Hornby Island Festival

The Hornby Festival 10-day indoor/outdoor is one of the best summer festivals in Canada, mixing world music, classical, and more! 

I will be travelling to Hornby for 4 days of magic from August 3 – 7, as I’m participating in the Hornby Island Artist Practicum.  Very excited!  Under the guidance of Daniel Lapp, a nationally recognized, internationally touring and highly skilled artist (as my mentor), I will spend these four intensive days gleaning skills and knowledge with the main-stage Festival performers such as  The O’Pears, Clinton Fearon, Tom Landa.    

                              My time to shine is Monday August 7th , gates open at 6 pm where I will showcase with                                                  BC’s Best New Musicians.

Come out to Enjoy and be Dazzled!

Here comes Summer and the Jazz Festival

I will be performing a FREE SHOW with my quartet  at  

TD Victoria International JazzFest 2017 in Centennial Square on

 MONDAY, JUNE 26th from NOON to 1:15pm.

This is  a ten-day music festival featuring the jazz, blues and world music of local, Canadian, and internationally acclaimed musicians. You gotta come and enjoy all this great music!

A Musical Feast, a Community Affair

On Saturday June 10, I will be leading the Lila Music Community Choir in hosting  ‘Sing for Salmon and Cedar’ concert with all proceeds raised to be donated to the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre at Cowichan Bay.    Something musical for everyone!

In addition, I have arranged for the following musicians to join us;

  • Coastline Fiddlers - Youth Musicians  - A dynamic, high spirited, award winning string ensemble comprised of BC's top young musicians ranging from ages 14-21 coached and mentored by internationally acclaimed Fiddler, Ivonne Hernandez
  • Paul Ruszel Trio , a Celtic –Folk with Andy and Rayne Cooper
  • Corbin Keep, the Wild Cellist           
  • Genevieve Charbonneau - Recent winner of BC Song competition

Concert proceeds  go towards providing experiential learning opportunities for children on the shores of the Cowichan Bay estuary.  As a project of the Cowichan Land Trust (a non-profit society), the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre helps people understand and protect nature.   Visit  their website at cowichanestuary.ca

With this in mind, JOIN ME Saturday June 10, and enjoy

A Musical Feast and a Community Affair

 Bring your Friends, Family

  • Concert located at the Duncan United Church, 246 Ingram Street

  • Food/BBQ/Treats available at 11:45
  • Concert 12:30

  • Tickets $15 with Children under 12 FREE  - tickets at the door, Ten Old Books or on-line at Event brite - https://www.eventbrite.ca/myevent?eid=34762979006

 

Join Me this Holiday Weekend, Sunday May 21st

Mark your calendar and join me on Sunday May 21, 10:00 am at the Sylvan United Church, Mill Bay.   I’m honored this month to be presented as the music guest for ‘Music Mosaic’, the monthly non-traditional Sunday Service.  Here, I will be accompanied by Phil Newns, a well-known jazz pianist, vocalist, bandleader and educator-Head of Music at Brentwood College.    

Afterwards, join us in the fun at the Cowichan Valley Wine and Art Festival which is featuring eight wineries and one cidery this holiday weekend.   This festival is a free-entry event which each winery will host an artist or artisan as well as live music.   Phil and I will be performing at the Cherry Point Winery – 840 Cherry Point Road, Cobble Hill at 2:00 pm (that’s still on Sunday).

 

Gabriola Isle of Arts Festival

Hi, I’m just about to start my Spring Fling Tour …Wish me great success!   Now, I’m thrilled to say that I will be appearing next at the Gabriola Isle of the Arts Festival, Saturday April 15. Here I will be leading a Vocal Play Workshop. This playful afternoon of musical exploration is geared towards intermediate/advanced singers who already love to harmonize and blend, but who would also like to expand their creativity by working with rhythm, resonance, improvisation, song writing, and more. Will be fun!

