The vancouver international guitar festival Presents
Saturday, June 24, 8pm - SARAH MCLACHLAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Hayley McLean returns home to Vancouver BC to debut new music from her critically acclaimed Texada music project, a mix of original styles that infuse elements of transient pop, smooth hypnotizing vocals and what she is best known for -- a soulful virtuoso guitar prowess.
Acclaimed for her remarkable guitar chops, Hayley has recently celebrated being listed #1 of the Top 10 Guitar Goddesses by Fender as "the notable Canadian beauty [who] is positively bursting with talent."
The quintessential chick-with-guitar, Hayley (born Hayley Rita McLean) throws a striking and dramatic silhouette on stage while cradling her Fender guitar, cross-referencing Bonnie Raitt roots-vibes with Keith Urban virtuosity. Time and time again, following each performance filled with her dazzling guitar fingering, she leaves awestruck audiences asking one simple question: where'd she come from?
In 2010 Hayley won $50,000 in a national radio talent contest. She was awarded studio time, video / photo shoots, a trip to Nashville for a songwriting session, guest appearances at both the Canadian Country Music Awards and the British Columbia Country Music Awards. Soon thereafter, Hayley was signed to MDM Recordings Inc., an international country music distributor and record label. A killer guitar slinger, Hayley has been busy ever since, rocking the country music scene; signing a new deal with Fender; travelling nationwide on tour with Dierks Bentley as Chad Brownlee's guitarist (also joining Brownlee's band performing on the national CBC Canadian Country Music Awards [CCMA] televised broadcast) and previously releasing her first 3-song EP I Am Hayley.
Since then, Haley has opted to reinvent herself, extending her guitar-driven music to songs that are synth- and electronic driven. While McLean may wish to avoid definitions or labels, there's no question that she's helping to re-define what blues, roots, and now electronic / electro-rock sound like.
In collaboration with the 2017 Vancouver International Jazz Festival, select ticket sales for concerts will be available to VIGF participants at a discounted price.
The Vancouver International Jazz Festival presents
Tommy Emmanuel, C.G.P. (with guests Jenn Bojm & Khingfisher)
Sunday June 25, 8pm - Vogue Theatre
Currently calling Nashville home, Australian guitar master Tommy Emmanuel draws out the full emotional range and power of his instrument, pulling inspiration from perfect imperfections and intrepid improvisations. A multiple-Grammy nominee, perennial Guitar Player magazine favourite, and Member of the Order of Australia, Emmanuel is one of only five musicians in the world to receive the designation of C.G.P. (Certified Guitar Player) from longtime mentor and collaborator Chet Atkins. “Technically dazzling and atmospheric” (Chicago Tribune), Emmanuel’s other-worldly ability to play complex melodies, supporting chords, and bass at once is matched only by the deep humanity of his music. Blues, folk, and beyond, “the guitar work is mesmerizing.” (No Depression)
Jenn Bojm & Khingfisher
The delicate, hushed duo of Jenn Bojm & Khingfisher was recently named one of Vancouver’s Best Bands by The Georgia Straight. The publication lauded the “quivering intensity and beauty” of the pair’s collection of haunting, stripped-bare folk covers from the likes of Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, and Richard Farina.
Other guitar concerts taking place at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival include:
Dálava: Friday, June 23, 9:30 p.m. at The Ironworks
Ingrid and Christine Jensen with Ben Monder: Monday, June 26, 9:00 p.m. at Performance Works
Sonny Landreth: Thursday, June 29, 8:00 p.m. at BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts at Capilano University
Kurt Rosenwinkel: Thursday, June 29, 9:00 p.m. at Performance Works