Carolyn Mark, Queen of Vancouver Island, 2012 (Image Courtesy of Mint Records)

Transmitting from the Slocan Valley, The Shed features a one-night, online extravaganza of live music and poetry fandangadoccio. Marking the (perhaps) end of COVID-19 as we know it, The Shed takes flight 30 July 2021 at 7 pm with the indomitable Carolyn Mark! The event also features Ok Vancouver Ok (Winlaw, BC), Ali Riley (Nanton, AB), and The Land Band (Vallican, BC), with emcee Larry Woodenarms.

Headliner, Carolyn Mark, is Canada’s preeminent alternative country singer-songwriter superstar. She has recorded as a solo artist and as a member of the duo The Corn Sisters with American colleague Neko Case, as well as with the bands the Vinaigrettes, Jr. Gone Wild, Showbusiness Giants, the Fixin’s and the Metronome Cowboys. 

In 2009, Carolyn released a collaboration with NQ Arbuckle: Let’s Just Stay Here. The album was received by some of her highest acclaim yet, garnering a Juno nomination for Roots & Traditional Album Of The Year and landing in the top 10 on PopMatters’ Best Country Music of 2009 list. Carolyn’s eighth solo release for Mint Records, the cleverly titled The Queen Of Vancouver Island, arrived in fall 2012 and showcased her confident and collaborative, yet never too haughty, approach to songwriting.

Ok Vancouver Ok is a 3-piece do-it-together lo-fi no-wave experimental pop band, who released their latest album Never Perfect in April of 2021. This hardworking Canadian indie rock band formed in Vancouver in 2004 and has had a strong and steady career of international tours and full length releases ever since. Integrating elements of punk, lo-fi, funk, pop, post punk, folk rock, and avant-garde ideas, Ok Vancouver Ok is sure to keep audiences engaged and excited. The current lineup comprised of Jeff Johnson(lead vocals, guitar, keyboards), KMVP (bass, vocals) and Laura House (drums) has been building a reputation as poetic, thought-provoking and forthright, with captivating live shows. 

Astonishing poet of young womanhood and wild feminist angst, Nanton-based poet, Ali Riley, is sure to captivate the audience. Riley’s poems have appeared in Geist, The nth Position Anthology, Matrix, This Magazine, Event and the Moosehead Review. Her collection Tear Down was short-listed for the Re-Lit awards, and her first book, Wayward, was short-listed for the Gerald Lampert Award. Her novel-in-progress, Hag, was written on a reality show and took first prize in the Walrus magazine/SLS Fiction Contest.

South Valley Rockslide legends, the Land Band (Eddie Chavez, Willy Crow) return to the stage for their ten-year reunion at The Shed! Land Band bring Slocan swamp bottom acid prog for one (more) night only. Land Band will puncture the evening as emcee Larry Woodenarms (Clay McCann) negotiates the evening with wit, charm, and a splash of embalming fluid!

Everyone welcome to attend. Admission is free. Register by visiting The Shed’s EventBrite page (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-shed-tickets-160383219527?keep_tld=1) or contacting bwgreview@gmail.com. 

The Shed is generously supported by Slocan Valley Community Arts Council and the Vancouver Foundation’s Neighbourhood Small Grant initiative.

Tune in! Dance out! At The Shed on 30 July 2021 at 7pm (PST).

Clayton McCann