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Shawna Caspi at Studio Live in Cumberland

Shawna Caspi photoToronto singer-songwriter Shawna Caspi is heading west in June for her first tour of British Columbia. After touring regularly in Ontario and the Atlantic provinces, she is delighted to kick off this BC tour with a concert at StudioLive! in Cumberland.

Shawna will be performing throughout Vancouver Island and the mainland on this tour, including shows with west coast favourites Michael Averill (Vancouver) and Tanya Lipscomb (Vernon) before heading back to Ontario by way of VIA Rail’s On Board Entertainment Program, where she will be playing music for passengers on the long haul train between Vancouver and Toronto.

Shawna Caspi’s Third Album Will Release This Summer

Shawna’s third full-length album is currently in progress and slated for release this summer but she will be bringing all those new songs along with her on this tour. Her solo material is proof that she is not just another girl with a guitar. Her lyrics have depth and her storytelling draws the listener in. Shawna’s impressive fingerstyle guitar technique stands out as more than just mere accompaniment.

Storytelling Music

In true folk music tradition, Shawna gathers, writes, and tells stories with ease and authenticity. Inspired by artists like Jon Brooks, Craig Cardiff, Rose Cousins, James Keelaghan, Dave Gunning, and Suzie Vinnick, Shawna can command any stage and connect with an audience with just her voice, her guitar, and a good story.

Shawna grew up in the folk clubs of Ottawa, a classically-trained singer and guitarist drawn to the music and songwriting of legendary local performers like Lynn Miles and Ian Tamblyn. At York University in Toronto, she favoured flamenco guitar lessons and new music studies, always returning to her folk roots as a singer-songwriter.

Although she is based in Toronto, Shawna is most at home on the road and loves the long drives that define touring in Canada. Those are the landscapes and people that may their way into her songs. Most recently, that lush scenery has also been the subject of a series of original paintings, artwork that has become a regular part of the goods on Shawna’s merchandise table.

What Others Are Saying About Shawna

“A skilled composer and lyricist; her haunting voice and stunning guitar accompaniment round out this complete folk package. Her personal stories, both humorous and poignant, are told seamlessly through her intriguing lyrics and between-song banter. Every song is a narrative whose clever rhymes and unexpected musical structures ensure that the audience listens to every word, from beginning to end.”

– Joanna Mills, O’Hara House Concerts

“Shawna Caspi has the rare gift of presence, a warm presence that immediately invites audience engagement, from the first strum of her skilled guitar playing to the last exquisite note she sings. Shawna’s lyrics show, her music and delivery tell; her songs are beautiful stories that stay with listeners long after the CD is spun, long after the gig is over.”

– Andy Frank, Roots Music Canada

Enjoy Shawna Caspi at Studio Live

Come and enjoy what promises to be an exciting performance on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 7:30pm at Studio Live, 2679 Beaufort Ave. at First Ave in Cumberland.

Studio Live is a unique venue with concert seating, excellent acoustics and warm ambiance. If you haven’t checked it out, come on down and see why our audiences fall in love with the place. Seating is limited so get your tickets early. Advance tickets on sale ($15) at Bop City Records, Courtenay and Riders Pizza (open ’til 11p.m) in Cumberland.

Thanks for supporting live music in the Comox Valley!

Musically yours,
Roger and James
Studio Live!

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