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Tower of Song: A Creative Tribute to Leonard Cohen   Tower of Song is a creative tribute to the music of Leonard Cohen, presented by two celebrated BC singers and songwriters: Juno award-nominee Oliver Swain and Glenna Garramone. A night of...

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Tower of Song: A Creative Tribute to Leonard Cohen

Tower of Song: A Creative Tribute to Leonard Cohen

Posted by on Oct 25, 2014 in Events, Registry Events | 0 comments

Tower of Song: A Creative Tribute to Leonard Cohen

 

Tower of Song is a creative tribute to the music of Leonard Cohen, presented by two celebrated BC singers and songwriters: Juno award-nominee Oliver Swain and Glenna Garramone. A night of rare and classic selections from the Leonard Cohen cannon fearlessly interpreted by these artists, with a few original compositions and readings, round out an evening that celebrates Canada’s greatest bard and his influence on modern songwriting. Hear Cohen’s timeless songs arranged for two voices, banjo, string bass, piano and guitar. Together Swain and Garramone have crafted vocal arrangements of the great works of Cohen that will satiate and astonish the die-hard Cohen fan in everyone. After sold-out shows across Western Canada in Spring 2014, Tower of Song are touring through Ontario and Quebec this fall in support of their debut album, In City and In Forest, co-produced by Juno award winner Joby Baker.

 

“I said to Hank Williams, how lonely does it get?

Hank Williams hasn’t answered yet

But I hear him coughing all night long

A hundred floors above me, in the Tower of Song”

 

When Leonard Cohen sings these words, the Tower of Song is a metaphor for the inspiration that flows between songwriters, each toiling away on their own, but connected by their shared craft. Moved by this concept, celebrated BC singer-songwriters Oliver Swain and Glenna Garramone, collaborated to produce a project that is a dialogue through song and a tribute to the legendary songwriter. Re-imagining both rare and classic works of Cohen, and including original songs, the duo have crafted a sound that resonates with both longtime Cohen fans and a younger audience.

 

Tower of Song began as a one-off tribute night for a packed house at Vancouver’s The Media Club, and has since grown into an actively touring folk duo. Produced by Garramone, she invited fellow Victoria musician Oliver Swain, and the show gave Swain and Garramone the chance to grow their musical chemistry. Together as Tower of Song the two have arranged some of Cohen’s timeless songs beautifully, for two voices, banjo, string bass, piano and guitar. Encouraged by the response, they continued to present the show regionally, and after several sold-out shows on Vancouver Island and a successful tour of BC and Alberta, Tower of Song put “more power in the tower,” recording their debut album In City and In Forest, with Juno award winning producer Joby Baker, officially released in April 2014.  The CD release tour included over 30 shows across Western Canada, between Tofino, BC and Winnipeg, MB, to full houses in theatres and folk clubs.

 

“The tunes are hauntingly lovely. Wonderful takes with close harmonies and violent re-rhythmings. Musically sound. Faithful by being strongly, creatively Cohen, and yet wholly their own.”

James N. Porter, Professor Emeritus (Arts), York University

 

Oliver Swain

Juno & WCMA nominated Americana Folk Noir musician Oliver Swain spent a dozen years in some of North America’s most loved roots bands (Outlaw Social, The Duhks, The Bills) before going solo and releasing In a BIG MACHINE in 2011 to rave reviews, #1 spots on the charts, sold out shows and festival appearances across western Canada. A naturalist musician who was drawn to Louisiana and Appalachia several times to discover the roots of American music for himself, Oliver resides in Victoria, BC where frequent journeys into the rugged BC wilderness fuel his songwriting, singing and playing styles. Performing on Banjo and String Bass, led by tremendous vocal abilities, Oliver’s live show has attracted a lot of attention over the years including that of Tamara Kater, Executive Director of Folk Music Canada: “Since I first discovered him in 2008, Oliver Swain has been one of my very favorite artists… an evening spent with Oliver Swain will leave you breathless and joyful.” Visit www.oliverswainmusic.com for more info.

 

Glenna Garramone

Inspired by the geography and spirit of the places she has lived, from Nunavut to Hawaii, Glenna Garramone harmonizes the experimental with the classical, and the unexpected with the organic. She crafts “raw, emotional, and utterly captivating” songs (John Threlfall, Monday Magazine), using anything from piano, to guitar, to her tap shoes. Glenna’s talent and creativity have won her invitations to a wide variety of venues; Victoria’s Folk Fest, BC Festival of the Arts, and the Victoria Independent Music Awards. With a style somewhere between Keith Jarrett and Joni Mitchell, Glenna’s songwriting earned her Grand prize in the 2010 Artswells Songwriting Contest.  Her studio debut, Seasky-Starsong, charted at #2 on the folk charts in Victoria, BC.  Recorded in a solar-powered yurt on Molokai’i, Hawaii, her most recent album, Thank You Half Moon captures the intimacy and warmth of Garramone’s live performances. It includes the award-winning song “Bear Scat”  which was featured on CBC radio’s “North By Northwest” with Sheryl MacKay.  She also holds a BFA in Writing from the University of Victoria, with a major in Poetry.  When she’s not traveling, Glenna resides in Victoria. Visit www.glennagarramone.com for more info.

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Julie Baumgartel & Boyd McDonald: “Enlightenment Revisited”

Julie Baumgartel & Boyd McDonald: “Enlightenment Revisited”

Posted by on Oct 26, 2014 in Classics at the Registry, Events, Registry Events | 0 comments

Julie Baumgartel & Boyd McDonald

Enlightenment Revisited

The Enlightenment – A New World of Music! Featuring music by Mozart, Bach, Haydn, Schubert & more.

Julie Baumgartel ~ violin
Boyd McDonald ~ fortepiano

Sunday, October 26th 2014 at 3:00 pm
Tickets: $25 Adult, $20 Senior, $5 eyeGO & University, 12 yrs and under free
6 Concert series pass: $108 / $90 Senior 

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Sassy Ray Burlesque: “Tales From The Strypt”

Sassy Ray Burlesque: “Tales From The Strypt”

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Burlesque, Events, Registry Events | 0 comments

Sassy Ray Burlesque and The Registry Theatre Present:

Tales From The Strypt

Halloween Burlesque

Thursday, October 30th, 2014 – Doors Open at 8:00, Show Starts at 9:00
Tickets: $20 advance, $25 at door

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Events, Registry Events, VOC Silent Film Harmonic | 0 comments

VOC Silent Film Harmonic and The Registry Theatre Present:

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Robert Wiene’s 1920 expressionist classic film, starring Werner Krauss & Conrad Veidt.

“The first true horror film” – Roger Ebert

 

Friday, October 31st 2014 at 8:00pm
Tickets: $15 advance or $10 at door with Food Bank donation

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Night\Shift 2014 – Blues on The Night Shift

Night\Shift 2014 – Blues on The Night Shift

Posted by on Nov 1, 2014 in Events, Registry Events | 0 comments

Need to chill out indoors? Catch The Story of Mel Brown at midnight at Registry Theatre.

Extending its “Blues Into the Night” programming (a ticketed event taking place earlier in the evening), Registry Theatre proudly presents Love Lost & Found: The Story of Mel Brown, about the late local blues legend produced by Philip Bast and Sean Jasmins.

From BB King to Buddy Guy, Albert Collins to Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, Mel Brown played with the best of them. After settling in Kitchener, Brown became an inspiration and a mentor to a generation of Canadian blues musicians, including Sean Kellerman and Steve Strongman. From Mississipi to Kitchener, Love Lost & Found is the fascinating life story of a blues original.

Saturday, November 1st – 8:00 PM
Tickets: $10
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