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Telling Our Stories: a musical revue

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Central Library
John Dutton Theatre
2nd Floor, 616 Macleod Trail SE

Donations gratefully accepted at the door and online at Invest YYC.
Help us reach our Festival Fund goal of $5,000!

Join us in celebration as we launch our third annual festival! Our opening show features original and popular music performed in spirited collaboration by artists from the homeless community working in concert with musical mentors from the broader Calgary community.

Our musical mentors include:

Hans "The Thumb" Sahlen has been playing electric and acoustic bass for the last 40 years. An innovator in technique as well as a composer, Hans has played with numerous bands in the Calgary area - Mantra, Rock & Roll Express, Roxon, Blind Date - to name just a few. As well, Hans busks with his string bass "Blue Belle" at the Calgary Farmers’ Market where he plays everything from Frank Sinatra to Van Halen to children’s songs and seasonal numbers.

Cort Delano was raised in Claresholm Alberta, traveled the world, laboured in the oil-patch and the trades, and attended college but it wasn’t until he returned home and picked up his father’s guitar that he found his destiny. Cort has been described as a young Ian Tyson, brought into the 21st century with a twist of Tom Russell. He has opened and shared stages with John Wort Hannam, Shane Yellowbird, Tom Jackson, among others. Cort heeds a calling to “The Minstrel Trade.”

Brian Kennedy is a singer, guitarist and ukulele player with over 25 years of performance experience. Highly active on the Calgary music scene since moving here in 1997, Brian strives to refresh the music of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, leading mostly small combos or performing solo. Brian’s repertoire is both refined and diverse: Tin Pan Alley songs, Broadway show tunes and Jazz standards are uniquely arranged with the blues, bossa nova, Gypsy jazz and contemporary stylings - all delivered with skill, passion, and humor. When asked about his love for music, Brian often quotes the late Ray Charles, “Music, to me, is like breathing: I never get tired of breathing, and I never get tired of music.”

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