String Fling: String quartet meets indie rock at the Rio Theatre

See video

YouTube video of Four on the Floor performance by TheRush WithMikeandFiona

Accomplished string quartet, Four on the Floor, reinterprets the melodic landscape of indie tunes from artists Shaun Verreault, Dominique Fricot, Data Romance, The Gay Nineties and Ali Milner on Thursday, December 13 at the Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway).

View Larger Map

Tickets are $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available for $15 at Hip City Music, Zulu Records and Red Cat Records.

“This is an evening where the music is tied together by strings. We wanted to showcase how versatile a string quartet can be. We are so much more than classical, or fiddle music,” said cellist Michelle Faehrmann.

Taking their combined years of classical, jazz, folk and other musical training to the test, this ambitious quartet is presenting indie music in a new sonic dimension. 

“We’re not your typical string quartet. We collaborate with artists in a variety of genres from electronic, folk, indie rock, and more. I think people will enjoy hearing renditions of their favourite songs from these artists in a totally different context,” said Faehrmann.

Four on the Floor

Photo courtesy of Four on the Floor String Quartet Facebook page

Four on the Floor is comprised of Michelle Faehrmann (cello), Michael fraser (violin), Hannah Epperson (violin) and Elliot Vaughan (viola). Filling in for Michael and Elliot for the show on December 13 will be Dougal McLean (violin) and Tony Kastelic (viola). They are able to read charts and learn parts by ear, but, unlike most string quartets, they excel at improvising to create extraordinary string parts in the magic of the moment. Some artists they have worked with up to date include Adaline, Adrian Glynn, The Belle Game, Bodhi Jones, Christopher Arruda, Dominique Fricot, Fur Trades, The Gay Nineties, Johnny Payne of The Shilohs, Kim Churchill, Kyprios, The Matinee, and Matthias Strum.

About the special guests:

Shaun Verreault

Photo courtesy of Wide Mouth Mason Facebook page

Often recognized as the guitarist and primary vocalist for Canada’s Wide Mouth Mason, Shaun has also released two solo acoustic albums: The Daggerlip Sketches, and Two Steel Strings, which were recorded live on a vintage train crossing Canada. He's an in demand co-writer, collaborating with established artists like Gordie Johnson, (Big Sugar/Grady), Craig Northey (Odds), and David Gogo, as well as lending his experience to promising new artists.

Dominique Fricot

Photo courtesy of

Dominique Fricot is a Vancouver indie pop musician who ranked top 3 in this year’s Peak Performance Project. Having just released his first solo record If Baby Could Walk in June of 2012, Fricot spent most of this year on tour in Canada. The Shore 104.3 fm recently awarded Fricot $10,000 in their Best of BC contest for his first single Haunted by Love. 

Data Romance

Photo courtesy of

Having recently scored an opening slot on Dragonette's Canadian fall tour, Data Romance are gearing up to release their debut album, Other. The Victoria, BC-based duo are expected to release their album on February 19 through Dine Alone Records/SQE Music.

The Gay Nineties

Photo courtesy of

The Gay Nineties is a Vancouver-based rock band featuring lead singer/guitarist Parker Bossley (Hot Hot Heat) and Malcolm Holt (Fake Shark Real Zombie). The band competed in the top 20 for this year's Peak Performance Project. Garnering critical praise and Vancouver buzz, their debut EP Coming Together was released in September of last year. The Gay Nineties is currently back in the studio completing a full-length album to be released in early 2013.

Ali Milner

Photo courtesy of Ali Milner Facebook page

Ali Milner's timeless sound blends R&B pop with old soul jazz and a dose of rock n' roll. She has performed at Vancouver's JunoFest, played several shows surrounding the 2010 Winter Olympics and graced the stage at the legendary Lilith Fair Festival. Recently, Ali competed on the CBC reality show Cover Me Canada, placing third out of thousands of applicants.

More in The Scene

Move over Van Gogh: A New York City artist has re-emerged in Vancouver and is showing his visionary paintings soon

Original, illuminating, Bhaskar Krag's 6x6 foot abstract paintings will rock your world. Krag's studio, along with many others, will be open this soon, part of Eastside Culture Crawl.

A hunger for more

Emily Grainger was part of a turnaround team, and she’s not ready to stop winning.

Rachel Baitz Intracorp's River Park Place contest winner

 Rachel Baitz was the lucky winner of the 2013 Range Rover Evoque, one of the main prizes in Intracorp's recent contest promoting River Park Place, a sophisticated new condo development in...
Speak up about this article on Facebook or Twitter. Do this by liking Vancouver Observer on Facebook or following us @Vanobserver on Twitter. We'd love to hear from you.