Beyond Words: Severn Cullis-Suzuki & Tanya Tagaq with Jesse Zubot

If the planet, all the plants, animals, earth, rocks, birds, machines, clouds, insects, oceans – made a sound… it would be this. The sheer power that Tanya releases is astounding.

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The Matadors – September 4, 2014 – Funky’s, Vancouver, British Columbia

For those who know, I’ve been writing music and album reviews for Bucketlist lately. My review for The Matadors, though, was removed and re-edited. They felt it was too political (after two editors passed the review to go online), and Hooch, the frontsman for The Matadors, felt it was a personal attack. Due to this review, I was asked to “step down” from Bucketlist for a while.

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DakhaBrakha – August 31st, 2014 – Rio Theatre, Vancouver, BC

DakhaBrakha had the most unique approach I’ve seen to Vancouver theatre audience punctuality. They were set up and ready to go while folks were still milling about in the aisles chatting… so, they dove straight in with the pounding drums of their first song. Afterwards, Marko introduced them – “Hello, everybody. We are DakhaBrakha, from free Ukraine,” and the crowd erupted in applause and cheers.

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Forest & the Femme Fundraiser – May 10th, 2014 – Astoria, Vancouver, BC

Evan Hardy, organizer and bassist for Dead Again was disappointed in the misogyny, and wanted to “turn it around, and turn the evening into an exclusive, and positive event.” Dead Again’s drummer Shaun added, “I support any organization that reaches out to people, especially women, in the DTES.” He said that with funding cuts, many programs are having to compete for money. “Events such as the one held last night are becoming the only way to secure revenue.”

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Paganfest V – May 8th 2014 – Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, BC

Korpiklaani has become one of my favourite bands, and they closed out the night. I love the Kalevala-styled lyrics, the use of fiddle and accordion, and the emphasis on themes of nature and Finnish history. This was the first time I had seen new accordionist Sami Perttula, and he was exceptional. He and Tuomas are mixing in well with the rest of the band – always a concern when replacing long-standing members.

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