So proud to share the stage with these women!! Here's a little more about them:
Christa Couture is an award-winning performing and recording artist, a non-fiction writer, a cyborg and “half-breed” of Cree descent. Her fourth album “Long Time Leaving” was released in 2016 on Black Hen Music; her writing has been published in Room Magazine, Shameless, CBC 2017 and the anthology “The M Word.” As a speaker and storyteller, she has addressed audiences for CBC’s
DNTO, Moses Znaimer’s conference, Ideacity, and Imaginate in Port Hope, Ontario. Winner of the 2008 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for Best Folk Acoustic Album, Christa Couture has built a reputation for transforming tragedy into musical triumph, capturing tiny snapshots of grief and elevating each to a unique work of art sometimes desolate but more often uplifting in its encapsulation of a single treasured memory or moment of hope.
For fifteen years, Christa’s work has explored intimate spaces with sharp-shooting wit, effortless
grace, and heart-on- sleeve intensity. With her latest album, she dove into what she calls “ordinary
heartache.” Meaning, for most musicians, the break-up album is the quintessential songwriter cliché – bringing with it the burden to eek out originality from an oversubscribed muse.
But for Christa — whose first three albums reflected on her teenage battle with cancer, the loss of her left leg to the disease, and the deaths of both of her young children under separate circumstances — the opportunity to write songs about such “normal” heartache seemed like a welcome reprieve.
Kristina Shelden has a voice that smolders in jazzy, soulful, and indie folk genres.
Kristina started performing at an early age in choirs, musicals, and jazz bands. After putting herself through a year of basic musicianship in college, however, she suffered a c4/c5 spinal cord injury that left her with debilitating nerve damage, threatening to end her advancing musical ambitions. Through hard work and determination, and despite her limitations, she is now performing, working on the board of directors for the Vancouver Adapted Music Society, and finally laying down the tracks for her first album.