Workshop runs from 2:30pm thru 5:30pm

Spring Fling Tour

March 2017,

The snow is finally melted and the family spotted daffodils, acconites, and tulips ready to bloom on our walk the other day.  Spring is here! I think we can all agree that spring couldn’t have come fast enough.  I would like to personally invite you to my  ‘Spring Fling Tour’ coming this April 2017.   A performance not to be missed!  Check my calendar for dates and places

This show will transport you around the world with a 40’s French Swing, a Spanish Gypsy Jazz song, a Swedish folk tune, and an aching Italian love melody along with brand new originals to be featured on my upcoming album.  I will be performing alongside internationally acclaimed members of The Bills at the Duncan Showroom in a Co-Production with the Cowichan Folk Guild, under Kelly Nakasutka’s direction. Excited!  Treat a friend or family member to the show and I can’t wait to see you!

Also, want to tell you about the wonderful local artisans that I’m collaborating with. Join us at one of the venues and a lucky person will have a chance to win a beautiful creation from one of the following artists.     

    Meet our Artist Sponsors

 

IG @azenyadesigns

IG @azenyadesigns

Prize: Hexagon Coherence Cuff 18 kt Gold plated

Prize: Hexagon Coherence Cuff 18 kt Gold plated

Azenya

Fine Handcrafted Empowerment Jewelry – with inspiration from gemstones, sacred geometry and life giving forces. Intended and blessed with healing powers, symbols, and gemstones that enrich and empower us.  

 

Mary Fox work is exhibited nationally and internationally, and Mary especially enjoys the time that she spends with customers from around the world who visit her studio in Ladysmith, on Vancouver Island.    www.maryfoxpottery.ca  

Prize: Heart Shape Bowl

Prize: Heart Shape Bowl

 

CHANTEY DAYAL - COWICHAN ARTIST

Prize: 2 limited edition prints and 2 gift cerificates valued at $100 each.  Gift certificates to be used towards the purchase of an original painting valued at $300 or more.

Prize: 2 limited edition prints and 2 gift cerificates valued at $100 each.  Gift certificates to be used towards the purchase of an original painting valued at $300 or more.

Painting has always been, and remains to be my favorite thing to do.  I love to paint because it gets me out of my own way.  For me, it is the ultimate experience of letting go.  Color is a gateway that allows me to fully feel, fully express and create boldly on the canvas. I love to paint.    Chantey Dayal       www.chanteydayal.com

Prize: Floating Self retailing $120-$190

Prize: Floating Self retailing $120-$190

Alternative Woodworks produces artful furnishings crafted from the Cowichan Valley, on Vancouver Island, at the West Coast of Canada.   

WILD NATURE + MODERN ELEGANCE

WILD NATURE + MODERN ELEGANCE

Offering: A Organic cotton and bamboo shawl scarf and a pair of wristwarmers.                  

Offering: A Organic cotton and bamboo shawl scarf and a pair of wristwarmers.                  

Local made clothing that inspires and empowers self-love and the freedom to express yourself, naturally and comfortably.    www.weavecreations.com

 

Banff was Heaven...

I was high up in the Rockies, and I swear, I could touch the sky. I was flying with the angels and the creative birds that gather from time to time. I felt like I was in my own "flock", each unique and different, yet, as a collective, we all appreciated the details of compositions, the eclectic nuances of vibratos, the phrasing of texts, the silence in between.. We had coaching sessions with three very diverse yet deeply passionate musicians who gave lectures and offered one on one sessions. We met as a group of residents and shared our works in progress, then bravely allowed and invited the entire room of highly skilled and practiced, musicians to critique, offer feedback and share what they enjoyed about the performance. We performed in Canmore and in the various halls and theatres in at the Banff Centre and premiered new works. We visited each others studios in the late hours,  and were deeply inspired by each others work, and astonished at the extreme uniqueness of each and every project and musician/composer/conductor/vocalist.. there.  We walked in the mountains, and took in the fresh air, we witnessed wild life right all around us, as we were in a National Park. We ate meals together, laughed, cried and celebrated in the Mac Lab, the Solon evening in the Leighton Colony, the Dorm... We dormed with roommates and made friends for life. We collaborated on projects, took risks, improvised and dreamt of potential future happenings..collectives, festivals, dreams, projects, compositions.... We appreciated, were moved by, inspired, floored, astonished, broken open.. by the passion and commitment each artist has that was there.. every one.. true to their art.. 

