In collaboration with local musician Garry Gonis, Banff Public Library is pleased to present a series of intimate musical performances by Bow Valley artists throughout 2020.
Liz & Lars are a multi-instrumental musical duo performing live around the Bow Valley at festivals, coffee houses, pubs, and special events. Elizabeth Sorochan plays the cello and bass, and Lars Backman is on guitar and vocals. Playing in a range of styles including folk, roots, blues, and beyond, their song selection for each performance is chosen to suit the mood. Liz & Lars have a vast repertoire of songs, including traditional instrumentals, popular classics, lesser know gems, as well as original compositions. Every show is a unique experience!
Max Hopkins is a singer-songwriter from Lethbridge, Alberta. Combining his blend of age-old songwriting with a constant drive toward innovation, Max’s music materializes in warm, expansive soundscapes with a subtle intricacy and wandering spirit. With a knack for penning contemplative, often thought-provoking lyrics, he engages audiences, and, at the pinnacle moment, reveals understated truths about the world and our place in it.
Heather Jean Jordan combines sparkling storytelling with otherworldly vocals and sweet ukulele vibes. Crafted in a traditional folk style, her songs are the tunes you wake up whistling, the tall tales told by a crackling fire, and the sweet songs of a meadowlark on a clear summer's day. Drawing inspiration from folk, jazz, and classical traditions, Heather Jean will guide you through a magical world where animals speak, mountains move, and sing-alongs prove to be irresistible. It may be hard to pin down, but one thing's for certain, Heather Jean's music is good for the soul!
Kyle Pullan is an instrumental acoustic guitarist whose sound was born in the Rocky Mountains. Using heavy melodies, bass lines, and percussion, Kyle strives to show audiences what can be done with a single acoustic guitar.
The Ramblin' Hey, Ho, Ha's are led by local singer-songwriter Garry Gonis. Their music is made in the fresh mountain air of the Canadian Rockies and runs the gamut from country-fried classics and bluegrass to rocking originals with a hint of southern twang. Audience participation is always welcome and encouraged!
Ellen Braun is a Canadian songstress, making her way in the indie folk music scene as a solo act and with her band Trundled. She has a giant heart, and she’s not afraid to show it on stage and in her music.
Her single “Okay” — recorded at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity with acclaimed producer Howard Bilerman and a choir of acclaimed singer songwriters — was used as a way to build community strength at the beginning of the pandemic and earned her a place as one of Canmore’s Mayor’s Community Champions. You can hear her single “Run with Me” in Leanne Allison’s wolverine documentary, Chasing a Trace. Trundled’s new album, High Water, produced by Daniel Ledwell, officially drops November 2020.