Singing It Forward: Dear Rouge, K-OS, Five Alarm Funk and more at the Vogue

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Originally from Calgary, we learned she was recently signed by Sony and on her way to LA - had she not been I would have produced her myself (with every dollar of the $368 in my bank account). Guuuuuurl, where you been all my life?
 
Said The Whale's submissive acoustic set outlined how sexy simple can be before fan-favourite Mother Mother hyped up the venue once more. Hey Ocean! closed the evening, inviting Jocelyn Alice to help them cover Fleetwood Mac and then brought each and every performer back on stage for the sing-along, dance off just after taking a few group selfies.
 
I feel like there is this exploratory thing going on in Vancouver right now.  Bands are jumping through genres and confusing their audiences with experimental and inconsistent sounds that blow past the term "musician" and seem to establish them as fine artists. I'm super into it.
 
Rumours told me the previous evening was of similar quality but disappointment loomed around a too-quick departure by K-OS.  Having seen several of the bands myself in the past, I can only assume it was a success but most importantly the kids had an incredible time, all around. 
 
I believe initiatives like these are imperative to providing the foundation of confidence that can get overlooked as one of the fundamentals in raising up a strong community. To have these artists and creatives provide their time, love and energy just highlights how committed they are to this concept.  Well done.
 
If you don't know much about the Saint James Music Academy, check out their website at: http://sjma.ca/about/meet-the-academy/ to see how you can get involved.
 
 
Thursday, January 14th Lineup:
 
 

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