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SongBird North Vancouver

Event Date: 
Single day event: 9/6/2017 7:30:00 PM
Cost: $18
Where to buy tickets: At the door or see link below.

The Songwriters Association of Canada presents

(soon to be “SONGIRD NORTH”)
Where Writers Sing and Tell

Vancouver Show #105

Wednesday September 6, 2017

Community Arts & Recreation Centre

(Corner of Davie & Pacific)

7:30 pm

Tickets $18 via or at the door
Discount at door for SAC members w/ card
Information (604) 376-3418

Andrew Allen
Hilary Grist
Michael Jantzen
Shari Ulrich, host

Vancouver’s longest-running songwriters’ showcase is back – under a new name, but with the same unique format that makes it one of the city’s most compelling live music experiences. SongBird North (formerly Bluebird North) launches its 22nd season on September 6, with producer Shari Ulrich hosting Andrew Allen, Hilary Grist and Michael Jantzen on the Roundhouse stage.

SongBird North: Where Writers Sing and Tell (Formerly known as Bluebird North) is produced by Shari Ulrich for the Songwriters Association of Canada. The SAC gratefully acknowledges the support of the SOCAN Foundation. For more information on the SAC’s mandate, activities and membership programs, please visit

Media contact: Melanie Thompson, (604) 376-3418 or


BACKGROUND: For 21 years SongBird North has been a mainstay in Vancouver for songwriters from across the continent - as a bi-monthly showcase that features four talented singer/songwriters of widely varying styles, on stage together, taking turns playing their own original songs and sharing stories with one another and the audience about their work. The Bluebird North series has toured nationally, and has established itself in several other Canadian cities. Vancouver remains its longest-standing host

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS – September 6, 2017

Andrew Allen has five Canadian Top 10 hits to his credit: I Wanna Be Your Christmas (2009), Loving You Tonight (2010), I Want You (2012), What You Wanted (2015) and Favourite Christmas Song (2016). He has toured with Bruno Mars, One Republic, Andy Grammer, The Script, Train, Joshua Radin and The Barenaked Ladies, and has written with Meghan Trainor, Rachel Platten, Carly Rae Jepsen, Tyler Shaw, and Toby Gad (All of Me - John Legend, If I Were a Boy - Beyoncé, Big Girls Don’t Cry - Fergie), to name a few. He has also written songs for Nick Howard (winner of The Voice Germany), EDM singles for Project 46, the triple platinum Italian smash Ad Occhi Chiusi (co-written by Matt Simons for Italian Superstar Marco Mengoni), and Latin American boy band CD9’s gold-selling song Dime. Andrew’s songs have also been featured in the blockbuster Taylor Lautner film Abduction, reality show The Bachelor, UP Network’s Bringing up Bates, and the most recent Folgers Coffee commercial.

Hilary Grist’s music has been featured on Grimm (NBC), Being Human (NBC), Arctic Air (CBC), Hello Goodbye (CBC), Heartland (CBC), Workin’ Moms (CBC), Continuum (Showcase), Degrassi (MuchMusic), and many more. She is also a perennial favourite of campus stations across the continent. However, Grist’s output isn’t limited to cleverly crafted pop songs. Her work extends into other media: hand-drawn and chalkboard-animated music videos to cardboard cityscapes, colourful e-cards, and beyond. In 2014, Grist was nominated for Video of the Year at the WCMAs (Western Canadian Music Awards) and was long-listed for the Prism Prize. Grist has performed at high-profile events at home and abroad, including NXNE and CMW in Toronto, the Blue Note in Japan, the Busan International Rock Festival and Ulsan World Music Festival in Korea, the Edge of the World Festival in Haida Gwaii, and the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival in BC.

Michael Jantzen carves out his own space between folk and country. His songs have a way of making themselves at home with our hopes and hurts; of reminding us that it’s the twists and turns that teach us the most. As a line from his debut EP’s opening track puts it: The road unknown is inlaid with finest gold. While artists like Neil Young, Bruce Cockburn, Blue Rodeo, and Patty Griffin have certainly made their mark on his style, his greatest influence has been the Northwest’s indie-folk scene, which all started in childhood with his dad taking him to the Mission Folk Festival every summer. As a kid, he dreamed of performing on that stage one day, and last summer that dream came true.

Shari Ulrich - Originally a California girl, Shari's 40-year career from Pied Pumkin through The Hometown Band and on as a solo artist and multi-instrumentalist has led to 23 albums – including collaborations with Bill Henderson and Roy Forbes (UHF), Barney Bentall & Tom Taylor (BTU), and the bluegrass band The High Bar Gang. Her work has garnered two Juno Awards, an induction into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, and a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for English Songwriter of the Year. She has been producing SongBird North for the SAC for over 20 years, both locally and nationally.

Venue:The Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews
Vancouver British Columbia V6Z 2W3