Thurs November 15th. - Chinese Bunkhouse at Britannia Shipyard
"Ivan Boudreau" Showtime 7.30pm
Ivan Boudreau has been a professional musician, songwriter, and wandering minstrel for over 45 years, a true Road Warrior on the music highway. With deep roots in Nova Scotia, youthful years in Boston and Toronto, Ivan now calls BC home. He has a driving passion for stories and songs that are honest and heartfelt.
He delivers well-crafted songs that are sensitive, thought provoking and unique; with hauntingly beautiful melodies that take his audience on an emotional musical journey. My favorites are songs "Streets of Sin", "Remember Me", and "What if Jesus was a Beggar".
Ivan is very active in songwriting circles and produces two monthly songwriter series events, called SongStage , which offers songwriters a listening environment to showcase their works in the Greater Vancouver area. He is always ready to talk about the art & craft of songwriting!
Thurs December 13th. - Chinese Bunkhouse at Britannia Shipyard
"Sangre Morena" Showtime 7.30pm
SFG once more welcomes the return of this wonderful duo to present our final concert for 2018. Their performance is always fun and exciting, and we expect more of the same this time.
Sangre Morena is Elsa Rojas Marquez and Jose Gimenez. Elsa and Jose have been performing together as Sangre Morena since 2007, playing traditional songs ranging from Spanish Flamenco to the romantic ballads of Mexico. Originally from Cordoba, in the state of Veracruz in Mexico, Elsa's Spanish/Italian roots blend an authentic sensitive art and naive charm with a fiery expressive performance! Elsa's unique style combines great emotional power as brought out by the Mexican "Ranchero" song and the Flamenco "Cante Jondo", along with the delicate sensitivity of Spanish "Boleros" and "Baladas" and then the spicy touch for the singing of Rumbas!
Joe Gimenez hails from a family of Spanish descent in the Philippines. He spent a large part of his youth living in South America, where he became greatly influenced by its music. Jose has been playing classical guitar and Flamenco for over twenty years. Jose embraces the Spanish and Latin American cultures as his own, and as such his repertoire contains Flamenco songs, classical guitar music, Boleros, Rancheras and other sultry Latin American styles. He has performed as a solo guitarist and as an accompanist for singers and dancers. Jose is described as a "humble man", with the charm to capture an audience with his genuine style, and as a performer as "playful, joyful and genuine as he can be serious to hit the strings of his guitar while playing a serious Soleares or Seguiriya, transporting the audience to a magical soulful place".
Sangre Morena is not just the combination of Elsa's soulful singing and Jose's passionate guitar playing. It is the depth of the expression, the mutual correspondence, the constant communication and response between guitarist and singer that make each performance and each song into something special. Add to that Elsa's magnetic personality and engaging style, along with Jose's ability to support Elsa's improvisations, and you have a performance that always brings the appreciation of the audience. This will be a great show, and is a fitting finale to the many fabulous musicians that have performed at SFG in 2018.