The question is how to bring some of that home.. and to keep working even, in a small way, that is reminiscent.. that is the goal. I will venture to set up more of a studio space, where I can record and capture my songs as I create, and I will commit to making space and time to develop my song writing and composing of musical ideas.. 

I am beyond grateful for every minute I had there, and for all those that helped and supported me to be there. Many people helped with my children and this is this is the most important, that I was able to trust the love from my community to take care of them, while I was away.. Blessings. Cari.

I have a few videos I will post soon. 
What did I accomplish?
6 songs outlined, with lyrics and movement.
1 new Video created a new black and white Video of "Snow", from the Album, Magnolia with videographer, Caroline Cox. 
1 mostly finished song, that was performed on my last night, made in Banff. 
Performance Collaboration with Anoush Moazzeni on Prepared Piano with Electronics. 
Performance of Open our Hearts with Vissia on piano, in BOW Valley Festival, Canmore
Performance as back up vocalist for Joanna Wallfish, new song. 
and ideas and collaborations with man others.... 

Diving Deep into Song writing, vocal exploration and singing into the future at the Banff Centre of the Arts in a music residency.

 

Thrilled to be returning to Banff  Centre for Arts and Creativity for a 2 week residency.  Many of the 30 musicians here this winter are from outside of Canada, all to study and learn from each other.  Personally, I’m plunging headfirst into song writing, collaborating with my fellow musician and working with a vocal looper (voice recording sounds you make while playing them back in a repeating loop.)

Next week I will perform at The Club at Banff Centre, with a Persian born, Canadian pianist/composer and electroacoustic improviser Anoush Moazzeni and tomorrow, I will perform my original piece "Open our Hearts" with a small ensemble, at the Arts Centre in Canmore. 

I have been writing songs with the piano and guitar and learning how to use some technical gear for recording in my room. It is a great privilege and opportunity to be here, surrounded by the magnificent beauty of the Rocky Mountains, alongside tremendously talented artists. I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude and inspiration. 

his week we had the experience of learning from the gifted and generous composer/musician/conductor, Matthias Maute from the Caprice Ensemble. He has coached us and offered a lecture yesterday that blew my heart and mind open with contemplation, reflection and aspirations. 

This music residency is offered via scholarship, although additional monetary funds are needed to cover, travel airplane and bus to Banff ($725), food/lodging ($628), recording sessions/instruments etc. ($400) Any financial support would be most welcomed.  If you would like to contribute, donations may be made by:

- EFT (email money transfer) – cariburdett@shaw.ca

- PayPal- joythroughmusic@shaw.ca

- Cheque – payable toCari Burdett – 3228A Gibbins Rd., Duncan BC V9L 1G8

Thank you, 

Cari

 

6th Annual Winter Solstice Concert

The countdown is on! The 6th Annual Winter Solstice Concert is just around the corner. Have you bought your tickets yet?? This show sells out quickly.

The program is set, rehearsals have been a blast, there will be an amazing gift basket from Westholme TeaFarm at each show (who doesn't love prizes?), and some wonderful opportunities to donate to some very important local causes.

Refugee Support Fund

Warmland House

Winter Solstice is the celebration of the returning light after the darkest days of the year. Come on out to an warm and inviting community event that offers a space of love and peace.

BC Touring Workshop

Cari attended the BC Touring Workshop on November 12th and 13th. This weekend event is so helpful for emerging artists! Not only did it help Cari gain more knowledge about touring and all of its intricacies, she also met some amazing musicians, artists, and new friends. It's all about the connections!  

Photo by Pamela Tessman -takeN AT THE Cumberland show IN NovEMBER. wild is the wind tour, with adrian dolan, RICHARD Moody and Peter Mynett. Thank you studio One for the lovely venue and support.

