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 2021. Previous performances can be viewed on our Facebook page.
Banff Public Library acknowledges support from the Town of Banff Community Grants Program.
Join Aurora Claire Borin for a Holiday-themed Family Sing-Along!
Aurora spent 30 years of her life not knowing who she was, who she wanted to be, or what kind of life she would want to lead. Today, Aurora is an inter-sectional feminist, queer, socialist, geek, cosplayer, Wiccan Priestess, gamer, dog lover, musician, artist, friend, activist, and more. In other words, she is one of those Social Justice Warriors you hear about on the internet.
She is a fierce advocate for LGBTQ2S+ folx, regularly speaking with health care providers, businesses, NGOs, and municipal governments about the struggles we face and how to create more inclusive, diverse spaces. She has been privileged to speak before thousands at the Women's March on Calgary, as well as at Power of Being a Girl conferences, Trans Day of Remembrance vigils, and many other important markers in the lives of girls, women, and 2SLGBTQ+ communities.
She is a successful career musician and is highly acclaimed throughout Calgary and the Bow Valley for her abilities as a collaborative pianist and educator. Her work has been described as brilliant, but more to her liking, she was once called a "Force of Nature". She is honoured to be trusted to support and work with young musicians as they develop into mature artists and humans.
Aurora lives in Banff with her dog Cassie, who is the best dog. Cassie is always adorable and never anything less than perfect. Aurora herself is bi/pansexual and has a transgender history.
Photo credit: Bojan Cosic
Heather Jean Jordan is a professional singer-songwriter, educator and performer based in Banff, AB. A classically-trained singer & pianist, and self-taught ukulele player, she loves to write, perform and share the joy of music with all ages. Drawing inspiration from folk, jazz, & classical traditions, Heather Jean will guide you through a magical world where animals speak, mountains move and sing-alongs prove irresistible. Get ready to raise your voices and tap your toes! Heather Jean has a passion for dance, and flare for the dramatic.
Heather believes in music and dance as natural instincts connecting us all. Known for her warmth and enthusiasm, she has been performing, teaching and leading workshops across the prairies for the past decade. She has danced at the top of Sulfur Mountain, and her "Bells of Banff" performances have been heard all over the world, but her favourite musical moments still take place in small rooms with good friends.
Enamoured by the mountains and skiing as well as influenced by the local and international characters that call this mountain town home, Andrew has been living a musical lifestyle ever since he arrived in Banff a small lifetime ago. What started as plucking the guitar in staff accommodation after work, has developed into a career as an audio technician and entertainer. Experienced from performing on stages around the Bow Valley, he enjoys adding a soulful touch to his folk, rock, country style.
Kasey Nolan is a progressive finger-style guitar player of diverse musical tastes whose style has adapted and incorporated elements such as folk, prog, post-rock, black metal, world music, and movie/video game scores into an acoustic and fully instrumental sound. Each song has a concept and tells a story without words, and his music is meant to take you on an emotional journey through your musical senses.
Kasey released his second full-length album of original music earlier this year, titled "The Voiceless," which is available through Bandcamp and on CD.
Steph O’Dette has a performance energy often compared to fields of sunflowers and daisies while she graces the stage. Her unique annunciation and articulation are common threads in her songs and stories which find their way into your sweater pocket and keep a warm glow of assurance for all the audience. Steph is truly an ideal Library Listening Room performer.
Friday, June 11 from 7:00-8:00pm - ONLINE PERFORMANCE ON FACEBOOK LIVE!
Lori Reid, Canmore-based songwriter and founding member of Alberta group The Fates, explores the unique and ever-changing environment of the elements that make up our lives. Lori is one of Canmore's most noteworthy "Women of Song." A long-time local, Lori's heartfelt roots-style singing and songwriting is grounded in and inspired by the place she lives, the majestic Canadian Rockies. Lori has an impressive musical pedigree reflected in her extensive performing, touring, and recording background.
Photo Credit: Phillip Alexander Nugent
Alanna J. Brown is a singer/songwriter/arranger from Toronto. After years of experimenting with different instruments, she began performing solo shows of original guitar and vocal music in downtown Toronto while attending high school.
Alanna was in multiple indie-rock and folk groups and spent her late teens touring around Canada performing at various festivals and music venues. She followed her dream of becoming a professional musician to Humber College where she studied under some of the world's most accomplished jazz musicians, received her Honours Bachelor of Music, and recorded her first EP of original music, "Tuesday's Coming," accompanied by a string quintet.
A few years later, Alanna was back in the studio with producer Jeff Wolpert recording her first full-length original album, "Accelerate," featuring astounding musicians like Hugh Marsh, Jonathan Goldsmith, and the Gryphon Trio.
In May 2020, Alanna released another album of original music, "Said I Was Shy," recorded in Banff National Park, where she has lived for the past 6 years.
Alanna performs almost every evening at hotels, restaurants, festivals, and weddings and tours her original music around Western Canada. You can listen to all of her original music on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, and other online streaming websites.