at home in an intimate lounge setting or an outdoor festival stage, Edie Daponte has established a reputation in the music scene of Vancouver Island and Western Canada as a dynamic and engaging performer. Edie brings passion, playfulness and an evident love of performance to her live shows. Vancouver island Music Awards awarded Edie with "J... more info

Damian Graham (You play, I hit!)

Born in New Zealand ('72) and raised on the west coast of Canada, Damian's musical diversity has led to performances with some of the finest musicians in the country and abroad. (Michael Kaeshammer, David Gogo, Paul Laine, Paul Pigat, Pat Coleman,The Swinging Bachelors, Bob Murphy, Danger Danger, Phil Dwyer, Resin, The Big Band Trio, Tyler Yarema) ... more info

Karel Roessingh (Jazz, folk, pop and blues)

Karel has composed and produced music for over 500 television episodes, and countless animated shorts, docs, and films. He has released 15 recordings, beginning with the piano solo Keys, then a series of music and nature sounds CDs (see www.tandem-music.com), two jazz trio CDs (Cat Fud and kr3+), and solo concert CDs (Blue/Green and Sweets). Hi... more info