Desiree Dawson with Jody Okabe, Ken Dunn & Anna Green
Desirée Dawson hails from Surrey, British Columbia. You might know her not only as the warm-hearted girl who won CBC's 2016 Searchlight Competition but also as your local singing Yin Yoga teacher. Desirée’s debut album, Wild Heart, came out February 2017 and has been playing on CBC radio 2 since its release. She has recently hit 1million streams on her song Hide on Spotify! Desirée makes a point of having every song be honest and emotionally charged. She is very passionate about healing as a community and connection, using the power of melodies and lyrics to impact listeners. Through this, her music has managed to travel the world over.
Jody Okabe is a queer, Tsimshian, Japanese, and French Canadian artist and musician born and raised in Northern BC. She discovered her voice in her late 20's through organizing community open mic nights with friends in Merritt BC. Ever since then she keeps singing because she believes in the power of music to heal, and to connect us to this earth, our hearts, and to each other. She currently resides in Vancouver, the unceded, ancestral, and occupied, traditional lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Watuth), Stó:lō, Shíshálh (Sechelt) and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations of the Coast Salish peoples.
The message conveyed by folk troubadour Ken Dunn is one of "hope, and a stubborn belief in humanity" according to a review by Sweden's Thirsty Boots. For the past several decades, he has inspired audiences across Canada, the U.S., and Central America, sharing the bill with folk and roots icons as diverse as Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie P. Bennett, and Garnet Rogers.
Whether performing solo with acoustic guitar, in a duo with partner Anna Green, or as a member of his band, Gypsy Starfish, "Ken's superb musicianship and sensitive lyrics always create a memorable performance" according to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, for whom Ken has performed an annual benefit concert for the past 5 years.
Ken has released 7 critically acclaimed and award-winning albums of original music, including 2015's "The Great Unknown" which won Best Americana Album at the Academia Music Awards in Los Angeles, and 2017's "Wondrous Beauty" which has been described as "a stew of wonderful notes stirred perfectly" by New York roots music journal, No Depression, and charted in the top 10 on Canadian folk radio.
Ken currently makes his home on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast with his wife and musical partner, Anna Green and the couple's two Bichon Frisés, Louie and Rosie.
Anna began playing guitar and piano as a child in her homeland of Australia. A versatile multi-instrumentalist, she began performing and recording with partner, Ken Dunn over a decade ago, living and travelling across Canada, the U.S., and Central America.
Adept on guitar, keyboards, and ukulele, Anna's formidable vocal abilities are also evident in performance, and on a number of Ken's recordings, where, according to a review by The Bank Theatre, her "beautiful harmony vocals add an ethereal vibe".
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