Selkirk College Presents Canadian Jazz Innovator Elizabeth Shepherd
Montreal based soul-jazz innovator Elizabeth Shepherd is packing her imaginative contemporary style to the Shambhala Music & Performance Hall in Nelson for a one night only show.
One of Canada’s most well known jazz voices, Shepherd’s Nelson stop will include an afternoon workshop with students in the Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program that is based out of the Tenth Street Campus.
"Elizabeth Shepherd is an innovative artist that honours tradition while at the same time embraces the creative process in a more contemporary style in a way that our students can appreciate and relate to,” says Selkirk College music program instructor Laura Landsberg. “This latest project that she is sharing across Canada is a perfect example of melding tradition and cutting edge ideas."
After three years of interviews with strangers around Montreal, Shepherd found herself with countless stories making up a people's history of the city she loves so much. The globetrotting musician then wove that experience into a series of 11 original songs to make up her first bilingual album MONtréal.
Described as soulful and groovy with a touch of electronica, Shepherd will be joined on stage by four of Montreal's best jazz musicians. The show is accompanied by a film that’s a stylized journey of the places and people who inspired each song.
Tickets are $15 and doors open at 7 p.m. at the Shambhala Music & Performance Hall in Nelson.
MONtreal (2019) is Elizabeth Shepherd's brand new, multimedia concept album. Inspired by countless interviews with Montrealers of all stripes, it is a visual and musical ode to her hometown. "Suits and Ties" was inspired by an interview with the former owner of one of Montreal's oldest gay clubs, Le Mystique, and touches on a pivotal moment in Montreal's queer history.