Photo by Pamela Tessman -takeN AT THE Cumberland show IN NovEMBER. wild is the wind tour, with adrian dolan, RICHARD Moody and Peter Mynett. Thank you studio One for the lovely venue and support.

There were so many incredible people there but this is a special shout out to James & Jamesy! Their show is just spectacular and these two gentlemen were so wonderful, kind, and so willing to help out a fellow artist. Check out their amazing Christmas show! The tour starts on December 2nd and will make its way up and down the island.

Courtenay - Dec 2&3, Powell River - Dec 6, Nanaimo - Dec 8&9, Duncan - Dec 13, Campbell River - Dec 16&17, Victoria - Dec 19&20, and Maple Ridge - Dec 22&23

Courtenay - Dec 2&3, Powell River - Dec 6, Nanaimo - Dec 8&9, Duncan - Dec 13, Campbell River - Dec 16&17, Victoria - Dec 19&20, and Maple Ridge - Dec 22&23

Thank you to BC Local News!

A big thank you to BC Local News for their amazing coverage of the Wild is the Wind Tour show in Victoria. This article is just lovely! 

The tour was a great success and a much needed rest is up next.

...until the next big project in December! Stay tuned!

Comox Valley Echo also offered a great write up for the Cumberland show at Studio Live! Thank you so much!

 

 

Harvest of Music Festival

I am really looking forward kicking off some October shows by performing at this amazing festival. Check out their poster and website for all that is happening from the 14th-16th!

I will be joining them on October 16th at 2:30pm for the Cornucopia! I will be performing some lovely Autumn songs with Ron Hadley, Tony Booker and friends.

Hope to see you there!

Cari

Wild is the Wind Tour 2016

A 5 show tour across Vancouver Island!

A 5 show tour across Vancouver Island!

The Wild is the Wind tour is starting in less than a month! Where does the time go??

The press has been contacted, the venues and musicians organized and I've just added an additional show on the gorgeous Salt Spring Island. The wonderful people at Stowel Lake Farm are hosting us on Thursday, October 20th, just in time to be a part of this circuit.

I hope to see you out there!

Wild is the Wind Tour Dates

Sunday, October 16th
Harvest of Music Festival
The Old School House Arts Centre, 122 Fern Rd West, Qualicum Beach BC
2:30pm
Tickets: $10-$18
Available at The Old School House Arts Centre or 250 752 6133

Thursday, October 20th
Stowel Lake Farm
190 Reynolds Road, Salt Spring Island BC
7:30pm, doors open at 7pm
Tickets: Salt Spring Books, www.stowellakefarm.com 
or call 250 653 4308

Friday, October 21st
Upstairs Lounge (presented by Beacon Ridge Productions)
1975 Bee Street, Victoria BC
Doors open at 6pm, Music at 7:30pm
Tickets: $20 Advance | $25 at the Door
Available at Oak Bay Recreation Centre reception, Ivy's Bookshop, or online at www.beaconridgeproductions.com

Saturday, October 22nd
Studio Live
2679 Beaufort Ave, Cumberland BC
8:00pm, doors open 7:30pm
Tickets: $20 Advance | $25 at the door
Available at Bop City Records (Courtenay), Church St. Bakery (Comox), Rider's Pizza (Cumberland)

Sunday, October 23rd
HIVE Emporium
#9 - 575 North Road, Gabriola Island BC
7:30pm
Tickets: $15 Adults | $10 Students/Seniors
Available at the HIVE Emporium

October Tour Coming Up!

It's that time again. The balancing act with poles on my nose and fingertips and toes, and my mind, split into so many tasks, set spinning precariously on top of each one.

Booking Venues and times, sending out promotions, creating posters, hiring musicians, and squeezing in rehearsals! It is a very strange place to be. The music comes first...but then why do I find myself sitting in front of my computer for hours on end? This is the side of the business that you never imagine when you get started. It's all about the rehearsals, the collaboration, the creation of music! And then someone has to do all of the grunt work, and that someone is YOU!

