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Cari Burdett releases new Lhasa cover and announces summer tour dates

 Jason Schneider  May 30, 2018

 Cari Burdett, the Vancouver Island-based songstress, will bring her exotic fusion of jazz, art song, folk and opera eastward this June, including dates at the Winnipeg Jazz Festival,Toronto’s Burdock Music Hall, and Montreal’s Upstairs Jazz Bar. She will be accompanied by members of her 4Tet who are also featured in the new video for “De Cara a la Pared,” written and originally performed by the late, great Lhasa de Sela.

Burdett’s interpretation of the song exemplifies the raw, passionate power of her sultry mezzo vocals and her ability to enchant audiences with a timeless theatrical flair. It also demonstrates Burdett’s sensuous multilingual repertoire that also includes songs by Mercedes Sosa, Pink Martini, Joni Mitchell and many others.

Burdett is currently working on the follow-up release to her 2015 debut full-length albumMagnolia, which earned a nomination for Best World Album at the Western Canada Music Awards. Magnolia was recorded with Grammy and Juno winner Joby Baker who was named Producer of the Year, along with Burdett winning Vocalist of the Year, at the 2016 Vancouver Island Music Awards (VIMA).

Cari Burdett Tour Dates:

  • June 20 –  Winnipeg Jazz Festival
  • June 22 – Burdock Music Hall, Toronto
  • June 23 – Upstairs Jazz Bar, Montreal
  • June 24 – Hudson Jazz Festival, Hudson QC
  • June 25 – Mouton Noir, Val-David QC

It's May and Festival Time!

This month I am excited to announce that I will be performing at Cowichan Valley Wine Arts & Music Festival   with my good friend Dave Lieffertzon on Piano.  Vist our vineyards!  And come by to say Hello…I’ll be at:

Enrico Vineyard  May 19th 2018 from 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Blue Grouse         May 20th 2018 from NOON to 2:30pm

Then heading down to Seattle (Memorial Day Weekend) to perform at the 47th NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE Festival…If you are down in the Seattle area  do check out.

I’ll be performing Center Theatre, Showcase – Worlds of Jazz - May 25th @ 9:10pm.   NO Gates/No Tickets – suggested donation $10


Thrill at this Review

Want to share this write-up with everyone!  Oliver BC is where I performed on February 9th at the Frank Venables Theatre

Frank Venable Theatre - Oliver BC - seats 373

Frank Venable Theatre - Oliver BC - seats 373

Oliver Daily news

·         FEBRUARY 25, 2018

by Sue Morhun

FEBRUARY 12, 2018, 7:41 AM


From the moment she stepped onto the stage, chanteuse and luscious storyteller Cari Burdett easily swept her audience into the international cabaret scene in the third offering of South Okanagan Concert Society’s season.  “Sweet Love” was the theme of the tour we embarked on and there was no doubt “amour” is truly Cari’s genre – passionate love for a person, for family, for nature, for place.  Her sensuous and intense deliver, her sultry mezzo voice and her graceful gestures transported us into the world inhabited by the troubadours and gypsies of old.  This is a genuine and inspired performer.

 Cari’s natural gifts led us through the nightclubs of Rome, Paris, Berlin, Stockhom, New York and Santiago, Chile with timeless and theatrical flair.  Cari sang seamlessly in the language of each country.  Accompanying her on our delicious musical journey were four equally talented musicians.  Music arranger Adrian Dolan on piano and accordion kept the vibrant fusion of jazz, folk and world music moving easily throughout the entire performance.  Gypsy jazz guitarist Mark Atkinson and jazz bass player John Lee rounded out the pulsing, rich rhythms with great depth while the soaring, sweet notes from Juno award winning violinist Meredith Bates offered a complex counterpoint to the sorrowful tales of lost or passionate love.

 While we were treated to love songs written by Canada’s Joni Mitchell, American Carole King and even Bizet’s “Carmen”, my favourite of the evening was an original composition by Cari titled “Let Me Go”.  It suited her style and singing intensity admirably.

 The highlight for many in the audience was an Edith Piaf medley delivered with the same throaty fervor aficionados associate with the legendary French chanteuse.  It was a great way to end the ensemble’s first set.  If there was any regret that evening, it was the limited opportunity to hear the quartet play individually.  When they did just that, it was easy to appreciate what a wonderful ensemble they truly are.  Together they and Cari offered a unique and special package, a lovely present for Valentine’s Day.

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Getting excited for the Sweet Love Feb Tour. Hope to see you there. Check out the new band members.


Sensual, European Fusion of Dramatic Songs

A timeless enchanting romantic performance of 40’s French Swing, Spanish Gypsy Jazz and Aching Italian Love songs.  Cari Burdett’s rich and sultry Mezzo vocals - accompanied by virtuosic Gypsy Jazz guitarist Marc Atkinson, Juno winner violinist Meredith Bates,  Genius on piano, accordion and mandola Adrian Dolan, and sought after Jazz bass player John Lee.

Enchanting audiences with sizzling energy and passion, feel yourself transported into the night clubs of Paris, Rome, Berlin and New York.

 WIMA Nominee 2015 and VIMA Vocalist of the Year 2016


It's All Music - with Laurence Hobgood and Rhiannon. Hilo, Hawaii - Vocal Improvisation, Arranging Form and Freedom Workshop

Laurence Hobgood and Cari, Leo Nani, Hawaii "it's All Music", Jan 2018

Laurence Hobgood and Cari, Leo Nani, Hawaii "it's All Music", Jan 2018

Hello.... from warm and beautiful Hawaii…Enjoying time with my family and resting up before 2018 takes me away on its wonderful yearly journey. 

I’m thrilled to be attending a workshop on the big island of Hawaii with master teachers Rhiannon and Laurence Hobgood starting on Sunday January 7th for the week.   Here Multiple Grammy nominee and Grammy winning pianist/composer/arranger/producer/educator Laurence Hobgood will join Rhiannon for this special, immersive week to examine and experience the connective tissue that bridges pure improvisation and song form.

I have studied under Rhiannon – Vocal Improvisation for a total of 13 years, including ALL THE WAY IN (ATWI) 2009 - one year Advanced Vocal Improvisation training (by invitation with 16 students from around the world).  It will be wonderful to work with Rhiannon again and bring back new ideas and musical knowledge to my performance and students!  

Rhiannon and Cari, Leo Nani, Hawaii "it's All Music", Jan 2018

Rhiannon and Cari, Leo Nani, Hawaii "it's All Music", Jan 2018


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I would like to take a moment to THANK YOU  all of you for your  support  through-out 2017.  It’s been exciting, tiring, new directions and lots of fun.

We had all venues for the Winter Solstice concert series 2017 sold out which I think were the very best. 

A  big applause to this year’s  musicians, Sara Marreiros,  Adrian Dolan, Nick Mintenko, QuiN Etheridge-Pedden, Adam Dobres and dancer Marisa Jackson.  

And we could not have done this without the communities support. A big thank you to all the generous sponsors. 

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."
 by Steve Jobs

Happy New Year Everyone


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

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 -


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


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Prize: Hexagon Coherence Cuff 18 kt Gold plated

Prize: Hexagon Coherence Cuff 18 kt Gold plated


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.  

Prize: Heart Shape Bowl

Prize: Heart Shape Bowl



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

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.   



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.


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) –

- PayPal-

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

Thank you, 



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