On Tuesday, June 10, iconic singer/songwriters Connie Kaldor and Russell deCarle take to the stage in a special benefit concert for Literacy Victoria at the Belfry Arts Centre. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a pre-show reception, and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45 and $100.
Connie Kaldor is a Juno award-winning artist who has sung for royalty (Joni Mitchell, the Queen) and is a member of the Order of Canada. Her touring has taken her across North America and around the world. She has 14 albums to her credit, three award-winning children’s books/cd’s, a musical, and much more. Her original songs and riveting performances evoke the powerful and unique presence of the Canadian prairies. Witty and serious, down-home and metropolitan, her versatility and talent ensure that she is an artist whose fan base expands with every show.
Russell deCarle is a founding member, lead vocalist, bassist, and contributing songwriter to the multi-platinum, Juno award winning country roots group, Prairie Oyster. As a solo artist, Russell has appeared on CBC TV’s Songwriters Circle, opened for Merle Haggard on his cross-Canada tour, traveled coast to coast with Bluebird North Songwriters’ Tour, and been a featured guest on Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Café. Russell has won two SOCAN Song of the Year awards, and his much-anticipated solo recording, “Under the Big Big Sky”, was released in 2010 to wide acclaim. Joining Russell onstage is guitarist Steve Briggs and multi-instrumentalist and accordion-player extraordinaire, Denis Keldie.
About the Victoria PGI
Each spring, Literacy Victoria organizes the Peter Gzowski Invitational (PGI) – its signature fundraising event with roots dating back to 1989. Originally a charity golf tournament, the PGI has evolved into a new event, PGI Plays the Belfry – a celebratory evening of music, comedy, poetry and storytelling that brings together friends, supporters, celebrities, and many others, at the beautiful and intimate Belfry Theatre where the event has been held with great success for the past four years. Victoria’s PGI event is the second oldest PGI in Canada.