There would have been no better way to kick start the evening than having the eccentric Halifax native, Steve Poltz, sing a song about being a Folk singer. The song, undoubtedly struck a chord with any musician in the room. As fellow songwriter Damhnait Doyle said when she followed Steve, “It’s a satire song that isn’t very satirical." The self proclaimed “mother folking folker” has an incredible way of saying absolutely anything that he wants in a song and still keeps a genuine positivity about himself that entertains and engages.
Winnipeg native Hayley Gene a.k.a W. Darling spends her time in Los Angeles writing songs like “Night Like This”, which we were lucky enough to be serenaded with. She sang sweetly yet powerfully about a lover who led her astray and though her approach was gentle, the moment she opened her mouth the audience and her fellow musicians were completely entranced. One of the things that was equally as impressive about Hayley Gene was the intensity with which she took in other performers' songs. You can see the musicality radiate from W. Darling both while she performs and while she listens. It’s almost as though the music is in her blood…
Another wonderful surprise guest was the “Cat Came Back” singer himself, Mr. Fred Penner. Every person in The Dakota Tavern, regardless of their age, melted back into their infant selves as Fred Penner sparked a sing-a-long to finish the evening off.
Written By: Bianca Bernardi www.biancabmusic.com
Photos By: Mike Highfield t: @MC_Highfield
Edited By: Jesse Kline