West Coast Sounds: Pura Fé & Friends

Co-Presented by Talking Stick Festival and Vancouver Coastal Jazz

Experience a night of music and fun at West Coast Sounds: Pura Fé & Friends. Revel in Indigenous talent with Christie Lee Charles’ Musqueam language Hip Hop, Murray Porter’s soulful keyboard, Pura Fé and family’s melodic tunes, and Wayne Lavallee Duo’s energy. The night peaks with the vibrant Beaver Thomas Band featuring Shakti Hayes. Cheri Maracle, your host for the night, adds charisma to this lively celebration of music, community, and culture.

Pura Fé

Pura Fé is an artist, activist, and storyteller of Tuscarora and Taino heritage, known for her impassioned vocals, slide guitar fireworks, and powerful songs that touch on folk, gospel, and blues traditions. In 1987, she co-founded the renowned Indigenous women’s a cappella group Ulali, and since 1995 she’s been releasing solo albums and collaborating with the likes of Indigo Girls and Robbie Robertson.

He is the author of full-metal indigiqueer (Talonbooks 2017) which was shortlisted for the inaugural Indigenous Voices Award and the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry. He is also the author of Jonny Appleseed(Arsenal Pulp Press 2018) which was long listed for the Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Indigenous Voices Award, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award, and won the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction, the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction and Canada Reads 2021.

Cherie Maracle

Emcee

Cheri Maracle is a multi- award nominated Singer and Actress from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Ontario. Cheri has been performing in Canada, the U.S. and Europe in the last 20 years, and has extensive music, theatre, television & film credits to her name. Cheri’s early music influences began in Women’s traditional handrum group Tiyoweh. She then penned two original music albums, Closer To Home (2006), and If I Am Water (2013)

Murray Porter

Blues Man Murray Porter’s music career has taken him all over the world for the last 40 years. He’s a proud Mohawk man from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in southern Ontario, who now lives on Squamish Nation unceded territory in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

Whether he is playing an intimate venue for local blues fans, as a solo, duo, trio or with a four-piece band, or on a festival stage to thousands of music aficionados, Porter’s love of performing comes across clear and strong. He has been compared to Dr. John, Joe Cocker and even Elton John! Robbie Robertson has called Porter “a master bluesman.” He captivates audiences wherever he performs and makes new fans…and they never leave his show disappointed.

 

He is the author of full-metal indigiqueer (Talonbooks 2017) which was shortlisted for the inaugural Indigenous Voices Award and the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry. He is also the author of Jonny Appleseed(Arsenal Pulp Press 2018) which was long listed for the Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Indigenous Voices Award, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award, and won the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction, the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction and Canada Reads 2021.

Wayne Lavallee

Wayne Lavallee is a Métis multi-disciplinary artist based in Vancouver, BC Canada. His love for music and the arts was sparked very early when he received his first guitar at the age of 5. Wayne took private lessons in guitar at the Douglas Academy of Music for many years, knowing that the arts were his calling and an extension of his spirit. In 1991, he began training in theatre arts as an actor with the Spirit Song Native Theatre Company and was one of the original ensemble members of Full Circle First Nations Performance. Throughout the mid-late 90’s, Wayne continued his training in the arts, authentic movement and dance, and was performing on main stage theatres as an actor/dancer. His training in theatre arts served him well, especially in his transition to singer-songwriter (and later to film score composer). Ultimately, music was where his heart belonged. In 2000, Wayne released his first studio solo album and by 2010 he was a two-time Juno nominated and multi-award-winning artist signed to an international record label in France.

Beaver Thomas

Born and raised in Vancouver BC, Beaver Thomas hails from the Cowessess Cree First Nations reserve in Saskatchewan.

 

The youngest of seven, he started playing guitar at 3yrs of age and grew up playing country, blues and rock.


Now resides in San Antonio Texas,he plays from coast to coast all over the States and parts of Canada and has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with blues greats such as Juno award winning Murray Porter,Gary Farmer and Shakti Hayes.

Shakti Hayes

Shakti Hayes has been a professional musician, songwriter and performer for over 25 years. She has toured and performed with over a dozen musical groups providing lead, back up harmonic vocals, bass and/ or rhythm guitar accompaniments. She currently sings with traditional women’s vocal ensemble, Iskwew Singers. In 2006, she also released a debut album called ‘Touchwood Hills’. Some of her most notable musical contributions are playing, performing and/or touring with Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers, George Leach, Art Napoleon, Murray Porter, The Rez Blues All Stars, The Beaver T Band, The Homelands Tour, Marie Clements -The Road Forward project.

Christie Lee Charles

Bio coming soon.