The Georgia Straight Jazz Society

Beginning February 2022 we will be at The Flying Canoe

We have planned 8 evenings of jazz at The Flying Canoe

Dear Jazz Society Members & Friends of Jazz:

It's almost two years to the day since the Georgia Straight Jazz Society closed down the Thursday Night Jazz Series due to the COVID pandemic. Recently, live jazz returned with the spectacular opening show at The Sid Williams Theatre on February 10. The first regular concert in our new venue - The Flying Canoe - begins Thursday (February 24) at 7:30pm when Nanaimo's Marty Steele Quartet will be on stage. As in past seasons, the show will include two one-hour sessions with a short intermission.

Marty Steele is the undisputed master of playing the keyboard bass lines while playing piano, with over 40 years of active and steady gigs. In his past travels he has shared the stage with Andy Williams, Jack Jones, and Trini Lopez, just to name a few. Twenty years ago, he had the opportunity of a lifetime to perform at Carnegie Hall. He has told us that he feels personally humbled to be playing our opening show in the club setting.

He will be accompanied by his "personal drummer" and good friend James McRae, emerging young jazz lion Kenton Dick on saxes, and a young lady named Teighan Couch as the featured vocalist.

Marty said, "I am personally excited about this performance because the quartet is a mix of the old guard and the upcoming new talent (James and I are in our '60s, and Kenton and Teighan are in their '20s). The old guard provides the experience brought on by decades of performing, and the new talent provides the inspiration and the desire to finally get their chance to be heard after 2 years of virus restrictions. The concert repertoire will encompass a wide variety of popular vocal and instrumental songs that everyone will remember; guaranteed to please everyone's tastes - from well known standards to great jams, plus a few of my original songs. It promises to be a mixture of beautiful ballads and very high energy swing, and other styles."

Activities will comply with Bonnie Henry's public health regulations. Admission will require your BC COVID passport and government photo ID, and you will be required to wear your mask when you are not sitting at a table.

The Flying Canoe offers a full menu, and food and bar service will be available. Parking will be available after 6:00 pm at any of the Westin's parking stalls, including in front of Modern Beauty on Cliff Avenue.

Admission ($15 for members, $20 for non-members) will be by credit or bank card, or cash, paid to the Jazz Society: This payment will be distinct from any drinks or food you may order from the hotel.

This is your chance to restart your music and social calendar. I look forward to seeing you there.

Sid Williams February 10th 2022 at 7:30pm Edie DaPonte

FC February 24th 2022 at 7:30pm Marty Steele Quartet

FC March 10th 2022 at 7:30pm Jeff Agopsowicz Band

FC March24th 2022 at 7:30pm Sweet Santa Fe

FC April 7th 2022 at 7:30pm Indigo Jazz

FC April 21st 2022 at 7:30pm Dan Craven Quartet

FC May 5th 2022 at 7:30pm Greg Bush Quintet

FC May 19th 2022 at 7:30pm Jenn Forsland and Friends

GoA July 14th 2022 at 5:00pm TBA

GoAJuly 28th 2022 at 5:00pm TBA

GoA August 11th 2022 at 5:00pm TBA

GoA August 25th 2022 at 5:00pm TBA

FC - Flying Canoe at the Westerly Hotel. Covid protocols in place. You need your vaccine passport for admission. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

SW - Sid Williams Theater. Covid protocols in place. You need your vaccine passport for admission. Tickets are available on line from the Sid from December 15th 2021.

GoA - The Gardens on Anderton Rd. You need your vaccine passport for admission. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

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