It's all worth it in the end though. You start to wonder about 4-6 weeks away from a tour if all the time you're spending in the office is worth a weeks worth of performing...then you send off the press kit that you've painfully crafted and you feel both satisfied and nervous, rehearsals start with amazing musicians and you feel the excitement build, and finally you hit the stage and the joy of it sets your soul on fire!

The Poster is Coming Soon! In the meantime, I would love to see you at one of these shows!

Wild is the Wind Tour 2016 - Dates

Sunday, October 16th
Harvest of Music Festival
The Old School House Arts Centre, 122 Fern Rd West, Qualicum Beach BC
2:30pm
Tickets: $10-$18
Available at The Old School House Arts Centre or 250 752 6133

Friday, October 21st
Upstairs Lounge (presented by Beacon Ridge Productions)
1975 Bee Street, Victoria BC
Doors open at 6pm, Music at 7:30pm
Tickets: $20 Advance | $25 at the Door
Available at Oak Bay Recreation Centre reception, Ivy's Bookshop, or online at www.beaconridgeproductions.com

Saturday, October 22nd
Studio Live
2679 Beaufort Ave, Cumberland BC
8:00pm, doors open 7:30pm
Tickets: $20 Advance | $25 at the door
Available at Bop City Records (Courtenay), Church St. Bakery (Comox), Rider's Pizza (Cumberland)

Sunday, October 23rd
HIVE Emporium
#9 - 575 North Road, Gabriola Island BC
7:30pm
Tickets: $15 Adults | $10 Students/Seniors
Available at the HIVE Emporium

I can't wait to do it all again, and again, and again!

Ciao
Cari

The Joy of Serving your Community through Music

For the past 8 years, I have had the honour of being invited by the Cowichan Intercultural Society to conduct my Lila Community Choir at the annual One World Festival here in the Cowichan Valley. This event is a celebration of culture and traditions from around the globe and brings representation for all of those who have settled in the Valley from afar. It is a day full of fun, music, and community bonding.

The singers in the Lila Community Choir, some of whom have been singing with the group for years and some who are brand new, gain a wonderful opportunity to perform but also to connect with other members of their community. Opportunities like this open them (and me!) up to so many possibilities, open doors, new friendships, open hearts. It is my great passion to find them as many performance opportunities as I can, not only for their sake but also for mine and the audiences we meet.

You see, the outreach component in music has always been an incredible, irresistible draw for me. Seriously, what better way to bring people together than through the arts? It is the great unifying force in this world, allowing us to share our experiences and thoughts and feelings with greater depth while rising above any discriminatory factors. It brings us together with the best intentions. To create and to be open and to be heard.

I am so pleased and so fortunate that this year the performances are a plenty! The Cowichan Intercultural Society has planned not only the One World Festival, but also the annual Walk of Nations, they have also put them both on the same day! We will march through Downtown Duncan, singing our hearts out and representing the Lila Music Centre. We'll arrive at the VIU campus and jump right into the One World Festival. It will be such a great time.

Since we'll be on such a roll, the choir is going to keep the energy going and will also be performing with the incredible Coco Love Alcorn on her Wonderland Tour. She'll be making a stop in Duncan on September 23rd and has invited the choir to be her back up singers! How exciting! She has chosen a couple of songs that allow our lovely community choir to join her on stage. I met Coco recently and we discovered a shared passion for musical outreach and inclusion so this was a perfect match. 

Ciao,

Cari

Love singing? It isn't too late to join the Lila Community Choir for the Walk of Nations and to experience what we sound like at the One World Festival. Like what you hear? Come to the remaining rehearsals and you can join us on stage with Coco Love Alcorn! We will welcome you with open arms! 

Visit my Lila Music Centre website to find out more about the choir and see the schedule for these performances.

Chanteuse Cari - Shaw TV Interview

I want to start this post by saying a HUGE thank you to Daphne Good from Shaw TV for an amazing spot on her show. This interview took place over a lovely Friday morning where Daphne explored my home and land and took the time to learn about my life and passions. Her support of my work over the years has been such an amazing gift!

