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S.A.C. Celebration Series: International Women’s Day Songbird North

March 30, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


The Songwriters Association of Canada presents

 S.A.C. Celebration Series: International Women’s Day


Where Writers Sing & Tell

Vancouver Show #119

Thursday March 30, 2022

7:30 pm PST

The Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

Tickets $23; discount available for SAC members

Purchase online (https://songbirdnorth-vancouver.eventbrite.com)

or at the door (cash only)




Hilary Grist

Shari Ulrich, host 

The Songwriters Association of Canada’s Celebration Series continues in Vancouver this March, as SongBird North celebrates International Women’s Day with a powerhouse line-up of female singer-songwriters: host Shari Ulrich will share the Roundhouse stage with Bukola, Ferron, and Hilary Grist. Bringing together rising stars with established, often iconic artists, and showcasing a range of styles and backgrounds, SongBird North offers an evening of great songs, great stories, and fascinating insights into the creative process. It’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity to get up close (but not too close!) and personal with the music and the artists who create and perform it.

Patrons will be asked to wear masks at all times, and to provide ID and proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon entry to the performance hall. (Note: these requirements are subject to change as public health & safety regulations evolve; any updates will be communicated via the Eventbrite link above, and on the SongBird North Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SongBirdNorthYVR.)

SongBird North: Where Writers Sing and Tell 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 www.songwriters.ca.

Media contact: Melanie Thompson, (604) 376-3418 or [email protected]                            


BACKGROUND: Since 1995, SongBird North (formerly Bluebird 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 original songs and sharing stories with one another and the audience about their work. While the series was started in Toronto and has toured nationally, Vancouver remains its longest-standing host city. www.songwriters.ca



Recently hailed by Exclaim! as one of their favourite emerging artists in 2021, Bukola is an R&B musician from Coquitlam, BC whose influences include artists such as India Arie, Daniel Caesar and H.E.R. Bukola has participated in songwriting programs and workshops with SOCAN, Women In Music Canada and Music BC. She recently released her debut EP, “The Chronicles of a Teenage Mind”, for which she co-wrote all the songs with Chin Injeti. https://www.bukolamusic.com/

Ferron is a trailblazing Canadian singer-songwriter and poet, one of the earliest and most influential lyrical songwriters of the women’s music circuit, and an important influence on countless later musicians including Ani DiFranco, Mary Gauthier, and the Indigo Girls. From the mid-eighties on, Ferron’s songwriting talents – showcased on her 15 albums – have been recognized and appreciated by music critics and broader audiences across North America, with comparisons being made to the writing talents of Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, and Leonard Cohen. One of her signature songs, “Girl on a Road,” recounts her experience of leaving home at age 15 with money she saved from working in a fish cannery. Her other best-known song, “Testimony,” has been recorded by Holly Near, Ginni Clemens, and Sweet Honey in the Rock, and was published in a 1985 issue of Sing Out! A multi-disciplinary artist, Ferron leads writing workshops for women, and has also published poetry and created handmade textile art. A collection of her music and work is held at Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America.

Hilary Grist’s music has been described as “firefly folk dipped in dreamy, alternative art-pop,” a beautiful blend of styles that appeals to fans of Feist and  Norah Jones. She has been featured regularly on the CBC, and heralded by critics like Alan Cross and CBC’s Lana Gay and Andrea Warner, and countless press outlets, including The Province and Vancouver Sun. You may have heard her songs placed on television shows such as Degrassi; NBC’s Grimm and Being Human;  CBC’s Arctic Air, Hello Goodbye, and Heartland; and Continuum on Showcase, among many others. Grist’s output isn’t limited to cleverly crafted pop songs, either; from hand-drawn and chalkboard-animated music videos to cardboard cityscapes, colourful music e-cards, and beyond, her creativity reaches beyond music and into visual arts, music videos, poetry, and prose. http://www.hilarygrist.com

Shari Ulrich began writing songs at the end of the reign of The Hometown Band in 1977. Her first song “Feel Good” was a hit for the band. Her solo career followed in 1978 with radio hits with “She Remembers”, “Bad Bad Girl”, “Romeo”, “Every Road” and others. Since then she has released nine albums of original material along with another 16 with collaborations with Pied Pumkin, UHF (Bill Henderson & Roy Forbes) and BTU (Barney Bentall & Tom Taylor) Her work has garnered two Juno Awards and several nominations, an induction into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, and a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award (CFMA) for English Songwriter of the Year. She has been producing and hosting Bluebird North and SongBird North both nationally and locally, since 1996 and at the Roundhouse since 2005. https://www.shariulrich.com/



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