Sing It Forward—an acoustic all-star benefit

Ashleigh Ball Hey Ocean Summer Live concert photo

Ashleigh Ball with Hey Ocean! at Summer Live, Vancouver, July 10 2011. Photo credit: Anja Weber/The Snipe News

Sing It Forward features some of Vancouver and the province’s most talented bands in a concert to raise money for a local music academy.

Ryan Guldemond of Mother Mother, Hannah Georgas, Hey Ocean!, Yukon Blonde, Shad, We Are the City, CR Avery and Aidan Knight are all scheduled to play the Vogue Theatre show this coming Thursday, Jan 10. It’s an extraordinary roster top-heavy with breakout acts from last year.

Mother Mother had an excellent 2012 with the release of their fourth album, The Sticks, as well as a triumphant North American tour culminating in a sold-out hometown show in December at the Orpheum. Hannah Georgas released her second (and self-titled) full-length album. And indie-pop band Hey Oean! released their third album, IS, featuring the radio favourite “Big Blue Wave”.

Hannah Georgas Summer Live concert photo

Hannah Georgas at Summer Live at Stanley Park July 10 2011. Photo credit: Anja Weber/The Snipe News

Also in 2012, Yukon Blonde, originally from Kelowna BC but now based in Vancouver, released Tiger Talk. The group’s second album, Tiger Talk is filled with invigorating rock ‘n’ roll songs. Aidan Knight also released a well-received album, Small Reveal, late in 2012.

Meanwhile, a new album is expected from hip-hop artist Shad, who put out a mixtape last year with the title “melancholy and the infinite shadness” (a take on the Smashing Pumpkins album Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness). Shad has previously collaborated with Hey Ocean! on the track “Vagabonds.” We Are the City, also originally from Kelowna, are a progressive-pop band with a new album due later this year. And musician and spoken-word performer CR Avery is consistently one of the city’s top-draws.

Sing It Forward is at the Vogue Theatre (918 Hastings) Thurs, Jan 10 2013. Benefits from Sing It Forward will go towards  the St. James Music Academy for Kids. The SJMA helps kids in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Tickets are $25 each at or click here.



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