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3214 West 10th Ave, Kitsilano
Accessible All ages
Western Canadian Music Award Winners, Sweet Alibi, have been captivating audiences across Canada for the past few years. The Winnipeg-based folk/pop trio infuse their signature harmonies with influences of everything from folk to country to soul, without a hint of shame. Sweet Alibi's Jess Rae Ayre, Amber Nielsen, and Michelle Anderson share personal experiences that are genuinely felt in song, and in no time, will have you dancing and singing along.
Tom Power of CBC Radio 2 describes the band as simply as this: "If Mumford and Sons and the Supremes had a love child you would name it Sweet Alibi". The band, currently touring new material from their CFMA/WCMA nominated release We’ve Got To (produced by Rusty Matyas of Imaginary Cities), grabs your heart and doesn't let go!
Since forming in 2007, The Rakish Angles - composed of Sara Fitzpatrick, (Violin, vocals), Simon Hocking (Mandolin, vocals), Boyd Norman (Bass, vocals), and Dan Richter (Guitar, vocals) - have been making their own unique sound. They have shared the stage with Tony Trischka, Doug Cox, Po'Girl, Celso Machado, The Red Clay Ramblers, Frazey Ford, Jesse Zubot, Tanya Tagaq & Joel Fafard. In the process, they've earned nominations for a Canadian Folk Music Award in 2009, Indie Acoustic Project Awards in 2009 and 2011 as well as Western Canadian Music Awards in 2010 and 2012.
As word of the band spreads, the emotional connection is the characteristic that comes through the loudest. They themselves will tell you their raison d'ètre isn't necessarily about unfolding the corners of musical innovation until the wheels come off, although they dabble in that regard. They are capable of finding new latitude, but it isn't that, their technical proficiency or their well-chosen lyrics - it's much more basic and raw than that. They bypass the intellectual filters and spark something in the emotional centre of the brain, and they're doing what they're supposed to do.