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

Sun. November 18th 2018 - Sun. November 18th 2018 Charlie White Theatre Sidney BC (All Ages)
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With her characteristic charm, exquisite musicianship and powerful vocals, award winning chanteuse Edie DaPonte brings Edith Piaf to life for an unforgettable evening of music!

Edie Daponte presents Under Paris Skies – La Musique d’Edith Piaf; a night of music and entertainment inspired by Paris. Widely regarded as France's national chanteuse, Edie will perform many of Edith Piaf’s soulful and emotional numbers with a full live-band. Non Je Ne Regrette Rien; La Vie en Rose; Sous le Ciel de Paris, Milord; and many more, interwoven with Edie’s engaging style of audience-interaction, and interpretation of the French numbers. She’ll also be mixing in some of Edith Piaf’s English songs and a few more that fit alongside Piaf’s oeuvre.

Channelling Piaf, with her rich timbre and captivating stage presence, Edie aims for a completely authentic experience and her experienced band helps create the atmosphere of an intimate Parisian theatre. Joining Edie are long-time collaborator Joey Smith on bass, and Vancouver Island favourites Karel Roessingh on piano, Jonathan Eng on drums and filling the important role of accordionist, Aaron Watson. These talented musicians all have long careers in the B.C. jazz scene.

Edie and the band have performed sold-out shows of Under Paris Skies to audiences in Victoria and area and now, due to demand, it returns to the Charlie White Theatre.
While the music and atmosphere are all Piaf, Edie brings her own flair to the show with some surprise numbers, and her love of the dramatic demonstrated by costume changes and sparkle. Come along and feel yourself sink under the spell of the Parisian streets and the sounds they inspire.

“It was a magical evening of music. The incomparable Edie Daponte performed to a sold out house at the Dave Dunnet Theatre” Adrien & Marie Bachand – Beacon Ridge Productions

“As Piaf, Edie Daponte gives everything to us on the stage. The performance is magnificent, Bravo! La Môme, Edith Piaf, would be pleased with this remarkable homage.” Dominique Wozniack – Société francophone de Victoria

“Edie steals the show channeling Piaf in this intimate theatre experience!”
Deborah Rogers – Seaside Magazine

Edie et sa bande de 4 musiciens interpréteront de nombreuses chansons de la chanteuse de cabaret partout considérée comme vedette nationale- des chansons sentimentales et pleines d'emotions....sous le ciel de Paris et beaucoup d'autres dont l'interpretation d'Edie reflète bien le style de la chanson française. Elle y ajoutera quelques chansons d'Edith en anglais et quelques autres qui se rapprochent de l'oeuvre d'Edith - choix inspire par son recent voyage a Paris. S'inspirant du timbre riche de Piaf et de sa presence captivante sur scene, Edie s'efforce de recréer avec l'experience de son groupe l'atmosphere intime d'un cabaret parisien. Se joignent a Edie son collaborateur de longue date Joey Smith a la basse et les artistes locaux Karel Roessingh au piano, Jonathan Eng a la batterie et le role important de l'accordéoniste confie a Aaron Watson. Tous ces musiciens de talent ont une longue carrière sur la scene de jazz de VI. Under Paris Skies sera un spectacle unique permettant a un public plus large d'apprécier la performance d'Edie dans le superbe Charlie white theatre.Venez et laissez vous transporter sous le charme des rues parisiennes et les airs qu'elles inspirent.


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Edie DaPonte (Jazz, Blues, Bossa Nova, Latin)

Anyone who has seen her perform will know that Edie Daponte brings the element of surprise to every show! Her range and repertoire travel far and wide crossing musical genres and spanning multiple decades and languages. She's equally at home in an intimate lounge setting or on an outdoor festival stage, having established a reputation in the music ... more info
Articles: Take a Trip to Paris

Karel Roessingh (Jazz, folk, pop and blues)

Karel Roessingh is a composer, arranger, producer and musician who has written scores for over five hundred television episodes, and many award-winning films, documentaries, and promotional videos.  He has recorded and produced more than sixteen of his own CDs, including several for the Canadian Naturescapes series distributed world-wide, two jazz... more info

Joey Smith

*After touring for two and a half years with the Glenn Miller Orchestra as bassist and arranger, Joey Smith was married in Victoria and moved to Rochester, N.Y. to pursue graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music. For the past 18 years he has been bassist for many local groups and has collaborated with various artists during their stops in Vi... more info