The Hot Club Cabaret
MEL LEHAN HALL AT ST. JAMES i
3214 West 10th Ave, Kitsilano
Accessible All ages
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Deanna Knight & the Hot Club Cabaret has become a tradition at the April in Paris Festival. Deanna carefully curates a clever cast of local talent to add pizzazz and excitement to the evening. Alongside her vintage flare she will sprinkle in the tapping toes of Tosh Sutherland & Alexandra Clancy, the elegant swing dance of Catie Fissel & Dave Henderson as well as a stunning number by burlesque darling Ariel Helvetica. Attendees will be ushered in by the lovely Sue Baines on accordion and we celebrate the return of the hilarious emcee Kat Single-Dain as Gloria. Mixing the night up with swing, bossa, tango and more, The Hot Club of Mars is Vancouver’s most eclectic gypsy swing ensemble. Bring your dancing shoes… as you just might be inspired to get out of your seat and shake it!
Travel back in time to the early acoustic swing era of the 1920s & 30s. Chanteuse Deanna Knight shares sassy and sultry vocals alongside the driving rhythms and hot solos of Michael Dunn and the Hot Club of Mars. Rooted deeply in the rhythms of Django Reinhardt, this unique ensemble adds to a traditional sound with melody, charm and loads of fun. Enjoy a clever repertoire, spanning a full century from historical tangos written in the early 1900’s to contemporary songs of today. Deanna weaves her lyrical magic around swing classics, tangos, bossa, boogie and original compositions. Described as “stand out, unmistakable and smooth as fine whiskey”, Knight celebrates fifteen years with multi-instrumentalist and ace luthier Michael Dunn and the Hot Club boys (Mark Dowding on flute, sax and harmonica; Steve "Bugsy" Szabo and Don Ogilvie on guitars; and Joe Bourchier on bass) who use their Hawaiian, resonator, and Gypsy-jazz guitars to "slice and dice 50 shades of swing with admirable gusto.” Gypsy Jazz from traditional to the unusual will unfold before your eyes and ears. Just try to keep your toes from tapping.
Please note that the admission price for this concert includes a $2 Venue Improvement Fee that we are required by the St. James Square to collect from every patron. Starting in September 2016, the proceeds from this temporary fee will be used for construction projects such as ventilation, flooring and washrooms that will make the hall a nicer place for you to visit in the future. If you wish, you can make a secure donation by clicking on the big blue button at the bottom of the page at www.sjcommunitysquare.org. For information on donating by phone or post, please contact the St. James Square office at 604-739-9373.