Willie Thrasher & Linda Saddleback

Plus: Malcolm Biddle , Cosy Father, Janet Rogers, Kevin Sipreano Howe

Friday December 18th, 2015

Copper Owl

1900 Douglas Street Victoria BC
2100 doors at 2000
presented by the fifty fifty arts collective and the Copper Owl.

Willie's back and in a big way! Last years compilation release by Light in the Attic Records entitled Native North America Vol.1 featured 3 of his tracks from the recently reissued LP Spirit Child. Spirit Child has been tearing up the charts locally on CFUV and across Canada.

"Willie Thrasher is an Inuk singer-songwriter from Aklavik, Northwest Territories. At five, Thrasher was taken from his family and sent to a residential school where he was forbidden to practice his Inuvialuit culture. In the mid-1960s, he drummed for the Cordells, one of the first Inuit rock bands. One evening, a stranger recommended that the group tap into their Aboriginal roots instead of the charts for inspiration. This prompted Thrasher to write songs about his life, people, and the environment (as heard on 1981’s Spirit Child LP, CBC). Thrasher currently performs with his partner Linda Saddleback . He is a trailblazing troubadour with an Indigenous heartbeat sound." http://levitation-vancouver.com/artist/willie-thrasher-linda-saddlebeck/

Malcolm fronts Vancouver psych/folk group Dada Plan but has also made a name for himself as a solo musician and former frontman for Vancouver psych/rock band Capital 6. Malcolm will be soothing our ears with his brand of psychedelia infused dystopian folk.

Mohawk poet Janet Rogers (Victoria poet laureate 2012-2015 and current UNBC Writer in Residence) will share her culturally driven and politically inspired spoken word poetry.

"Draped in soft timbres and the gentle whisper of time speaking with itself, Cosy Father pulls gently at the frayed fibers of wool blankets knitted by aged and calloused hands. Its dusty affectations slip through the cracks between attic floorboards, salting the cyclic impressions of footprints embedded in the freckled ground below. These are minimalist lamentations for the close-cornered conversations between past personages astrally projected into syntax. The verses rain down from the cumulous wordcloud of Elizabeth McArthur, as she delivers parables of that which goes on and on. And it is here, at this delicate juncture of pastism dredged from the depths of poignant recollection, that Loser Birds exists as a remedy for sorrowful remembrances and sleepless nights of the phantom phrasings, fleeting footsteps on solemn shores." https://weirdcanada.com/2014/04/new-canadiana-cosy-father-loser-birds/

Kevin Sipreano Howe will be spinning tunes in between bands!

$10 tickets in advance
$15 at the door

Cosy Father (psych-folk)

Cosy Father is a reclusive hillbilly with the voice of a young woman who writes, sings, records and weaves dreams in a small room in Victoria, BC.

Audio Samples

Burn My Bones

Janet Rogers

Janet is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from the Six Nations band in southern Ontario. She was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and has been living on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people (Victoria, BC) since 1994. Janet works in the genres of poetry, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poetry with music and script writing.

Janet has three published poetry collections to date: Splitting the Heart, Ekstasis Editions (2007), Red Erotic, Ojistah Publishing (2010), Unearthed, Leaf Press (2011). Her newest collection Peace in Duress was released with Talonbooks in September 2014. Janet's poetry CDs Firewater (2009), Got Your Back (2012) and 6 Directions (2013) all received nominations for Best Spoken Word Recording at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, and the Native American Music Awards. You can hear Janet on the radio as she hosts Native Waves Radio on CFUV fm and Tribal Clefs on CBC Radio One fm in Victoria. Her radio documentaries Bring Your Drum (50 years of indigenous protest music) and Resonating Reconciliation won Best Radio at the imagaineNATIVE Film and Media festival 2011 and 2013. Ikkwenyes or Dare to Do is the name of the collective Mohawk poet Alex Jacobs and Janet created in 2011. Ikkwenyes won the Canada Council for the Arts Collaborative Exchange award 2012 and a Loft Literary Prize in 2013.

As Victoria's third Poet Laureate (2012-2015), Janet created opportunities for the community to come together in celebration of poetic voices on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people. She also had the opportunity to work with two Youth Poet Laureates, Morgan Purvis and Aysia Law who were appointed for one-year terms by the City of Victoria Youth Council.
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