As this video shows, I am so blessed to have so many wonderful things happening in my life. My children, my home, my business, my performances, my hobbies and passions, and the ability to create space for each of them in turn. It is sometimes absolute chaos, and can be a such a monumental task to find and maintain (ha!) the balance, but I wouldn't change any of it. I will continue to strive for balance and peace in my life but I will not stop creating new ideas and projects. It is what lights me up and walks me through this life!

Ciao for now!

Car B

Only 3 Show left on the Celebration Tour!

Choosing to celebrate my recent accomplishments in music by sharing my music, feels as natural and as necessary as breathing. All of the winding tendrils of my life have been leading me down this path of creation and collaboration, performing and travelling. It has all been a life long dream come true. I am beyond thrilled to be moving from stage to festival to showroom to stage, all the while meeting new friends, musicians, and collaborators. Life is a gift!

My musical roots are in my operatic training so a highlight of the tour has definitely been performing with the Sooke Philharmonic, it transported me right back to those wonderful years of being completely immersed in classical music. My early training lead me to new music and improvisation, which lead me to composition, which lead me to delve into so many different forms. Languages fill me with passion, music fills me with joy, my relationships, in all forms, fill me with stories of life and love. All of this together has allowed me to find my own true voice and to bring my own unique sound to the stage. I am so utterly grateful for everything I offer and everything I gain.

In rehearsal with the Sooke Philharmonic! 

In rehearsal with the Sooke Philharmonic! 

All of my performances and offerings have been so nourishing this summer, each one teaching me something new. The range of musicians changes with every opportunity so I have played with piano only, with violin and accordion/mandolin, with a five piece band, and with a full orchestra! Unbelievable! It has been remarkable to settle into each space and into each setting. It all comes down to my guys! My band. My friends. Each an incredibly talented musician and I couldn't have pulled any of this together with out each and every one of them. So an enormous thank you to Richard Moody, Adrian Dolan, Sean Drabbit, Marc Atkinson, Dave Lieffertz, and David Emery. 

With only 3 shows to go in my celebratory summer tour, I invite you all to share my story and my music with your friends and family.

Join me for one of the following shows:

Sat Jul 30 - 39 Days of July, Duncan
Sat Jul 30 - Char's Landing, Port Alberni
Sun Aug 7 - Salt Spring Island Music & Garlic Festival, Salt Spring Island

Please peruse my website, check out this links, the videos, and the music.  

Gracias.

On stage at Butchart Gardens.

On stage at Butchart Gardens.

The Summer Celebration Tour is Here!!!

The media has been notified, the ferries are reserved, the rehearsals have me inspired, and the urge to perform is keeping me up at night. It's time to gather our gear and hit the road!

Follow my celebratory tour starting with the gorgeous Butchart Gardens in Victoria TOMORROW! July 6th at 8:00pm. Enjoy a concert and picnic in the gardens, entry to Butchart gets you a seat at the show.

Can't come tomorrow night?
Choose another day!
The summer has just begun!

Here is a taste of what's to come!

It's so close, I can feel the performance tingles already. Let me sing to you of love and life!
This is the full concert from
June 5th at the Duncan Showroom.

Feel free to jump around for a sample of the delicious flavour, or just sit back and savour it!

Duncan Showroom, Duncan BC. June 5th, 2016. Richard Moody (violin), Adrian Dolan (piano), Sean Drabbit (bass), Kelby MacNayr (drums).

"Gracias a la Vida" Video Release

Released today, in Collaboration with Trent Freeman, is a unique and passionate music video for 'Gracias a la Vida,' from the album MagnoliaThe video was filmed by Trent Freeman, a wonderful and talented musician, who captures the essence of the music through his 'one shot' technique. The final product is the result of a full day of filming in a theatre in Mission, BC, of which this video was the very last take.  

"It was a really exciting day! We shot four videos and we will release them slowly. This is the first one I'm releasing and they're all very different. It was really thrilling to work with Trent and to create new live versions of the songs  with accordion and violin" says Burdett.

The video features the glamorous Cari Burdett- Chanteuse,  Adrian Dolan on accordion,  and Richard Moody on violin. 
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